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Tyler Perry Pays for Seniors’ Groceries at 73 Stores in Poor Communities Amid COVID-19 Fears

“We’re all one… and we cannot get through this unless we realize, no matter what our race, we’re all one.”

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(TMU) — Media mogul Tyler Perry may divide opinions when it comes to his Madea comedy film series, but public opinion about the filmmaker has been unanimous after he surprised thousands of senior citizen shoppers by unanimously picking up their grocery tabs.

Perry, who began his career as a theatrical performer in Atlanta, Georgia, decided to pay it forward Wednesday when he paid for the food and other essentials of countless senior and high-risk shoppers at 44 Kroger locations and 29 Winn-Dixie stores in the region.

According to social media users, the Louisiana native picked up the tabs of shoppers at stores in Baton Rouge, Gramercy, Luling, and a number of other locations.

While the identity of the “Atlanta Angel” was initially kept anonymous, the Kroger supermarket chain’s management soon confirmed that Tyler Perry was the donor, NBC reports.

Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta Division, said:

“We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic.

It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across metro Atlanta.”

To illustrate how overjoyed customers were by the selfless gesture, Kroger also shared a tweet that included a touching photo of a tearful elderly shopper holding a long receipt.

Speaking to CBS This Morning on Friday, Perry explained:

“What I’m hoping is that by this, paying for the groceries for these people who are just like me, like my mother, my aunt, come from where I come from… I’m hoping that other people will join in.

You know, you may not be able to pay for 73 grocery stores, but maybe you can buy groceries for one person. Maybe you can buy groceries for a neighbor.

Because we are going to be hit much harder as African Americans and as poorer people than any other minority in the country, I’m sure. So my hope is that someone will see it and say, ‘Okay, hey, I can do something to help somebody else.'”

Continuing, he said:

“I’ve had a few of those. But I wanted… to do something immediate that got to the people immediately. So I reached out to Kroger, reached out to Winn-Dixie, ’cause I remember my mother going to shop every Saturday at Winn-Dixie when I was a kid in all Louisiana and in Georgia…

And I wanted to go directly to neighborhoods where the incomes are much lower, and I wanted to really focus and drive the point home there and try and help there.”

Perry also made clear his concerns for the Black community amid the disproportionate mortality rates they are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said:

“What we need right now … We need just some hope. We are inundated with negativity. It’s bad. So many are dying…. our healthcare workers are struggling. They don’t have PPE… all of these things which are true, but they’re also so draining on the soul and spirit… So let’s all kinda spread a little bit of good news to help and encourage and motivate us all through this thing.

Because what this has taught us? We’re all one… and we cannot get through this unless we realize, no matter what our race, we’re all one.”

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Tyler Perry has long been known as a self-made millionaire with a heart of gold who went from being a homeless, traumatized, and broken young sexual assault survivor to becoming one of the wealthiest Black men in Hollywood, using the proceeds from his popular low-budget films to fuel his generous philanthropic efforts.

Without so much as being asked for help, Perry has stepped up on numerous occasions to help those in need.

In 2009, Perry gave the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) a million dollar gift to celebrate the civil rights nonprofit’s centennial.

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A year later, following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Perry also donated $1 million to help the first Black republic recover. His charity also inspired others to donate significant amounts to the impoverished Caribbean nation.

And in 2017, he contributed $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston, Texas.

According to his website, Perry has provided clean water to upwards of 65,000 people in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India through his charity.

Last March, when 45-year-old healthcare worker and author Tynesha Evans was killed, Perry saved her bereaved family from being evicted by paying their rent while also helping them pay the costs of Evans’ funeral. Perry also pledged to cover the college tuition of Evans’ daughter Sharadiant Turner, a mathematics major.

In October, Perry pledged to use a portion of his newly-built Tyler Perry Studios to house disadvantaged women and children. He also vowed at the time to build a shelter for homeless women, displaced LGBTQ youth, and trafficking victims.

Through his charity, the Perry Foundation, Tyler Perry has funded myriad projects ranging from educational program for at-risk youth to sports clubs, arts workshops, aid for refugees, and sustainable energy projects for underdeveloped rural communities in the global South.

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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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.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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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.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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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.

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