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NYPD officer’s act of kindness sparks online sensation:

November 29, 2012


A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.

Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., was visiting New York with her husband on Nov. 14, when she came across the shoeless man asking for change in Times Square.

As she was about to approach him, she said the officer - identified as Larry DePrimo - came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the frigid night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone.

It was posted Tuesday night to the NYPD’s official Facebook page and became an instant hit. More than 325,000 users “liked” it as of Thursday morning, and over 79,000 shared it.

Thousands of people commented, including one person who praised him as “An officer AND a Gentleman.”

The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. A shoe store is seen in the background.

The NYPD Facebook page on Thursday posted a comment from DePrimo saying “I didn’t think anything of it” and updated it with a photo of DePrimo taken in 2011.

“‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you,’” Foster quoted DePrimo as saying to the homeless man. “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching.”

Foster said she’s worked in law enforcement for 17 years and has never been more impressed.

“His presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared,” Foster wrote on Facebook. She said she never got the officer’s name.

DePrimo, who is assigned to the Sixth Precinct and lives on Long Island, told Newsday that the homeless man “smiled from ear to ear” after getting the boots.

“It was like you gave him a million dollars,” he added.

He told The New York Times that he keeps the receipt for the boots in his vest to remind him “that sometimes people have it worse.”

Rare Monoamniotic Twins Born Against All Odds

Huff Post Dec 2012

A Bay Area family got a holiday miracle last month thanks to help from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

On November 7, Allison and Kevin Carlson celebrated the birth of their twin baby girls, Kate and Annie. But the girls weren't just any twins: they were monoamniotic twins, which stand a slim chance of survival, made even slimmer by a complication.

Under normal circumstances, twins share a womb but live in their own individual amniotic sacs. But in a monoamniotic pregnancy, which occurs in less than one percent of twin pregnancies in the United States, the twins share the same sac.

"Having a set of monoamniotic twins can be dangerous and unpredictable," said Susan Crowe, MD, who led the delivery team. According to Crowe, about 20 percent of these twins die from complications, namely from umbilical cord entanglement which cuts off the blood flow.

"With no membrane dividing them, the obstetrician has to balance the risk of prematurity with the risk of a cord event," explained Crowe.

And at just 30 weeks, Kate and Annie's cords became entangled. Their heart rates dropped, and Allison was rushed to the emergency room for a cesarean delivery. The girls' cords were tied in a dangerous knot.

Miraculously, with the help of Crowe and her team, the twins survived, weighing three pounds each.

Though Kate and Annie will be spending Christmas at the hospital, they are expected home before the new year.

“We’re really grateful,” Kevin said. “Despite the chaos surrounding our delivery and pregnancy, Packard Children’s really put us at ease with their experience and expertise. It’s one of the best holiday gifts a family could ever ask for.”

The Hungry Medical Student:

A second year university student had reluctantly taken a part time job selling door to door to make ends meet. He didn't like the job but the pay was good and he certainly needed the money.
One afternoon while selling in a nice middle class neighborhood he decided to forget his pride and ask the person in the next house if they could spare a bite to eat.
When the door opened he quickly decided against it and just asked for a glass of water.
The woman of the house smiled and disappeared into the kitchen returning within seconds with a plate of freshly made chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.
When the young man asked what he owed her for the wonderful snack she said, " We don't charge for kindness in this house."
Years later this same woman became very ill and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. When the specialist entered the Emergency room to examine her he recognized her immediately. She was the milk and cookies lady from his days as a salesman.
The treatment he prescribed was effective and within a couple of days she was ready to return home. Her only worry now was how she was going to pay the hospital bill .
Before leaving she went to the Billing office to find out the damage and discuss payment options. When she got there she was handed a note and told that the bill had been paid in full with a glass of milk and a plate of cookies.
When she opened the note it read, " I don't charge for kindness." It was signed A Hungry College Student from your past.

Homeless Chicago Man Donates Thousands to Down-On-Her-Luck Banker:

May 11, 2011 - Fox news Chicago


A year ago, everything was going right for a woman we'll call Sandy.

She had a good job at a bank in the suburbs.

She and her 10-year-old son had a safe home.

But then the world came crashing down around the 39-year-old. She lost her job. She lost her house. And she and her son moved into her truck. Police found her and DCFS threatened to take away her son if she didn't find a safe place to stay.

She moved into a hotel with the help of a social worker who paid for a few nights stay with her own money. That's when Sandy's knight in shining armor showed up. And he's kept showing up, every day, paying her hotel bill, so she and her son can stay off the streets.

But Sandy's Good Samaritan isn't a Chicago big shot. He isn't living in a Loop highrise. He doesn't even have a job.

Sandy's Good Samaritan is Curtis Jackson, who's been homeless since 2004. He pays for Sandy's hotel room because she used to treat him with dignity and kindness when she did have a house -- and he pays for it by panhandling and giving the money to her.

"All I can do is get out there and put a sign in my hand, or put a cup in my hand and ask people to help me out, and everything I get, except maybe bus fare and something to eat, I give it to her," Jackson said as he stood at the corner of 55th and Harlem.

Jackson pays the nightly bill by pouring his bucket of change on the hotel counter. Since December, he's raised $9,000, and he's given it all to Sandy. He said sometimes 40, 70, a hundred cars go by before someone gives him a few pennies or a few bucks.

Sandy can't believe it.

"I've donated to charities, I've helped other homeless families -- never realizing that one day we'd be in this situation," she said. "So thank God that we did have an angel waiting for us."

Jackson said he's a man of faith; homeless, but not hopeless, and he's got some words of wisdom for the people he sees bustling by every day.

"I have God. I'm one of the richest men on this earth, 'cause I have God," he said. "Money is not my master. That's what's wrong with this world: money is its master."

Sandy said she doesn't think she'll ever be able to repay Jackson, who's become like a brother.

"I'm out here for a purpose: to help someone, and that's all I'm trying to do is help someone that needs help right at this moment," he said. "And once she doesn't need help anymore, I'll move on to something else."

What Will Be Your Legacy?

--by Robin Scott, Jan 16, 2013


What are you going to be remembered for? Will people talk about the relationships you had with friends and family? The once-a-year dish everyone looked forward to? The impact you made on a company and its employees? How is a legacy created and cultivated, and what can you do to build your own legacy? These are all huge questions with small and critical answers. Here's the story of my legacy, and a few pointers on how to build yours.

*The beginning will have twists and turns.*

I started college wanting to be a doctor. I wanted to help people. After taking a few courses in molecular and cellular biology, I became interested in research. I could be on the cutting edge of technology and information that could change the health and welfare of individuals across the world.

After I graduated, I went to work at nationally recognized university medical center as a biochemistry research assistant. While working there, I felt very far removed from the help that I originally wanted to give. I was only one person and could only do so much. Every set back that I had with my experiments made me feel like I was working for nothing. I thought I would leave this earth without making it any better for anyone. Finding my true place wasn't as simple or clear as I'd hoped it would be. But, I kept moving forward in search of my calling.

*Start looking for your calling immediately.*

Looking back, I would recommend starting the search for your true place now. What are you waiting for? You should be thinking about it as you're making choices for colleges or your career path. I personally didn’t realize the importance of reflecting on my legacy until I had children and realized that I needed to do something to make this world a better place for them to live. The sooner you realize your goals, the more time you have to make them happen. Find something to strive for and begin to plan ways to make it happen. Without purpose life feels meaningless and tasks feel daunting. Find the things that you are passionate about, and dive into how you can create a legacy while doing what you love.

*My work is a part of my legacy*.

As a teacher, I'm influencing and helping to shape 92 youth each day, every semester. I try to instill in them the love for science that I have. These kids can learn and benefit from my first-hand experience in the professional world and my continuing excitement for the field. If that love and enthusiasm catches on for my students, they will then begin to think about how they could make an impact on the world through a career in science, research or technology. These young students will do more work towards positively influencing and helping people than I could have ever done as a single researcher.

*Find a profession that will help you to build your legacy. *

Teaching is such a rewarding profession when it comes to leaving a lasting legacy. I have the opportunity to work with many of my former teachers, and I love seeing the happiness in their eyes when I tell them how much they influenced and shaped me as an individual and professional. I love telling
them my memories of interactions we had years ago. A smile or a “Good morning!” when I was having a bad day, the praise I received after writing a good paper, and their remarks on how my dedication made a difference in a class. Now, I’m excited to see what my students can become and what they
will remember in years to come about how our interactions positively influenced their own lives.

I believe that any public service job has the potential to aid in leaving a legacy. It's all about how you treat people. Kindness, compassion, and understanding go a long way in any field of work. You can strive for specific legacies, but along the way you can leave another legacy — one of caring.

*Remember what a true legacy is about.*

A lot of people aren’t aware of the legacy that they're leaving. If there's a point where you ask yourself, “What am I doing with my life?” or “What are people going to remember me for?” then you need to reevaluate things. At this point, you must begin to create goals for the type of life you want and the type of life you want to be remembered for. While I found my legacy
through teaching, always remember that you can also leave the world a better place by being positive, kind, and caring. Every interaction you have has the potential of building part of your legacy. Remember this, and cherish the opportunity.