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“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”  -- Roy E. Disney
 
Greetings! Surprised by winning $217 million, a man donates most of it to the environment. Surprised to find a homeless man sleeping near his store, the owner offers reassurance and coffee. Surprised to find $50,000 left in his cab, a Liberian man holds it and returns it to its rightful owner. It seems that because values were clear, making decisions, even when faced with unexpected surprises, became easier. Hope you enjoy reading this week's stories of compassion and hope. Wishing you well!

EVERYDAY HEROES

Frenchman Wins $217 Million In Lottery, Spends Nearly All Of It To Save Planet

Frenchman Wins $217 Million In Lottery, Spends Nearly All Of It To Save Planet

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A lucky Frenchman decided to dedicate most of his record-breaking $217 million lottery jackpot to a nature foundation that he created. The winner, nicknamed "Guy" by French lottery group Franaises des Jeux (FDJ), won the sum in December 2020. At the time, the jackpot was the largest in the history of EuroMillions, a seven-number lottery involving several European countries including France and the United Kingdom. "From my point of view, the priority today is saving the planet," Guy said. "We must act. It is an absolute emergency. If nothing is done in this regard, all other actions will be in vain. We will no longer exist." Read Full Story.

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YOUTH

Liberia Taxi Driver: How Returning $50,000 Changed Emmanuel Tuloe's Life

Liberia Taxi Driver: How Returning $50,000 Changed Emmanuel Tuloe's Life

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Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Tuloe of Liberia, Africa dropped out of school at the age of 9 in order to earn money to help his family. His father had died in a drowning accident and he went to live with his aunt. He became a motorbike taxi driver. His life changed when he found $50,000 ( Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

'Relax, Just Stay Here': Business Owner Shows Compassion As Homeless Man Startles Him

'Relax, Just Stay Here': Business Owner Shows Compassion As Homeless Man Startles Him

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In Strathroy, Canada, a business owner is taking only positives away from an early morning encounter with a man experiencing homelessness who was taking shelter in his store. Mike Balasin owns Pure Water Solutions; recently he went in early to set up for a delivery. It was about 6:30 AM when we walked into his 24-hour water distribution vestibule located at the front of his otherwise locked store and he encountered a many sleeping on the vestibule floor. The man was startled and immediately said, "Whoa, I'll get out of here." Balasin encouraged him to stay where he was, telling him that it was still cold outside. He said, "Relax it's warm, just stay here. Be comfortable. You are fine here." The man then offered to help Balasin load up the supplies for his delivery and afterwards the store owner made a coffee for both of them. When Balasin came back later, he found a handwritten note that the man had left for him. It said in part, "Thank you for the coffee. I really appreciate it. And thank you for being so kind and understanding." Read Full Story.

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COMMUNITY

Couple Converts Resort Property Into "Ukrainian Safe Haven"

Couple Converts Resort Property Into

Ukrainian Safe Haven

A Vancouver Island couple devised a creative way to help Ukrainian refugees that are arriving in Canada. Brian and Sharon Holowaychuks converted their resort property into a refugee home calledthe Ukrainian Safe Haven. The resort sits on a 33-hectare property surrounded by trees, wildlife, andan ocean waterfront. The couple bought it last year and originally planned to convert it into an art gallery and events center. But Brian, whose grandparents came from Ukraine, said those plans are on hold. With the help of volunteers,they are restoring much of the original layout. They hope to host 100 people in all.Nineteen people are already booked to arrive in two to three weeks. "We're in a position, in a place, in a time where we could help make a bit of a difference," Brian said. "And I thought, you know, it's time to stand up and be counted." Read Full Story.

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ELDERS

Oldest Park Ranger In America Retires At Age 100

Oldest Park Ranger In America Retires At Age 100

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Park ranger Betty Reid Soskin joined the National Park Service when she was 84 years old. Now at 100 years old, she is the oldest active park ranger in the country. When the National Park Service and the City of Oakland, Californiabegan planning for a new National Park in the early 2000's, Soskin, an experienced local and state political staffer at the time, played an active role in the process. Once the park opened, Soskinwho was then a California state employeeworked alongside the National Park Service on a research project "to uncover untold stories of African-Americans on the Home Front during World War II." That work led her to join the National Park Service at the age of 84. "To be a part of helping to mark the place where that dramatic trajectory of my own life, combined with others of my generation, will influence the future by the footprints we've left behind, has been incredible," Soskin said in a National Parks Service statement. After 15 years of telling the story of Black people and people of color on the home front during World War II, Soskin worked her last day at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park on March 31. Read Full Story.

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