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 - ALSIce Bucket Challenge’s 2nd anniversary celebrates its gene discovery

Throwback to 2014, the year of the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie, Pharrell’s giant hat, and the Ice Bucket Challenge. These fads “broke the internet” (a phrase also coined in 2014) dominating social media feeds across the globe. But one of these viral pop culture moments is even more relevant today. The campaign that encouraged millions of people to dump buckets of ice-cold water over their heads raised enough money to help make an important research breakthrough, the ALS Association announced Monday. Read more…


Outdoor signage, Chick-fil-a store exterior signage

Chick-fil-A Employees Save the Day After Boy in Wheelchair Is Rejected by Other Kids

A [Chick-fil-A] location in Columbus, Georgia, periodically hosts an event called “Galaxy Night,” which is free for customers and features a space sword station, hero training, face painting, dessert bar, and a community group called Bricks 4 Kidz who helped the children build objects using LEGO bricks. While many customers enjoyed the event, one young boy in a wheelchair who wanted to sword fight with other boys in a group was turned down by the children, restaurant owner Alex Vann told The Christian Post on Monday. That’s when one of his employees sprang into action. Read more…


Gestures of the Week: Bat

Father Surprises Little League Son on Birthday

A Philadelphia little league baseball player was devastated when he learned his father hadn’t purchased him anything for his birthday—or so he thought. Braheim Fowler, who plays for the Taney Dragons little league team was sad about not receiving a birthday gift and couldn’t conceal his emotions. “I told him I had nothing for him,” father, Devon Fowler told Philadelphia NBC10. “He had an attitude all day.” Little did the 12-year-old know, his father had a plan that would capture the attention of cyberspace. Read more…


Gestures of the Week - Kidney

A kidney for a friend? No problem for two TCU alum

Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes. On Wednesday, it will transcend a point that two Texas Christian University alums never quite expected. Graham McMillan will donate one of his kidneys to Danny Kolzow, who’s battling kidney disease. “In a very physical sense, I think Danny and I will be connected spiritually for the rest of our lives no matter what,” says McMillan. In February, Kolzow was told it wouldn’t’ be long before he would need a transplant because of his Alport syndrome. Read more…


Gestures of the Week - CoolerThis Guy Thought His Kind Act For Pokemon Go Players Went Unnoticed — Until The Next Morning

With Pokemon Go fever sweeping the nation, the deed of a good Samaritan resulted in an unexpected kind gesture. Last week, Nate Beaird of Iowa wanted to make sure that Pokemon Go players could stay safe and quench their thirst in the midst of a heat advisory for the Des Moines area. So Beaird, the digital communication manager at Open Bible Churches, left a cooler full of water bottles outside of the church’s campus. “Have a free water and happy hunting,” the note on the cooler read. The following day, Beaird generously put the cooler next to a bus stop. Read more…

 


 

Gestures of the Week - Cops & WaterLocal woman returns the favor after Henrico cop’s kind gesture

One local woman is using Facebook to spread some positive news about the Henrico County Police Department. “I’m tired of seeing the bad cops,” Vondai Brown wrote in her post on Facebook, sharing a story of how one Henrico officer helped out her family when their car broke down on the side of the road. Last Friday Angela Brown was stuck waiting on the side of the highway for a town truck after her mother’s car broke down. “We stayed out there for like five hours waiting on a tow truck,” Brown recalled. “Henrico Police showed up and they asked us if we were OK. We said ‘yes, we are OK, we just need some cold water.’” Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gestures of the Week - College

Funds Pour In For Homeless Teen Who Biked 50 Miles To Register For College

One homeless teen is starting his second semester of college with more than $184,000, thanks to strangers who were inspired by his ceaseless determination. Last week, 19-year-old student Fred Barley packed up his tent in Conyers, Georgia, and biked more than 50 miles in sweltering heat just to register for classes at Gordon State College. Barley used a small bike he borrowed from his little brother and carried everything he owned in two duffel bags, including two gallons of water and a box of cereal. When he arrived on campus, he pitched his tent in some bushes and prepared to spend the next few weeks there until the dorms officially opened in August. Read more…


Gestures of the Week - Star LubeA little bit of kindness in Baxter Springs a long way from home

Lisa Gilbert was in a total panic. Her car was not starting, her son was about to play in the Premier Baseball Junior Championship across town and she was about 600 miles from home by herself. That’s how Gilbert, 55, of San Antonio, Texas, found herself stranded in Baxter Springs on Friday. She flagged down a police officer, who called a tow truck; a passerby started her truck, and another auto shop recommended her to Star Lube Auto Express Care. Local residents were already showing so much kindness, she said. And then she met a man named Bud Martin. Read more…


Gestures of the Week - hospital gownsBrilliant Hospital Gowns Help Teen Patients Feel Like Themselves

For hospitalized teens, wearing the same drab gown day after day can be not only boring but seriously dehumanizing. That’s why Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada came up with the simple but brilliant idea to create hospital gowns that teens would actually want to wear. The recently launched WARD + ROBES program allows each teen to pick out a gown that suits them, allowing them to feel less like a patient and more like the unique individuals they are. Read more…


Gestures of the Week - Jordan RothTeam Member’s Gesture of the Week

Gesture team members are quick to see acts of kindness happening all around them. We loved this story that an employee came across on Facebook, and we wanted to share!

Kelsey Roth from Louisville, KY posted late last week:

“Hello my dear friends. My little sister, Jordan, has found her calling and is becoming a nun. She’s been accepted to enter the Franciscan Sister of the Renewal and leaves September 16. I know that she’s really excited, and, event though I like to give her a lot of grief, I am really proud and happy for her. It is amazing to me that she can be so selfless, especially in times when it seems the world is becoming more selfish.

“Before she can start on this journey, she has to make sure all her debts are paid off, including those dreaded student loans. The sisters take a vow of poverty, and as such, she can’t bring them with her when she joins.

“If you have the opportunity, please donate at the link below. Her birthday is July 29 and I know this would be the best present she could get.”

You can hear from Jordan herself and view her giving page by clicking here!