A few weeks ago a man came into to pay for his petrol and then said he wanted to pay for number 18 as well. This is not uncommon as sometimes families fill up at the same time. read more →

A waitress at our favorite restaurant was looking troubled one day. I asked what was the matter and she told me of her chronic shoulder and neck pain. I came home and mixed up a roller bottle of essential oils for muscle pain and dropped off one day asking her friend to give it to her next morning. Mother’s Day when hubby took me to breakfast, my waitress friend came over so thrilled that the oils helped relieve her pain! – Pat

It was a sunny day. I was walking in one of the sectors more dangerous in Bogota, the Jimenez Avenue. There inhabit indigent people. They did not have covers, not even the basic needs such as a home for living, a dish with food, etc. Besides, their rights had been violated because the policemen were going for this avenue and they saw to the indigents lying down in the street and began to hit them. read more →

We learned in church of a family whose entire house had just burned down just before Christmas.  read more →

I teach at a Title I school (which means over 75% of our kids are on free/reduced breakfast/lunch status). Almost every morning one of my little fellows brings me FOOD from the cafeteria (an apple, pear, box of raisins…). read more →

Yesterday while in conversation with a client of mine, I happened to mention that I needed a new bed for my bulldog, Buster. Three hours later she showed up at my doorstep with a brand new dog bed for Buster.

What makes her unexpected act of kindness even more beautiful, is that her beloved dog recently passed and she’s been consumed with sadness. When I asked her what prompted her to do something so kind, she said: “I’ve been drowning in my grief. It felt so good to shift my focus from me and my pain to someone else.” – Oriana, The Kindness Calendar

On Fridays, I treat myself to Dunkin Dounuts and I use the drive-thru. When I pay at the window, I also pay for the person’s order behind me in line and they won’t know it until they pull up to the window and I’ve already left by then. I just want to it anonymously to make someone’s day brighter. I do this because someone once did it for me and it helped restore my faith in the world. read more →

When my daughter went right up to a lady she didn’t know and patted her giant teddy bear at The Show last night, I jumped into smile an apology and pull her back. My daughter is on the autism spectrum and struggles to see things from other people’s point of view, so didn’t realise that she was being a bit rude. read more →

A few weeks ago I received a belated birthday card from a beautiful lady that I have formed a wonderful true friendship with through a mutual friend on facebook. read more →

I work at Dollar Tree and we have been asking customers if they would be interested in purchasing school supplies for our local schools for just a dollar. Lots of people have their reasons why they can’t donate, like, “I already give to our church” or, “I am sick of being asked for my money”. read more →

Up the street from my 4-year-old grandson, a boy was visiting his dad who lives with the boys grandparents after separating from his wife. The boy had very few toys and was riding and admiring one of my grandson’s 2 scooters. My grandson, out of the blue, told him he could have it. Even after his Mom (my daughter) explained that if he did that he wouldn’t get it back. He insisted saying, “It’s okay. He can have it. He doesn’t have one.” And, he’s never asked for it back. – Gaga 🙂

Launched on 15 July 2016, it’s been an exciting time as Nourish Network finds its feet and place in the local community.

Nourish is a volunteer based, holistic outreach program developed to educate, empower and support parents and guardians struggling to provide for their families. Our ultimate aim is to fill our members with newfound confidence, employable skills and effective techniques to help heal their wounds, improve their lives and find work.

Working with local schools in the Yarra Ranges (outer eastern Melbourne), families are selected based on circumstances and their willingness to participate and eventually give back to their community.

A member-only program, Nourish partners with SecondBite and local businesses and organizations to provide a weekly allocation of fruit, vegetables, bread, eggs, recipes and nutritional information, wellbeing resources, friendship, and support.

We used 2016 as a pilot year with a small group to gain insight into the social, emotional and financial struggles our members face so we are better able to provide for their needs.
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