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Restaurant Owner Catches Robber Red-Handed And Offers Him A Job

By | compassion, Food for thought, humility, inspiring, kindness, stories, uplifting news

The owner of a restaurant in Georgia decided to practice humility rather than fury at a suspected burglar.

He offered the burglar a job

Security camera footage at a Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Georgia caught a man bursting into the restaurant and stealing what he could gather. But in a surprising twist, the owner wasn’t upset.

“Our burritos are such a smash hit we’ve got people breaking in at 4am for their fix,” wrote owner Carl Wallace in a Facebook post. “So if ya see our door looking hurricane fabulous at Wheeler Rd this is why.”

Wallace continued, offering compassion to the suspect. “To the would-be robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or having money issues… please swing by for a job application. There are better opportunities out there than this path you’ve chosen.”

Wallace then offered his personal cell phone number and assured the burglar that police wouldn’t be called.

“Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on.”

Customers loved it

The post has received more than 4,500 reactions and an outpouring support from the public as well as customers.

“I saw a Facebook page on Connect Augusta, and I thought it was probably one of the best things that I had ever read,” customer Cher Best told WRDW. “So as a result of what I read and the compassion, that was part of that Facebook post, I wanted to support the business.”

A Facebook comment from Liz Bellmer read: “I know what I’m having for lunch….as a small business owner who recently had to close my doors because of loss of revenue due to COVID, I appreciate your civility and your way of seeing this. We need more people like you who try to put a positive spin on crappy situations. Positivity should always win.”

Turning the other cheek

Wallace said the burglar didn’t steal much — just some cash from the register. But the risk he took was extremely high.

“They’re risking so much every time they do this: to the business owner, to themselves, or what could happen if the police show up during the process of the break-in,” he told WRDW.

The break-in was on Easter weekend, and Wallace added that was one of the reasons that he and his team decided to be compassionate.

“Instead of having the normal response of being angry, we decided to reach out, and say this is a bad career path that you’re on, and we’re willing to offer you a job if you’re willing to change what you’re doing in life.”

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Doing the right thing

Is one man’s compassion going to fix the systemic problems that led this burglar to want to rob a burrito restaurant — no. But it does have the capability to change the trajectory of a life, and at the end of the day, that’s all anyone can really hope for.

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15 Meghan Markle Quotes on Being Real and Kind

By | Food for thought, gratitude, inspirational, kindness, life lessons, Quotes

Since she was named the most Googled actress of 2016, Meghan Markle doesn’t really need any further introduction, but we’ll go on by saying that she is a former American actress and currently the Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan Markle was born to a Caucasian father of Irish origin and an African-American mother. Growing up in a mixed-race family made it hard for Markle to book a job, as the movie industry is known to be label-driven. Apparently, she was not black enough for a black role and neither was she white enough for a white one.

However, she eventually made a name for herself in 2011 when she landed the main role of Rachel Zane, on the USA network series Suits. And, yes, upon her marriage to Prince Harry she realized the biggest dream of most girls on the planet.

While many of you might think that this is her biggest accomplishment, you should know that Markle has always been vocal about standing up for women’s rights, long before becoming a Duchess, she’s a global ambassador for World Vision and continues to empower people around the world.

Here are 15 Meghan Markle quotes on being real and kind, regardless of your social status.

I think the biggest part of being a girl boss in the office, at home, or anywhere you go is just knowing your value.

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We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treated our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be?

Be able to delegate, because there are some things that you just can’t do by yourself.

It’s really important that young women be reminded that their involvement matters and that their voice is heard. Even if it feels like it’s small, it really can make an impact.

Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now.

You draw your own box. You introduce yourself as who you are … You create the identity you want for yourself.

I think you have to make time for yourself so that work doesn’t become the end-all be-all.

That five pounds lost won’t make you happier, that more makeup won’t make you prettier, that the now iconic saying from Jerry Maguire — ‘You complete me’ — frankly, isn’t true. You are complete with or without a partner. You are enough just as you are.

Make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it.

Who you are as a person will only be amplified once you are ‘famous,’ so if you had a good heart, then I would imagine you’ll have the same good heart but the means to do even more with it.

With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility–to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings.

You have to take care of yourself so you can manage the workload of a very, very full plate.

Make sure you are safe, and never ever put yourself in a compromising situation.

You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women.

I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches — I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul and fuels my purpose.


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20 Beautiful Charles Dickens Quotes on Kindness and Gratitude

By | Food for thought, gratitude, inspirational, kindness, life lessons, Quotes

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Charles Dickens was a prolific 19th century British author, who continues to be one of the most widely read Victorian novelists. 

Dickens penned such acclaimed works as ‘Oliver Twist,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Great Expectations’, and ‘A Tale of Two Cities’– to name just a few that have gone on to become classics in English literature.

In his early childhood, his family struggled with financial difficulties and when Dickens’ father was imprisoned for debt, the rest of his family moved near the prison, leaving him to live alone. 

He took his first job at the age of 12, working in a factory that handled “blacking”, and when he turned 15, Charles dropped out of school to work as an office boy. All this sacrifice was made to contribute to the family’s income – to support the same people that abandoned and betrayed him when they were supposed to take care of him.  

The string of unfortunate events, loneliness and hardship, colored Dickens’ view of the world and would later be described in some of his novels. His hard work and perseverance did eventually pay off as Dickens became a global literary phenomenon. 

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Here are 20 Charles Dickens quotes to help you remain kind-hearted no matter how hard life treats you. 

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. 

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Family not only needs to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also of those whom we’d give blood.

Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. 

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but — I hope — into a better shape.

We need never be ashamed of our tears. 

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. 

Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies. 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. 

My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to I have devoted mysef completely; that in great aims and in small, I have aways been thoroughly in earnest.

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. 

The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living day after day after terrible day. 

There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart. 

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. 

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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. 

I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world. 

Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.

There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth. 

Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. 

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Hero of the Week: Retired Paramedic Gives Up Dream of Buying New SUV, Uses Money to Buy Life-Saving Medication for Strangers

By | Food for thought, Hero of the week, inspirational, Inspiring Stories, kindness

Welcome to Hero of the Week, where each week we celebrate the most extraordinary stories of heroism from all over the world. From putting another life before their own to making someone else’s dreams come true, these are ordinary people who are making the world a better place.

In 2017, an estimated 72,000 people died due to a drug-induced overdose as a result of addiction. Addiction is a real issue plaguing millions all around the world but many of these people don’t have access to the support and resources necessary to overcome their addiction.

In many cases, this leads to an accidental overdose and a life lost far too soon. Retiree Luis Garcia is no stranger to this as he spent over twenty-eight years as both a firefighter and answering 911 calls as a paramedic in South Florida.

But it was his experience as a paramedic that compelled him to want to give back to his community in any way that he could. When he discovered Narcan, he knew he had found it.

94 Lives saved and counting

In 2017, Garcia had plans to finally use the $40,000 he had been saving to purchase a new luxury SUV.

That’s when he heard about a life-saving new medication called Narcan, a nasal spray designed to treat drug overdoses, that had just been FDA approved.

For decades, Garcia answered countless calls related drug overdoses. It’s because of this experience that he knew the problem of addiction and drug overdose first-hand. And it’s because of this that he decided he wanted to deliver the medication to as many people in his community as possible.

“I have never tried drugs, been arrested or been intoxicated,” said Garcia. “I don’t make any money from the addiction field. Nobody I know has been impacted by addiction, but this is a disease that could affect anyone.”

Narcan literally brings people back from the dead minutes after they stop breathing, with no side effects. I knew that this was the way I wanted to help my community.

The only problem is the medication is expensive, so the funds had to come from somewhere.

So, instead of using the $40,000 he had saved to purchase his new SUV, Garcia remarkably decided to use the funds to purchase eight-hundred doses of Narcan so he could give them away for free.

To date, his cause has given out over 1,000 free doses of the medication and saved 94 lives.

Looking to the future

Since launching his efforts, Garcia has raised $30,000 in additional funds through a GoFundMe campaign to invest in more doses and host public awareness events in his community of South Florida.

It’s Garcia’s hope that he can start a nonprofit in the future, which will allow you to purchase the medication at a reduced bulk price of $75 for two as opposed to $50 per medication.

“Too often, unless people are affected by the disease of addiction, they just don’t seem to care,” said Garcia. “And that stigma becomes their excuse not to save people’s lives. But this is a problem that affects all of society. And we have to fix it.”


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Man Sneaks Dog into Hospital to Say Goodbye to Dying Wife, Showing Pets Are the Most Amazing Gifts Ever

By | Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, kindness, love, relationships

If you are ever feeling sad or unwell, a visit from your pet can make all the difference. This was evidenced by a recent bittersweet story where a man was about to lose his wife, and took their dog to visit her in the hospital and say goodbye.

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“My wife was in the hospital after a very invasive surgery, which after a few days, looked like it did not produce ideal results. The prognosis was not good. She was able to speak, but was not eating or drinking, and relied completely on her IV and hard pain pills. In one rare instance of cogent speech, she convinced me to sneak our dog into her private room, so she could see her ‘one more time,’” the man shared on Reddit.

“Our dog is about a 50-pound Australian Shepherd, and as it turns out, she fits nicely in a normal suitcase. I packed her in, with the lid unzipped, and placed her in the car until we arrived at the hospital. When we arrived, I ‘explained’ to her that I would open the zipper in a few minutes and that she could see her Mommy.

“Unbelievably, she never whimpered, barked, or whined. When I walked past the station nurses, I told them I was simply bringing items to make my wife more comfortable. No problem, they said.

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“When we entered the room, my wife was asleep. I unzipped the suitcase, and the dog immediately jumped on the bed, and gingerly laid across her chest, somehow avoiding the wires and IV. She positioned herself to where she could look directly into my wife’s eyes, and laid completely still, until about twenty minutes later, when my wife woke up, and started moaning in pain.

“The dog immediately started licking her, and quietly moaned, as if knowing that barking would definitely blow our cover. My wife hugged her for almost an hour, smiling the whole time. We were busted by one nurse who was so touched that she promised not to tell. When my wife finally went back to sleep, I loaded the dog back in the suitcase, and she somewhat sheepishly obliged.

“My wife sadly passed a few days later, and as if that is not sad enough, now, whenever I grab the suitcase, the dog thinks we are doing to see her again.”

Dogs intuitively know what their humans need and will be there for them always, which we can learn a lot from. Ultimately, in the end, all we know is that the unconditional love that dogs exude is so much greater than we as humans will ever hope to be.

Our thoughts are with the grieving husband and his companion.


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Hero of the Week: Postman Replies to Grieving 7-Year-Old Boy’s Letter to Dad ‘in Heaven,’ Inspires Us with His Compassion

By | Food for thought, Good News, Hero of the week, inspirational, Inspiring Stories, kindness

The world can be a dark and dangerous place, but selflessness has the power to prevail in the most heartbreaking of circumstances. Whether it’s putting another life before your own, making someone else’s dreams come true, or paying forward random acts of kindness, everyday heroes are all around us. Every week, we take the opportunity to celebrate the most extraordinary ordinary people from all over the world who make our little blue dot a better place. Welcome to Hero of the Week.

When you lose a loved one, it’s never easy, but sometimes you feel the loss even more around meaningful dates. This was true for a young boy who sent a birthday card to his dad “in heaven,” but then the ultimate shock was when he got a response.

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Jase Hyndman is 7 years old and lives in West Lothian. After writing the note to heaven, he received a note back from the Royal Mail telling him his message to his father James had made it through the “difficult” journey.

“I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card,” said his mother, Teri Copland. “Royal Mail you’ve just restored my faith in humanity.”

A compassionate response

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter, to your dad in heaven,” wrote Royal Mail’s Sean Milligan said in the note to Jase. “This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects on route to heaven,” the note added.

The note concluded: “I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely.”

The Facebook post in which Jase’s mom shared the note from Royal Mail was shared more than 200,000 times.

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“He was overwhelmed and kept saying ‘my dad really got my letter mum’… I’ve always told Neive (Jase’s sister) and Jase even if you can’t get anyone a present it’s always nice to make sure you send a card at Christmas and birthdays,” Ms Copland said. “I want people to realise that a small gesture of kindness can have such a fantastic impact on someone’s life… Royal Mail actually took part and that gives me so much comfort.”


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18 Leo Tolstoy Quotes that Explore All Life’s Aspects

By | Food for thought, inspirational, kindness, life lessons, love, Quotes

Best known for his two longest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (in full Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy) was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

Born in 1828, Leo Tolstoy came from an aristocratic Russian family, and though you probably imagine him living a luxurious life, he rather experienced a painful one. His mother died before he was two years old, his father when he was 9, and his grandmother passed away shortly after his father.

Tragedy didn’t stop there. His next guardian also died in 1941 so he was transferred to the care of another aunt.

Despite being surrounded by the death of his loved ones, Leo tried to preserve the happiest moments from his childhood. His much appreciated work is often described as a piece of life and he was known to be the type that would gaze into one’s eyes just to understand their unspoken thoughts.

Tolstoy had a profound influence on other great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

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Here are 18 Leo Tolstoy quotes that explore all life’s aspects.

Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.

If you want to be happy, be.

Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed.

If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.

You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.

If one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be…

I often think that men don’t understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person.

It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.

There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness, and truth are absent.

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you!


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New Zealand Fisherman Touted ‘Freakish Miracle’ After He Rescues Drowning Baby From the Ocean

By | Food for thought, Good News, inspirational, Inspiring Stories, kindness

When on vacation, you may take some time to engage in your favorite hobbies, and ideally you expect no great drama to happen while you are at it.

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That’s exactly what Gus Hutt’s plan was while vacationing on the Matata Beach on North Island. He was fishing when he spotted what seemed to be a small figure in the body of water.

At first he thought he was seeing a doll but then he realized it was actually a small child after the figure “let out a little squeak.”

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The small boy had wandered away from parents’ tent where they were camping nearby and somehow ended up in the ocean.

“I thought he was a doll.[Even as] I reached out and grabbed him by the arm, I still thought it was a doll,” Mr Hutt told New Zealand-based Whakatane Beacon.

“His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down, but then he let out a little squeak and I thought, ‘oh God, this is a baby and it’s alive’.”

“He was floating at a steady pace… if I had been just a minute later, I wouldn’t have seen him,” Mr Hutt said.

“It wasn’t his time”

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“He was bloody lucky, but he just wasn’t meant to go, it wasn’t his time.”

“Apparently the baby had been very excited to be on the beach. It was the couple’s first night staying here. It’s the first time they’ve been here,” Rebecca Salter, the co-owner of Murphy’s Holiday Camp, told the BBC.

The baby’s mother “screamed” when she was informed that her baby was found in the water — but they were very relieved to hear he was OK.

“It came as a shock to everyone. It was a very, very lucky result… it could have been a very tragic incident,” said Mrs Salter. “It’s a freakish miracle.”

Score one for quick thinking, and what could have been a horrible tragedy averted.


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Hero of the Week: This Man Is Rescuing Street Cows by Driving Them to Safety on the Back of His Motorbike

By | Food for thought, Good News, inspirational, Inspiring Stories, kindness, love, purpose

In Kathmandu, Nepal, many cows are abandoned by their owners when they’re no longer of use to them. This careless abandonment results in thousands of stray, helpless cows left to roam the streets of the capital city.

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Thankfully, one man has made it his mission to bring these cows to safety — to date, he’s rescued over 166 cows. R.B. Neupane has taken it upon himself to create a makeshift sanctuary for the abandoned cows but he couldn’t afford a transport truck. That didn’t stop him though.

RELATED: Hurricane Florence Hero Volunteer Rescues Abandoned Dogs Moments Before They Drown in Locked Cage

Here’s the kick: Neupane transports the cows one-by-one, by driving them out of the city on the back of his motorbike.

“Earth is common for all, everyone has the right to live,” Neupane tells BBC Reel, “There were many organizations looking for dogs, but there were no organizations for cows. That’s why I started working for them.”

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The biker now cares for nearly 200 cows — all of which he has rescued from the streets of Nepal.

“The cows and calves are left on the street when they are of no more use to their owners. If the cow gets old or stops giving milk they leave the cows on the street and when the bull calves are born, they are considered of no use as they don’t give birth.” Neupane explains sadly.

Raising awareness

While he’s doing his best to combat the stray cow problem in Nepal, Neupane told BBC Reel that there are currently over 8,000 abandoned cows across Nepal.

Because of this, Neupane has also organized dozens of campaigns to raise awareness and encourage the people of Nepal to care more carefully for their cows. This awareness has also resulted in outpours of residents visiting the sanctuary bearing vegetables, treats and other goods to help the cows along.

While taking care of the rescued cattle gives his life purpose, he does hope the government will eventually intervene to help. The cow is the national animal of Nepal and Neupane has hope that they will one day wake up and help rescue the lives of these innocent cows and calves.

In the meantime, Neupane and his fleet of volunteers will continue to do what they can by transporting as many cows as possible on the back of his motorbike.


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Transformation doesn’t just happen. It takes a plan and a support system. This how-to guide is full of the top wisdom, tips, exercises, and success stories to inspire an old dream or create a new one.

Check out a teaser of what’s inside.

https://www.goalcast.com/2018/10/16/man-rescuing-cows-on-motorbike/

Robert Downey Jr. Sends Sweet Message to 7-Year-Old Brain Cancer Patient, Blows Us Away With His Compassion

By | authenticity, Celebrities, Courage, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, kindness

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Robert Downey Jr. is pretty busy, starring in hits like “Iron Man” and “Avengers”, but he wasn’t too busy to take the time to send a personal video message to 7-year-old Jackson Tijerina, a second-grader who has brain cancer.

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“Jackson, is that you? Hi! It’s Robert Downey Jr., but you can call me Tony. Thinking about you, stay strong, know that my prayers are with you, and also, you know, life is challenging. And you are just the man for the job. So lots of love.”

Jackson is a big “Iron Man” fan, according to his mom Amy, who spoke to the Brummer-Clark / World-Herald News Service , in fact, the boy even dressed up as the Marvel hero for Halloween in 2017.  Coincidentally, Jackson also has his medical port in the center of his chest, which is much like the chest piece Tony Stark has to give him his Iron Man powers.

“(Jackson is) more than willing to show his port, and he does this little Iron Man pose,” Amy said.

Jackson has been sick for a while now. He was diagnosed in January 2016. “Within two weeks, he was in surgery and having brain surgery,” Amy told the Daily Nonpareil said last week.

Jackson’s family want him to achieve all the wishes he can while he can, and meeting “the real Iron Man — Tony Stark” was the last item on the list, according to Amy, who put the request out on Facebook.

Council Bluffs resident Sue Wheeler, has a friend in the movie industry and happened to see that Facebook post.  “It just breaks my heart to imagine what that family is going through, and the pain poor Jackson has to endure,” she said. “When I saw his wish to meet Robert Downey Jr., I wondered if my friend had any contacts … so I thought maybe she might have a way to get to someone like RDJ. Lo and behold, my old pal pulled through!”

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When Amy found out that Downey would send a video message, at first she didn’t even believe it! “I wasn’t sure it was for real,” she said. “But they sent it to me right away, and it was Robert Downey Jr. I was like, ‘Is this legitimate?’ And then, immediately after, I received a message that it was the real thing.”

But Jackson was thrilled.  “He was jumping up and down, and he was smiling from ear to ear,” she said. “He was so excited and I was crying.”

As a thank you, Jackson and his sister sent Downey a special video message in return: “Thank you, Robert Downey, Jr.,” they said in unison.

You don’t have to be a movie star to make a difference in someone’s life. But if you have a means to grant a wish from someone suffering, and it’s in your power, do it, it’ll make a big difference!

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