The homeless community of Atlanta seemingly had their prayers answered. One man going by the name of Jason Winter of Johns Creek, Georgia has dedicated his Saturdays especially for helping the poor and needy in the society. He drives around in empty parking lots bringing about a much-needed chance to the homeless.
Jason grew up in a well off home in the suburbs where he was fortunate enough to have everything he needed. As years passed, looking at the lives of the less fortunate in the streets he passed on a regular, he would realize how fortunate he had been to have it all.
Jason decided to play a role that would help ease their not so comfortable lives. Every weekend, he goes around helping these guys as a way of giving back to society. He started by collecting hats, gloves, and blankets to hand out on weekends during winter in Atlanta. But he soon found it more fulfilling than anything he ever put his hands on.
“As a kid, we had a lot of stuff. We were very fortunate,” Jason explained. “When I got older I realized that having all of these things — a house, a car, a bed, a job, it’s all great, but for me giving back, that’s my big fancy car. What makes me feel good is by helping the community.”
At one time in Spring, Jason was walking around asking the homeless of the one thing they would choose to have if they could possess anything in the world. To his surprise, all of them answered it by stating how much they would appreciate a good shower.
Yes, taking a shower is something most of us take for granted, but for someone with no home to be able to take a simple bath often is more than luxurious in his eyes. That is how Jason’s Hope Thru Soap was born.
Hope Thru Soap provides a mobile shower unit. Jason fills up the trucks 125-gallon water tank, which provides up to 27 showers and donates clean clothes for the homeless so that they can have something clean to put on after the refreshing shower.
With the help of well-wishers, Jason’s nonprofit organization has expanded, with more and more individuals making generous donations to this good course. They now offer free hot showers, haircuts, shaves, clothing, and food to the less fortunate. Volunteers collect, wash, fold, and sort towels and used clothing, and cook up hot dogs.
Weekends with Jason are typically a turn-up time for everyone around an abandoned parking lot with sometimes numbers of the present reaching up to 300 persons. There is music, people dancing everywhere, everyone invited, food and drinks available and not to mention the good vibe.
The noble cause helps everyone present regain their dignity as humans, and feel accepted and cared for, for having a chance to walk away with clean bodies, a bag of non-perishable food, new clothes, full bellies, and a united love.
“All people deserve to be treated with dignity. No matter who they are” stated Hope thru Soap Executive Director Megan VandeBogert.
Keep up the good work, Jason. May our good Lord provide for you every step of the way.
Preemie Found In Trash Bag With Maggot-Infested Head Wound, Now She’s Fighting For Her Life
One thing I will never understand, and am quite sure many people can relate, is how a person can be able to abandon their little defenseless baby at a time they need them the most and walk away.
Unfortunately, such things still happen. In a recent case that is garnering a lot of attention, a baby girl was reportedly found inside a plastic bag in Vietnam. The baby had been exposed to the sun, had several mosquito bites and had a nasty wound in her head that had become infested with maggots.
According to sources, the child was found tied to a coffee tree in Lam Dong Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
When she was found, the baby was in a horrific condition. Doctors feared she would not survive, and if she did, then she wouldn’t last too long.
Luckily, Venerable Minh Tai, abbot of the Hue Quang Pagoda, came to the poor baby’s rescue.
Tai has taken in more than 100 orphans over the years, giving them a safe place to live and grow until they found a foster family.
When Tai learnt of the baby girl’s plight, she immediately adopted her. With the help of her nuns, Tai currently takes care of ten orphans.
Tai also managed to raise $25,000 from kind Facebook users and the temples in Vietnam to pay for the baby’s medical bills.
The baby girl was named Hoai An, which means perpetual peace in Vietnamese. Baby Hoai has a number of health issues but doctors are doing the best they can for her.
“I wouldn’t write her off at this point; that would be wrong. There is a chance her condition will improve.” Dr. Tang Kok Kee, a neurosurgeon treating Hoai told the Straits Times.
Tai also is doing the best she can for baby Hoai, by giving her unconditional love and praying for her. “She is sleeping better, crying louder and has more of an appetite. She has also gained about 700g in weight and her reactions have improved,” Tai said.
Please remember to share this article with friends and family to garner prayers and well wishes for baby Hoai as she fights for her life and to show appreciation for all the incredible people who have helped so far.
Five Guys staff sees a customer too weak to order—so they feed him a free meal
There is always something amazing going on within the local communities. Last month, customers of the Five Guys restaurant in Detroit witnessed an uplifting random act of kindness between the restaurant staff and a sick customer.
Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood, Five Guys franchise manager was having a normal day at work when he saw a familiar face at the restaurant — It was Leonard. He noticed that the customer was not feeling alright.
“This time when he came in, he was having trouble ordering, saying he was sick,” Justin told FOX 2 Detroit.
As Leonard struggled to make his order, Justin decided to give him the full meal: a burger done “all the way” (topped with all the classic ingredients), plus fries and a drink.
And he didn’t charge him for the meal. “He was so unwell that he couldn’t even process the order himself,” Justin said. “So we just gave it to him.”
It didn’t just end there. Leonard was too weak to feed himself. That’s when a Justin stepped up once again and fed the man.
The manager has really won the hearts of many people.
“At Five Guys we don’t have — or believe in canned interactions but in the genuine interactions,” Justin told Liftable. “All of our interactions are genuine.”
“Every guest is special to us,” he told FOX 2. A random customer at the restaurant took photos of the scene and shared them online. The photos have since gone viral.
Justin was surprised that people were making a big deal of it after his story went viral and got picked up by news outlets.
“It came as a surprise to me, that so many are surprised to see this level of service for our guests,” he told Liftable.
“What I am most grateful for is the impact the story has had on my team,” Justin said. “Too often my staff and I hear negative stories about the city we call home and often morale is lowered because ‘who wants to work in that environment.’”
It is amazing how a small act of kindness can impact a lot of people in the community.
“I believe that every person has the ability to make an impact on a person’s life through small acts, like this one,” Justin said.
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Heartbroken grandfather eats alone next to late wife’s memorial at granddaughter’s wedding
Everyone loves weddings because it’s usually a great time for families both from near and far to come together and celebrate someone’s special day.
Unfortunately, sometimes some family members are just too far away from us.
Sahrah Elswick together with her husband Zachery were celebrating their marriage when Sahrah decided to set up a tribute to her beloved grandmother “mawmaw,” who died in 2017
She didn’t realize that the seat she was about to set up for her mawmaw will create a heartbreaking moment.
At her wedding, a white chair with photos of Mawmaw and a sign on it that read, “We know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away,” was set up to honor her grandmother.
“It meant everything to me to see this at my wedding. It was so important that she be a part of my day because we were very close and I’m so glad I did it because now I see that it meant even more to him,” Sahrah told TODAY Food.
While having dinner, Sahrah spotted a scene that made her burst into tears – her grandpa was sitting with the special memorial.
“When I saw him sitting there I immediately burst into tears I was just so heartbroken and also in awe at how much he loved her,” she said.
Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding 🥺 pic.twitter.com/GEXWMCfgXB
— Sahrah Elswick (@sahrahMichelle) July 7, 2019
“I just wanted to sit with her and be there with her,” Pawpaw said. Pawpaw and Mawmaw were married for 45 years and its evident they had a “loving relationship filled with fun” and you can tell by how she is missed.
Sahrah captured and shared the moment on social media and it has since gone viral.
Sahrah’s story just made me shed some tears. Share this story if you have a loved one that you miss so much.