A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week.

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Gestures of the Week: LibraryGenerous gesture resonates with library board

A fledgling West Chester entrepreneur snagged an impressive bounty recently as the winner of a raffle from the Kennett Library’s Adult Literacy Program. But in rejecting the prize of $350 in donated gift cards, Cornelio Guillen Nuñez was not being ungrateful. Instead, he simply wanted to give back, said Adult Literacy Program Director Filomena Elliott. Addressing the Kennett Library board at its meeting on Tuesday, July 19, Elliott explained that Nuñez, an English as a Second Language student, had just opened the Original Snack Factory in West Chester. Read more…


Gestures of the Week: MailmanBoy Leaves Cold Drinks Out For Mailman Friend On Super Hot Day

This story oughtta deliver some smiles. Carmine McDaniel, 8, felt concerned for his mailman friend, Henry Bailey, who was working his route on a particularly hot day. So, the Newport News, Virginia boy decided to leave out a cooler full of water and Gatorade for Bailey to enjoy. The mailman’s reaction of pure joy and relief was caught on the family’s security camera. Carmine’s mother, Terra McDaniel, shared the short video on Facebook with the hope of encouraging people to see the value in life’s little, yet thoughtful, moments. Read more…


Gestures of the Week: Car FireGood samaritan helps mother after car fire

A mother and her children, who were stranded on the Selmon Expressway after their vehicle caught fire, were saved by a good samaritan early Monday morning. Alisha Granlee was driving home to Brandon around midnight Monday when her SUV caught fire. Her three children: ages 1, 2 and 7. And her niece, age 10, were riding in the back seat. “I heard something pop. Smoke, white smoke, came out the car,” said Granlee. “I grabbed my purse and the diaper bag, grabbed the children and walked away from the car.” Within minutes, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Read more… 


Gestures of the Week: Ghost ToursGhost tour to benefit Georgetown woman whose husband died two weeks after family home was destroyed by fire

People who would enjoy a thrilling tour through historic downtown Georgetown to listen to spooky tales of ghosts and legends can now do it for a good cause. Ginger Haithcock, who leads Walking Shadows Tours in Georgetown, is offering a benefit tour for Sarah Jones, whose home was recently destroyed by fire two weeks before her husband died. All money raised will go to help the Jones family, Haithcock said.“This is just to help Sarah with whatever needs she may have and to help her get back into her own home,” she said. “I don’t have lot of money, but I have a lot of time and I wanted to do this for a member of my church family.” Read more…


Gestures of the Week: UmbrellaViral Photo Of Simple, Kind Gesture Offers Reminder To Stay United

Following several recent tragedies that have shaken people around the world, a photo that’s gone viral sends a message of unity and hope. Deepak Saini took a trip earlier this month to a Target in Kenner, Louisiana, where he snapped a photo of man holding an umbrella over a woman’s head in the rain as she made her way to the car. The onlooker, who shared the snapshot on Facebook, explained that the simple gesture spoke volumes. Read more…


Gestures of the Week: Nice, FranceGwendoline Christie makes tribute to Nice at ‘Star Wars Celebration’ in London

Star Wars Celebration, a convention for fans of the beloved sci-fi franchise, kicked off Friday in London with panels from the stars and creators and promise of more peeks at the upcoming films. But there was something else on the minds of the convention presenters and attendees. At the beginning of the highly-anticipated panel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the prequel film in the franchise hitting theaters this December, host Gwendoline Christie took a moment to acknowledge the attacks in Nice, France. Read more…


Gestures of the Week: Connecticut PolicePolice in Connecticut Moved by Gestures of Support Following the Dallas Shootings

Capt. John Kelley of the Vernon Police Department is calling it “humbling.” State police are saying it is all “greatly appreciated.” Trumbull police are saying it has made them “honored to protect and serve.” The “it” in this case, and is a collective effort on the part of Connecticut residents to reach out and support those in local and state law enforcement in the wake of the Dallas police shootings.Police officers in Connecticut started their shifts on July 8 with heavy hearts following a shooting incident in Dallas that left five officers dead and seven wounded. Read more…


Gestures of the Week: Enterprise EmployeeEnterprise Rent-A-Car gives Tulsa mom stroller for twins after Facebook post about employee’s kindness goes viral

Tulsa mother Coty Vincent stopped by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue on Wednesday to pick up a rental vehicle after being the victim of a hit-and-run collision. Vincent, with 11-month-old twins Holt and Levi in tow, approached the counter to begin the rental process — but she had to carry one of the babies, since she didn’t have a double stroller. What Vincent didn’t know at first is that John, the employee helping her Wednesday, has a twin sister. Read more…