Daily Good News 28: Man Gives $20k, Employees Return Lost Wallet, and Athlete Overcomes Odds

We have yet another batch of goodness. Instead of an image; I’m going to share a song. Mixing it up a little. This is a song that has been one of my favorite for years. It’s really helped me emotionally in a few cases too. Listen to it without tapping your feet. I DARE you.

I guess I’m all alone here? I’m the only one that likes this thing? Meh, well you came for good news anyway, right?

First, we have a bunch of good employees. A man left his wallet in the restaurant. It had $2,500 in it. That’s quite a bit of cash. Anyway, here’s what happened next:

Stephen Willard, a three-year dog slinger at Fab, had spotted the fat billfold on a chair. Without as much as a peek inside, he’d handed it off to Fab manager Suki Mayor. She opened it up hoping to track its missing owner – only to riffle through a ream of C-notes.

“I wouldn’t think of taking it,” Mayor said later. She handed the billfold to Fab founder Joe Fabrocini, her stepfather. “I’m just glad (Litchman) left it here, not anywhere else.”

Cool. They returned the wallet and were rewarded and undisclosed amount by the wallet’s owner. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“Boy, did I get lucky. Really lucky,” Litchman said. “There’s no way I should have gotten this back, the credit cards, the driver’s license. But never the money.


Do you like stories of people overcoming odds? Then you might like this sports story.

Four years later, after two seasons in Visalia and two at Missouri, Richardson is one of the NFL’s best young players, a Defensive Rookie of the Year front-runner, a brash-speaking multi-millionaire, a bow-legged, pigeon-toed kid made good. The Jets drafted him 13th overall this year and gave him a fully guaranteed $10.054 million contract, some of which he used to buy a Bentley.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: He’s another spoiled guy who plays with his balls for a living. Well, then there’s this:

Richardson’s feet pointed so inward and his legs bowed so severely that breaking them was the only way to straighten them in the long term, doctors told his parents, Michael and Zelda. No way, Zelda responded. Richardson wore corrective shoes and, for a short time, leg braces, Michael said. But for the most part, he made do with his condition. “He used to have trouble just running up and down the field with the other kids,” Michael Richardson said. “His legs were so bowed, he would fall just running.” By age 12, Sheldon naturally began to walk normally.

Yikes. Clearly, he’s come a long way. One of my sisters needed corrective shoes as she had a similar problem with her feet. But, I never heard of breaking the legs, except in Hollywood.

This last news is awesome. A man over hears a woman in Walmart saying how she wasn’t sure she would be able to pay off her layaway. So, he went in there and…well…

The 40-year-old financial planner paid off the layaway accounts of six shoppers at the store — then paid off half of any account over $200.
Altogether, that added up to more than $20,000 worth of charges on 76 accounts.

Wow, $20k. He wasn’t even making a limit for himself. It just added up to it.

Parady’s business partner told WPTV: “I’ve known him for years, and he just does things because he feels like doing them. … This is Greg’s way of giving back to the community.”

We need more people like him. No, not all of us can afford to give $20,000, but, we can do something.

Also, 76 accounts. As a 76ers fan, I’m feeling warm inside.

I hope you like this round and have a happy Monday!



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