An act of kindness is enough to brighten up the whole world. This man came up with the idea to donate his $4 million apartment complex to single mothers who are trying to get back on their feet. He did so free of charge.
This generous human being who decided to do so is Rick Steves. So many homeless women and even kids benefited from his kind act. The idea came to him about 20 years ago. He decided to use his retirement savings to buy cheap apartments and help struggling neighbors.
To him, it was a better way of investing and better use of his savings. According to him, the best payment he can get is the happiness of his tenants. The apartment complex consists of 24 units.
This act first began focusing on recovering single mothers who suffered from drug addictions. It was a place where they could get their act together before gaining back custody of their children.
The joy Steves got from these acts of kindness is immeasurable. He has taken a step forward and given the apartment complex to the YWCA.
The YWCA is now responsible for the homeless mothers living there.
Rick has done so with the hope of inspiring others to do the same and help those in need. The disparity between classes increases day by day.
Organizations like YWCA need to work hard to reduce the gap between the rich and poor, as it is hard for the poor to afford suitable housing.
Steves hopes that love and compassion will beat avarice and the competition amongst ourselves to gain power. This generous act has helped many helpless women as well as children.
Although everyone cares about acquiring wealth, rarely one thinks of using wealth to help those in need. Rick is the best example of a selfless person who wants to make a difference in the world.
Below are other acts of kindness that we hope will inspire you.
A school in Ireland initiates acts of kindness every December and June leading up to Christmas and Summer holidays, replacing homework with something more interesting. The one year it was gratitude, where the children and their families record everything they are grateful for.
This school inspires children to give a helping hand to the elderly and lonely people. They have been doing this for the last three years. They even have a bucket of kindness (Buicéad Cineáltais), where children can put kind notes about others.
Did you know that the world-famous actor Robin Williams is known for being an actor and comedian and a philanthropist, would request the film companies that hired him to hire homeless people as well?
After five years of his death, Robin Williams is still remembered for his kind heart. He would use his own time and his own money to help the needy.
Doesn’t this inspire you to help those in need? One act of kindness is sure to put a smile on someone’s face. Don’t forget that.
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