(TMU) — A five-year-old student in San Diego is using hot cocoa and fresh cookies to give an elementary lesson in human kindness for the holidays by helping to clear the negative lunch balances of 123 of her classmates.
Katelynn Hardee is a kindergartner at Breeze Hill Elementary School and, like other children her age, she has not only a curious disposition but also a strong sense of empathy.
When Katelynn overheard another student’s mom saying that she was having a tough time paying for school-related expenses, she began asking questions about why that would ever be the case.
Without going into too much detail, Katelynn’s mother Karina Hardee gave her the basic gist that some people lack the basic things that others have. Karina told KSWB:
“She’s very inquisitive.
So she started asking me a bunch of questions and I tried to answer as best as I could without too much for a 5-year-old, and just explained to her that some people aren’t as fortunate as us.”
The notion that not everyone had the basics in life immediately resonated with young Katelynn, who began to devise a plan. She said:
“I can give money to the lunch people so they’ll have money.”
Katelynn, who already had experience setting up lemonade stands during the summer, then asked her mom if they could set up a stand to sell hot cocoa and cookies. Any money raised could then be donated to the school.
The young girl then set to work baking cookies and making hot cocoa before devoting three hours of her weekend to selling her homemade treats.
Before long, word began to spread about Katelynn’s kindness and the good cause for which she was raising funds. Business quickly began booming.
On Monday, Karina left a note for the school telling her about what they had accomplished. She explained:
“I just left a note saying my daughter held a hot cocoa fundraiser over the weekend and would love to donate the money to any of the negative accounts.”
The funds raised ended up being sufficient to pay off the lunch balances for 123 students.
Katelynn explained that she did it “so they can lunch and snack.”
Jamie Phillips, the director of Child Nutrition Services for Vista Unified School District, told KNSD:
“It is truly inspiring to see Katelynn’s compassion and generous nature utilized to help those less fortunate.”
In recognition of her selfless actions, Katelynn was given an award by the school principal and the school’s cafeteria head.
School lunch debt is a growing problem in the U.S. and has increasingly made headlines this past year, with some students being shamed for their families’ inability to pay for their meals, or indebted students receiving poor “alternative” meals to the typical lunches served to students.
Fortunately, this past October, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new legislation into law that guarantees all students will receive a lunch even if their parents or guardians haven’t paid their meal fees. The law, effective Jan. 1, 2020, also bans the public shaming of students whose families can’t pay the fees.
Either way, we’re sure that Katelynn’s actions have brightened the holidays for many of her classmates.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.