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Arnold Schwarzenegger Donates 25 Tiny Homes to Homeless Veterans

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In the United States, the homeless housing crisis is one of the most important problems that we face today. In major cities all over the country, there are small ‘tent cities’ of homeless individuals. These communities are put together by the homeless, often in underserved parts of the city that they’re erected in. They’re looking for a sense of community, and unable to find one in normal circumstances.

Unfortunately, many major cities are cracking down on such communities of people by throwing away their tents and valuables, citing city zoning laws to justify their actions. 

Of the homeless population, roughly 11% are United States veterans suffering from a number of different disorders. The most common among them is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. PTSD is a life-altering issue that will follow a veteran for the rest of their life. Veteran homelessness has improved over the last decade, but it still isn’t where it should be. Thankfully, some communities and their leaders are doing something about it. 

In Los Angeles, action is being taken against homelessness, particularly within veteran communities. The organization running the operation is the nonprofit Village for Vets, who creates small communities of tiny homes for homeless vets in need of some help. One of their main supporters? Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). This Christmas season, Schwarzenegger donated $250,000 to build 25 additional tiny homes for homeless veterans in his state.

Schwarzenegger tweeted on Thursday, December 23rd:

“Today, I celebrated Christmas early. The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were installed here in LA. It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes.”

The tiny homes are just that – tiny. They provide everything that a struggling veteran needs to work past the most challenging time in their life, a time in which they are homeless. A look inside reveals a number of shelves, with a bed on one side of the door. Each home is equipped with an air conditioner, as well as outlets that can be used for electronics.

When it comes to helping veterans, Arnold Schwarzenegger shares a passion that many Americans have. He has openly talked about how much the United States has done for him, and how he’s happy to give back in any way that he can. That is what prompted him to run for the California Governor position in 2003. He would end up winning that year, and would hold office until 2011.

The tiny houses that he helped make possible are located at the Office of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles, at the Care Treatment Rehabilitative Services site on the campus. This site is integral in providing for veterans who are suffering from a number of ailments, and getting them back to a regular way of life.

One of the biggest issues that the VA, as well as organizations like Village for Vets and AMVETS are concerned with is pride. When you’ve served your country and come back to be without the care you so desperately need, you fall into a place that not many can help you out of. It is this sense of pride that these organizations hope to bring back to our homeless veterans. By giving them a place to live with reasonable accommodations, they are aiding them on their road to recovery.

It is our hope that important figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger will set a trend for helping the homeless veterans in the country, but also the homeless population as a whole.

Homelessness is the United States affects over half a million people on any given night. 

Helping people deal with the larger issues that plague them helps get them out of their predicament. Organizations like Village for Vets, and important figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger can take pride in the fact that they’re on the right path. Hopefully, through the tiny house program we’ll be able to see more success in these disenfranchised communities.

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Hawk Trapped in a Picnic Table Leads to a Good Hearted Rescue

Hawk Trapped in a Picnic Table Leads to a Good Hearted Rescue

Hawks may be birds that we’d leave alone if we can help it. However, this one in particular was in urgent need of being rescued. One red-tailed hawk was trapped in a picnic table that was overturned at Lakeside State Park in New York.

A park ranger noticed the hawk was stuck and angry. However, before he was able to rescue the bird, he told him to ‘stay cool’. The hawk managed to heed the woods of the ranger and was later rescued before flying off under his own power.

Vernon Fonda, the ranger on duty, said that he wasn’t sure how long the hawk was stuck here. He added that he appeared well-fed and was calm (but angry in the face) when discovered. A passerby noticed the hawk was stuck and alerted the rangers. 

Fonda had arrived in about 10 minutes. He added that he wasn’t sure why the hawk didn’t choose a tree as its perch since the park had many. Fonda was shown on video handling the situation calmly and coolly.

Fonda said the hawk was watching him while the rescue was underway. The hawk did not feel threatened to the point where he would flail his wings or attack Fonda with his beak. Fonda credits his approach to the situation and showed no aggression, leading the stuck bird to at least trust him.

Fonda would cover the hawk with a shirt, making the latter feel more calm and comfortable. Upon examining the hawk, Fonda said that there were no clear signs of injuries such as broken wings or bones. However, he added that the hawk may have suffered from rash burns that may have developed while he was stuck on the table.

Fonda said that had the hawk suffered apparent injuries, he would have been sent to a facility that rehabilitates wild birds. Fonda stayed for another ten minutes to watch the hawk fly off before returning to his post. He said that while the rescue was an easy one, he has seen his share of challenging rescues.

One thing is for sure, the hawk may be grateful that someone like Vernon Fonda came along and rescued them from a scary ordeal. Like any other day in the park, Fonda was simply just doing his job preserving and protecting the wildlife that inhabits Lakeside State Park.

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Mechanic Finds a Gold Mine While Dumpster Diving

Mechanic Finds a Gold Mine While Dumpster Diving

A mechanic in Connecticut found hundreds of pieces of artwork in a dumpster at an abandoned farmhouse in 2017 and it turns out those pieces are worth millions.

In September 2017, Jared Whipple got a call from a contractor friend who was getting a barn ready for sale out in Watertown, the Smithsonian Magazine reported. Whipple went out to the barn and he found the dumpster stuffed with hundreds of pieces of art, some dirty, others covered in plastic paintings.

Whipple said, “[W]e were not able to wrap our heads around what we saw. It was gut-wrenching and very upsetting for us to get to see what looked like a lifetime of somebody’s artwork being thrown into dumpsters and heading for the landfill,” the Smithsonian Magazine stated.

Whipple decided that some of the collection had to live on, so he picked it up and took it home. Most of the paintings were signed “F. Hines,” but he was eventually able to find one canvas that contained the full name of the artist, Francis Mattson Hines. Whipple did his research and was able to track down Hines’ family and gave him permission to keep the artwork.

Hines’ work had “wrappings” on the pieces, which is a tactic first popularized by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. As it turns out, Hinds wrapped many landmarks in the United States, including the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Washington Square Arch in New York, the Smithsonian Magazine said.

Hines eventually retired to Connecticut and passed away in 2016 at age 96. He left his life’s work behind in his barn. His work has largely been forgotten since then. Not now, as Whipple is working to change that. Between May 5 and June 11, the Hollis Taggart exhibition will showcase and offer for sale roughly 35 to 40 pieces of the art he found in a dumpster.

It is not clear exactly how many pieces of artwork Whipple saved from the dumpster, but he has stated there are a few pieces he just won’t sell. According to Artnet, the paintings that will be offered for sale next month at the show will go between $12,500 and $20,000 each. In total, the entire collection that Whipple picked up that day could be worth millions. Dumpster diving doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

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Ohio Man Gives Up Food for All-Beer Diet for Lent

Forget giving up social media, Ohio man gives up food for all-beer diet for Lent

When Lent arrives, some people will give up drinking pop and others may stay off Facebook the entire time. However, an Ohio man took it a little further for his time during Lent, since he decided to give up food for a liquid diet, but with a twist. The liquid diet is beer.

For four years now, Del Hall has made his liquid diet an annual tradition. For Hall, it’s all about renewal, as he said, “It’s a way to get back into a healthy mindset, to look at food in a healthy way. I decided I’m going to turn this into a beer diet to show people that you can use beer in a healthy way and not vilify it as this evil alcohol,” WCPO reported.

Hall is 31 days into the “diet” and says he has lost 25 pounds. While he is doing the all-beer diet, it’s not about over-indulging in beer. He said, “We’re in for the artistry. The love and passion of beer, (I’m) not into it just to get drunk,” WCPO stated.

You would think that after 31 days of drinking beer only, you would get sick of it, right? However, by drinking beer, it does give Hall some variety in the options he could choose from. He said, “Sweet? I’ll drink a milk stout or pastry stout. If I want something fruity, I’ll drink one with raspberries in it. There’s so many things that can fill your cravings when you’re hungry.”

While he is doing an all-beer diet, it looks like Hall is hydrating himself with water, as well as taking a multi-vitamin every day, which his doctor ordered.

Is an all-beer diet safe? Dr. Steve Feagins, Chief Clinical Officer of Mercy Health Cincinnati, said, “There are famously liquid diets of all types. You don’t see any books about the beer diet. It’s not sustainable. Thankfully this is a Lent thing. Not a forever thing. Certainly not going to become a best seller book.”

While it seems like a wild thing to do, Hall is also doing it for a good cause. Each year he raises money for charity. This year he is raising money for the Ken Anderson Alliance, an organization that helps people with physical disabilities.

This is a special charity for Hall, as he said, “I have a 15-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. Even though she’s a juvenile now, she’ll be an adult with a disability. The Ken Anderson Alliance is an amazing foundation that supports adults with disabilities. I feel like someday my daughter will want to use these services that Ken Anderson provides.”

So far, Hall has raised $5,000 for the charity, but they have a brewery walk planned for April 24 and he’s hoping the event will help raise $25,000 for the Ken Anderson Alliance.

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Gordon Ramsay to the Rescue to Help Out Middle School Short on Cooks

Gordon Ramsay to the Rescue to Help Out Middle School Short on Cooks

A Biggleswade, U.K. middle school that was short on cooks was half joking when they called on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay for help. Boy, were they surprised when Ramsay actually came through! 

Tina Clarke, the kitchen manager at Edward Peake Middle school, was struggling when two of her employees called out sick. She was left to feed hundreds of children alone. 

Ramsay was being interviewed on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show that day and Clarke called in to ask for help.

“I’m cooking here on my own. I’m working here in a school kitchen and my chef has gone off sick. I’ve got another one off with COVID and just wondered if Gordon would help me today, give me a hand after this interview,” Clarke asked half joking. 

She was startled to find that Ramsay, who is usually known as somewhat of a curmudgeon, was willing to help. 

Even though he wasn’t available, he offered to dispatch one of his chefs to the school. 

“When I phoned in, I really did not expect for him to send a chef,” Clarke revealed. “When I finally got a message saying, ‘Your chef will be with you in an hour’, I thought, ‘On my God. I’m going to have to fess up to the head (teacher) and I hope she doesn’t get me detention’.”

The chef Ramsay sent was Rob Roy Cameron of Ramsay’s Lucky Cat restaurant. He immediately went to work preparing cauliflower cheese for the students. 

“I’m sure he was terrified by having three menopausal women around him in the kitchen all day,” Clarke joked. 

The school thanked both chefs on social media and through recorded messages one of which was played for Ramsay on BBC’s The One Show the following day. “It sent a huge buzz around the school. So, thank you,” Clarke told Ramsey.

“Anytime Tina,” Ramsey responded. 

Anytime Ramsey? Careful what you promise because the staff and students may just take you up on that!

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Taylor Hawkins Shared Touching Moment Young Fan Before Death

Taylor Hawkins Shared Touching Moment Young Fan Before Death

Music fans around the world were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins on Friday March, 25th. Not only did the Foo Fighters have a tour they were in the middle of, but they also just recently released a new album titled, Dream Widow. To say the loss of the star drummer left a hole in the music world would be a dramatic understatement as tributes to the band have poured in left and right.

While the news of Hawkins’ untimely demise devastated fans, those who were lucky enough to see him perform in person will always cherish those memories. One lucky fan had the opportunity of a lifetime with Hawkins just days before his passing, resulting in a picture that has since gone viral. Young drummer Emma Sofia and her father Julius Peralta found out that the Foo Fighters would be staying in the Sheraton Hotel in Asuncion in Paraguay prior to their show there on March 22. They took her drum kit and played outside of the hotel in hopes of luring Hawkins from his room. Their plan worked thanks to some help in the form of a singalong of Nirvana’s famous “In Bloom.” 

 

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After they met, Emma uploaded the photo onto her Instagram with the caption, “Dreams come true.” Three days later, Hawkins would be found dead in his hotel room in Columbia at the age of 50. Emma’s parents explained online that they were hoping to spare her from “a lot of pain” before her Friday night debut performance by keeping the news about Hawkins’ passing from her. As tragic as Hawkins’ passing is to fans like Emma, she’ll always treasure being able to meet her hero face to face.

 

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