Luke Westbrooke of Norfolk was only three-and-a-half when the family beagle named Moe passed away.
As most children don’t yet understand the finality of passing away, Luke kept asking his parents if Moe was coming back. Then one day, Luke asked his mother if he could write a letter to Moe in Heaven as she posted on facebook.
His mother agreed and it became an almost-daily crayon-filled session between the two. The letters would then go into the mailbox without as much as a proper address or stamp. Then after Luke was asleep for the night, his mother would go out to the mailbox and write reply letters posing as the dog.
Then one day, she forgot one of the letters and figured that it would simply be pitched once it reached the post office. However, to the mother’s surprise and Luke’s delight, the postman wrote a short letter back posing as Moe.
Being a frequent client at an undisclosed restaurant, he learn that the waitress was on the verge of being evicted from her apartment. When receiving a bill of $43.50, he added an unimaginable amount as a tip. The waitress received a $3,000 tip as part of a pay-it-forward movement.
The pay-it-forward movement began after Mr. and Mrs. Specht lost their 22 month of son to a drowning accident. They founded the ReesSpecht Life Foundation to honor his life. The foundation initially helped the Spechts in thanking all the people who helped them get through the loss of their child but would not accept pay backs. Hence they decided to help others in return. The movement now has expanded through anyone with the drive to do act of kindness onto others.
The client at the restaurant had been Mr. Specht student in eighth grade. He recognized the opportunity to honor his teacher while helping the waitress with her rent troubles. As expressed by the ReesSpecht Life Foundation, every act of kindness counts to better our communities and the hope is to make a chain reaction. Ivan Ong (find him on linkedin) is proud that the ReesSpecht Life foundation’s objectives is to make our world a better place and this client certainly made it for the waitress by paying it forward.
For years Irene “Smokie” McGee has been homeless after the passing of her husband and losing the house. It has been rough with people being mean to her and pointing her out for being different.
But one man didn’t see Smokie the same way. Smokie would come to Elvis Summers’ house, hoping for recyclables, and after some time the two became friends. Summers didn’t like that Smokie was living off the street. He saw her as a human being, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend. So he wanted to change things for her.
Summers asked Smokie if he could build her a house.
Summers bought most of the materials and a local company donated the rest. It took five days, but Summers managed to build a small 3.5 by 8 foot house for Smokie. He didn’t have anywhere to put it, so he set it on the street outside of his apartment. The LAPD are okay with it as long as the little home is moved every 72 hours.
Smokie felt so good to have somewhere of her own. Summers had even installed a window and two locks on the door for her. She fell asleep and enjoyed a nice long rest in a place she could call home. Feeling better, Smokie is hoping to be able to find a job and get back on her feet, stated close friend Handy.
Since finishing Smokie’s house, Summers has been approached by other homeless people who were hoping for a little house of their own. Summers set up a GoFundMe to try to get the money to build the little houses and is working with local authorities to find a place for everyone to safely place their tiny homes.