Vitamins for the Soul: 3 Pieces Good News From the Week – November 30, 2018
1. Houston Astros Star Leaves $500 Tip to Waitress Whose Car was Burglarized
“But we kind of also wanted to do some things to help some people out, especially here in the Houston community — a community that’s done so much for myself.”
Alex Bregman, third baseman for the Houston Astros, planned to visit a local Houston restaurant, but before arriving he called to ask whether or not any of their servers were having any difficulties financially, as part of a community project he does for his YouTube channel.
Jordan Thompson, a senior at the University of St. Thomas in Texas and an employee at The Moonshiners, had been the victim of a burglary earlier on the same day that Bregman had called.
Thompson had returned to her vehicle after class and found it broken into stating, “It was right before I had to go into work. They messed with the handles…this car is super old so it basically invited them in.”
She didn’t have much in the vehicle, except a sizable sum of money she had planned to deposit into the bank after class.
“We thought this would be a good idea to come help a waitress who’s struggling right now. I think it’s a good deed and I think when you’re an athlete or someone who has the platform that we have, it’s important to give back and…really use that platform in the right way. I’m actually kind of nervous to be honest with you. I wonder what her reaction’s gonna be,” said Bregman said in his YouTube video.
After ordering some waters and ice tea, Bregman and three friends added a $500 dollar tip to the bill and exited the restaurant.
Thompson, who noticed the large sum ran out to thank the men as they were leaving.
She says, “It meant a lot to me personally because of the timing and money getting stolen from me. I was super grateful and also relieved because now I can actually focus on school and have less stress on me having to work extra. As soon as I saw the money, I just hugged them. I was super thankful.”
2. Man Loses Wallet on Airplane, Stranger Returns it to Owner With Even More Cash Inside
“I try to teach my children to do the right things in life, help people when you can regardless of the outcome. This story is more about restoring faith in people than anything.”
Hunter Shamatt had lost his wallet on a flight to his sister’s wedding and had “feared the worst” after contacting the airline and finding out no one had returned the wallet containing his ID, a signed paycheck, his debit card and $60 in cash.
However, not too long after his flight, Hunter was met with a surprise package in the mail from an anonymous sender.
The package contained his wallet, as well as an additional $40 in cash.
Within this package was also a letter initialed “T.B” and a message that said, “Found this on a Frontier flight from Omaha to Denver-row 12, seat F wedged between the seat and wall. Thought you might want it back. All the best. PS: I rounded your cash up to an even $100 so you could celebrate getting your wallet back. Have fun!!!”
Hunter’s mother, Jeannie, in hopes of finding this anonymous good Samaritan, took to social media to track them down.
Jeannie eventually located the sender, Todd Brown, who was just happy to help a stranger, “I saw he was just a kid, 20 years old, he had a paycheck in there, so I figured, ‘Well, he’s doing his best to make ends meet,’ but I was 20 once, and that’s a lot of money for a kid.”
Brown, who regularly tries to do good deeds without recognition said, “They were very thankful. Hunter was very thankful. He told me he has some student loans and a car payment that he needed to make so the timing was right. They assumed it was gone forever. So when he opened it, [Jeannie] said he just started screaming, ‘No way! No way!’”
Jeannie says, “Everything in the wallet we could of replaced. We hear a lot of bad news but not enough good news. I personally want to thank Todd Brown and his wife for restoring faith that there are amazing people out there, the world is not as grim as it’s being made out to be.”
3. For Every Letter to Santa, Macy’s is Donating $1 to Make-A-Wish
“We have collected millions of letters throughout the years – each one representing an individual who was moved by the message of hope, love and generosity. The result has been the creation of a holiday tradition for families across the country, and ultimately, wish fulfillments that deliver joy and hope to the most amazing children.”
For the 11th year in a row, Macy’s has once again launched their Believe campaign through Make-A-Wish, a charity event that helps grant the holiday wishes of sick children.
The Believe campaign helps fulfill wishes through Macy’s who donate $1 for every letter to Santa submitted on their website or in one of the red mailboxes located inside of their stores.
Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s stated, “We have collected millions of letters throughout the years – each one representing an individual who was moved by the message of hope, love and generosity. The result has been the creation of a holiday tradition for families across the country, and ultimately, wish fulfillments that deliver joy and hope to the most amazing children. Macy’s is incredibly proud to play a part in that magic.”
Macy’s has donated more than $17 million through the annual Believe campaign and has helped grant more than 13,000 wishes, an impact that has reached more than 2.6 million people, including Make-A-Wish children and their families, as well as volunteers, community groups, medical professionals and more.
Macy’s will be accepting letters to Santa until December 24th.