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7 Good Deeds to Help You Forget the Government Shutdown (for a Little While)

7 Good Deeds to Help You Forget the Government Shutdown (for a Little While)
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Yes, the U.S. federal government has shut down as a result of Congress failing to pass a budget and is in danger of defaulting on its debt when it runs out of cash on October 17, unless Republicans do what they say they won’t do: raise the debt ceiling.

The shutdown has meant that 94 percent of the E.P.A.’s employees are on a leave of absence, delaying the implementation of new rules to penalize polluters. Individuals with disabilities could find their lives disrupted when funds forprograms and services from Medicaid are delayed.

If your life hasn’t yet been disrupted by the shutdown, it will be. According to the head of the International Monetary Fund, the shutdown could endanger the global economy.

But not all that’s going on right now is doom and gloom. Here are some recent good deeds to make you feel better about life.

1. Man Finds 8,000 Euros, Gives It to Police

A few weeks ago, a man from the Muslim minority in Xanthi in northern Greece found 8,000 euros (around $10,800) in a bag; he turned it in to police.

The man who had lost the money reported the incident shortly afterwards and thanked the other man for turning it in. “The Greek-Muslim does not appear to be rich, as he is one of the Greeks who is highly affected by the financial crisis. However, he did not even think of keeping the money for himself,” comments

2. Worker Reinstated After Suspension for Helping Elderly Woman With Disabilities

On seeing an elderly woman in a wheelchair fall onto the tracks at Southend Central Station in Essex (U.K.) some weeks ago, Alan Chittock rushed to assist her. Because he had not acted in accordance with the policies of train company C2C, he was suspended and faced losing his job.

Happily, Chittock has been reinstated. A big thank you to Care2 members who signed the petition urging the train company to reinstate him!

3. Center for Individuals with Disabilities Saved at 11th Hour

The Space Centre, in Ashton, Preston in the U.K. is a specialized facility providing a multisensory environment (a ball pool, indoor swings and more) that can soothe and help children and adults with disabilities. About 200 groups use the center but it faced closing due to a lack of funding and, according to the BBC, financial mismanagement — staff had discovered that “800,000 in grants never actually existed.”

A national charity, Manchester-based Creative Support, has pledged to support the center, a real boon to individuals in need of such a place (I suspect my severely autistic teenage son Charlie would enjoy it!) and their families and others who care for them.

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8:40PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

nice! ty

7:02PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

If all people practiced kindness to each other and to all beings, then we might actually wind up with a more humane gov't.

6:39AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013


4:10AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

latheheis B ... 5:10 pm PDT, Oct. 13, 2013 ...


1:28AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing

8:48PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Goodness is among us.

8:06PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

I have not noticed any change due to shutdown. Government shutdown has no effect on what I do, might even have a benefit since all they do is screw things up anyways.

11:04AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you.

7:21AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you

7:45PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Thank you

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