Ice Water For The US Postal Service is How Oklahoma Pays it Forward

The heat has been unbearable for much of the nation this season. However, in the Southern state of Oklahoma, it seems that matters have been much worse. The mail system has a reputation for delivering the mail regardless of what the elements throw their way, as the old motto goes, “neither rain nor snow nor dark of night.” However, this summer the residents have got together to help those who deliver the mail to their homes. It might seem a bit strange and quite a site, but it’s an act of kindness that won’t soon be forgotten. Numerous homes are setting coolers on their home’s porch full of cold water for the postal workers.

They fill coolers with ice water and put them on their porch for the mailman. Walking miles in this heat every day can be quite dangerous. In fact, dehydration can become an issue in a matter of minutes. The postal service appreciates all that these people are doing to help during this difficult time. It’s just a little act of kindness that goes a long way for these hard working people. They have no choice but making a living in this heat. It probably takes a lot of effort to fill those coolers with ice and water and keep them on their front porches. The outside temperatures alone would cause them to melt quickly. These people have jobs, families and a life of their own. However, it’s just one awesome way that the southerners are showing their hospitality. No, they didn’t have to do this, but the women and men of the United States Postal Service are more than lucky to have such wonderful customers on their routes.

Participating in random acts of kindness has quickly become commonplace in this country. With so many depressive and evil things that go on every day, it is nice to see that some people go out of their way to help others. Isn’t it wonderful when you’re in line for fast food and the person ahead of you already paid for your order? Or, what about somebody just mowing your lawn for no reason or doing some other random act? These gestures go a long way to help others, especially to those who are in desperate need. Hats off to the residence of Oklahoma and their heroic efforts to help those that work in the postal system.

Ice Water For The US Postal Service is How Oklahoma Pays it Forward

Holistic Beauty for Woman Who are Fighting Cancer

As a professional in the health field, I have worked with many people as they waged the battle of cancer. I am happy to report that more people are winning the battle than when I first started. As a counselor in supportive services, I actively listen as they tell their stories. My heart is moved with compassion as they display incredible strength against questionable odds.

Our office takes a holistic approach to treating patients. We believe that recovery depends on serving patients’ bodies, minds, and spirits. Humans are triune beings and require a balance in each aspect of their lives. There is an old adage that says however people perceive themselves to be, then that is how they will usually feel. I saw this self-fulfilling prophecy occur in many patients.

When we care for patients, it is important that our care plan includes as much of the patient’s dignity as possible. I have interviewed countless women who feel completely drained and depressed after long bouts of chemotherapy treatments. They often mourn the loss of their hair and other skin problems that result from the effects of radiation on the body. They often report depression because they do not feel beautiful anymore.

This bleak situation makes me glad that I can offer an exciting program to them sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Nearly thirty years ago, a doctor collaborated with Ed Kavanaugh on ideas to help women who felt like their appearance was greatly destroyed by the side effects of cancer treatments. They felt unattractive, depressed, and alone. As a past president for the Personal Care Products Council, Kavanaugh worked with some friends in the cosmetic industry to provide makeup and a makeup artist to work with some of the doctor’s patients. The effects dramatically changed her appearance and how she felt about herself.

With the backing of Ed Kavanaugh, the Council joined forces with other national leaders in the cosmetic industry to help women around the country who were experiencing these problems and having their esteems bolstered with a lovely make-over. After the American Cancer Society heartily sponsored the concept, the organization Look Good Feel Better was born.

According to their website, Look Good Feel Better is a nationwide organization who makeup supplies from hundreds of leading companies to hold free makeover seminars for woman who are fighting cancer. The program has helped so many woman that it is reaching to other countries. Helping a woman feel beautiful about herself is a crucial step in the precious road to recovery.

Holistic Beauty for Woman Who are Fighting Cancer

Heather McHugh Gives Caregivers A Much Needed Break

Caring for a friend or loved one with disabilities or sicknesses can be overwhelming. Caregivers often give up their own time and money to devote to caring for the ones they love so much. However, it is often a burden that is stressful and overwhelming, yet they must bear this burden alone. One lady, Heather McHugh, decided she was going to do something to help these people out.

McHugh is a writer, and she wrote beautiful poetry for the MacArthur Foundation. She won half a million dollars and had no idea what she was going to do with the money. She held onto it for more than two years. During this period, her godson and his beautiful wife had a baby. The child was born with severe disabilities, and yet they loved and took care of him. It was after she seen them caring for this child day and night and witnessing first-hand the stress they were under that she decided what must be done.

McHugh wanted to help those in similar situations. She took her money and sent caregivers to vacations around the world. Some went to Napa Valley in California and others to British Columbia. The real surprise was she never meet half of these people; she just wanted to do something good for others who were stressed out and tired. She knew that by the time her godson’s child was ten years old, he was going to need a big break. So she wanted to use her money to help those close to her heart too.

She did some research and found out that more than forty million Americans are in need of a break. Most of them provide around the clock care to disabled relatives with little to no extra help. She set up a foundation that will give these caregivers a vacation. Don’t worry, she gets to see the smiles on their faces, McHugh often goes along as a personal assistant. She attends to their every personal need and allows them to be treated like a king or queen for a day.

She is surprised to learn that most of these people aren’t looking for lavish trips; rather they want the simple things. They love taking a walk or having a chance to read a good book. These are most of the small things that people take for granted. Her gift is to give rest to caregivers in need.

Heather McHugh Gives Caregivers A Much Needed Break

Case Management Is Proven Excellent To Help The Homeless

Stories of individuals once homeless, making the transition back into society holds a place close to my heart. It is something I have seen and dealt with throughout certain times in my life. Working at a soup kitchen for a few summers while in college has shown me the real problems and adversities they have to overcome on a daily basis. In an article published in the Deseret News, it is explained how case management, particularly for homeless people, is giving them increasing odds of success.

No two people are exactly the same. This is the fundamental idea behind individual case management. I think it is a fantastic way to approach the homeless epidemic, especially among our armed service veterans. Each person is assigned a worker who will tailer a specific program to meet their individual needs. A person in need of mental health treatment will receive it. A person suffering through the horrors of drug addiction will receive care for it. If an individual is in need of the Department of Human Services, they will receive that as well. This is a significant improvement over the way homelessness has been handled historically.

Case management has effectively dropped the homeless rate in Utah by 75 percent. This is unheard of. It is more expensive this way, but the results are too much to ignore. There are numerous other sources and studies done that support the effectiveness of case management. Googling it will pull up a myriad of them. Case managers are now being offered in the criminal justice system, and even on college campuses. The key is to try to catch the problem before it gets out of hand. I think these are steps in the right direction.

By tackling issues, such as homelessness, on a personal level, only then can we address their needs. Adding more case managers to payroll is a great step in preventing another outbreak of homeless individuals throughout the country. They are not losers. Most of them are sick people, who need to get well again. Sure, they may have made some bad decisions, but that does not make them bad people. With proper treatment, they can once again function normally in society.

Case Management Is Proven Excellent To Help The Homeless

The Cabbie Who Changed a Life

Janie Porter is an Emmy nominated television news reporter and the creator of SheJustGlows. The SheJustGlows blog spends time focusing on Porter’s duties as a stay at home mom. In her latest article which was posted on theHuffington Post, Porter took a more somber approach when telling her viewers about one of her more down and out times. It was two weeks before Christmas when Porter, her husband, and her two children were at one of their lowest points in their life. Their house had been sold and the home they were moving into had yet to be finished and was no longer in their price range.
The couple ended up toting their children around the city to find a new home for them to live in while bracing the blistering cold. It was this night, two weeks before Christmas, that the Porters were dealt another blow. They were headed to hunt for their next house and their car refused to start. Porter’s husband tried again and again to start the car and it wouldn’t turn over. The two of them sat in silence and couldn’t believe that the universe was delivering yet another blow to them. Porter’s husband called a cab and went to send his wife and their children home. Porter mentally prepared herself for the cab ride home. After experiencing cabbies from all around the world she had never had a good experience with a cab driver. Fortunately for her, the universe delivered this cab driver just when she needed it most. This mother of two expected the cab driver to be annoyed with having to install two car seats as well as learning that she only needed to go five miles across town. When the cab driver showed up Porter was surprised to learn that this man had the joy of a Christmas elf. Without hesitation the cab driver greeted the family and began installing the car seats. When Porter told the driver that they were just going five miles down the road the cab driver smiled and told her “Okay, sounds good.” and said it with a smile.
The ride to her house was pleasant, authentic, and warm. Porter felt as thought the cab driver was genuine and cared about the conversation they had, even if it was incredibly short. Without knowing it the cab driver had given Porter a profound sense of peace and hope. The knot that had been stuck in her throat for weeks had melted away with the warmth of the man that she came into contact with. This story and Porter’s experience with this cab driver is important for two reasons. It should remind individuals to always be kind to one another, you never know what battle they’re fighting. The second is that help can come from the least expected places at the least expected times.
The Cabbie Who Changed a Life

Hundreds volunteer to paint older man’s home

Teenagers are sometimes unaware that the comments they utter can hurt the feelings of others.

This happened when Josh Cyganik, a 35-year old worker from the Oregon railroad, was about to leave for work. He passed by his 75-year-old neighbor Leonard Bullock, sitting on the porch in front of his home. He waved to his neighbor as he passed.

As he was waving to Leonard, two careless teenagers were passing by and after looking at the condition of Leonard’s house loudly uttered that the “crappy home should be burned to the ground.”

Leonard was terribly hurt by their comment and Josh could read the hurt from his neighbor’s face. He sure can’t make the kids apologize to Leonard for their harsh comment, but he knew that he has to do something for his friend.

He asked Leonard if he would like his house painted, and his face lighted up. Josh knew that he can’t do it on his own, that he needs to go get some help. He asked for help via Facebook.

Sure enough the request spread like fire and on July 18, Josh was shocked to see hundreds of strangers waiting outside to help him paint Leonard’s house. People came over as far as Texas, Washington, and California to help! And not only did they paint Leonard’s house, but some volunteers even purchased outdoor furniture and started constructing a new porch for him.

Josh and other kind-hearted people came over to help paint Leonard’s house whose paint was beginning to peel from the boards. The house now stands proudly with a fresh coat of warm beige color.

Josh feels that he did the right thing, to respect other people and to help others who are in need. He felt that Leonard did not deserve the hurtful remarks by the teenagers. He is proud of his random act of kindness, proud that he was raised that way. He feels joy in his heart whenever he leaves for work every morning and looking at his friend Leonard sitting in his new front porch, seeing him feeling good and proud of his newly painted home.


Hundreds volunteer to paint older man’s home

CEO Distributes Millions of Company Sale to Employee’s Pockets

In a time when we are seeing people revolt against big companies, think Occupy Wall Street movements and people boycotting big name companies for smaller Mom and Pop stores, it’s great to see a large company actually give back to those that help build the company to what it became.
According to, the CEO, Nevzat Aydin, of a Turkish food delivery company paid out $27 million dollars to 114 employees after the sale of his company was completed. The company was purchased for $589 million dollars. While $27 million seems to be a fraction of the sale, from my point of view it is extremely surprising and generous that any company would do this.
The amount split between the employees was determined based on their past performance, the longevity of their career with the company, and their future potential in the company. It is estimated that each employee’s payout was roughly 150 times their monthly wage.
Adyin’s reasoning for the distribution to his employees was that he believes his employees deserve to benefit from the company’s sale. It’s nice to see a CEO that actually believes in the idea of teamwork and that it takes more than just an idea to get a company going. He has stated that “I believe in team work and I believe success is much more enjoyable and glorious when shared with the rest of the team.”
In the end, more CEOs should look to the business acumen and understanding that Nevzat Aydin has. If more companies implemented strategies like this, I believe that work productivity and general employee happiness would increase across entire companies from management positions down to the hourly wage workers.
Taking a step back from the idea of business greed, CEOs could create life-changing moments for individuals if employees were cut a little bigger piece of the pie. I’m not suggesting that companies give all their profits to employees and create a break even business, but it would be nice to see giant corporations cut down their profit margin to give back to the people that make CEO’s companies what they are. Even if CEOs aren’t willing to cut back the profit margins a bit, they could scale back their own bonuses or salary to a more equitable ratio.
Bottom line is that with the right CEO, maybe companies really do have souls.

CEO Distributes Millions of Company Sale to Employee’s Pockets