Hello everyone! Welcome to our second week of Top 5 Do Gooders of the Week. As always, we’re here to tell you good news about good people. This is the magical place where no good deed goes unrecognized or unappreciated!
Who’s been making a difference? Who caught our eye(s)? If you’re too lazy to read, just watch the video but… if you’re not… readers, here they are. (drumroll please!)
1. Jay-Z & Beyonce: Humble Acts of Kindness for Racial Equality Support
First up on our list this week is Jay-Z and Beyonce. Some of you may already have heard this but it’s worth reading about if you haven’t. Rumor has it, these two giants of hip-hop have been making a strong stand for the African American community. A close confidante of the couple leaked on social media a couple of weeks ago that Jay-Z and Beyonce have secretly been sending tens of thousands of dollars to the peaceful protesters that were arrested in Ferguson and Baltimore to bail them out of jail.
Why is this so important that they are at the top of our list? Firstly, because this comes at a time when America seriously needs strong leaders to stand up for what is right, and fight against racial inequality, so that something like #blacklivesmatter becomes a lasting movement (click the link to find out how you can support the movement yourself!) Secondly, along with other black celebrities, they have been criticized for not using their influence to enact change. However, this and other acts that are not often lauded loudly enough prove that this is untrue.
Beyonce’s Instagram account and blog also express words and attitudes of support for the black communities in the country. Without a doubt, they are enacting change. They’re just doing it with humility and grace.
2. Officer Tommy Norman: A Community Champion of Love
Number two, from the other side of the debate, comes Officer Tommy Norman of North Little Rock Arkansas, (the racial make-up of the city is 54.0% White, 39.7% African American, 6.3% Other). He is one of the most upstanding, fantastic, police officers that any of us have seen in a while, especially today when all the talk seems to be of another police shooting. But if you even take a peek at Officer Norman’s personal Instagram or Twitter accounts, it immediately becomes obvious where his priorities lie: the children of his community.
He’s out in his community every single day. He knows the kids, families, the people of his community by name and if he doesn’t, he’s getting to know them. He talks to them and he hangs out and has fun with the kids. Some people may question the reasoning or the point of his actions, but the truth is this: particularly at a time like now, we need more people (especially cops!) like him. Officer Norman’s actions are helping to break down the barrier between community and law enforcement in the right way. Police officers are meant to protect the community, not intimidate or terrorize it. People like him could help reduce the number of parents who have to tell their kids what to do if an officer pulls them over for no reason. We need more people like him who are willing to change the perspective on these issues and strike out the hostility that runs rampant in this country today.
Take a moment to visit his social media accounts or watch this interview.
(Go to around 2:00 to see him talk, but the whole thing is worth watching!)
As you can see, he’s all about love, and as corny as that sounds, it’s what these communities need.
“It’s a partnership between the police and the community. We have to work together to make our community a safer place, a more peaceful place to live.” – Officer Norman.
That’s absolutely the truth, Officer Norman. Thank you for your service to your community, every single day.
3. Beauty Bus: Beauty Knows No Bounds
Number 3, our top organization of the week is a nonprofit that Kenny met for lunch this past week, Beauty Bus. What they do is both glamorous and not so glamorous. The glamorous part is of course, the beauty! Their main line of action is providing in-home beauty and pampering services, free of charge, to patients whose illness or condition prevents them from accessing a salon or spa and their caregivers. The not so glamorous part of this, is that many of their patients are very close to death.
However, what Beauty Bus does is help give them the most amazing makeovers and beauty days in a place that they are comfortable with. When they are least hopeful and feel like beauty is far from reach, Beauty Bus helps them remember how beautiful they are, inside and out.
All of us have our good days, not-so-great days, and bad hair days. All of us want to look in the mirror and feel confident and beautiful. Beauty Bus knows that and helps terminally ill patients achieve just that. We don’t know about you, but we think this is truly a beautiful act.
Beauty Bus has pop up salons and events that we can all sponsor and be a part of. Be sure to check out their Beauty Drive on June 14th and see how you can help be a part of this incredible cause.
4. Monarch Schools: Giving Homeless Children the Chance for a Brighter Future
Number 4, our second top organization of the week is Monarch Schools. Monarch is a school in San Diego that teaches homeless kids. It’s not that simple though. They go above and beyond to help out these kids that need it more than anyone else. What does that entail? They start off by ensuring that these kids have basic needs, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. A healthy, breakfast, lunch, and snacks to boot. Then they give the kids new and gently used clothing donated by the community. Each month, the kids get a shopping day, to pick out the clothes they need. They even offer shower and laundry facilities, can you believe that?! Last and certainly not least, they offer family support and mental health counselors to keep these kids going strong and creating an amazing future for themselves. Monarch Schools actually give these youth a chance for a better future by not only caring for their basic needs but giving them as many tools as they can for them to succeed. It’s not just a school or a shelter.
The video below is from Keep it Reel, a video project written, filmed and edited by Outside the Lens students from Monarch School in San Diego. Outside the Lens is a 501(c)3 non-profit that empowers youth to use the power of photography to create change within themselves, their community and their world. The kids say it best themselves, they’re more than who they seem, who you think they are.
It’s really pretty incredible. Monarch School is also a family, a place of belonging for homeless children. These kinds of efforts are key in offering a solution to the homelessness in America. This is really some inspiring stuff. If you are in the San Diego area, we urge you to go and volunteer to teach the kids or help out with Monarch’s services.
5. Southwest Airlines: An Unlikely Hero in a Moment of Tragedy
Number 5, our top brand of the week is Southwest, because they went above and beyond the call of duty to rush a mother home to her 24 year old son who just fell into a coma in Denver. Peggy Uhle had just turned her phone after boarding a flight from Chicago to Columbus and couldn’t be reached by family. Fortunately, Southwest customer service took the time to find her before her plane took off, and told her to call her husband to get the news. They then booked her on the next flight to Denver, leaving in 2 hours, offered a private waiting area, rerouted her luggage, allowed her to board first, and packed a lunch for when she got off the plane. After that her luggage was delivered to where she was staying, and even received a call from Southwest asking how her son was doing.
Everything was free of charge and done simply out of goodwill from a series employees acting independently of company guidelines or norms. Let this be an example to how far a corporation can act, and how doing something that means so much doesn’t have to cost millions of dollars or hours. We’d like to think that we can begin to expect such acts of kindness and goodwill (dare I say, humanity?) from corporations in the future with Southwest setting such an example. Maybe it’ll even become the norm! It’s great to see that bags aren’t the only things that fly free with Southwest, so do good intentions.
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To read about who was featured in our 1st edition of Top 5 Do Gooders of the Week, click here!