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Along the bustle or humdrum of daily life, it's easy to habituate the sights, sounds, and relations around us. Yet one of the hidden gems of greatness is that it can show up with remarkable simplicity, everywhere. Whether while walking to work or buying coffee at a hospital cafe, whether celebrating a football game or bringing an extra jacket to school -- this week's stories remind us that small, unassuming acts of service can spin into rich, resilient webs of possibility.

ELDERS

Meet The 100-Year-Old Volunteer With No Plans To Stop

Meet The 100-Year-Old Volunteer With No Plans To Stop

Friends Cafe at Ealing Hospital in London has the volunteer of the century. 18 years ago, 100-year-old Beryl Carr started volunteering at the cafe as a cashier after her husband died. She said, "The friendship and the camaraderie, and I feel I'm helping people who are not as fortunate as myself." Ann Cousins, the cafe manager said, "It's like having a bit of royalty because everybody comes and sees Beryl when she's here. They make a special point of saying hello and making a fuss of her." "I don't feel 100. I'm not ready to put my feet up, I've got a lot more volunteering to do." declared Beryl. Read Full Story.

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BUSINESS

Restaurant Pays Employees To Do Community Service

Restaurant Pays Employees To Do Community Service

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Although Casa Bonita remains closed for renovations, the restaurant venue is paying several dozen of its employees to volunteer in their community full-time. People like Oscar Anguiano have been volunteering at places like We Don't Waste, a nonprofit organization that recovers and redistributes unused food in Denver. "I absolutely love it," said Anguiano. "It's a different kind of feeling giving back to community while I'm still employed." The restaurant plans to reopen in late 2022, to its employees as well as its customers. Read Full Story.

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SPORTS

Kansas City Chiefs Fans Donate Over $250K To Buffalo Children's Hospital, In Nod To Buffalo Bills Fans' Tradition Of Giving To Other Teams

Kansas City Chiefs Fans Donate Over $250K To Buffalo Children's Hospital, In Nod To Buffalo Bills Fans' Tradition Of Giving To Other Teams

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In late January, the Kansas City Chiefs football team handed the Buffalo Bills one of the most heartbreaking losses in franchise history. Chiefs fans, inspired by the fundraising spirit of Bills Mafia, decided to turn their team's big overtime win into a positive for the Buffalo community, raising $312,800 for Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo as of Thursday morning. Beginning Tuesday, donations in increments of $13 began being sent to the hospital from Chiefs fans in honor of the 13 seconds it took for the Kansas City offense to drive down the field to tie the divisional-round playoff game at the end of regulation. The Chiefs went on to win 42-36 on the first drive of overtime. While 13 seconds will likely never again have a positive association in Buffalo, fan bases turning a tough ending into a positive for a different community is an uplifting tradition. Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

Teacher Intercepted By A Random Act Of Kindness

Teacher Intercepted By A Random Act Of Kindness

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Maria Iorlando was on her way to school one morning, arms full with school supplies and a box of donuts as a surprise for her students, when she heard a voice. "Excuse me, miss." She pulled out her ear buds. A stranger came up to Iorlando and asked if she was a teacher. Yes, said Iorlando. He the asked if the box of donuts were for her students. Iorlando nodded. Unexpectedly, the stranger placed a $50 bill on top of the box of donuts. He wanted to pay for the treat and thank her. The teacher was at a loss for words. As the stranger turned around and waved goodbye, Iorlando was knocked out of her stupor. "His random act of kindness will be used to make a bunch of middle school kids in the Bronx very happy," said Iorlando. "Sometimes angels do walk among us." Read Full Story.

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YOUTH

'Wall Of Goodness' Brings Warmth To Dhanbad's Winter

'Wall Of Goodness' Brings Warmth To Dhanbad's Winter

In India, a unique initiative by Dhanbad youths has been helping their community deal with the chilling cold. A large number of winter clothing items including jackets, sweaters, blankets and woolen caps are being hung on the nails of "Neki ki Diwar" (wall of goodness) built on the side wall of KC Girls School in Jharia. A mural above the nails appeals to people to donate clothing they have but don't use because it can be of great help to others. "Neki ki Diwar" has proven to be a boon for those who are going through difficult financial situations. Such people come here silently in the dark or early morning and take warm clothing items for themselves and their families. The initiative is getting a good response from citizens. Read Full Story.

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