They call themselves Santa’s Secret Hands, and they raise money year-round to buy Christmas presents for needy children in their community.
(Photo via Facebook)
The $111.05 New York restaurant receipt includes a $1,000 tip and the words “god bless!” scrawled across it.
Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity
A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.
Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.
After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.
The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.
The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.
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Restaurant workers around the country are being photographed with huge smiles on their faces — holding up receipts with tips of up to $10,000
Each tab is stamped with the handle @tipsforjesus and bears an illegible signature.
The anonymous tipster has left his trail of generosity coast to coast and even in Mexico.
A waiter in Phoenix beams looking at his $2,500 tip. And a $111.05 New York restaurant check includes a $1,000 tip and the words “god bless!” scrawled across it.
Photos of the outlandish tips are posted on the Instagram account “Tips for Jesus” that has more than 50,000 followers. The feed comes with the tagline, “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”
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Calgary lotto winner Tom Crist to give $40M prize away; Retiree won the lottery in May, but kept it a secret until now
A Calgary man who won a $40-million lottery prize last May has kept it a secret until now, but says the money will go to charity in memory of his wife.
Tom Crist was golfing in Palm Springs, Calif., in May when his phone rang.
"As soon as I hung up from my cellphone call from Western Canada Lottery I never thought about it. We finished our lunch, we went out golfing. I’ve kept it a secret, even my kids didn’t know until today," said Crist on Monday.
Crist said that as soon as he got the call he knew where the money was going to go.
"I lost my wife to cancer two years ago." His wife of 33 years, Jan, died in February 2012. She was 57.
Crist said cancer was a special concern, because of what happened to his wife. “She was fairly young and stuff. She beat it for six years before it finally caught up to her.”
Crist said he plans to put the money into a family trust fund to be doled out to charities he and his kids pick over the years. Charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre will be at the top of that list, he says.
“I’ve been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company. I did very well for myself. I’ve done enough that I can look after myself, for my kids, so they can get looked after into the future. I don’t really need that money.”
Crist retired as the CEO of EECOL Electric in late September of this year. The electrical wholesale company, with a head office is in Calgary, was sold in December 2012.
Crist said his children were totally behind his plan, but asked why he didn’t tell them about it sooner.
“I said, ‘I just didn’t know how to deal with it.’ I was hoping that I could just somehow move it into, you know, from the lotto corporation into my trust account and not have the media,” said Crist.
"But, when you buy a ticket you’re subject to the rules of the lottery and that’s a picture and a notification — especially if it’s a big win."
So when Crist went in to have his picture taken he went for an understated look — a ball cap and sunglasses.
“They asked me, ‘Is that your natural look?’ and I said ‘Yep. That’s all you’re getting,’” he laughed.
Crist plays both Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 by subscription, meaning players can pay for their selections for up to a year at a time.
"I wasn’t even sure which game I’d won on, or what the numbers were. I’ve paid for the subscription when I get the renewal notice every year, and then I just file it — sometimes I’d get a cheque for $10 or $20, but I never expected this,” Crist said, in a news release from the lottery corporation.
Subscribers’ numbers are checked for them after each draw and they are automatically paid any prizes won.
In the case of any prize over $10,000, subscribers receive a telephone call first. [x]
PPD Editor’s Note: Thanks for the tip, awkwardsituationist!
This Little Girl’s Letter to Santa Claus Just Shamed All Our Childhoods
Most of us have written a letter to Santa, granted it’s been a few years, but we all did it at some point in our childhood. I remember enthusiastically making lists of all the things I’d seen during Nickelodeon commercials or I’d spotted in my newest American Girl Catalog — I never did get that Samantha doll (mom!).
But that’s just it, as children we’re sometimes unintentionally self-centered. However, the beautiful thing about children is that they’re always surprising us.
Like little Emmileah Anderson of Surrey, UK, who put kid-me’s Christmas list to shame with the kind-hearted and thoughtful letter she sent to the North Pole this year.
According to the Surrey Mirror, six-year-old Emmileah wrote to Santa to explain that, despite being on the “good list,” she doesn’t want any presents this year. Instead, she would rather those presents be given to children who don’t have any.
Here’s little Emmileah’s letter to Father Christmas — sans the spelling errors.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Claus,
Thank you for putting me on the good list every year. I have decided that this year I don’t need any presents from you. Instead I am going to do a walk for charity. Please can you give my toys to the children that don’t have any.
Love Emmileah XXXXXX
Emmileah’s mom, Shannaz Noormohamed, explained the origin of the letter, saying, “My cousin is doing a Santa Run for St. Catherine’s Hospice and she asked if me and Emmileah would like to do it. I asked Emmileah and she wanted to know what a charity was so I told her… I said there are charities for children who don’t have very much.”
Her mother recalls how she cried after reading Emmileah’s letter the first time, “She obviously went away and thought about what I said.”
Before her mother explained it to her, Emmileah had no idea that other children were not as fortunate as she. Emmileah told the Surrey Mirror, “I felt bad that other children didn’t have toys. I didn’t know that before… It’s not because I don’t want any presents. I just don’t really need them.”
Now Emmileah is on a mission to fundraise for St. Catherine, even coercing local police officers into donating to the charity.
Her mother, along with the rest of us, are stunned by the innocent goodness of a young child’s heart. “The fact it has all been her idea makes it even more amazing. I am a very proud mum at the moment. I’m not sure I would have given up my Christmas presents at that age.”
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8-Year-Old Helping Homeless Kids One Cup at a Time
Some kids are born athletes. Others excel at art or science. Jaxon Evans has the compassion gene.
The 8-year-old Bakersfield, California, resident has opened a Kool-Aid stand to raise money to buy toys he plans to give out to homeless children. So far, Jaxon has raised $1,600 and is aiming to raise $2,500 before Black Friday, when he and his mom, Alandra Evans, 39, will hit Toys R Us. (Their local store has even offered them a 10 percent discount.)
“He has compassion for others,” Alandra tells Yahoo Shine of her son, who got the idea thanks to a fellow student who ran a lemonade stand for charity. “It’s cool to aid kids,” Jaxon says.
Alandra Evans, who teaches eighth grade at Sequoia Middle School in Bakersfield, supplied the Kool-Aid and Jaxon enlisted two friends to help set up. He even made up fliers to give out at school, while his mom posted messages to friends and family members on Facebook.
“Everything $1. Or pay with your heart,” read the sign next to donated baked goods and hand-mixed punch. That first fundraiser, held in late September, raised $400. Then word got out on the local news. When people heard the effort was for charity, “that $1 turned into $10,” according to Alandra.
With two sales down, Kraft has sent the budding philanthropist enough Kool-Aid to cover his next two fundraisers, which will be held this month.
Last week, Jaxon and his mom visited the Bakersfield Homeless Center – which mostly serves women and children and feeds up to 500 people a day – to meet some of the kids who will benefit. After speaking with officials about the center’s needs, the Evans family added nonperishable food and baby products to their shopping list.
Those toys Jaxon wants to buy? “Yes, it absolutely makes a difference,” Carolann Wooton, external affairs manager for the center, tells Yahoo Shine. She said that the center depends on individual donors for 25 percent of its funding. Jaxon’s good deed will be well received. “It’s good for our kids,” she adds.
While Jaxon would prefer to distribute the toys wearing a Santa suit, Alandra isn’t completely on board with that idea. But she does know that her son’s heart is in the right place. “His compassion for living things, you can’t teach that in a child,” she says. “You either have it or you don’t.” [x]
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Guys Prank Pizza Place Owner, End Up Making 30 Pizzas For Homeless
YouTube pranksters Roman, Dennis and Chase are up to no good again. Well, actually, they’re up to a lot of good with this particular practical joke.
The guys fool their friend, Joe, into giving them a key to his restaurant in Lewis Center, Ohio, called Wholly Joe’s Chicago Eatery. They tell Joe they need to pick up a forgotten wallet and promise they’ll be in and out in a jiff. In reality, they’re planning on hanging out for a bit longer.
The trio end up spending hours in the restaurant to make 30 pizzas for the homeless. Then, they personally distribute the pies to local shelters and people in need.
It’s maybe the best pizza party we’ve ever seen. [x]