A Bit of Good News - Kind people are the best kind of people
December 14, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 45
From thrifty to thoughtful
Terry Kahn is gone but his good deeds go on.
Kahn earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. He enlisted in the Army after graduation and served in Vietnam. Upon his return to the states, Kahn toiled at the Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly three decades and served his community as a volunteer. The lifelong bachelor resided in a modest house in south Indianapolis and drove an older-model car. Because he had no children and lived frugally, Kahn saved up a small and secret fortune of $13 million.
When Kahn died in 2021 at the age of 78, his attorney Dwayne Isaacs was directed to give the money to charity. Since Kahn didn't state which charity, Isaacs has been playing fairy godfather to about a dozen nonprofits in the area, including a group that helps survivors of domestic violence, an organization that provides school supplies to teachers, the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.
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Help is on the way!
We all know that college costs a fortune. After paying for classes, room and board, books, school supplies, plus basic necessities, there's not always enough money left over to afford food. Well, for students at UC Irvine in California, help can be found right on campus.
The goal of the UCI Basic Needs Center is "to support students in meeting their fundamental needs" by tackling food insecurity and homelessness. For several days a week, the center gives food and toiletries to students who simply can't afford them. It provides a text-based notification system to let students know when there’s free food left over from catered events. The center also offers assistance from social workers, a diaper bank for parenting students, short-term transportation support and financial wellness consultations.
Last month, the center launched its latest initiative: a mobile food pantry. Every Friday, the mobile pantry stops at student housing locations and provides access to fresh produce, proteins and other staples.
“For years, we’ve been hearing from students that access is really important to them. We envisioned a second pantry model that would bring food closer to students, and with the mobile food pantry, it’s now available,” Andrea Mora, director of the UCI Basic Needs Center, said.
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The king is home. Long live the king.
Last month, the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago held a "Fall in Love" adoption event. Of the 62 shelter dogs and cats featured at the event, 61 found homes. The unwanted one was a 3-year-old, white and grey pit bull-terrier mix named Elvis.
Ever determined, the shelter staff posted a message on Facebook in hopes of finding the "handsome ham" a new family.
When Drew Wilhelm heard the dog's story, he knew that the smiling pup was the one he and his partner, Loren Agron, could love forever. And as fate would have it, Wilhelm was previously an Elvis impersonator so the dog's name was practically kismet.
The couple visited the shelter the very next day and soon after meeting Elvis, they adopted him. In response, the Anti-Cruelty Society posted a joyous message online: "Elvis has LEFT the building!"
“We can’t stress enough that we see dogs like Elvis waiting for their forever homes every day, and we hope that his story brings more adopters through our doors,” Rachel Klousnitzer, a representative with the Anti-Cruelty Society, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We want to keep the Elvis momentum going and encourage the community to open their homes to animals in need.”
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Dave cooks the turkey
I'm a huge fan of the old CBC radio program, "The Vinyl Cafe," which was hosted by the late, great Stuart McLean. How big of a fan? Well, I own all the CDs. I own all of the books. I attended two of his Christmas shows (one in the U.S. and one in Canada). I used one of his stories in my wedding vows. And I've been a subscriber to the podcast, "Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe,” hosted by his long-suffering producer Jess Milton, since it launched in 2021. If you enjoy listening to good stories, check it out.
In the meantime, here's a Christmas classic about Canada’s favorite fictional family:
LAST WEEK’S POLL
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
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* Doing charity work for those in need
* The giving and receiving of presents
* Reaching out to people who may be having a tough time
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." --Eric Severeid
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thanks to Josh Appel, Unsplash, LinkedIn, the Washington Township Schools Foundation, Indianapolis Monthly, YouTube, CBS Sunday Morning, Courtney Mroch, the UCI Basic Needs Center, Instagram, UCI News, KABC, the Anti-Cruelty Society, Facebook, WPLG, WGN, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Apple News, The Vinyl Cafe, CBC News, Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe, Stuart McLean, Toys for Tots, Ismael Paramo and Deposit Photos for art and story suggestions.
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