Showers for the Homeless

Live FRESH Mobile Shower -SunSentinel video

Two men in Florida have debuted a huge air-conditioned trailer outfitted with six shower stalls to help lift the self esteem and happiness of the homeless community in West Palm Beach.

Chris Bentley and Carlos Miller, African-Americans living in the city who have been friends since middle school, started the nonprofit called Live FRESH (Feeling Revitalized Encourages Sustainable Happiness) which now serves showers to hundreds of transients in the area.

Inside the tractor trailer on wheels are all the towels, toiletries, and supplies—including sanitary napkins—to maintain the hygiene of all who need help.

“To see a human being—living in the United States, of all countries—walk inside a store with apprehension over being shunned or offensive due to their odor or disheveled state grabbed at the core of my heart,” said Miller, the visionary leader of the project.

Launched in April in coordination with local homeless shelters, the services provided by this mobile facility have already restored dignity to people who were able to find a job and get back on their feet.

Jeanne L. says that because of Live FRESH she is a “productive member of society again.”

Other cities, like San Francisco with the Lava Mae project, are benefiting from nonprofits who have converted large vehicles in the same noble cause. And, a pair of friends in Australia created mobile laundry facilities to take the cause of cleanliness one step further.

(WATCH a video below from the Sun Sentinel) –Photo: Sun Sentinel news video

Friends Convert Tractor Trailer into Six Modern Showers for Florida Homeless (WATCH)

 

 

 

Running With the Dogs

Members of the St. Joseph High School cross-country team in California invited more than a dozen shelter dogs to accompany them on their morning run this week.

Each teammate was paired with a dog from the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter before heading out for a long run as one big happy group.

high school cross country team takes shelter dogs for run“I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun … the dogs or the kids,” coach Luis Escobar said. “Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”

Hopefully this becomes a regular thing, and that it inspires other schools to try it out, too.

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1761/This-High-School-Cross-Country-Team-Takes-Lonely-Shelter-Dogs-On-Their-Morning-Runs

 

What If . . . .

There seems to be so little news reported that feels good.  So what if, for one entire week, the only news that is reported is happy, uplifting, motivating news?

Beginning now, I’m going to look for all those stories and all those things that make me feel good. News of good deeds.  News of happy moments.  News that helps us regain faith in humanity.  News that will hopefully encourage all of us to do better in our daily lives.

Are you on board?

Here is goes . . . . .

This kid has sole

For the third year in a row, Gunner Robinson of Wilmington, North Carolina, has asked for shoe donations instead of presents for his birthday on August 15. Each pair goes to a kid in his community that needs shoes for the upcoming school year, according to WWAY.

So far, the 10-year-old has given out 600 pairs with his organization Gunner’s Runners.

“I’ve always got shoes, like new shoes for school, nice ones, and I want other kids to get them, too,” Gunner told the outlet.

Thanks to a large donation from the Pender High School’s Class of 1991 reunion, Gunner was able to buy 30 pairs of shoes on August 6. Donation boxes have been set up around Wilmington, and once all the shoes have been collected after his eleventh birthday, the family will give them to a social worker who will distribute them to kids before school starts.

“Words can’t even describe how proud we are of him because it was his idea, his doing.”

Gunner’s mom, Kristi Robinson, tells Inside Edition she thinks her son’s drive to help kids out stems from a girl they sponsored in Christmas 2013. The family bought presents for the girl, but what resonated with Gunner was that if his family hadn’t bought her shoes, she wouldn’t have a pair to wear.

“That just stuck with him for some reason,” his mom told InsideEdition.com.

The next year, when Robinson asked her son what he wanted for his birthday, he asked for shoes to donate to other kids. Robinson shared her son’s birthday wish on Facebook and soon enough, people started donating kicks. That first year, Gunner had a goal of collecting 300 shoes and exceeded it by getting 415 pairs.

And thus, Gunner’s Runner was born.

Gunner’s annual shoe collection isn’t the first time the boy has organized a large charitable act. In 2014, he collected 400 pounds of food for those in need on Thanksgiving.

And his parents couldn’t be prouder of their philanthropist.

“Words can’t even describe how proud we are of him,” Robinson told WWAY. “Because it was his idea, his doing.”

Elyse Wanshel Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Post

 

You can see the news video here.