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July Difference Maker: Boys & Girls Clubs of NW Indiana

Each day, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana provides young people – especially those who need them most – with the support and affirmation to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful. Currently operating six Clubs in Lake County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) has been offering hope and opportunity to local youth since 1954 by providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow through life-enhancing after-school and summer programming.

Through an innovative, outcomes-based model, and with the support of highly trained professional staff and adult mentors, BGCNWI offers fun and engaging programs to nearly 10,000 youth ages 6 to 18 that impact both academic and social success. When schools are out, Clubs are in!

BGCNWI recently announced a new initiative called the High 5 Challenge to raise money and awareness in support of their efforts to create possibilities, and GREAT Futures! Join the movement and take the High 5 Challenge today!

Visit www.high5challenge.org or text High5 to 71777.

Listen to Shine.FM this month to find out more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana at www.BGCNWI.org. You can also find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @BGCNWI.

Good News: 6,000 Miles, $10K, & Acts of Random Kindness

After receiving a $10,000 grant from Kind Snacks, a group of five friends are hitting the road this summer to spread random acts of kindness to people they have never met across the country. So far, this nonprofit called ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Project now have traveled 6,000 miles in their RV, delivered care packages to the homeless, payed for strangers’ coffee, and cooked dinner for families in extended stay hospital facilities. Click here to see what other kind things this organization has done to add some generosity to this world!

Good News: Grandparents On A Mission To Help Veterans

When most grandparents their age were retiring, Carl Blum decided to start the nonprofit he has been running with his business partner for the past 5 years. He had heard how difficult it was for veterans returning from combat to find jobs, and he wanted to make a difference. Carl and Bob Deissig (also retired) founded Tip of the Arrow, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Veterans find jobs. Carl and Bob both have backgrounds in employment staffing, and Bob is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran. Carl mentioned that Bob is the strategist and the brains behind the operation. These two inspirational guys have spent the last 5 years of retirement placing or assisting in the placement of over 950 veterans. They’ve found high quality, high paying jobs for those veterans, changing the veterans’ lives and their families’ lives forever. Click here to learn more about lives that Carl and Bob have touched!

Good News: Boy Battling Rare Brain Tumor Gets Birthday Wish

The family of a Massachusetts boy who is getting ready to turn six is asking for their community’s help in celebrating by sending him a massive amount of birthday cards. “Danny turns 6 in 24 days,” Carley Nickerson posted on a Facebook page sharing her son’s battle against a rare brain tumor. “He loves receiving mail and he’s always checking the mail box for mail with his name on it. How many birthday cards can we get before his birthday? And give him a month tons of mail! He will love it!” the post on Danny’s Warriors page read. Danny, whose birthday is July 25, was diagnosed last October with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glimoa. “Danny’s birthday means so much to us this year,” Carley stated. Reports claim that less than 10 percent of children with DIPG live longer than 18 months after the diagnosis. “Every day is a blessing to us,” she said. Click here to see what Danny has received so far!

Good News: Amy Adams Gives Soldier First-Class Seat on Plane

Amy Adams is a class act. The five-time Academy Award nominee gave her first class seat to an American serviceman who was also on her Delta flight. Adams, 39, took his seat in coach during their flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Those who were already fans of Adams are raving about her act of generosity and are now even bigger fans! Click here to see what others are saying about that flight!

Good News: Random Act of Kidness in South Dakota Walmart

Carol Flynn of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, didn’t know anyone was watching when she paid for diapers for the Walmart customer ahead of her who learned at the check-out that she could only price match one set, forcing her to set aside three boxes. Flynn, 73, also had no idea that another customer caught the random act of kindness on his cell phone on Sunday night, only to share on Facebook what would become a viral video. Click here to see this amazing generosity caught on tape!

Good News: Dad Wrecks Car to Save Kids

There’s a new hero in the town of Syracuse, UT. A troubled teen raced through a park in a stolen car, endangering the lives of the children playing there. Bryson Rowley and his family were among the crowd. When Rowley saw the car returning to the park again, he knew something had to be done to protect the innocent lives at risk. So he jumped in his truck and stopped the reckless driver in his tracks – literally. When the video capturing the unbelievable story hit the news, the staff at Car Star were intrigued. They offered to take care of all the repairs, free of charge. As word spread about Rowley’s courageous actions, what started out as $7000 in repairs resulted in additional donated upgrades worth approximately $8000. Click here for more on this heroic dad!

Good News: Indianapolis Doctors Perform Intensive Surgery on Boy for Free

Two Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital surgeons recently gave one little boy a new skull and a new life, free of charge. The Pettelliers were busy conducting theological mission work in Zimbabwe when they noticed something was wrong with their youngest son, Liam. They discovered the 2-year-old suffered from craniosyntosis, a rare skull deformation that requires intense reconstructive surgery. South African doctors were unable to perform the operation so the family looked to St. Vincent pediatric surgeons to help Liam. Drs. Jason Blockson and Ronald Young were able to not only complete the procedure with success, but also wrote off all bills so the surgery was at no cost to the family. Click here to learn more about Liam and the incredible generosity of his surgeons!