Meet Daryl: Good Deed Hero week 1

Meet Daryl, a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio since 1998.  Daryl is currently matched with his little Eli, who shares that Daryl, through the mentoring program at BBBS, has helped him through many personal challenges in his life. 

The statistics facing youth in our city are challenging.  One in four children in Franklin County lives in poverty, and more than 22,000 Franklin County children are chronically absent from school.  When surveying kids, it is found that barely 1 in 3 claim to have mentors in life to help them with life's challenges.  Enter Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and Volunteer Heroes like Daryl.  Through their 1:1 mentoring programs, BBBS helps children in our county engage with school and the communities in which they live.  Volunteer "bigs" like Daryl meet with their "littles" at least two times each month to do simple activities such as visit the library, get a bite to eat, or just hang out.  Behind the scenes, the professional staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters provide ongoing support, coaching, and training to the child, family, and volunteer.  When children facing adversity have a hero and mentor in their lives like Daryl, they are able to stay on a successful path.

Interested in volunteering to be a mentor in a local child's life?  Visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website at www.bbbscentralohio.org or 614.839.2447 (BIGS)

Movie flashback

Ever seen the movie “Pay it Forward”? The one where a boy decides to be paying a favor not back, but forward – repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. There is something just so powerful about unexpected acts of kindness that even the least emotional people can’t stay untouched by such acts. Stories of doing something selfless for strangers are still rare enough to make the headlines or go viral on the Internet.

What will you do today to pay it forward?

 

Good Deeds Gone Viral

See some examples of how doing a simple good deed can really pay off!

Homeless Man's Good Deed Really Pays Back

Hope in humanity was temporarily restored when a homeless man, Billy Ray Harris, returned an expensive wedding ring to its owner after she accidentally dropped it in the cup where he was collecting money. 

The ring's owner, Sarah Darling, was so thankful that she announced her gratitude to the world by posting the good deed on social media, where the news took on a life of its own. Over $180,000 worth of donations poured in for Mr. Harris and literally turned his life around. He was able to buy a house, find a job, and reunite with his family, whom he hadn't seen in over 16 years.

 

 

Waitress Rewarded After Picking Up the Lunch Check for Dining Soldiers

One New Hampshire waitress got unexpected notoriety and rewards after she paid a $30 lunch check for two soldiers who were dining in the restaurant where she worked. While serving the customers, Sarah Hoidahl found out that the military personnel were not receiving paychecks due to the US government shutdown and decided to pay it forward. 

Little did she know that the story would go wild on social media and lead to her having a guest appearance on the hit talk show Ellen. Struggling single mom Hoidal's small good deed garnered its own amazing payback when Ellen gave her a check for $10,000, a 50-inch TV, and a brand new car.

 

 

Policeman Becomes a Hero After Giving His Boots to a Homeless Man

NYPD officer Larry DePrimo became an internet darling after his good deed was captured on camera and posted on Facebook by a passing tourist. The 25-year-old policeman saw a freezing homeless man lying on the sidewalk with blisters on the soles of his feet from the biting cold weather. Full of sympathy, the officer purchased a pair of boots and socks from a neighboring shoe store and stooped down to help the frozen man put on the shoes. 

The photograph was immediately viewed over 1.6 million times, received over 400,000 "likes," and was shared over 133,000 times. DePrimo was ceremoniously honored by the NYPD and given a pair of cufflinks.

Source (Credit to Nikki Kreuzer and Oddee.com)

FIRST WEEK COMPLETE!

Our first week is in the books...and what a week it was!  We learned a ton and thank you to all of those who were patient as we worked out some of the kinks we experienced with launching this site.  Through the challenges we were able to get product into your hands and more importantly start to raise donations for great local organizations.

Thank you for the support.  Please check-out the websites of our partnering foundations and charities to find out more about them and all they do for Central Ohio.  Links to their websites are available on our Good Deed Partners tab.

Love in Deed-

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Jerseys of Hope

What a unique tribute and lasting legacy by a son who watched his loving parents suffer in a hospital during their final days on this earth. While his loving siblings and families were there to support their parents, he recognized others who were not so fortunate or blessed. The witness of distraction from their illness, and joy of those who languished in loneliness while enjoying watching sporting events together was the inspiration for jerseys of hope to try to bring that same joy to those suffering in hospitals without the benefit of loved ones to brighten their day. 

Ronald McDonald House- Autumn's Journey

Autumn is not even two years old, but she has faced enough hardships to last her a lifetime. Her mother, Carrie, had a perfect pregnancy—there was nothing detected to assume anything was wrong with Autumn. Autumn’s birth was normal and healthy—things appeared to be perfect. 


However, her parents noticed Autumn was at the 30th percentile in weight at six months. When she went in for her nine month check-up, she was below zero on the weight chart. The doctors were concerned, so they kept running tests on Autumn in hopes she would get better. At 11 months old, Autumn was progressively getting worse—she was vomiting and would not eat—a meal for Autumn was five or six bites. Everyone was extremely concerned about Autumn’s health, since there was no diagnosis.


In January of this year, Autumn was admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital where she was tested for everything. Her family wanted answers so they could help their little girl get well. The doctors made the decision to insert a Nasogastric (NG) tube through Autumn’s nose, so they could attempt to get nutrients to her. The doctors started Autumn’s feeds, and she would vomit between three and four times per day with the NG tube. Every time Autumn would start to get better, she would have a set back and end up losing more weight than she had gained. In March, Autumn had an endoscopy to see why the NG tube was not working. She was put under anesthetic, and her results came back clean; however, Autumn later vomited up undigested food. Carrie, Autumn’s mother, knew something was not adding up.


Finally at the end of March, Autumn was diagnosed with colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in the digestive tract. She lost half a pound and weighed the same as she had weighed at six months old. Doctors decided to remove the NG tube and insert a gastrostomy tube (G-tube), which is inserted through the abdomen and delivers nutrition directly to the stomach. However, something still felt like it was wrong, so Brad, Autumn’s dad, told the doctors Autumn had been clumsy with crawling, since she was too weak to walk anymore. On April 15th, Autumn had a CAT scan, and Brad and Carrie received news that would turn their world upside down: their sweet daughter had fluid on her optic nerve and there was a blockage with it. Autumn had a Pilomyxoid astrocytoma, a more aggressive and rare type of brain tumor.


Autumn was admitted into the ICU and had an eight hour brain surgery on April 22nd. After the surgery, she was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus, which means the kidneys cannot excrete water, and her sodium levels are at an all-time high. Within a couple of hours of this diagnosis, Autumn had two seizures, and she was put on strict fluid restrictions. Because of this, Autumn became severely dehydrated, then she had fluid buildup, so all of these resulted in a lot of stress on her poor little body. The doctors put Autumn on three different antibiotics, and one was a research drug, which had not been tested in children, so her doctors had to special order the medicine. Autumn had two pick lines placed in her body to help with nutrition and fluid intake, as well as a port in her chest. 


Since Autumn will be undergoing chemotherapy for the next 12-18 months, her family will be staying at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Carrie said, “You know, for the first two weeks we were here, we stayed in the room with Autumn, we did not leave her side. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio has been wonderful for us. We (Brad, Carrie, and Carrie’s mother) take shifts staying in the room with Autumn. Someone is with her at all times. We take turns going over to the Ronald McDonald House. It is wonderful to come over and have a home-cooked meal, as well as a hot shower and comfortable bed. The Ronald McDonald House has helped with cost and proximity while Autumn was critical. We are so thankful to stay at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. It has been a huge blessing.”