Take a minute to watch QB Alex Smith’s journey by clicking on the image below (pro tip – expand to watch full screen; you’ll be glad you did):
From Epoch Times comes a story about a homeless Alabama man, Taylor Thompson, who walked into BrewHa’s Pub & Grub in Mobile and asked for a job instead of a handout.
The owner, Brenda Goodhue, said he seemed trustworthy and figured she would give him a shot at a job.
Thompson’s hiring by Goodhue also initiated a Facebook fundraiser to help him out. At this writing, it’s been able to raise about 10 weeks worth of rent for Thompson. He pays $250 a week in rent.
Bravo to Brenda.
To read all of the story, go to: Homeless Man Walks Into Restaurant Asking for Job, Gets Second Chance From Kind Owner
This is what Brenda wrote on her fundraising page about Thompson, his situation, and her hiring him:
“Had a homeless guy come in BrewHa’s last week. He was looking for a job. Said he had been living in a tent for months. He said he smelled and apologized and said someone gave him a dog’s blanket to keep warm. I gave him $40.00 and told him to go to the dollar store and buy a suit of clothes that he could work in and be back at 6pm to work.
“To my surprise, he not only came back 15 minutes early to work, with a sweat suit and shoes he purchased at the dollar store. He has worked every day since then. I paid him cash the first two days so he could get some bare necessities. We also paid for a week at the Bama motel so he could be out of the weather. GOD Bless Brett Jackson for bringing him some toiletries and some clothing. He is still in need of more.
“I am not telling you this for cutos, I am asking for help to get this guy setup. He seems to be willing to do anything you asked him to do. He is seriously needing a lot more help at this point. The weekly rent at the Bama is $250.00. He is paid up until Tuesday. It will be two weeks before he gets his pay from BrewHa’s. I am limited on funds or I would continue paying for his room. I am setting up a jar at BrewHa’s for any donations I can get to help this man. It will be called the Taylor fund. If you can spare some change and want to help, please do and call me if you can do more.
“Sometimes GOD puts people in your path for a reason. Please help me help Taylor get on his feet. We are all he has. Thanking you in advance!!!”
Wounded with shrapnel from a grenade, hospitalized for months, doctors told him he’d be ok, he would be able to perform “normal” activities. They told him not to expect to play football again. Rocky Bleier had a different vision.
From Black Enterprise comes the story of Jennifer Vessel, a woman who was born with a birthmark covering a large portion of her back and shoulder that she was ashamed of and tried to hide during her childhood. However, when she reached college, she said she was tired of trying to hide it all the time. Instead, she embraced it, which eventually led to a book, “I Am Unique,” and the evolution of her mission to “inspire girls to live their lives undimmed.”
Please read the Black Enterprise story here: From Insecurity to Impact: How This Woman’s Birthmark Inspired a Self-Love Brand for Kids
Actor Denzel Washington’s speech at the University of Pennsylvania on success, failure and on how to “Fall Forward.”
In an emotional interview with NBC’s Mike Tirico, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn opens up about the importance of her family and her source of inspiration — her grandfather. Vonn’s grandfather, Don Kildow, passed away in November 2017, after this interview was completed. Watch the video: Lindsey Vonn’s Inspiration
A great video from 60-Second Docs tells the story of wounded war veterans influencing others through the simple act of playing softball. Check it out above.
When he was only 10 years old, Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones experienced tragedy that no boy ever should have to endure. Ben’s father was killed in a helicopter crash.
Steve Jones, Ben’s dad, worked as a forester in Brent, Ala., and was traveling on a helicopter inspecting timber when his aircraft went down. The crash killed both Steve and the pilot.
The Brent community came together to help support the Jones family in their time of need, and it’s something Ben has never forgotten. The Jones family also began to work in the community to give back as well. The acts of giving Ben witnessed made a lasting impression on him. Jim Wyatt, Senior Writer/Editor of TitansOnline.com, quotes Ben as saying, “You learn from experiences like that and it makes you want to help when you get a chance.”
To read all of Wyatt’s story, go to: Titans Center Ben Jones Gives Back.
A nice USA Today story on Milwaukee Bucks big man Greg Monroe’s involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to check out: USA Today
NBA Cares and St. Jude have tried to bring awareness by creating a Hoops for St. Jude Week. This year, the week runs from March 20-27.