Everyone has that unique gift or talent that can distinguish them as an individual. For Vietnam War Veteran Michael Reagan of Edmonds, Washington, that talent was the ability to draw incredible portraits. For 14 years, he has used his artistic gifts to immortalize fallen soldiers and offer his work to the respective families.
After a close friend was killed in action, Reagan vowed to use his survival and his talent to give back to those who lost loved ones. He drew celebrity portraits which were then auctioned off to raise money for charity. However, this hobby soon became a personal mission.
“If I can spend a few hours sitting here at my drawing table and bring back a smile to a widow’s face, how can I do anything else?”
He says he starts with the fallen heros' eyes because it makes the picture come alive. Although this seems like a simple task of drawing and passing on his work, he says that he breaks his own heart “every day.” Yet day after day he completes these breathtaking drawings as a way to give back and - at the request of his fallen friend - care.
Remember, sometimes the smallest things can make an extraordinary difference in someone’s life. More than 5,000 families now have a piece of art and memory that will last them for a very long time.
Sources from here.
Exploring exotic colors, sea life, and feeling free underwater are a just a couple reasons people love scuba diving. Well, here’s a story from someone who loves scuba diving for a bit of a different reason. At just 20 years old, a soldier named Chris lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. After suffering harshly from PTSD, he found serenity in the water. Known as ‘deptherapy,’ scuba diving changed Chris’ life. It provides him with outstanding mental and physical relief- now he’s helping others who suffer find this same tranquility.
Following his injury, Chris had no idea what to expect, where to go, or what to do. He didn’t admit he had PTSD for two or three years, feeling that his role as a soldier meant he should embody a rough and tough attitude. Now, Chris is beating PTSD. Though he says he’ll never actually beat it, he is in control and on top of it, and scuba diving has become his safe haven.
“I’m a soldier, I’m not going to admit I cry myself to sleep at night.”
Chris says it’s the weightlessness feeling, and having nothing to be worried about under the water because the quietness is simply surreal. His anxiety, flashes, and worries fade away, and this peace reassures him. One of Chris’ students, Gary, was blown up and blinded in one eye. Gary says scuba diving gives him hope where there’s a lot of darkness, and is absolutely inspired by Chris.
“There’s a guy out there with no legs teaching people how to scuba dive, it’s phenomenal and that’s what I love about him.” – Gary
Talk about amazing humans. Chris is one man helping so many others turn their lives around from situations many of us could never imagine. Thank you for being another wonderful person in this world that we can all look up to.
Sourced from here.
If there’s one thing we have tried to show here at Be Robin Hood, it’s that heroes can be found in the last place you’d ever expect them to be. This story brings us to a Canadian barbershop that brings customers from hours away to lineup for a cut. Why? Because there’s no other barber like Franz Jakob.
Franz takes kids with special needs - from the terminally ill to those with autism. A regular customer is 6 year old Wyatt who has been coming to the shop since it opened. The young boy will wander around the store, that is covered wall to wall with vintage items, and even occasionally lay down on the ground - followed immediately by Franz Jakob.
“Each time I’m doing it [cutting hair] there are no tears, no screams. We enjoy it together. I think the atmosphere of the barbershop helps a lot. I really take my time doing it.” Says Jakob.
Being Robin Hood isn’t about dramatically changing your life to help those who need it most. It’s about making choices to change a life as much as it can, and this story proves that no matter where you live, what you do, or who you are…you can make a difference.
This story is sourced from here.
What would you do if you found a wallet with $1500 laying on the ground? Tyler Opdyke was making a few extra bucks delivering flyers for his uncle’s business when he came across a house with a wallet containing a large sum of cash in the money clip sitting by the front door. Without thinking, he picked up the wallet and attempted to return it to the house owners.
Melissa Vang, the resident in the house was too afraid to come to the door when a stranger was ringing the doorbell. But Tyler didn’t give up there. He showed the camera what he found, and moments later slid the wallet underneath the doormat. The rest is history. When asked about it, he simply replied that he thought about what he would want to do if he were to drop his wallet, and then he thought about the house and the family who lived there.
He later came back to check on the wallet and was greeted by Vang and her two children who were extremely grateful for his unselfish good deed.
“I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there,” she added. “His act of kindness cannot go unrecognized.”
Be a hero when nobody is watching. Live your life with integrity as it’s the foundation of trustworthiness in our every day life in not only our own eyes, but those around us. Thank you Tyler for being a hero!
This story is sourced from Here.
The Khalil Gibran International Academy in New York struck gold hiring one life changing teacher. Carrie Lynch is more than a dedicated social studies teacher- she’s a local hero to her community for creating a food pantry at her school for less fortunate children. The 34-year-old has been teaching at this Brooklyn school for nine years, and after one summer she noticed students coming back who had lost a lot of weight and didn’t look as healthy. She was inspired to help these children and raised $600 through an online platform to start the food pantry. She also started a garden club where students grow fresh vegetables for families in need.
Carrie shows a tremendous effort in helping her students when they need it most. She’s helped them find eyeglasses and jackets when it gets cold out. She is just the kind of teacher and role model anyone can look up to.
Lynch leaves us with some inspiring words:
“We look at them as our students, but we also see them as our kids. I tell my students that there is no shame in poverty. If they set goals for themselves and work hard, they can go really far. We put our politics aside and just look at each other as humans…Any gesture of kindness is important.”