Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn’t too stoked on the practice. Then some shit happened to me that changed me and I am back to offering rides habitually. If you would indulge me, it is long story and has almost nothing to do with hitch hiking other than happening on a road.
This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation. All of them were while driving other people’s cars which, for some reason, makes it worse on an emotional level. It makes it worse on a practical level as well, what with the fact that I carry things like a jack and extra fuses in my car, and know enough not to park, facing downhill, on a steep incline with less than a gallon of fuel.
Anyway, each of these times this shit happened I was DISGUSTED with how people would not bother to help me. I spent hours on the side of the freeway waiting, watching roadside assistance vehicles blow past me, for AAA to show. The 4 gas stations I asked for a gas can at told me that they couldn’t loan them out “for my safety” but I could buy a really shitty 1-gallon one with no cap for $15. It was enough, each time, to make you say shit like “this country is going to hell in a handbasket.”
Since the founding of Make-A-Wish in 1980, no other celebrity has granted as many wishes as Cena. In addition to wish granting, Cena regularly goes above and beyond to support the mission of Make-A-Wish. He has personally donated more than 6 million airline miles for wishes involving travel, hosted parties for wish kids at WrestleMania and served as a Wish Ambassador at speaking engagements.
“John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give Up,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.”
One-third of all food produced in the world goes to waste – a travesty when 795 million people still go to bed hungry and are malnourished.
One way the Basque town of Galdakao, Spain is remedying this crisis is by urging local citizens to put their leftovers in a refrigerator on the streets.
The city of about 30,000 people created the country’s first communal refrigerator to provide for the hungry. No questions asked and no judgment, it’s a way for those in need to receive, and for those with enough to give.
99-year-old Lillian Weber has made a hobby out of making a difference for children in Africa.Weber has been sewing dresses for a charity organization called “Little Dresses for Africa” that also helps build schools and dig wells for drinking water. Weber was hoping to sew 1,000 dresses by her 100th birthday. Not only did she meet her goal, but she actually finished ahead of schedule.
“Nine times out of ten, they always say, “Well old people don’t do anything,” but they do,” Lillian told reporters.
“And as soon as I get this one done, I’ll probably go to the next one,” she said of her 1000th dress.
Children who read books to Courtney Holmes have received a free haircut as part of a community event to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.
“I just want to support kids reading,” the Dubuque, Iowa barber said.
The event was the result of collaboration between multiple community partners and nonprofit organizations.
St. Mark Youth Enrichment gave away books during the event, some of which were read to Holmes. Outreach coordinator Beth McGorry with St. Mark said she enjoyed watching Holmes help young children sound out the words they didn’t know yet.
A Turkish couple decided to start their marriage off right when they, last week, invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to celebrate with them.
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat shared their “I do’s” in Kilis province on the Syrian border, which is presently the location where thousands of refugees are fleeing conflict in the neighboring country.
Hatice Avci, a spokesperson for the organization Kimse Yok Mu, told i100.co.uk that the newly married couple donated their savings their families had put together for a traditional two to three-day wedding and celebrated with one big banquet, inviting the refugees nearby.
The father of the groom, Ali Üzümcüoğlu, conjured up the idea to share a bit of wedding joy with those less fortunate.
“I thought that sharing a big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door. So I came up with this idea and shared it with my son. I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action,” he said.
Esra Polat, the bride, shared that she was “shocked when Fethullah first told me about the idea but afterwards I was won over by it. It was such a wonderful experience. I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”
Robert Downey Jr.
He may be the Iron Man, but he’s got a heart of gold. RDJ regularly crops up on “Most Charitable AND Stylish” lists the world over, supporting at least 11 different charities for 12 different causes. In case you missed it, he also recently did this.
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Chris Pratt any more than you already do… you discover that he’s become a regular fixture at Children’s Hospitals around the country, appearing as Star Lord and brightening the day for sick kids everywhere.