*Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 23, 2018* Tirunelveli Collector Sandeep Nanduri's initiative 'The Wall of Kindness' features bright and colourful street art on the walls of the Collecterate, aimed to inspire the public to donate books, clothes, toys and shoes. Cupboards, shelves and hangers are set up to place items on. The wall is a blessing for the needy with hundreds coming by and gratefully accepting the clothes with dignity. Similar concepts of walls of kindness today exist in India in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Bhopal and Delhi. Think about it. What is really stopping us from having a 'Wall of Kindness' in every city and town in our country? https://www.godyears.net/2018/04/tirunelveli-wall-of-kindness.html
*Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 21, 2018* When Mumbai based radio jockey Sucharita Tyagi met a winner of one of her radio station contests, she was moved by her plight. 21 year old Nikita Shukla was blind and had been thrown out of her house for refusing to marry early. Thanks to her friends and college staff, she was studying to be lawyer, getting 80% in her exams while surviving without any money on just 20 free meals a month provided by the hostel. Sucharita used her clout as an RJ and appealed to the public both on the radio and on social media for help. Her faith in her fellow viewers and audience was repaid as strangers from across Mumbai donated enough money to help cover Nikita's hostel, college and canteen fees with more to spare. http://www.godyears.net/2018/04/sucharita-tyagi-will-restore-your-faith.html
*Today's inspiring story of Real life Heroes of Kindness - April 20, 2018* When Bob Chambers' bone marrow transplant for leukemia was rejected by his body, he opted for quality over quantity, giving up hospital services to stay at home with his family for his last few days. When they heard about him, the Rockford Public School made sure Bob could witness his daughter graduate by holding an official graduation ceremony three months in advance for Bob's daughter in the family living room with everyone from the Principal to members of the school board and teachers attending. Thanks to the extraordinary measures taken by the Rockford Public School for their student, Bob Chambers and his daughter got to share one last memorable event together before he passed away. https://www.godyears.net/2018/04/rockford-public-schools-big-hearted.html
Carrying on from the theme of food of the last two days, today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness is a chef with a difference Putting aside a rough childhood and a troubled past, success was fleeting for Quentin Love as he tried his hand at various ventures including running a barber shop and dry cleaners. It was when he finally focused on giving back to his community instead of winning, ironically, that he found true success. For the last 5 years, his restaurant, the Turkey Chop Grill, closes once a week for the paying public and only serves free healthy food to those in need on that day. The ex-Marine would go on to win the special edition of the reality cooking show 'Grocery Wars' and true to nature, invested all his winnings to feed the poor. Today, he serves over 1000 free meals a day and even upped his game to serve over 2000 free meals last Thanksgiving.
*Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 18, 2018* Today's Hero of Kindness is chef Parkash Chhibber of Indian Fusion. Having been left bedridden and dependent on the kindness of friends for two years after a horrific accident in Delhi decades ago, Parkash Chhibber knows the value of poverty and hunger. When he finally got a second chance in life, he started a restaurant in Alta, Canada. Seeing the homeless rummaging through the garbage bins for food, Parkash was determined to pay forward the kindness he and his wife were given all those years ago. *For the past few years, his restaurant, Indian Fusion, has a sign that requests those without money to simply knock on the back door for a free meal.* Today, Chhibber provides over 1500 hot meals out of the back of his small restaurant every month in addition to serving a buffet dinner for free at the Mission once a week. https://www.godyears.net/2018/04/how-parkash-chhibber-chose-to-pay.html
*Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 17, 2018* Today's Heroes of Kindness are the people of Kozhikode in Kerala who donate and participate in *Operation Sulaimani.* Hundreds of restaurants are part of Operation Sulaimani, an initiative to ensure *no one in the city is hungry that day.* Public Donations fund coupons which are available at government offices and hotels and can be taken for free and used in any of these restaurants for a hearty meal, no questions asked. What started off with 40 restaurants in 2015 has now expanded to 200 restaurants, serving food to those in need for free and with dignity. https://www.godyears.net/2018/04/operation-sulaimani-atozchallenge.html
Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 16, 2018 For 35 years, 9 women from Tennessee were part of a secret group. They would eavesdrop in on public conversations and find out people suffering from personal loss. The 9 Nanas would meet up stealthily before dawn and bake pound cakes which they left at the person's doorstep along with money and personalized messages of hope. When their husbands finally found out what their wives were doing *3 decades later*, they too joined in. Till date, the 9 Nanas, some now in their 70s, have donated over $900,000 worth of happiness. Their identities remain a mystery even today. https://www.godyears.net/2018/04/the-secret-of-9-nanas-atozchallenge.html
*Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 14, 2018* Today's heroine is *AquaWoman.* No, really! When 11 people including children got caught in a deadly riptide on a Panama beach in 2017 with official help too far away, they needed more than just kindness. They needed a combination of a fearless superhero, a selfless group and a miracle. In one of the most dramatic beach rescues in recent history, they got all 3, thanks to a young woman and nearly 80 strangers on the beach. While strangers - many of whom did not know to swim - formed a human chain starting from the shore, Jessica Mae Simmons swam past the chain to the victims armed with just a boogie board and started bringing the trapped people back to the human chain one after the other. *Jessica repeated this act without a break for 30 minutes.* By the time EMTs reached the beach, Jessica and the human chain had brought everyone safely back to the shore.
*Today's inspiring story of a real life Hero of Kindness - April 13, 2018* When waitress Liz Woodward realized the customers at her table were two firefighters who had just fought a horrible fire for 12 hours, she paid their bill herself as a sign of gratitude. When the firefighters later found out that Liz had done this deed while struggling financially and looking after her paraplegic father, they campaigned online to earn money for a wheelchair accessible van for her. The campaign raised eight times the amount and best of all, the company manufacturing the vans did not take any money, gifting the vehicle to Liz's father as a Christmas gift for her kindness. https://www.godyears.net/2018/04/liz-woodwards-tale-of-kindness-returned.html