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"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." --Aesop

Hello Friends! The notion of making an impact in the world tends to conjure up grand visions. But when we look closer, great accomplishments are often composed of small acts of great intention done over a dedicated period of time. This week, we delve into stories that highlight the power of just doing one small thing to lift up others and the planet. Whether a momentary decision to show up for a teen's birthday party, or a 13-year commitment to build a solar car from scratch -- these individuals remind us that one small thing can make a world of difference.

EVERYDAY HEROES

Man Who Walked 33 Miles To Work Gifted Car From Total Stranger

Man Who Walked 33 Miles To Work Gifted Car From Total Stranger

Melissa Askew | Unsplash

When Eric Aker's car broke down, rather than calling in sick, he started walking the 33 miles to work. In about 6 1/2 hours, he made it to his job in Bend to start his night shift. Chris Arsenault and his wife heard about Eric's story. "We decided we have more cars than we need, so we wanted to give him this little Honda," Chris said. "I think, especially in today's time, we need to help people. We need to help our neighbors," Chris said. "It's a rough time. People are divided and so I wanted to help him." Eric said the car handles and sounds good. "The kindness and generosity of the community has been overwhelming," he said. "I feel really blessed." Read Full Story.

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RESOURCES

Turning Refugee Lifejacket Into Clothing That Tells A Story

Turning Refugee Lifejacket Into Clothing That Tells A Story

Epimonia

Mohamed Malim's Minnesota-based startup takes lifejackets worn by refugees when they crossed the Mediterranean and transforms them into bracelets, beanie hats, jackets and other items of clothing. His aim is to tell a realistic, balanced story about refugees while supporting them practically. He studied marketing at university in 2018 when he collaborated with his uncle, the Dutch-Somali fashion designer Omar Munie, to create the Embracelet. They then launched Epimonia. The team is small—four employees and six refugee seamstresses—but has already recycled more than 500 lifejackets donated by Refugee 4 Refugees, a Greek NGO. In addition, they have donated over $45,000 (£33,000) for college scholarships and citizen application fees. Their next steps include creating apparel from tents left in Greece. Read Full Story.

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PLANET

He Planted A Sequoia To Offset His Carbon Footprint, Now It's A Business

He Planted A Sequoia To Offset His Carbon Footprint, Now It's A Business

Nina Luong | Unsplash

Henry Emson planted his own California Sequoia tree so "my carbon footprint is accounted for." Then he planted a giant sequoia sapling for each member of his family. Now it has turned into a business, with 700 small sequoia saplings growing in groves across the UK. One Tree One Life buys land where the giant trees can grow together in safety. Sequoia roots spread outward rather than downward, holding on to each other, so the biggest ones are always surrounded by others. While sequoias are native to the United States, growing 3,200 feet above sea level on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they can also grow elsewhere. Henry Emson wasn't the first Brit to cultivate them. Some California sequoias have flourished since the first seeds arrived in Great Britain in 1853, and are bigger than anything else on the island. Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

Math Teacher In India Builds Solar Car From Scratch

Math Teacher In India Builds Solar Car From Scratch

A mathematics teachers and innovator from India invented the affordable solar-powered car. Bilal Ahmed has been working on the project for over 13 years and has finally reached a milestone. He appears to have built his solar-powered electric car out of the body of a Maruti Suzuki 800, which has been covered in with solar panels on all sides to harness solar power. Breaking the notion that only the elite can have luxurious rides, Ahmed made a solar car that does not only give a luxurious feel but is also affordable to the common people. He has driven the car on the roads and has received a good response from passersby. Read Full Story.

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COMMUNITY

Hundreds Of Strangers Show Up To Celebrate Texas Teen's Birthday

Hundreds Of Strangers Show Up To Celebrate Texas Teen's Birthday

Roslyn Bates

In June, private nurse Roslyn Bates put out a call on Facebook for five children to help celebrate her son Demauriae's 14th birthday; her family and her son's circle of friends were so small that she was not sure there would be a party. Then, her post on Street News SA went viral. Five strangers soon became hundreds. Businesses offered cakes and candy and balloons, a barbershop offered a haircut, and Arturo Alderete offered to sponsor the party at Main Event. Batman and Spiderman led a game of laser tag, and kids who had previously been strangers lined up to thank Demauriae for inviting them. "Batman" Christopher Hernandez, who remembers being bullied for his size and ill-fitting clothes, started his company to help others celebrate life after he survived cancer. Demauriae and Alderete now play basketball together, and Bates will help Robyn Fonseca with her party decorating business. "We're looking forward to starting our new life with our new family," Bates says. Read Full Story.

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