The world stops for no one, or so they say. The hustle and bustle of daily life keeps many people from taking the time to notice the suffering going on around them, or even the joy. A kitten was dying in a trash can in Istanbul. The tiny little animal cried constantly, and no one would stop to help it. Maybe the people were too busy, or maybe they just didn’t care. A little girl just happened to walk by and see it though, and she saved it’s life.
No one knows the name of the little girl, but she named the cat Gueluemser meaning “she who always smiles”. A fitting name for an animal who is loved as much as this one is. Gueluemser probably would not have made it if the little girl hadn’t found her that day. The kitten had maggots in wounds on it’s face, an ear missing, and it was very sick. The little girl’s father is a doctor. When she found the cat, she rushed it to him. Zeca Oliveira agrees that the compassion of this child who is so young is remarkable. She is a reminder that though we all get busy, we still need to make time to help even the smallest creatures around us.
Fred Boettcher is not your average philanthropist. Rather than donating to large charities, which he may also do, he chooses to randomly select people in need and financially assist them. According to AnastasiaDate, his latest grand gift was given at a restaurant in Witchita, Kansas to the waiter that served his meal. Brian Maixner suffered from severe dental decay which is both painful and unattractive. Thanks to a $25k tip given by Boettcher the single father has gotten dentures and will, later this year, get permanent dental implants. Boettcher is thrilled to be able to assist others in a way that would seem impossible to most people in the world. He feels blessed to have had a privileged upbringing and to have never wanted for anything. Boettcher is an undercover do-gooder, he does not like to draw attention to himself, especially when giving a gift. The generous man has helped up to ten other unsuspecting people and will, most likely, continue to do so.
The very first gift that a father gives his daughter is life, and now a daughter is going to return the favor to her her father who has a terrible kidney disease.
Alicia Mulero, age 24, recently found out that her father needed a transplant in order to survive. When she got tested the doctors found her to be a better match for him than most kids are for their parents, kidney-wise, and she agreed to fly home down to Florida to do that for him.
Alicia and her father, Herminio, are very close and are in touch several times a week if not daily stated facebook. Herminio is incredibly grateful for his daughter’s willingness to donate a kidney to him so that he can be around longer and watch his grandson grow up. According to an article found on reddit and written by Yahoo! Parenting, Alicia knew that she was going to be a potential donor when she got tested after hearing that he was in stage 5 kidney failure. She wanted to be assured that she would be a match for him before telling him about it, because that way it could be a great surprise and a huge relief to him at the same time. Right now Alicia lives in Kansas but will be flying down to Florida for a little while to go through with the operation and to help her father recover.
Though Sam Tabar has made his mark in the business and legal world as a savvy capital strategist, his most recent ventures have given him the guise of a humanitarian philanthropist. In 2014, Tabar invested in THINX, a women’s products company, whose goal is to send cloth sanitary pads to women in developing African nations following each pair of underwear sold.
THINX began their trajectory by making use of Kickstarter, and managed to generate over 50000 dollars in donations. Tabar, hearing word o the company via mutual friends of THINX owners, decided to invest personally into the company. He has admitted that he was not seeking out a new venture at the time, but that the company’s ideals and policies were so appealing that he could not resist lending a hand.
According to CrunchBase, Tabar received his Bachelors of Arts from Oxford University in 2000, and then transitioned to working as the Associate Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review. Shortly thereafter, Tabar moved into the corporate domain, joining the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slater, Maegher & Flom LLP as an associate. He spent the majority of his time there consulting on hedge funds and personal investment strategies. He left the firm in 2004, and began working as a Managing Director at Sparx Group, and was tasked with developing marketing strategies for the company to net high profile clients. Tabar stayed at Sparx until 2011, when he elected to join the Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Director and Head of Capital Strategy in the Oceania and Asia sector. Tabar continued to oversee fiscal policies and strategies of the company, as he had done in his previous jobs, while amassing a significant increase in investing clients for the bank. Tabar opted to leave the financial world, and return to the legal one in 2013, when he took a position as senior associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York City. He was yet again tasked with managing and advising on hedge funds.
Tabar has continued to prove his worth no matter which sector or company he has been a part of. Additionally, his recent investment in THINX suggests that he may continue to pursue his humanitarian efforts, and tailor his future plans to assisting to finance projects that focus on helping those in need.
According to cnn.ireport.com, each year, approximately 8 million tons of plastic junk ends up in the ocean. We realize that there are islands made entirely of trash in the Pacific Ocean, but even the small pieces alone can do damage.
Having mistaken a plastic bag for a delicious jellyfish, a 500-pound leatherback sea turtle ended up stranded on a beach in South Carolina. The sick turtle, nicknamed Yawkey, is being treated with antibiotics at South Carolina Aquarium. It took 5 people to haul the turtle from the beach.
There was no sign of external injury, so the rescuers concluded that swallowing a plastic bag likely caused a buildup of gas in the digestive tract that made the sea turtle buoyant and washed him to shore.
400 marine species are being affected by the amount of trash that ends up in the ocean, and many of those species are endangered. The damage that one plastic bag can do to a turtle is an indication of how important it is to cut down on waste.
Thankfully, a lot of effort is being put into getting rid of plastic bags. England has recently began charging 5 pence per plastic bag, which will cut down on plastic bags there by 80%.
During certain times of the year, it is easy to get people excited for giving. Running clothing drives and fundraisers during the Christmas holiday season is sure to bee a huge hit and bring in plenty of donations. While this a great way to stock up on much needed items for low income families, it does not always help these causes throughout the whole year.
With spring right around the corner, many of us will be cleaning out our closets, basements, attics and other storage areas. Instead of simply tossing our unneeded items in the trash, we should all look for ways to donate them as Flavio Maluf has noted.
Just about every city in America has some sort of donation drive or charity that will gladly accept donations of clothes, electronics, cash and more. Charities like Kloz 4 Kidz in Marysville, Washington
, accept donations all year long to help their families and children. In 2014, this growing charity was able to help almost 1,000 children stay clothed.
If you don’t feel like simply giving your things away for free, there are charities and programs that you can deduct when you file your annual taxes. Goodwill Industries is one of the largest organizations accepting donations that can be deducted. Donations to Goodwill Industries are sold in their stores all across the country and help fund training programs for unskilled workers, education for needy families and a lot more.
It’s no secret that people love cat’s. Ever since the launch of the internet, and definitely since viral videos became a thing, it has been incredibly clear that there is almost nothing people love more. Just like the Egyptians, who revered cats as Gods, many modern day pet owners go the extra mile when it comes to their pets, especially cats. People take their pets to massage therapists, have birthday parties, and buy expensive jewelry for their pets, so it’s no wonder that cat cafe’s have become an emerging trend.
Crumbs and Whiskers, DC’s first cat cafe launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised $12,000 of their $15,000 goal in one day. Cat cafe’s are a trend that started in Tiwian and quickly spread to Japan and other parts of Asia. Instead of being a place where cats get pampered and are given a fancy meal, they are normal coffee or tea shops with lots of cats, where people can play with cats. For many people who love cats but can’t have them it’s a fun way to spend a few hours with cats.
The people behind the Washington DC based Crumb’s and Whisker’s also hope that it will help provide a solution to the overcrowding of pet shelters and help encourage people to adopt cats. Jason Halpern agrees that cat cafes are much more positive and uplifting places to visit than most pet shelters and they are also more positive environments for the cats.