NYPD’s finest photographed giving boots to barefoot homeless – warms the souls of millions

November 29, 2012 by  
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NYPD Larry DePrimo Homeless BootsI’ve been the fortunate recipient and witness to many kind acts. For each I am grateful. These kind acts take place everyday, everywhere and occasionally these kind acts are captured on film, forever recorded to be shared as a reminder of what is good in the world.

At a time when many are losing hope, when the media often chooses to focus on the negative, the bad, the dark and the dirty. Leave it to one of New York’s finest to remind us of the good, Larry DePrimo has done just that. On a night so cold that officer DePrimo wore two pairs of socks and was still cold, he spotted a homeless, barefoot man in Times Square, Manhattan. It would have been easy to turn a blind eye to the poor man, after all DePrimo was on an anti-terrorist watch and had things to do. 

But that didn’t stop him from doing a good thing. After speaking to the man for a bit, DePrimo determined the man to wear a size 12 shoe.

Then according to the New York Post, ”As the man walked slowly down Seventh Avenue on his heels, Officer DePrimo went into a Skechers shoe store at about 9:30 p.m. “We were just kind of shocked,” said Jose Cano, 28, a manager working at the store that night. “Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.”

Mr. Cano volunteered to give the officer his employee discount to bring down the regular $100 price of the all-weather boots to a little more than $75. The officer has kept the receipt in his vest since then, he said, “to remind me that sometimes people have it worse.”

We may never know the name of the beneficiary, but as DePrimo told the Post “He was the most polite gentleman I had met,” the officer said, adding that the man’s face lit up at the sight of the boots. Officer DePrimo offered him a cup of coffee, but “as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post.”

The heroes kind act was captured by Jennifer Foster, at the time of this post the photo had nearly a half million likes. Be sure to add yours. You can see her original photo here.

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9 Year Old in Wheelchair Achieves Touchdown Dream

November 18, 2012 by  
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Americans have dreams, some big, some small. The ability to achieve those dreams largely lays with us, in some few cases those around us can lend a helping hand. In most cases there will be obstacles, this story is no different., For one disabled boy with muscular dystrophy, he was able to achieve the dream of a lifetime thanks to a few friends and a thoughtful referee.

With only a minute left in the game, Jason’s father and coach of the team took a helmet from Jason’s brother and  placed it the young boy’s head. According to channel 3-KSN, Jason said, “Sometimes I just dream about running a touchdown.”

Jalen said, “He dreams about it almost every night.”
Jason said, “He (the coach) grabbed my brother’s helmet, took it off him and put it on me.”
Miranda Smith, Jason’s mom, said, “One of them was like, ‘They’re putting a helmet on Jason’ and I was like, ‘what?’”
As the play began, Jason’s father grabbed his cell phone to document the play.
Having been involved in sports all my life, the memory of winning games fade with time. But it is the plays, the really great ones such as this that live forever. Check out the video.


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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

November 11, 2012 by  
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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of theVeterans Day Image brave.” -Elmer Davis

Thank a Veteran

November 11, 2012 by  
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With Veteran’s Day upon us once again, we have an opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the many freedoms that we have. Unlike others in so many parts of the world, we are able to awaken each morning without fear of mortars or machine gun fire.

We can have the ability to speak our mind, pursue our dreams and design our life. We can do this without oppression, undue hardship or fear. We can be as positive or as negative as we choose.  We can build a fortune or live on the street. We can be mediocre or we can be great. But no matter what we are we will always be indebted to those who have given their life for this great country in which we live. God Bless America.

Flash Mob – Helps Boy Achieve His Dream

November 10, 2012 by  
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caines arcade americans believeWhen a 9 year old boy started making “arcade games” out of cardboard boxes, no one ever dreamed he’d have a customer, but thanks to a local flash mob he soon had customers lining the street.

If you’ve never been to Caine’s arcade your not alone, few people have. Caine’s arcade doesnt have a single video game, pinball machine or change dispenser. Caine’s arcade is just a little bit different, but to it’s fans there is nothing else like it.

According to the 9 year old who owns it, “you get 4 plays for a dollar or 500 plays for two dollars.” How’s that for value? With the help of flash mob, a few cardboard boxes and a little imagination Caine’s arcade is on the map.

Check out the video.

Little Caesars® Pizza Treats Veterans and Active Military to Free Crazy Bread® for Veterans Day

November 5, 2012 by  
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DETROIT, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As part of a long-standing tradition of giving back and saying “thanks” to all U.S. military men and women, Little Caesars® Pizza is offering all United States armed forces veterans and active military members with a free order of Crazy Bread® with proof of military status at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

“Little Caesars is thankful to all of our veterans and active members of the military who do so much to take care of us,” said Little Caesars President and CEO, David Scrivano.  “This is a small token of our appreciation for the time they’ve served on our behalf. We hope they will enjoy an order of Crazy Bread on us and know that we are truly honored to serve them.”

On Sunday, Nov. 11, veterans can show their ID card or their DD-214 form, and active military members can show their current military-issued ID card that identifies their rank and branch to receive their free Crazy Bread. To find their nearest store, veterans can use the Little Caesars store locator at http://little.know-where.com/littlecaesars/cgi/selection or use the free app available for iPhones, iPads and iPods.

Veterans Day also marks the 6th anniversary of the Little Caesars Veterans Program. Created in 2006, the Little Caesars Veterans Program provides honorably discharged veterans with significant discounts and credits towards opening a Little Caesars franchise. The goal is to give veterans a business opportunity when they transition to civilian life or seek a career change, and to thank them for the sacrifices they and their families made for our country.

“As an organization we believe that our veterans, the men and women who have given so much to serve our country, should return home with business prospects to help them achieve their hopes and dreams,” said Richard Moreno, Senior Vice President of Administration & Strategic Planning. “So, we created a program to honor veterans and provide them with an opportunity to become business owners.”

The Little Caesars Veterans Program has grown steadily. Since the program launched, veterans have opened more than 200 Little Caesars stores. Little Caesars believes veterans possess the integrity and character to become exemplary Little Caesars owners. Many franchise opportunities available now, and will be partnering with veterans for years to come.

Little Caesars has been “giving back” since opening our first store in 1959. The Little Caesars Veterans Program, and the Little Caesars Love Kitchen reflect our strong belief and business philosophy that giving back and making a difference is something we can all do.

About Little Caesars Pizza

Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan in 1959. Little Caesars is the largest carry-out chain internationally with restaurants on four continents. Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and is offering strong franchisee candidates an opportunity for independence with a proven system. For the fifth year in a row, Little Caesars was named “Best Value in America”* of all quick-serve restaurant chains. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.

In addition to Little Caesars Pizza, Michael and Marian Ilitch’s companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Uptown Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, and a variety of venues within these entities. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

For more information about Little Caesars and available franchise opportunities, visit www.LittleCaesars.com or call 1.800.553.5776.

* “Highest-Rated Chain – Value for the Money” based on a nationwide survey of quick-service restaurant consumers conducted by Sandelman & Associates, 2011

SOURCE  Little Caesars Pizza

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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote

November 4, 2012 by  
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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Madison Rising – Star Spangled Banner Video

November 4, 2012 by  
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Madison Rising’s rendition of the Star spangled Banner

Veterans Day Appreciation Event & Rally

November 4, 2012 by  
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Veterans Day Appreciation Event & Rally

Monday, November 12, 2012 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Union Station (210 S. Canal, Chicago)


CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Fifth Third Bank Chicago announces plans for its annual “Veterans Day of Appreciation” event on Monday, November 12, 2012.  The bank will transform the Great Hall of Union Station into a patriotic celebration for those serving in the military.  The event is free and open to the public.  Activities include care package assembly, fundraising, meet and greets with area veterans organizations, ongoing live patriotic musical performances, and an afternoon rally.

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Volunteers will join local veterans in collecting last minute donations for educational scholarships that will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.  Street teams will be out in Chicago and other suburban locations collecting donations.  The bank will match all donations received 100 percent, up to $50,000.
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Volunteers will assemble 1,000 care packages that will be sent to Illinois troops now serving in Afghanistan.  Several of the items contained in the care packages are from Chicago-based companies.  The public is invited – and encouraged – to come to the event and visit Appreciation Stations that will be set up where they can write notes of support and appreciation that will go into the soldiers’ care packages.
  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.:  Volunteers will staff and host an “Appreciation Rally,” where local veterans groups will be celebrated and spotlighted.  Special guest Rear Admiral David F. Steindl (Great Lakes Naval Base) will join civic and business leaders speaking at the event.  Highlights of the rally include:
    • The bank will present a check for $100,000 from its 5-week fundraising campaign to the Folds of Honor Foundation that will fund scholarships of Chicago-area families of wounded or lost soldiers.  www.foldsofhonor.org
    • The bank will announce that it is sponsoring a dog named Friday, recently rescued from a local animal shelter, that will be trained by nonprofit War Dogs Making It Home to become a certified service dog for a local veteran suffering from traumatic brain injury/PTSD.  www.wardogsmakingithome.org
    • Immediately following the rally, hundreds of volunteers will form a human chain to move the 1,000 care packages out of Union Station into US Postal Service (USPS) trucks.  USPS employees, who are veterans themselves, are giving up the federal holiday to help the care packages begin their journey to Afghanistan.

“Every single person who lives in the United States benefits from the hard work, commitment and sacrifice of our nation’s soldiers,” said Robert A. Sullivan, President & CEO, Fifth Third Bank (Chicago).  “We’re excited to invite the community to join us in demonstrating our gratitude to those who serve in the military through our fundraising campaign and related events.”

More information about the Veterans Appreciation campaign and event is available at www.53vets.com

About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $118 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,405 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 39% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2012, had $291 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $25 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”  Fifth Third Bank.  Member FDIC.

Media Contact: Andrew Hayes, 312-823-4333

SOURCE  Fifth Third Bank Chicago

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