The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s Something Good is how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life.
Dominique Moore is a teacher at Bessemer City High School in Alabama. He’s also the graduation coordinator. Last Thursday, when he was cleaning up after the school’s graduation ceremony, he noticed that one of his students was still there. When Dominique asked where his family was, the young man explained they didn’t come and he didn’t have a ride home, according to Al.com.
Moore assured the student that everything would be ok and told him he expected big things from him. He then offered him a ride home. On the way, Moore said he was ready for some supper and asked the boy where he wanted to go.
They ended up at Cheesecake Factory where the student wore his graduation cap through supper and was able to try, for the first time, Oreo cheesecake for desert. The teen was starting a job at Amazon a few hours after graduation and Moore drove him and picked him up since he had no car.
Moore went home and posted about the situation on Facebook, saying, “These situations are common to me and I handle them on my own. You don’t always have to show everybody or tell everybody when you do something but this one just didn’t sit well with me. I don’t know what it was.” He said he didn’t asked specifics about the student’s family situation, preferring to just honor the achievement instead. Moore offered his own Cash App in case anyone wanted to help the young man out.
By the next day, $5,000 had been raised. Moore picked up his former student up after work and took him to the bank to open a checking account. He hopes to help the young man buy a car. He says college will happen but for now, transportation and housing is the priority.
Moore, who also graduated from Bessemer and fought back tears as he told the teen about the donations, says, “We take people and life for granted. Even though we have bad, in this moment it shows that mankind is good.”
Kindness, generosity, and a helping hand are Something Good. Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good.