Veronika Scott designed a warm winter coat that transforms into a sleeping bag because she wanted to help homeless people survive the cold Michigan winters. But Veronika wasn’t satisfied with just keeping the homeless warm; she wanted to help them become independent. That’s why she created The Empowerment Plan
, which employs homeless people to manufacture the coats, which are then distributed by homeless shelters and the American Red Cross.
Two Minnesota women started a choir — the Giving Voice Chorus
— for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. “It’s a time for them to remember who they were before the disease came,” said one of the founders. “They don’t feel like they have Alzheimer’s when they’re singing.”
A former United States president dressed up as Santa Claus
to spread a little Christmas cheer to sick children at a Dallas hospital. (That’s his Secret Service guy in the elf costume in the background.)
When two cops in Boynton Beach, Florida, learned that a local family couldn’t afford to have a Christmas tree this year, they took matters into their own hands
and saw to it that the family had a tree, complete with a stand, lights and ornaments. (And if that little girl’s smile doesn’t warm your heart, there’s just no hope for you.)