Washington Post: Grocery store worker lets autistic teen stock shelves, causing a ‘miracle in action’

Sid Edwards and his 17-year-old son Jack Ryan Edwards were walking through the dairy aisle at their local supermarket in Baton Rouge on Sunday when the teen suddenly stopped.

Jack Ryan, who has autism, was staring at the orange juice. Because of his autism, it wasn’t unusual for Jack Ryan to become fixated on different things. His father figured he wanted to buy juice.

The store employee at Rouses Supermarket, Jordan Taylor, noticed the same thing. He saw Jack Ryan staring.

So Taylor turned to the teen and offered him a bottle. No reaction.

Then it clicked for Taylor.

“Hey, do you want to help me?” Taylor asked, according to Edwards.

Jack Ryan, who is limited verbally, repeated, “Help me.”

So the employee and the teen carefully and methodically refilled the store’s dairy supply together for about half an hour.

Edwards took out his phone and started recording. In the video, Edwards can be heard saying, “I’m watching a miracle in action.”

Edwards knows a lot about autism, and he knows that most strangers he meets don’t understand his son, let alone go out of their way to connect with him.



Forbes: From Gun Control To Migration, Harry Styles’ $1.2 Million Donation Makes Statement On U.S. Society

In a world where authenticity is a prized asset, celebrities often find a challenge to provide it as they are directed towards supporting uncontroversial global charities. Harry Styles has bucked the trend however by announcing his support of a series of local organizations and, in the midst of that cohort of charities, making some deep statements about his views on American society. By engaging with gun control, workplace harassment and migration issues, he is quietly setting a stall out on 2018’s major issues of U.S. society and politics.

At first glance you think that if you are looking to spend $1.2 million on making a difference in the world, the last thing you want to do is to spread it across tens of partners, geographies and causes. Everyone already worries that celebrities are over-managed in their philanthropy, that they give to ‘safe’ brand-name organizations that they know will manage their media well rather than anyone they actually care about. They tend to have one international charity, one kids’ charity and one cancer charity, see them each once a year and be done with it.


People: Denzel Washington Is Giving Back to the Boys & Girls Club

Denzel Washington is helping raise money for the organization that made a big impact on his life when he was as a child.

The Oscar winner, 63, is partnering up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to auction off a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of The Equalizer 2 in exchange for donations made to the organization. Washington himself was part of the club during his childhood and tells PEOPLE it still plays a vital role in his life.

“The Boys & Girls Club helped make me the man that I am today,” he tells PEOPLE. “The staff at the Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club invested their time in developing me and that is why I have been the National spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 20 years.”

The winner will receive a trip to L.A. with a two-night stay in a “swanky hotel,” two tickets to the premiere and after party and a meet and greet opportunity with Washington.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization that provides after-school programs and services for children across 4,300 chapters, serving 4.3 million kids.


KGTV: Escondido police giving 7-Eleven Slurpee coupons to kids who do good deeds

Escondido kids spotted being good this summer will be rewarded with a free 7-Eleven Slurpee as part of the “Operation Chill” program.

The Escondido Police Department is taking part in the program that gives out Slurpees to children in the community who exhibit good behavior during the typically warm Escondido summer days.

Coupons for the free drink will be handed out to kids who are seen helping others, performing good deeds or participating in community events.


Yahoo! Sports: 10 athletes making a difference in their communities

There’s a lot going on in the world right now that demands our attention and deserves our support – but not everyone has the time or money to contribute. Professional athletes have increasingly used their platforms – and paychecks – to contribute to and advocate for causes close to their hearts. Below, we highlight 10 of the many athletes who have stepped up to incite change outside of the sports world.


Rolling Stone: See Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Sing ‘Rent’ Classic at 2018 Tony Awards

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed the Rent standout “Seasons of Love” at the 2018 Tony Awards to honor their theatre teacher Melody Herzfeld, who helped saved dozens of lives during the shooting at the Parkland, Florida school.

Herzfeld barricaded 65 students inside a closet within her classroom during the February 14th shooting, which killed 17 people at the school. For her actions, the Tonys awarded Herzfeld the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award, an annual honor given to a K-12 theater instructor that “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”


Tennesean: Volunteer to help grow Fairview Good Samaritan Community Garden

Fairview experienced an unusually wet spring, briefly delaying the planting of the Fairview Good Samaritan Community Garden, but the vegetable plants are now growing strong and tall. In its third year, the Good Samaritan Community Garden had provided more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce for Fairview’s needy and elderly.

However, like every garden, it requires helping hands to plant, water, weed and harvest the produce. There are always things to be done in the garden – weeding, laying weed barriers, planting, picking, watering, and delivery of goods.


CBS: Their promposal video went viral, but their friendship goes much further

At Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville, North Carolina, Rachel Newberry caught Ben Robinson completely off guard. He was a little surprised, a little shocked.

Ben, who has Down syndrome, had no idea Rachel was going to ask him to senior prom. Every year we see stories like this — a typical kid inviting a special needs kid to prom. Stories of kindness. But what makes this so different is that Rachel wasn’t trying to be kind.


KING: Seattle journalist summits Everest to raise money for cancer research

A Seattle-based biotech journalist who has written about cancer research for more than a decade has reached the top of Mount Everest to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Luke Timmerman last week became the first person to summit Everest in Fred Hutch’s ‘Climb to Fight Cancer.’

The conditions were perfect when Timmerman reached the top of the world. ‘We could see for probably 100 miles,’ said Timmerman.

‘There were not that many climbers the day we happened to summit, so we can just hang out, take some pictures, enjoy the view.’


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