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Pope Opens Laundromat for Homeless

In addition to finding food to eat and a place to sleep, the homeless experience great difficulty in washing and drying what they are wearing, often the only clothes they have. Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor of Rome. It will soon be expanded to include showers and a barbershop. Whirlpool has donated washing machines, dryers, and irons, while Proctor and Gamble is providing detergent. East High School in Utah has installed washing machines and dryers for their homeless students which number 80 out of the student body of 2000. The laundry room is also equipped with donated detergent as well as free clothes for the taking. Having clean, appropriate clothes to wear allows students to focus on their academics and greatly increases the chances they will not drop out before graduation. How about more cities, companies, and schools taking inspiration and instruction from these “blessed” models!

 

Marty

-The Good World News

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Incredible Tip Helps Waitress Pay for College

Not wanting to run up more debt, 21-year-old Cayla Chandara was working double shifts as a waitress, trying to pay off college loans before returning to school to finish her education. Two customers struck up a conversation, and Chandara told them about school and her dreams for the future. They surprised her with a $400 tip. Chandra wanted to thank them more properly, so she wrote up a heartfelt note and dropped it off at the front desk of the hotel they had mentioned they were staying at. The couple returned to the restaurant the next night and told Chandra that they wanted to give her $10,000 to pay off her student loans and to contribute to her continuing her college education. She was at a complete loss of words but managed to stammer out that she couldn’t possibly accept such a large sum of money from complete strangers. The couple insisted, saying it would mean as much to them as it would mean to her. “They told me the best way to thank them is to be my best possible self, dream big and strive for my goals,” Chandara said. An incredible gift and wonderful advice from two anonymous strangers.

 

Marty

-The Good World News

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Coat Racks for the Homeless

Emilia Flores, a restaurant owner in Dallas, Texas, set up a “Take one, leave one” coat rack for the homeless. The rack, located outside her place of business, makes available free coats, hats, and scarves during frigid weather. “This is a way of people not being embarrassed about asking,” Flores explained. “They just come and pick what they need and leave.” Flores’ thoughtful idea has now inspired other business owners to set up similar outside coat racks!

 

Marty

-The Good World News

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