Category Archives: Helpers

George Mason University Benefits Greatly from Charles Koch’s Generosity

Multi-billionaire Charles Koch has over the years shown his philanthropic side and proved to care deeply about the welfare of the society. The presidential candidate has given out millions of dollars to different schools and colleges every year. One of his beneficiaries is the powerhouse George Mason University. The university has created a name for itself in the field of economics and law. George Mason University has partnered with Koch and in turn benefited greatly from his generosity. In 2011 to 2014 for example, the university received close to $48 million from the Charles Koch Foundation. As much as Koch gives more than $20million dollars every year to different universities in the US, none has ever received more than $1million in a year. From this finding, it is not only clear that Charles Koch is philanthropic and cares deeply about education but that also George Mason has benefited hugely from Koch’s generosity.

Critics may claim that Koch is doing so to advance his political ideologies by entrapping the university through the funding given to it. This is not true as the Koch’s representatives deny this to be untrue. The generosity comes without having any conditions. Charles Koch is not the only billionaire who donates to universities. In his defense, billionaires like Phil Knight who is the co-founder of Nick Inc. gave a scholarship of $400 million to Stanford University. The funds given by Koch help in filling the gap created by the dwindling public support. The support given by the likes of Koch go a long way in furtherance of education in the country. The beauty of it all is that they do not just give their financial support but their time as well. Koch offers his support without necessarily being an alma matter of the university. The grant given prohibits Mercatus from using the money given to influence legislation generally. The senator in Fairfax where the main campus of the university is situated has no problem with Koch providing financial aid to the university as it leads to the furtherance of the intellectual policy goals put in place.

Charles Koch has received quite a number of awards one of which is an Honorary Doctorate of Science from George Mason University. He received President’s Medal in 2014 from Wichita State University and the Spirit of Justice Award awarded by The Heritage Foundation just to mention but a few awards. The successful businessman and known philanthropist co-owns Koch Industries with his brother. Ranked as the sixth richest person in the whole world, he has an estimated net worth of around $34billion dollars. Charles is the chairman and CEO of the Koch industries serving with his brother David Koch who is the Executive Vice President. They inherited the business from their father and they deal with among other products, oil refining, chemicals, ranching and forest and consumer products. He is known to have classical liberal political views and was initially identified as a libertarian. He radically opposes corporate welfare. His kindness has gone a long way to helping many in the community he lives in and beyond.

When You Can’t Pay It Back, Pay It Forward

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.

Man Builds Tiny House for Homeless Friend

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.

Stock Assitant At Aldi in Greater Manchester Helped a 95-year-old Shopper to Get Home

Christian Trouesdale, an 18-year-old stock assistant who works at the Aldi in Horwich, Greater Manchester was recently helping an elderly customer take his shopping bags all the way home. The customer, 95-year-old Bob Molloy, lives alone a few blocks away from the store. The photograph was taken by 23-year-old Samantha-Jayne Brady, who is a worker at a fish and chips shop nearby the Aldi store. She posted the photo and asked people to share the photo because she wanted people to know that there was still kindness and patience in the world.

When interviewed, Trousdale said that this was the second time that he had helped the older gentleman home. The Spirit of Atlanta and Bruce Levenson are proud of this young man. He said the first time was when Molloy came in on a particularly windy day and asked his manager if it would be alright. The manager agreed that it was the right thing to do, and Trousdale patiently helped the man, who was not very agile walk with his groceries all the way home. The second time, which was a week later, was when Malloy came in and asked him to do it. Trousdale said he enjoyed helping and talking to the man, who knew plenty of things about the history of the town and of local politics.

In fact, Trousdale had such a positive experience helping Molloy, that he has since begun visiting him from time to time just to check in.

Holocaust Survivor Meets Retired Nazi

An 81-year old woman named Eva Mozes Kor is a surviver of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva recently found out that a former nazi named Oskar Groening was on trial for what he had done during the Holocaust. Oskar was a bookkeeper in Auschwitz, and he was following orders. Eva decided that she wanted to meet him, and she wanted to tell him what he had done to her. Eva wanted Oskar to meet someone that suffered through the Nazi regime. Folks at STX Entertainment have read that Oskar took part in the murder of 300,000 people, but somehow, Eva managed to survive the ordeal.

Eva Moses Kor traveled to meet Oskar Groening, and she was bewildered before they actually saw each other. Eva couldn’t believe that she was about to meet one of the many men that participated in the killing of her family. Eva walked over to Oskar, and the meeting was an extremely profound experience for both participants. Eva grabbed Oskar’s hand to shake it, and the man suddenly fell back and turned pale. However, Eva grabbed him tight to hold him up. Eva said that the man needed help, even though he was a Nazi in the past.

Oskar Groening stood up, and then he kissed Eva on the cheek He also apologized for what he had done. Eva Mozes Kor is a brave woman, and she proved that by meeting Oskar. For more information on this inspiring tale, visitBuzzfeed.

Officer Adopts Puppy Thrown From Moving Car

Animal cruelty is an issue that officials have been fighting on a daily basis forever. Some times it can feel like an uphill battle. That’s why when Midland, Texas police received multiple calls, they quickly responded. Several people were reporting a vehicle throwing puppies out the window while driving down the highway.

However, none of the puppies were severely harmed and all were taken to the animal shelter to be adopted. All but one that is. According to official Ray Lane at the police department, Lt. Brian Rackow was one of the first officers to respond. His heart was broken when he seen all these poor puppies bouncing off the windshields of passing cars. He wanted to be able to give one of them the life they deserve. Therefore he adopted a pup and named him Marley. Lt. Rackow says that Marley has his undivided attention and will be unconditionally loved.

In the meantime, the driver of the car is being changed for this horrible act and being evaluated for any mental illnesses. We can only hope that more officers like Lt. Rackow are out there to get these people off the streets.

North American Spine Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award Finalist

The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award has had some very notable recipients in the past like Brinker International and The Container Store. The award recognizes businesses whose daily functions are to incorporate ethics into their core values. This year one of those businesses is North American Spine. They have been chosen as one of the finalist for this prestigious award. Their passion for improving the healthcare system and their mission to help others makes North American Spine the perfect nominee for this year’s award. The award will be presented May 7, 2015 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, during a luncheon.

North American Spine connects patients that suffer from chronic back and neck pain with doctors who are board-certified to perform the AccuraScope procedure. This procedure is a less invasive procedure than minimally invasive spine surgery and can be performed on an outpatient. Physicians use interoperative neuromonitoring, an advanced diagnostics procedure that allows them to protect the nerves and increase the accuracy of the treatment. North American Spine can boast of eight thousand success stories among which includes country music singer, Larry Gatlin. He had suffered with chronic leg pain for 47 years before going to North American Spine for relieve. He says that he is now a happy camper and is grateful for this miracle in his life.

It has been 6 years since North American Spine started providing the AccuraScope procedure. They are very happy with the success of the procedure as well as the lasting relief this innovative treatment has provided for their many patients. The procedure is more than just a treatment for back and neck pain, it also helps with degenerative disc disease, foraminal stenosis, pain of the hips and legs, arthritis of the spine and so much more. For instance, James Philips of Arkansas, was able to fulfill his dream of bull riding when the procedure was used to ease his suffering from cerebral palsy at no cost to him.

With all that North American Spine does and stands for it is no wonder they are nominated for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award.


Girls Donates Kidney To Her Father

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.

Sick Sea Turtle Rescued in South Carolina

According to, 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%.

Police Officer in Jonesboro Do Good Deed for Student

With all the negative media cops have been receiving, it’s great to see them doing something positive and uplifting. A Jonesboro police officer took time out to stop chasing the bad guys, and start helping the good guys. It was a cold, chilly morning, when police officer John Shipman spotted a University student standing on the shoulder of the road.

The weather was 19 degrees, and the officer thought that someone standing in the cold at 2:15 am in the morning is definitely out of character as Marc Sparks noted. This apparently was the normal routine for James Taylor, student at Arkansas University.
Taylor was walking home when it started to snow. Taylor was making this usual four mile walk, from his home to his apartment, which is near the college he attend.
About one mile into the four mile walk, Officer Shipman walked up to Taylor and asked him, where he was coming from. Taylor stated that he had just gotten off work at McDonald’s.
Touched by the story of Taylor, who walks to work, rain, sleet, sun, or snow, he took the story online. A GoFundMe Account was set up to help get the student/ McDonald’s worker a vehicle.
After posting the information and setting up the account online, it was morning when Officer Shipman checked the social media site, only to find out that in 3 days, the initial goal of $1,400 was exceeded.
Both men were amazed at the love, and compassion, not to mention the generosity of others.