Philanthropy

Anonymous Donor Pays Off Tuition for Graduating Class at Wiley College

​Graduation is an equally exciting and terrifying time for many college students. While the time should be spent celebrating the massive achievement, many are fraught with worries of the future—namely, how they are going to overcome the debt they’ve accumulated. Wiley...

Bartender Saves Family from Rip Current

Cape Town, South Africa, is well-known as a tourist destination in part for its gorgeous beaches. People travel to the area for its nature, its culture, and maybe to end the day with a drink on the water. That is precisely how Clair Gardiner and her daughter, Arya,...

“Landfill of the Future” Turns Farming Waste into Products

Most don’t look at a landfill and see potential for anything—especially biological landfills. With no discernable use, fish, farm, and forest waste is usually dumped back in the sea or forest. As we see the effects of our impact on the environment more and more every...

Students Write Letters to Help Animals Get Adopted

​Adopting an animal from a shelter is universally seen as a positive deed one can do for their community, but it doesn’t come without its own problems. Younger animals are swept in and out of shelters. A bright-eyed puppy or kitten obviously has its appeal—to have a...

From Cards to a Full Collection: How Ken Griffey Jr. Saved a Man’s Life

One can never know precisely what hides behind the doors of one’s home. People everywhere have their own hobbies and idiosyncrasies. Some people knit. Others do puzzles. Others keep one of the largest collections of Ken Griffey Jr. sports memorabilia. Maybe many don’t...

World War II Veteran Becomes Children’s Book Author at 95

Sam Baker always loved reading, but for the vast majority of his life, that was all it was. An enjoyable task to fill open pockets of time. He found his love for reading during the ninth grade when he had to write a dozen book reports in one year. The repeated tasks...

Elementary Students Create a Pep-Talk Hotline

It’s easy to feel low after two years of uncertainty. Sometimes, all we need is someone to tell us everything will be okay and to take a breath. That is precisely what one art teacher at West Side Elementary School, Jessica Martin, and her students strove to create....

Former Marine Drives 1,000 Miles to Deliver Supplies for Ukrainian Refugees

When tragedy strikes, many rise to the occasion. Upon seeing the images and videos of families broken apart by the tragedies in Ukraine, former Royal Marine Tom Littledyke knew he had to do something. Littledyke was quick to form a plan: he was going to drive 1,000...

Orion Jean is Time’s Kid of the Year

Many of us have the notion that making a positive impact on the world is something that is bigger than us. Orion Jean proves that anyone can make a difference—even an elementary school kid can have a positive impact on hundreds of lives. When the pandemic first...

Man Saves Family of Stray Cats, Stray Cats Save His Restaurant

Whether or not you believe it, good karma is said to come to those who do good, but that wasn’t on Naoki Teraoka’s radar when he rescued a sickly kitten outside his restaurant, despite his financial troubles. Before the pandemic hit in early 2020, Teraoka’s...

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