REACHING OUT

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“A smile is the universal welcome.”

Max Eastman (1883-1969);
writer

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Carlos Casteneda (1925-1998);
Author, philospher

“There are those whose lives affect all others around them. Quietly touching one heart, who in turn, touches another. Reaching out to ends further than they would ever know. ”

William Bradfield

“You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

A. A. Milne (1882-1956);
English author, best known for his books about Winnie-the-Pooh

“Character is the total of thousands of small daily strivings to live up to the best that is in us.”

A. G. Trudeau (1903-1991);
Former US Army General

“Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.”

Bonaro W. Overstreet Author

“It's the most breathtakingly ironic things about living: the fact that we are all...alone. Singular. And yet what we seek - what saves us - is our connection to others.”

Wally Lamb (born 1950);
author

“The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.”

Sarah Fielding (1710-1768);
novelist

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Real Stories About Reaching Out

I Can't Hear You

Last week I was in the boarding area of the airport excited for my Easter trip home to see my parents and brother. I was preoccupied with plans for the weekend but was brought out of my daydreaming by an elderly woman talking loudly into her cell phone. She kept asking the person to meet her where she was and…

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Bad Day

I was so close to tears. I could feel them just behind my eyelids threatening to spill out any second. I could feel my face crumpling into a little ball, my lip quivering...I needed a friend. I was surrounded by friends, but something was missing. And then I realized. I was having the worst day of my entire life, and…

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The History Lady Has Spent Many Years Entertaining Seniors

For the past 16 years, 70-year-old Jeanette Alessio-Way--also called "The History Lady" and "lady with the stuff"--has been giving up to 85 entertaining presentations every month in southern California at senior residences, social-service organizations and similar venues. Her presentations are unique because every talk commemorates the people, places, events and cultural trivia associated with a specific month. For most of…

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Touching One Life

I volunteered with the Challenger League, a baseball team for young adults with physical disabilities. One day, a young man hit a home run and we ran around the bases - nothing unusual. However, it was unusually quiet in the stands. Later, I was told that this young man was autistic and didn't like people touching him. He often became…

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Wake Up Call

One phone call changed my entire life around. Well it was December 2009 and I was just about through my first semester of college, and for the past 11 years I had thought seriously about killing myself except what was holding me back was my family and friends who cared about me. Then one day I got a phone call…

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My skills to another

When I was thirteen years old, I became very interested in shopping and making purchases from eBay. I would do all the browsing around and then when there was something I found that I wanted, I would ask for the help of my Dad to place bids and make purchases. After a while being just a buyer wasn’t doing it…

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The Day We Became Friends

She was new to my school and we despised each other for the first year. Looking back on it now, I think it was only because we were so alike. After a horrible day, I sat on the ground crying when I saw someone sit down next to me. I wasn't sure of who it was at first. It was…

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The Best Birthday Present Ever

On my 17th birthday I received the best present ever. I grew up getting everything I ever wanted. I received clothes, electronics, 2 trips to Europe but nothing could compare to this one gift. I went to my chorus class and my friends had a cake for me. I was content. A girl named Emily walked into the room and…

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Helping a man with a problem

My daughter, 25 at the time, took me to my favorite diner for lunch. There was a man, wearing an old army jacket, that obviously had some mental disabilities as well as financial problems. The waitresses were extremely discourteous and insisted the man show them his money before they would take his order...very publicly. When we were in line, checking…

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My Keeper

I wanted to write this in hopes of keeping the memory of an amazing women alive. In her mid-fifties and disabled, she still was the rock of our family. Not only did this women take my mom and her two daughters under her wing (my sister and I) but she was the most generous and happy person I ever met.…

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A Beautiful Gift

I was a self-conscious seventeen year old girl with stringy hair and fifty pounds of extra weight. One night, my parents dragged me along to a party filled with "beautiful people". I felt dumpy and awkward amid the sophisticated guests. I wanted to hide. I looked around the room...the only place left to sit was next to the most beautiful…

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Genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle

One of my all time favorite movies is "A Christmas Story" which follows the plight Ralphie Parker who is a nine year old boy from Indiana. The main point of this story is Raphie's desire for a "Genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle" for Christmas. Throughout the movie, all the indicators are that it is just not…

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Stranger

My Nana called me and we talked for a while. She told me she was dragging a TV to her car to put out with the trash at her house. A man saw her struggling and went all the way to the stoplight and turned around. He got out and picked up the TV by himself and put it in…

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See You there

The day was a typical summer day - sunny, bright sky, and so much fun...you would think. Unfortunately, I was stuck working. I worked at a amusement park and wasn't really excited about working there that day but it had to be done anyway. Well while I was working I had this huge family come up to me and ask…

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A Small Gift

As a teenager, I worked at a grocery store as a cashier in a local mall. There was a young man who walked around the mall and it didn't look like he had any friends or family. I learned from store owners that he suffered schizophrenia and was pretty much a loner. He was always very polite to me when…

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Keep Running

My family runs races together, but I frequently run 5ks by myself. It was at a 5k in Tulsa where I really figured out what the whole running community is about. I was about a half a mile away from the finish line when I noticed a girl about 7 or 8 years old who was walking by herself. I…

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Making Friends, Losing Enemies

About five years ago I started at a new school, when my family moved to Iowa. I was just a little excited, but I worried I would never fit in with the other sixth graders. Lucy, a girl in my class, who I thought was not ready for change, didn't like me from the start. In fact, I was pretty…

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Compassion for your enemy

I moved from a small town to a big city and was on my own for the first time in my life about to start dental school. I didn't have a single friend and was homesick. To make matters worse, someone in the class started picking on me for no apparent reason. She made fun of my background, my residence…

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Learning A Valuable Lesson

From my seat in the van, the rows of tomato plants looked like neatly laid pick-up-sticks. It was harvest time near Quincy, Florida, picking season for hundreds of migrant workers. With a team of youth, I was ready to spend a week renovating an old church and community center. Yet after that week of labor, my most valuable lesson came…

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Special new friend

About a year or two ago I was on a city bus sitting near the rear exit door. This lady with Down syndrome was preparing to get off when she suddenly looked up at me, her face lit up with a big smile and said, "Well hi there"! I mean she just blew me away with her positive outlook I…

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Learning to Give

In the United States we have many material blessings available to us. However, oftentimes we do not share those blessings with others. While on a trip to Romania I learned a very important law of life: give of yourself and your possessions every chance you have. During July of 1999, I, along with eight others, traveled to the country of…

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Kindness

When I was in 8th grade, I had lots of friends, I wasn't lonely or anything. But in my P.E. class, I saw this 7th grader who was not liked by many people. No one ever chose him to be on teams. He sat near me in P.E., so I started talking to him, and I was always nice to…

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The Brittany Project

I am a 911 Dispatcher for The City of Murfreesboro, TN. In October 2010, one of my officers, Brittany Maxwell started a project to give artificial Christmas Trees to children in low income housing complexes in our city. She was bullied, harassed and teased by other officers for varying reasons. But Officer Maxwell wasn't going to let that stop her.…

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Everyday Hero: SFC John

My hero is my AJROTC Instructor SFC Weeks. He truly leads by example and will help anyone in need. When I started high school I was not a very good kid, I was into bad things and he accepted me and encouraged me to do right. Now that I am a junior I truly appreciate his help and look up…

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Everyday Hero: Kathleen

I'm the executive director of Napa Valley Community Housing, a non-profit that develops and manages housing for low and very-low income residents. These people are my heroes. Most of them are uneducated; many to not speak English and almost all of them make $9-$12 an hour. Yet, they work hard every day in restaurants, vineyards, and hotels to make a…

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Everyday Hero: Nancy

One of my heroes in Nancy H. Nancy has been teaching at our local elementary school forever, she tells her students every year that she is 196 years old. Why she is a hero to me is because she is a friend and mentor to my daughter. She was my daughter's 3rd and 4th grade teacher. She encouraged my daughter's…

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Everyday Hero: Ursula

Ursula G., 90, my childhood dance teacher. Ursula taught modern dance at Colorado College in Colorado Springs for 40 years. I took dance starting at the age of 4. I was a pigeon-toed kid and my feet were corrected in my toddler years. The doctor suggested dance to continue my progress and improve my balance. Ursula was so positive with…

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Everyday Hero: Michelle

My hero is my daughter Michelle. She has Down's Syndrome. She is 37 years old and on her 4th pacemaker. She was never expected to live past early childhood. She had open heart surgery at age five. She had other people make fun of her because of her weight and she struggled but finally lost 65 lbs. She has kept…

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Everyday Hero: Javier

Javier is my inspiration. Whenever I feel down it seems like I get a text message or a phone call that just brightens my day. He is always cheerful and happy and willing to help others through their time of need, even when he is having a rough time. He never has an unkind word to say to anyone and…

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Everyday Hero: Coach

Coach P is rough around the edges. He growls when he speaks and he is constantly yelling on the football field. He is hardest on me though. I always thought that it was because I was his son when in reality it was because he always knew how good I could be. There were times when quitting would have been…

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Everyday Hero: John

John has worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation for nearly 40 years. During the short amount of time that I have worked under his tutelage, I have found myself constantly in awe of the qualities he exhibits daily. John is the ultimate social worker, unwavering in his commitment to serving others. He is completely non-judgmental and dedicated to serving…

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Everyday Hero: Kathleen

In my eyes, Mrs. S. needs to be a hero for what she has done for my older son who has autism. My 19-year-old son, Bryon, has a long story behind his life, but I will make this short. He has never had a drum lesson in his life and he went to this now retired music teacher, Mrs. S.…

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Everyday Hero: Stanley

Four days a week in Hutchinson, Kansas a miracle happens: 200-300 people eat a hot meal. The miracle worker is an unassuming woman named Stanley M. who operates the Christian Soup Ministry. For close to 20 years she's never missed a scheduled day, never run out of food, never turned anyone away...and never accepted so much as a penny of…

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Everyday Hero: Henry

My hero is a man named Henry. He has always been the one I can run to in times of need. He has shown me that a father is someone who you can trust and rely on, not necessarily one who helped create you. My mom died unexpectedly when I barely turned 13, and my biological dad has never really…

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Everyday Hero: Joseph

Joseph is always there when I need someone to talk to. He was one of the friends I made at my new school. If I ever have any doubts about something, he gives me the confidence. He believes in me no matter what I am trying to do. No one has ever really believed in me or told me I…

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Everyday Hero: Pat

Pat B. is a retired 2nd grade teacher. Like a lot of other teachers, Mrs. B faced challenges having kids in her class that brought with them various problems from home. In my particular case, as with so many other kids that she helped, I came from a disadvantaged family. I was often teased about my clothes, my height, and…

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Everyday Hero: Gwen

Mrs. W often took care of my twin sister and me. She lived across the street and must have noticed that we had a difficult family life. She was patient, kind, and treated us as if we were her own children. She taught me how to create a good family life, how to be loving mothers, and how to help…

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Everyday Hero: Rashmi

My daughter is an ESL teacher. She teaches adult refugees who have never spoken English in their lives. She narrated me this one instance which brought tears of joy to my eyes. This is what she told me...this is her story in her own words. "About a year ago, I walked into my classroom to prepare for my lesson only…

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Everyday Hero: Marcus

Marcus was a co-worker of mine for many years and I've never seen anyone so devoted to their job. I've often caught myself just watching him interact with customers. He's never met a stranger, and is an overall genuine and good person. He taught me that being cool doesn't mean playing the 'tough guy,' and basically that you get what…

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Everyday Hero: Matthew

Matt was my high school creative writing teacher and is now my friend. He guided me through crucial times in my life that could have turned out much worse if he was not there. He selflessly offered empathy, wisdom and kindness, going out of his way to engage when I needed it most. On these principles, he later started his…

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Everyday Hero: Richard

Rich F. was a volunteer fire fighter and Prince George's County Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on June 27, 2008. Rich was dedicated to his wife, their two small children, and to serving his community. He lived his life with purpose and service. He could always make you smile with his positive attitude. If you…

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Everyday Hero: Erin

Erin B. has taught me that you don't have to be fake or selfish to be popular with your peers. She has come into my life and taught me how to be a better friend and a better person. She brightens every room she walks into, and makes a new friend with everyone she greets with a "Hello."

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Everyday Hero: Rhonda

After a bad childhood & no family; I lacked a huge concern for others. With no hope, I came to VCU as a lost freshman. Little did I know, my life would be changed forever by my advisor. Mrs. K. came into my life in August 2004 and I quickly bonded with her. I felt I could trust her, something…

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Everyday Hero: Jim and Marti

As a new parent, I hope to inspire my child the way my own parents (Jim and Marti) have continued to inspire, advocate, and support my dreams. Over the past thirty-years, my parents have stood by my side and motivated me to become the women I am today.

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Everyday Hero: Jeff

My soccer coach, Jeff M. is my hero. He has showed me so much not only in soccer but also about my outlook on life. I am a usually a negative person about myself and the things I do. Every time I would do something wrong in soccer I would take it out on myself. He is the one who…

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Everyday Hero: My Friend

In my late 30's a friend of mine died of cancer. She fought for 6 years and suffered through numerous treatments. In my late forties I was told I had cancer. For two weeks I kept it to myself. I had decided not to fight it. I told no one. One night while chatting with a friend on line I…

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Everyday Hero: Halbert

What started as a job offer in the medical examiner/coroner's office turned into a life changing event for a single mother of four children. Dr. T. was a leading national pathologist who worked on many notorious forensic cases with the likes of Henry Lu and Michael Boden. But what he was most was a very compassionate human being. The father…

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Everyday Hero: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

One of my biggest heroes is the founder of the Special Olympics. Her family, and the world, lost this beautiful soul this year. Her story has been told, published, and shared. I do not believe I have the ability to express just what she did for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the rest of us that have been granted…

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Everyday Hero: Preston

My son Preston has always been a kindhearted boy. But tears came to my eyes when he asked my wife's friend's sister to dance. She has a mental disorder that makes her seem to be in a distant world. The look of kindness in his eyes while he danced with her made war and pain and violence seem to be…

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Everyday Hero: My Mother

My mother is my hero. She saved me from dying when I was 8 years old. She pushed me out of the way of a speeding car and died saving me. She was only 28 years old. Out of respect and honor for my mom I went to college and got my masters degree in real estate. Now I'm 28…

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Everyday Hero: Deanna

Deanna McLemore, my mother, has given selflessly to our small farm community for over 45 years. As a nurse she has touched the lives of most families in the county, either caring for their elderly parents, their children, or anyone in between. She has given up time on the weekends and in the evenings, always off the clock, to go…

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Everyday Hero: Scott

Scott truly is "passing it on." He volunteers in prisons, providing workshops for prisoners ready to be released back into society. He has given 15,000 pairs of glasses to needy children and is doing a huge 7,000 person event in Utah, in which the proceeds will be distributed to the local churches to provide food and clothing to the needy.…

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Everyday Hero: Jennifer

Jennifer started volunteering with AIDS service organiztions (ASO's) over 10 years ago. She has given her adult life to bettering the lives of those infected with or affected by AIDS. She is now the CEO of Aid for AIDS of Nevada, and is a hero to those in this city who need a hand up, not a hand out.

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Everyday Hero: Brittany

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My mom is my hero because she is always thier for me. She is always helping me with everything. She encouagesd me to do my best. I can't image life without her. I Would miss her if she went away. She is my everything.

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Everyday Hero: Michaella

Michaella is my hero. When she was just 14, Michaella helped create the Exceptional Rodeo for children with disabilities. She and her local 4-H Club raised over $2,000 to fund the rodeo, which included 'bucking' broncos (made of hay and barrels), calf roping, and stick horse barrel racing. As a result of Michaella's accomplishments, thirty-five local children with physical and…

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Everyday Hero: Judge Kathleen

Judge Kathleen V. is more than just a judge overseeing a drug court for juveniles with substance abuse issues. She inspires confidence in kids who have little in the way of family support - she is cheerleader to those who succeed - she is genuine in her concern and commitment to helping kids live a healthy and drug free life.…

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Everyday Hero: Earl

My hero is a person who always puts others before himself. He is always faithful to anything he undertakes and always willing to lend a helping hand. His word is his bond. He always goes above and beyond the call of duty. He works in Human Resources. He gives 110 percent to the project. He is always going the extra…

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Everyday Hero: Merlin

Prior to passing away in October 2007, Merlin dedicated his life to teaching, including spending 43 years as the Director of a week-long summer camp that taught leadership to high school student body leaders from all over Washington State. For 43 years, each summer Merlin left his family for one week because of his unwavering belief that our high school…

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Everyday Hero: Will

My hero is my husband, Will. He suffers from FSH Muscular Dystrophy, and has recently been diagnosed with a grade 3 (cancer) brain tumor. We have 2 little girls ages 3 and 4. My husband has been through a needle biopsy in his brain only to determine that his tumor is inoperable, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy (ongoing). He has been…

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Everyday Hero: Lou

I have worked with Lou for 11 years. Even though he is over 15 years younger than me, I consider him to be my mentor. He is wise beyond his years. He has taught me and my co-workers positive values for living that have made our lives richer in so many ways. Basic values, like: How to treat people How…

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Everyday Hero: Hope

Hope is a nurse currently working in Darfur with Doctors Without Borders assisting women and children in a clinic camp. Hope wears many hats as she works with cases of trauma/childbirth/rehabilitation; not to mention the general well being and survival of those she touches. She is my hero.

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Everyday Hero: Don

Don G., my hero, was a college instructor when I was a freshman in college. Although he did not know me before I was in his speech class, he learned a bit about my interest in radio broadcasting and offered me an opportunity to start, build and eventually manage our college radio station. He gave me the break in life,;…

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Everyday Hero: Cindy & Darlene

My heroes, Cindy and Darlene, are actually connected. I was looking for a job and had been out of work for a little while when my mom, through some volunteer work, found out about a local job training center for people with disabilities. I was tested and I got a job coach, Cindy. She was great. Cindy helped me transfer…

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Everyday Hero: Julia

Julia is my hero—she organized Showers to Go!, a program that provides personal care products for needy community members. Julia learned at school that personal hygiene is one of many challenges faced by the homeless. The next day, Julia took the contents of her piggy bank to her teacher, asking that she give the money to a homeless person in…

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Everyday Hero: Zurriane

Zurriane has volunteered his time as a Martial Arts instructor for many years to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. For the past nine years he has also volunteered his time as a defense instructor for women and a resisting aggression defense instructor for children. He is also my martial arts instructor and has helped me and many other…

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Everyday Hero: Tom

Tom is my father. He is my hero because he helps me through my life. He has helped me learn to read, to write, to do math, and how to use computers. But recently, he got arthritis. Now, we are not the richest family, so I raised money with my friends to help pay for the shots he had to…

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Everyday Hero: Sgt. Juan

"The Write Stuff" my middle school group of Random Acts of Kindness Kids sent over 500 homemade letters and gifts to wounded American troops this year. One soldier was so touched, he traveled by bus from Walter Reed Medical Center with a 3 inch bullet in his leg to meet the kids and tell them they made a difference. Both…

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Everyday Hero: Ronald and Lydia

My heroes are my grandparents: Ronald and Lydia J. They not only raised me but taught me that character and responsibility are more important than how much money you have, the college degrees you have earned or the job you hold. Your character is the foundation of who you are. As they say, 'the true test of a man is…

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Everyday Hero: Will

More than anything else, Will gives me hope. He looks for the good and upholds it in others. He serves, he walks his talk. He uplifts people. He takes meaningful action to make the world and the people in it better. He's real and speaks the truth. He has character. He's a good man. He provides meaningful, heart-full information to…

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Everyday Hero: Jason

My daddy is my hero. I think he is the best dad in the world. An example of this would be the first time I rode a bike: Crash Boom Bang! I had a very bad wreck! He hustled to me into the house at a very high speed and totally took care of me. He picked me up and…

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Everyday Hero: Adam

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My hero is my Dad. He is my hero because he protects me and my family loves and cares about me and is always there for me. My Dad takes me everywhere it is so fun. He takes us to Disney and other states it is so awesome. He helps me with evrything he teaches me everything like he helps…

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Everyday Hero: Gene

My hero is Gene W. Gene has started more than a dozen companies in his lifetime. He started out working in the laser industry when it was still in its infancy in the 1940s. In his early days in Silicon Valley he often associated with pioneers of the era like Dave Packard and Bell Hewlett. Dave Packard in particular, was…

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Everyday Hero: Ann

My Grandmother was, and still is, my hero. She gave me all the love and care she could. I love her, and miss her dearly. I love you Grammie.

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Everyday Hero: DeAnn

It is with great honor to nominate Dr. DeAnn K., a Professor of Sociology at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an outstanding person. Dr. K. believes in the success of students especially those with disabilities. Her belief is that she will NEVER, EVER give up hope on a student regardless of the grade in her class. Because it…

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Everyday Hero: Chris

My hero is not somebody who is known by many people. He is a schoolteacher with a goal to be an inspiration to his students, and to support them when nothing else makes sense. Although I didn't have him as my teacher, when I came to him for help with my troubles, he gladly opened his arms to me. I…

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Everyday Hero: Phyllis

This is about my baby sister, Phyllis W. The youngest of nine children, she was the epitome of the baby in our family. Everyone looked out for her, especially me. We were the closest in age and also best friends. At the age of 35, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 4. She had two small children and was…

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Everyday Hero: RAMAKRISHNAN

I consider Mr. S. Ramakrishnan as my hero! He has been confined to a wheel chair after a fall while attending a selection examination for Indian Naval Officer about three decades back. He has lost complete movement and feeling of all the parts of the body right below his neck. True to the advice of the military doctor Dr. Amarjeet…

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Everyday Hero: Monica

My hero is my mom. She had me when she was in her teenage years and though she could have had a much easier life if she had given me up, she chose to keep me. She was faced with the difficult issues of being a single parent while finishing high school and college. She is now a very successful…

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Everyday Hero: A.J.

He has been my best friend since fourth grade and has always stuck up for me. He makes me laugh when I am in the worst mood. He makes the unpopular kids at school feel like they are really important. I wish I could strive to be more like A.J. because he has really made a difference in many people's…

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Everyday Hero: Mrs.

Mrs. L is a second grade teacher at Hill Elementary School in Lincoln, NE. She is a positive person who never forgets a name. She respects each of her students and works hard to highlight their talents. Throughout the school year, Mrs. L and her husband take two students at a time for a special Saturday morning. They pick the…

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Everyday Hero: Jennifer

I am nominating my mom as my hero. I love my mother very much. She is always cheering me on to reach my dreams. Even though she didn't reach all of her dreams, she wants me to reach mine. She is my hero because she is the perfect mom. I have said a few bad things to her, but she…

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Everyday Hero: Katie

One of my heroes, Katie W., was born with one arm and of Asian decent. She grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood, and her parents neglected her and did not show her the love she deserved and needed. She was on the first girl's basketball team that I coached. She joined us her 7th grade year and through her…

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Everyday Hero: Shawn

I met Shawn a few years ago. She is my hero as she is everything I've ever wanted to be. Perfect, no...and doesn't claim to be. She's been challenged with life threatening illness more than once. She is a true miracle. Shawn has more inner strength than anyone I have ever known. She's helped me learn and taught me to…

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Everyday Hero: Kelly

Kelly is a one of a kind person. With a heart that she opens to all, Kelly is counted on by many. But what really has set Kelly apart and made her my hero is her non-stop optimism and dedication. Kelly has dedicated her life to helping people, and to helping spread awareness for an array of causes. Let me…

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Everyday Hero: Kelly

My mom is my hero. Why? Because she has taught me all my life lessons. She has been through so much in these past few months, but although she was in a tough situation, she always made sure my siblings and I were okay. She always put herself last and let everyone else come first. She cares about people, and…

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Everyday Hero: Christiane

My roommate Christy recently gave up her high-paying position to dedicate her time to care for an 8-year-old boy with Autism. He is an adorable boy with a heart of gold, but definitely a challenge at times! Christy has nothing but patience with him and because of her efforts he has made amazing advances socially as well as developmentally. Christy…

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Everyday Hero: Lawrence

After my dad passed away, Larry helped by making me a better person. He helped me grow into a new person; find myself again; and helped me to believe in myself. I think he never once stopped believing in me. We work together and he is my manager. He has also really taught me the real meaning of the word…

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Everyday Hero: American Red Cross

I spent the last 2 weeks serving on the disaster relief operation for Hurricane Ike. While this is not my first with the ARC, I stand in awe of the tireless dedication of many other volunteers. Some of these have spent a significant portion of their life serving their country in times of disaster. One such gentlemen was on his…

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Everyday Hero: Bob

As a young boy, I was quite lonely. Although I had a wonderful mother and a great 'big' sister, I didn't have a dad. My true father died when I was two. However, a wonderful person came into my life when I was about 5 or 6. He was a young guy of about 19 and he worked in the…

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Everyday Hero: Dylan

Dylan has had a multitude of problems, most of which were simply the vicissitudes of life. He has dealt with emotional problems including depression and anxiety, which have been overwhelming at times. In an attempt to help other young men, he was beaten up and left unconscious which caused an irrationality of thought for a period of time. Following closely…

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Everyday Hero: Karla

I was going through a hard time, where my stepmother and I were not getting along, and since I was the only child in the house, it tended to get depressing. There was no compromise, only her way. Eventually I made it out of the house, and Karla F helped me through those hard times; she is helping me still…

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Everyday Hero: Dianne

I was only 7 years old when I first moved to a town called Atascadero. This town was small. It didn't have much entertainment. No movie theaters, not many restaurants, no bowling alleys and to top it all off, I had to leave my old friends, go to a new school and start all over. My first day there was…

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Everyday Hero: Barbara

Barbara exhibited so many values and qualities to me, giving of herself, after I returned to work after being injured at work. I was in a lot of pain and she did everything possible to help me manage as we both had to push heavy equipment around our work area. I was having such difficulty due to peripheral neuropathy from…

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This is touching.
Ashley over 3 years ago from victorville

If you see someone new at the school you just walk over and say hi.
Chris Napolion almost 4 years ago from Vicksburg

This commercial really inspired me! I was in Sunday School a while ago, and the ten-year-old granddaughter of the teacher was there. She doesn't go to our church, and she was sitting at a table with the teacher and the assistant. I could tell she wanted to sit with somebody else without having to ask, so I asked her to sit beside me. Her whole face just lit up, and she thanked me again and again. It felt so good to do that, I try to do it every day at least once. Thank you!
Molly B. about 4 years ago from North carolina

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