The Gift of a Dream Trip for some Old Friends

The Gift of a Dream Trip for some Old Friends

Travel Agent Helps Aging Veteran Pilot Pals Go On a Dream Boys’ Trip Without Costing Them a Dime.

By Good News Network

A big-hearted woman has helped three nonagenarian veteran pilot chums go on their dream “last hurrah” boys’ trip—without costing them a dime.

Julie Pflaumer got a call from veteran and former pilot Jack Henderson to help him and two friends—also veterans and pilots—go to the Reno Air Races in Nevada.

90-year-old Jack was calling from an Oregon assisted living facility, where he’s become best buddies with David Crawford and Dick Snider.

“They happened to be former pilots too, so we got together rather quickly,” said Jack, who served in the Navy as a Petty officer first class (PO1) and later became a civilian pilot.

93-year-old David—a radio operator in the Navy before becoming a civilian—and 90-year-old Dick, who served in the US Army before getting his wings, do everything together.

But when travel agent Julie did some research on tickets, she found they wouldn’t be available until later in the year, which instantly saddened Jack, who thought, “Well, I might not even be around by the time they’re available.”

Julie decided that she had to find another option for the buddies. Then she hit on something: AeroLegengs Biplane Rides offers bi-plane experiences in the town where the three pals live. She could give them a day up in the skies, for free of course.

Julie posted her idea in a travel agents group on Facebook. Donations soon began pouring in, raising over $1,100—well over the $600 needed to fly all three men up.

“I don’t deserve all the credit here, this was merely an idea on my part and the only reason it turned into what it was was because everybody chipped in,” Julie said.

When the former pilots were given their gift certificates for the bi-plane excursion this March, “Most of us had to go change our britches,” Jack joked. “It was such an unexpected, pleasant surprise.”

Julie learned that Dick had actually planned on flying with the company before—to spread his late wife’s ashes—but hadn’t got around to it yet. Now he had the chance.

“I’d like to think his wife is up in heaven saying ‘Come on honey let’s get the show on the road’,” added Julie.

Julie said being the catalyst for this good deed has reminded her why she became a travel agent four years ago.

“The biggest thing for me is being able to bring that happiness to people of being able to do something they didn’t think they could,” she said. That’s a beautiful sentiment indeed.

Be Kind . Be Grace . Give from your Heart . Be Generous


The Magic Cure of a Good Meal

The Magic Cure of a Good Meal

These Baltimore chefs drove 6 hours to cook a dying customer her favorite dish

Maryland resident Brandon Jones, 37, knew it would be a long shot, but he had to try.

His mother-in-law, who is in the final stages of lung cancer and has stopped treatment, had fallen in love with the tempura broccoli dish from Ekiben in Baltimore, so he emailed one of the owners, Steve Chu, requesting the recipe.

Jones intended to make the recipe for her at her home in Vermont that weekend.

Chu’s response was more than Jones ever expected. The chef, who specializes in Asian fusion cuisine, offered to meet Jones and his wife, Rina, in Vermont to make it fresh.

“I emailed back, saying, ‘You do know that this is Vermont we’re talking about, right?’” Jones told the Washington Post. “It’s a six-hour drive.”

But Chu responded, “No problem. You tell us the date, time and location and we’ll be there.”

For as long as Jones’ mother-in-law has been visiting Baltimore, she has made it a priority to go to Ekiben in Fells Point, where she orders the same dish — tempura broccoli topped with fresh herbs, red onion and rice vinegar.

“She had always told us, ‘When I’m on my deathbed, I want to have that broccoli,’” Rina Jones, 38, told the Post. “In fact, when I was packing on Friday to drive up to Vermont, I called my mom to see if she wanted us to bring anything special and she jokingly said, ‘tempura broccoli!'”

That Saturday, Chu, Ekiben co-owner Ephrem Abebe, and their colleague Joe Añonuevo, loaded up their pickup and drove the six hours to Vermont.

The next day, the chefs set up a makeshift kitchen in the bed of their truck at Rina’s mom’s house, working against freezing temperatures to get their fryer to the correct temperature.

When the tempura broccoli, alongside tofu nuggets with spicy peanut sauce and roasted garlic, was ready, the team boxed up the food and rang the doorbell.

Rina’s mom couldn’t believe her eyes — or nose.

“My mom kept saying, ‘I don’t understand — you drove all the way up here to cook for me?’” Rina shared. “She was so happy and touched to have that broccoli. She couldn’t believe it.”

Chu also recognized the beloved 72-year-old customer.

“We see a lot of people in the restaurant, but she always stood out,” Chu said. “She loves the food and always made sure to tell us. She’s an amazing, sweet lady.”

Rina told the Baltimore Sun that her mom has struggled to eat because of sores on her mouth from the cancer but managed to devour the special meal.

“My mom cried later about their generosity and so did I,” Rina Jones said. “They made so much food that she had it again the next day for lunch. It’s something we’ll never forget — I’ll carry that positive memory with me, always.”

When Brandon shared the experience on Facebook, it immediately grabbed the attention of Baltimore City Council member Zeke Cohen.

“We hear a lot about the challenges of restaurants in Baltimore. Yet despite the pandemic, despite crime, some are still thriving. I always point to Ekiben as a business that always models respect for community and treats people with love. Plus their food is amazing!” he wrote alongside a screenshot of Jones’ post.

As for the Ekiben team, it was just part of doing their job.

“To me, it was a huge honor to be able to help fulfill the family’s wishes,” Chu told the Post. “This is about her, not us. There was a lot of good, positive energy in doing this.”

be kind . be grace . be generous in giving


Helping Bridge Food Insecurity

Helping Bridge Food Insecurity

I have been seeing and hearing more and more frightening stories about the growing and dire problem of food insecurity in our communities.  With the pandemic causing able bodied workers to lose their livelihoods and means of supporting their families, people who never in a million years thought that they’d find themselves unable to purchase food for their family are now standing in long lines at food pantries praying there will be items left for them by the time their turn comes.

I came across this podcast episode on the New York Times ‘The Daily’ and it hurt to my core.  It is a reminder to me that we don’t live in a bubble and we, as a society, need to do more in our own towns and cities to help bridge this growing problem.  I’ve provided a link below to listen to it via a URL, however you can access it on the NY Times The Daily Podcast line up – 11/25/20 wherever you listen to podcasts.

The Food Pantry highlighted in this piece is located in Brooklyn, NY but there are thousands of these angel-run spaces across our nation and they are all being pushed to their brink as demand has escalated.

I urge those of you in a position to do so to support the local food pantry in your community. Together we can make a difference in assisting others.  If the tides turn those same people will be there for us.


Take a moment to listen to this Podcast
and PLEASE do what you can to help be apart of the change:

Be Kind . Be Grace . Give from your Heart


Sacrifice for the sake of kindness

Sacrifice for the sake of kindness

Homeless man’s $1 donation lifts spirits as Oregon Historical Society deals with riot damage

By FOX 12 Staff 

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – In the midst of chaos downtown, a homeless man provided a sincere gesture of kindness.

A protest became a riot overnight in Portland, as demonstrators pulled down statues of Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln in response to Monday’s federal holiday of Columbus Day. Monday is also Indigenous Peoples Day in Oregon.

As the riot continued, the crowd smashed widows at the Oregon Historical Society. They also stole a handmade quilt – which was later found outside soaked by the rain – and threw flares into the building.

The Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt was sewn by 15 Black women from Portland in the 1970s. It will now be off public display to be evaluated by the OHS collections team.

Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, was dismayed by the destruction, noting that rioters are mistaken if they believe OHS doesn’t honor Oregon’s Native Americans.

Tymchuk said they have seen new memberships and donations made online overnight, but “none have affected me as much as a gift from our neighbor, Oscar.”

Tymchuk shared a special note he received Monday morning. It was handwritten on a napkin and included a $1 bill.

The note was from a homeless man named Oscar, who said he saw the damage and wanted to help with some of his bottle-collecting money, because the Oregon Historical Society once gave him a free tour before the pandemic, “so this is a thank you!”

Be Kind.  Be Grace.  Be PEACE.

Oklahomans unite to help one of their own.

Oklahomans unite to help one of their own.

Citizens of Oklahoma City are helping raise $50K to rebuild a community non-profit.  Dress for Success in Oklahoma City was set on fire during protests early Saturday. It’s a nonprofit that helps dress at-risk women for job interviews.

Right now, the nonprofit needs everything from a new inventory of professional attire, computers and even a new location all together.

A GoFundMe page was created on Monday and already, Oklahomans have raised more than $40,000 for them. Representatives with the nonprofit said their goal is $50,000.

Right now more than ever is the time to find how we all can give back to our communities and to those programs and organizations that support and help others to live their best lives. 

See link below to learn how you can help Dress for Success meet their goal and rebuild.  


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