Special Bikes for Special Kids by a Special Man

Bicycles and tricycles for special needs children have adaptations like foot straps, torso supports and adjustable parts. They cost from $800 to $5,000, said Andrew McLindon, 53, founder of the foundation.

Over seven years, the McLindon Family Foundation has given away adaptive tricycles to children in nine states, helping them feel the independence and freedom of riding a bike.

McLindon’s love of bicycles led him to give away adaptive bikes. After success with the commercial construction company he started in 1989, he added auxiliary businesses that became Mainspring Companies, a group of construction, maintenance and real estate development enterprises.

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Another Cop Story – Be On The Lookout in Kansas City!

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original video credit: CBS News

Make A Wish Jump 2014

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition on average, every 38 minutes.

Make-A-Wish® believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires Make-A-Wish® to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.

The wonderful people who give themselves away by volunteering, usually year after year, over and over, at the multitude of events and fundraisers throughout the Make-A-Wish organization are always kind, compassionate, and above all, resourceful and creative. They have to be to grant the individual and unique wishes of beautiful children. This leads the volunteers to develop some unique fundraising events. Here’s an example, jumping out of airplanes.

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Wish Jump 2014 is the fourth annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York – the most exciting fundraiser in the Capital Region! Make-A-Wish® grants the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, enhancing the child’s human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Wish Jump participants spend a few months fundraising, then come together to spend an exciting day skydiving at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures, while family, friends, and spectators watch and cheer from the ground. Between 2011 and 2013, Wish Jumpers, including the local Make-A-Wish chapter CEO William Trigg, Ph.D., who have participated in this event and have raised over $70,000!

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Inspired by wish children and their families who bravely face fear each day, Wish Jumpers raise money that will help make wishes come true, and test their own bravery by skydiving in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Please consider donating to this compassion centric event HERE, or a Make-A-Wish® event in your area. Also, Make-A-Wish® would love to have you give them, and their children, a little of your volunteer time. Info HERE.

My attitude is that children’s wishes should come true…and we can help make that happen.

Links:
What children WISH for
Wish Jump 2014

Wish Jump 2014 Donation
Saratoga Skydiving Adventures   
Make-A-Wish America
Make-A-Wish International 
Find your local Make-A-Wish Chapter
Volunteer at Make-A-Wish

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Don’t forget to give something today!

Heart With A View

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When you Give Yourself Away, your vistas become magnificent.

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SPPRAK Attack

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 Thanks to NBC Nightly News for this charming and inspiring story.

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Do Anyway

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Anyway
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
 
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

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How Many How Much

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How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.
―Shel Silverstein

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One More Tomorrow

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The Day’s Work
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does any one remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through.
Is there any one to utter now a kindly word of you?
Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along,
Or a churlish sort of “howdy” and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish, pure and simple, as you rushed along the way,
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?
Can you say tonight in parting, with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother, of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
Does a man whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it?  Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God would say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?
                                                           —Edgar Guest

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Ripples And Sunbeams

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Influence

Drop a pebble in the water,
And its ripples reach out far;
And the sunbeams dancing on them
May reflect them to a star.

Give a smile to someone passing,
Thereby making his morning glad;
It may greet you in the evening
When your own heart may be sad.

Do a deed of simple kindness;
Though its end you may not see,
It may reach, like widening ripples,
Down a long eternity.

—Joseph Norris

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Beautiful Choices

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Be BEAUTIFUL today everyday.

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Random Acts of Kindness and Intentional Acts of Kindness and Grand Acts of Kindness
and Small Acts of Kindness and  Simple Acts of Kindness are all Beautiful Acts.
—Paul Mark Sutherland

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The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has established February 11-17, 2013 as Random Acts of Kindness Week. In honor of this week, we wanted to take some time to see how one person’s final request has spread kindness, joy and happiness to many other people’s lives.

On January 26, 2002, Kelly Mason passed away at age 39 following a long battle with cancer. In lieu of flowers, her family asked that people make donations to the “Random Act of Kindness Fund” and shared an address to which donations could be mailed. They may not have realized at time that they would be setting off a chain reaction of kind acts. Or maybe they did.

For the past 11 years, strangers have submitted condolence messages to Kelly’s online obituary Guest Book. And in those messages, they have shared how Kelly’s kindness fund has impacted their lives.