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CNET Heart to Heart Challenge for the American Heart Assn.

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / May 19, 2016 3:41 PM PDT

Hi everyone,

We want to inspire human kindness throughout cyberspace, and in the process help the American Heart Association with our Heart to Heart Challenge and it is super simple to do.

Post in this forum discussion a good deed that you’ve done, or received, or even observed. (You will have to register for CNET in order to post.) The deed could be as simple as you giving your lunch to a homeless person or as big as you volunteering overseas to help children. All good deeds are equal because you made the world a better place with your kindness.

For every good deed shared, CNET will contribute $1 to the American Heart Association, up to $10,000.

Are you ready? We have until June 30th to complete this challenge. Let's do this -- together and tell your friends and family to join in! Start sharing below. (Program Terms & Participant Release)

Thank you for your kindness!
Lee Koo
CNET Community manager

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Update 7/1/2016
The challenge is now over. Thank you everyone who contributed to this challenge!

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in our Heart to Heart challenge. We were far off from our goal of contributing $10,000 to the American Heart Association, but we did our best. I'll be honest, I am disappointed in not achieving our goal. However, while we didn't hit the quantity goal, the quality of your good deeds submissions were tremendously inspiring and heartfelt and I thank you for them. We will be working out the details to get the money generated from this challenge to the American Heart Association. It is a small amount, but I know every little bit will help.

Again on behalf of CNET, I'd like to thank you all for your tremendous help and support in sharing. You are the best!

Please continue to do good deeds for the better of humanity and when you receive a good deed, I urge you to pay it forward to inspire others to do the same. Our world needs it!

Take care and thank you everyone.

Sincerely,
-Lee

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I will start it off.....
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 6, 2016 12:23 AM PDT

I'd like to share a story of an observed good deed.

We live in modest middle class neighborhood--not rich, not poor. 6 years ago, when my son was in 3rd grade during dinner time he told me that while it was lunch time at school, he noticed that one of his classmates was sitting down at the cafeteria table but he had no lunch. My son asked him why he wasn't eating and his classmate told him that his mom didn't have any money so he would have to skip lunch today. My son asked if he was hungry and he said he was, so my son split up his lunch and shared it with his classmate.

My wife and I were really taken back by this story and very touched by the actions of my son and happy to hear that he had done the right thing purely out of goodness of his heart.

This story hit close to home for us and we came to realize that hunger in children is even right here in my own backyard. I still continue to remind my 3 kids about this real life experience that my son went through and we should be very grateful for all the things we have, because there are a lot of people out there who don't even have something as simple as food.

Thanks for reading.

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No child is left Hungry
by joedi1 / June 8, 2016 4:07 AM PDT

There is in state in the United States a school lunch program called "Free Lunch Program, It is designed where no child should go hungry. It is based on your income. We have been on it for 10 years. The school has never left our children go hungry. That's the rest of the story.
jdb

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Yes thank you. This program is in place at our kid's school.
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 8, 2016 9:28 AM PDT

I believe the classmate who my son shared his lunch with, his parents just went through a bad divorce and money was probably tight during this life changing event for them. Regardless, I'm glad these programs are in place as no kids should go through the pains of hunger.

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Life can be taxing
by altoid1 / June 9, 2016 6:27 AM PDT

For several years I volunteered as a tax preparer. Yes, we got training and we had a good network of colleagues to turn to if confronted by an unusual situation. Most of the folks using our free service (we e-filed both federal and state returns) were elderly or lower income, and even though the tax returns were usually fairly straightforward, paying a commercial preparer would have put a dent in tight budgets. Loved the big smile and "thank you" when telling them the amount of the refund!

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Being thankful
by tania.gonzalez CNET staff/moderator / June 6, 2016 7:20 AM PDT

That time when you are heading to the bus stop and you see your bus coming from a distance.
The obstacles ahead of you: a street block and the red light on the crosswalk.
You run that block like a master but, how can you defeat that dreadful red light?
Human kindness is the answer!
The bus driver waited for you and a very nice lady driving a car stops and waves for you to go ahead... I felt like the luckiest person in the world!
Is the little things in life and the small details that can make a big difference in your day!
Thank you to my good Samaritans! Laugh

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Homeless Hero

I live in a very urban neighborhood in San Francisco. There is a homeless man I have known for years, thought homeless, one of my long-time neighbors. He is pretty scruffy, sometimes angry, sometimes very talkative, but most folks would dismiss him as someone to avoid, ignore, just walk by. I have talked with him for years. He comes and goes, but miraculously has prevailed for a long time. Years ago, there was a terrible accident near by my place. A car crash left the driver unconscious at the wheel while the engine burst into flames. People stood by helpless, frozen. My homeless friend appeared out of the gathering crowd, ran up to the car, opened the door, lifted and carried the unconscious driver out of the car safely to the curb. Moments later, the car was fully engulfed in flames. The driver, alive on the sidewalk next to my heroic, homeless neighbor.

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God send
by joedi1 / June 8, 2016 4:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Homeless Hero

Now this man is a true god send. Comes when he is needed, saves a life, then returns to heaven.

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Nervous parents
by drew.u / June 6, 2016 8:55 AM PDT

As new parents on a long flight to Australia with a baby, we were pretty terrified about annoying the entire plane. Our baby was usually pretty good in public, but it's a very long flight, and it's uncomfortable for a everyone, especially a baby, so we were expecting some screaming. Sure enough, midway through the crying starts. We tried everything that usually works, and none of it was working. Just as we were getting super frustrated, one of the other passengers turns to us, and we're expecting a lecture on parenting. Instead she offered to hold the baby and play with them to give us a chance to collect ourselves and take a deep breath. Sometimes just being able to calm yourself will help calm the baby, and sure enough, it did. Thanks kind stranger!

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Patience and Peace
by MyCrazyMachine / June 17, 2016 6:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Nervous parents

Thanks for your story.

While its true, there are stresses of being in a tight space (airplane,theater) that amplify the sound of a crying baby (like hearing dogs barking in your ear when you are annoyed from other stressors). Its easy for people to blame the parents for not consoling the crying child, when in reality, they are doing their best.

I will continue to exercise more patience in these scenarios.

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A Blessing I Received
by ssh49tn / June 6, 2016 8:58 AM PDT

I have a neighbor is can no longer drive, so I've been taking her to the store for the past couple of years. Last year, around Thanksgiving, her daughter's church gave the members $100 to start with, & they were to go out into the community, & help someone in need. She & her husband decided they wanted to help someone with repairs to their home. So, when they were talking about it, my friend told them that I needed quite a few repairs done to my trailer. So they decided they were going to help me. They came & looked at things that needed repairs, & made a list. Then they asked people for donations, & they have had almost every problem with my trailer fixed. There's a couple more things, & it's all done. The floor where my water heater is, had started rotting out, & the water heater was laying over at an angle, that's fixed. And, where rain was coming in around my back door, there was a place where the wood was rotting, & they fixed that. Then they worked for 3 or 4 days trying to get my kitchen sink unclogged. Part of the problem was my septic tank needed pumped out, but, there was a clog in the pipe that went from my trailer to the septic tank. They fixed that, plus the landlord had to pay for the people that came & pumped out the septic tank. ($325!) He finally had to go under the trailer & change the pipe that went from my sink to the septic tank pipe. He got that fixed. Then they fixed my front steps, so I don't have a real high step up to get in the door. Now, they're fixing where my ceiling had started falling down. They put a piece of sheet rock in the place that was breaking up, & have put 2 coats of plaster around the edges, with one more to be put on. Then they'll sand it, so it's smooth, then paint over that. The only other thing to fix is some kind of weird problem with my electricity. Some plug ins don't work, nor some of the lights. But, there's just spots that don't work. Anyway, I have been so blessed to have these people have this done for me, & I sure hope that God blesses them real good.

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Merry Christmas
by gstitt-CBSi / June 6, 2016 9:54 AM PDT

On Christmas Eve, I was about to check out at the grocery and I noticed the older couple in front of me was having issues at the register. I overheard the lady say that her check must not have been cashed yet, and the cashier said they could come back and buy the groceries later.

I could tell the lady was upset so I asked the cashier if I could pay for their groceries. At first the lady didn't hear me, but when the cashier asked if it was okay for me to pay, the lady nearly broke down in tears and hugged me.

I could tell how much meant to her. They waited for me in the parking lot and tried to give me $20 they had in their car, but I refused. I told them, "Merry Christmas".

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The can-collectors

We have a lot of elderly folks in my neighborhood that go around collecting drink cans from the recycle bins on trash day. I've made it a point to talk to them and to make sure I save my cans in separate bags so I can wait for them as they come down my street. I've also talked to my neighbors about separating their cans as well.

It's not much, I know, but it helps. I also volunteer in a soup kitchen so I see what folks go through. Even a few cans help with dinner or a bill...

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Awesome
by sbaner / June 7, 2016 11:39 PM PDT
In reply to: The can-collectors

Posts like this reinforces to me the fact that one does not need a lot of money or time to help others .. When the intent is there , there are such beautiful small ways we can assist ..

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GOOD DEEDS SHALL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER

On the subject of CNET's call for sharing an act that inspires human kindness, a saying came to mind: "No good deed goes unpunished." This satirical negation of the inherent humane qualities most people possess was written by the late author Ann Clare Boothe (one of her famous 'acid wits,' often attributed to Oscar Wilde). Though open to interpretation - if accepted as generally true - it could mean good deeds are not appreciated or that the giver will be punished by the recipient or another person or by some odd situation - just for having helped a soul in need. If taken verbatim, perhaps it delivers the message for us to be careful as to who we help lest we shall be punished. Obviously, Ms. Boothe wrote it in jest and most people know that. I will then venture to say, based on my lifelong experiences, that the majority of able beings does not think twice about extending a hand to family, friends, the sick, or even a stranger - commensurate with their capabilities.
And then, what is "human kindness" all about? Basically, providing help in any means we can to people in need, be it physical, monetary or both. Those who have a busy or complicated life may elect to donate or offer financial help - when or if - needed, whereas those who cannot afford monetary help may assist in some other ways. The latter may consist of cooking a meal for someone ill, or bringing groceries, or offering a ride to a doctor, and so on.
Now to the point: I just spent a week in bed due to severe food poisoning. I was very weak but did not want to ask for help... After all, everyone around us is busy - family, friends, even retired people are. Well, on the fourth day I mentioned it to my cousin and she insisted on bringing me food or whatever I needed. I thanked her but declined. It would be a forty-five-minute drive for her and I could make do with my pantry and fridge items. But my dear cousin was not listening and about three hours later she was at my front door with a cooked bland meal that lasted me three days, plus many other items that really helped me recover. I could not thank her enough!
In the end, my cousin got home all right despite the heavy afternoon traffic, and I am most appreciative of her good deed and of other offers of help received. It follows that we can respectfully throw author Boothe's quote out the window.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."
by colinito / June 8, 2016 1:09 AM PDT

I am reliably informed that the City Council in Manchester, UK, have created a law that makes it an offence to feed homeless people. How can these elected local 'rulers' be so evil to their fellow humans, faith in human kindness tends to fade with this type of information.

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Volunteering for our community food bank
by wendyd / June 6, 2016 11:39 AM PDT

Last year, the CNET team volunteered at the SF Marin Food Bank. While this was a great bonding experience for us, we were also able to sort through 32,000 pounds of stone fruit to be delivered throughout San Francisco and Marin communities.

It took a while for us to get the group on the Food Bank's volunteer calendar, which makes you realize how much our community is caring for those in need. I took my son and husband back a few months later and we now make volunteering a part of our regular routine.

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random kindness
by lynaire / June 6, 2016 11:57 AM PDT

Last week an elderly lady wanted to pay for her greengrocery at the market stall with her bank card. The stall holder only dealt in cash. The lady had come shopping on the Access Bus and had to catch it home and had no time to get any cash. I paid for her purchases.

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Wow CNET!!
by lizamaloy CNET staff/forum admin / June 6, 2016 1:59 PM PDT

I think CNET running this campaign is a pretty awesome act of kindness! I am glad to be part of such an amazing team of people. A few years back I lost my younger cousin to an long battle with melanoma. The day that I got the phone call that he had passed away I was at work (here at CNET) and the level of support I received from my coworkers was unrivaled. One booked me on the next flight home, while the other sat and waited with me for my boyfriend to pick me up at work. I am sure it wasn't a big deal to them, but I will remember those acts of kindness for the rest of my life.

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I bought a cow, then gifted some college books.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 6, 2016 3:44 PM PDT

I'll keep it short since there are so many others that have much to say.

My favorite good deeds were a cow I bought with a bonus that came in out of the blue.
It wasn't quite enough so I asked our CEO to match it and he did. Good guy!

Another year an unexpected bonus and this time a local college got a small endowment for student books. Again, my good boss matched it and made my day.

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Nerds Pull Together

For several years I have helped with the unloading re-loading of the dealers room at a local science fiction convention. Usually everyone but one or two of the most complex to re-load especially the largest book leader are left by 3:00 pm and most of the other volunteers have gone home. This year the last three folks with big loads, without planning, got together and loaded each other one at a time. Result not strained backs or broken toes this year.

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Secret Santa
by knowjim / June 6, 2016 5:44 PM PDT

For over the past ten years, I've been a "Secret Santa" for a local breakfast restaurant. Only the manager knows, not even the wait staff. Each year, I've contributed about $2,000. Unfortunately I must stop as my health and my $800/month SS allowance are no longer able to bear the load.

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Birthday Card for a Mom
by Bolero64 / June 6, 2016 8:41 PM PDT

My elderly neighbor lives alone with her grown, autistic son. He speaks very little and is dependent on her for daily living. Her birthday was coming up. I picked out a beautiful birthday card that said "To Mom from her Son." The statements inside were sweet, simple, and could have come from him if he could talk and convey feelings. I had him sign it in secret and give it to her on her birthday. She got tears in her eyes and whispered, "You don't know how much this means...from my son, from my son, to his mother, me."

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Let the other guy in
by daddywalter / June 6, 2016 9:31 PM PDT

Where I live (near Memphis, TN), road construction and its attendant delays are a way of life. Sometimes the orange barrels and "lane closed ahead" signs seem to pop up overnight like mushrooms; when a major expressway is involved, it can take an hour or longer to travel less than a mile -- and even longer if the delay is compounded by a traffic accident, which happens all too often.

Since I get to know the local lane closures (and expect them), I'm usually able to get into the still-open lane well before the closure; but out-of-towners traveling through are often caught off-guard and traffic in their lane backs up quickly. I always make it a point to allow two or three motorists to merge in front of me, including at least one 18-wheeler if possible. Those heavy trucks have an especially hard time taking advantage of openings that appear and disappear quickly -- they need a little extra help, and almost always pay it back in kind when they get the opportunity.

Yeah, my time is valuable, but probably no more than that of the other guy. And who knows, maybe I help reduce road rage in the process. It's no big deal, just common courtesy; but all too often it seems to be _uncommon_ in the terrible traffic around Memphis.

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Feeding the hungry
by fahed92 / June 7, 2016 12:56 AM PDT

I read about this app and downloaded it, ShareTheMeal it's super easy you add your card be it debit or credit and you click on a button and you feed someone your donation can be as small as a 1$ or sky the limit, One dollar is less then a cup of coffee for most of us But feeding someone is something that make me feel happy

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Helping a struggling Family.
by craigbrewer / June 7, 2016 3:16 AM PDT

There was this young christian Lady who's husband left her to raise 7 kids all by her self,she was struggling very hard to try and feed her family and pay her bills so i helped her anyway that i could by giving her financial help when ever i could.I am a poor man but she needed the money more than i did. We are very good friends now and she has a job and is doing quite well now.

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Heart to heart

I saved my pop cans as others have and put them by the dumpster for homeless. Also have bought food and toothbrushes for homeless. I pick up trash daily in my neighborhood when I walk my dog.

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Helping hands
by kborgyborg / June 7, 2016 10:35 AM PDT

Came across this post on my facebook feed this morning and thought I'd share: Seen a couple that ran out of gas on skyline Blvd. trying to push their car up to the gas station. Everyone driving by or going around them and not helping. Pulled over and told the woman that I'll help her husband push the car. Got it to the gas station and they so appreciative for the help. Just remember it doesn't take much to help someone out.

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Sure I'll take a moment and talk to you

I was working at a local restaurant when I had a customer who seemed to be going through some things. She was very thin, was talking rapidly, and would both change topics and have a difficult time thinking through what she was saying. I didn't know if it was a drug problem or a mental illness, or just stress. I knew it wasn't the time or place to get into that with her.

Instead I tried to be positive and respectful and when she got down on her self and started apologizing I brushed it off and made it clear I was happy to talk to her. I don't know if that had any effect on the trajectory of her day but I hope it did.

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Warm greetings @ work that AREN'T work related
by Dannijay2003 / June 7, 2016 12:24 PM PDT

I, like many people, work in a very busy office. Everyone is working on various projects and trying to get 'their' to-do list knock out. This often leaves us in a situation where we only interact with co-workers when we NEED something from them. (I hate that) so I was very pleasantly surprised when a fellow co-worker reached out to say hello and check-in on me for no other reason. Just to say hi! Such a small act, but also incredibly meaningful.

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Parade Kindness

I was walking in a parade with my daughter's dance group last weekend. It was warm - maybe the first hot day this season, and it was very sunny. At the halfway point of the parade, there were several men on each side of the route (who I *think* may have been Sikh, but I'm ashamed to say I really don't know for sure) offering ice-cold bottles of water to those in the parade.

Such a simple gesture, but I was struck by how generous it was of these men to offer comfort - indeed, potentially health - on such a large scale to people they don't know. I was especially impressed, because I'm sure the non-standard-American appearances of these men at least sometimes result in unkind behavior towards them for no reason.

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