Author: Geri Ungurean
Woman Returns $15,000, Receives $82,000 in Return
In a world filled with too many despots and depraved, here’s a great reminder that good guys still win in the end, and so do good gals.
You may have missed this amazing and evolving story of hope and help in the news. As the fed increased interest rates this past week for the ninth time in a year, and your dollar is being stretched more and more under skyrocketing inflation, this story is a great encouragement in particular to most Americans who still live paycheck to paycheck.
Sixty-five-year-old Dianne Gordon lived in White Lake Township, a suburb on the outskirts of Detroit. She had a job at VC’s Marketplace in Waterford Township, roughly 3 miles away from her home.
The Washington Post reported, after her Jeep Liberty broke down in February 2022, she was forced to commute by foot, a trip that took an hour each way. Gordon, who lives alone, said, “I didn’t have a choice. I had to have a positive attitude.”
She walked to and from work, 2.7 miles to be exact, five days a week for roughly a year.
65-year-old Dianne Gordon from Michigan. Source: Fox 2 Detroit.
She immediately knew in her heart there was no way someone dropped it on purpose. Even more, she knew they were likely very desperate for it, or would be very soon when they noticed it was gone.
She herself later admitted that she “needed the money,” too. She added, “It would be life-changing,” by helping her to buy a new car to see her grandkids more often.
Finders keepers, losers weepers, right? That was not good enough for Dianne.
There wasn’t even a question what she should do. “I just looked at it, and I knew it wasn’t mine,” she said. “This doesn’t belong to me. I knew what I needed to do. I needed to call the police.”
“According to Lt. Matthew Ivory of the White Lake Police Department, “it never really occurred to her to do anything other than hand it over.”
Fox 2 Detroit reported that the police immediately opened an investigation into where the money came from and found it belonged to newlyweds: “There were also wedding cards in the bag, which [along with the money] were gifts from a wedding that [had taken] place that day,” Ivory added.
The police were so moved by Dianne’s honesty that the spouse of one of the responding officers set up a GoFundMe account for her.
Stacy Connell said, “As a police officer’s wife, I typically hear the bad things, so this was obviously heartwarming. I was hoping we could help her get a car, since she could have walked into any dealership and used that money.”
Stacy’s initial goal for Dianne was $10,000. After the story aired on FOX 2 Detroit, it soared to $37,000. A few more days and $45,000 in donations were raised. In less than a week, the account swelled to over $60,000. And a few weeks later, it skyrocketed to over $82,000!
Gordon didn’t return that bag full of money to get something out of it. She returned it because it was the right thing to do. But when she was blessed beyond measure via the GoFundMe effort, she was absolutely stunned by the outpouring of generosity. She said, “I never expected anything like this.
“I am overwhelmed. I was just doing what I was taught to do.”
She said. “I mean, I didn’t do anything special.”
Really, Dianne? In our day and age, you not only did something special, you’re special!
People magazine even highlighted her story and explained the best part: “Gordon received her new wheels: a green Jeep Compass from a local car dealership, Szott Auto Group.”
“I am floored,” Gordon told ABC affiliate WXYZ after receiving her new car. “I am having a hard time keeping it in. I am just so excited.”
“I absolutely love it,” she added to thePost. “It’s got a steering wheel warmer and a backup camera; all things I’ve never had before.”
Gordon said she even plans to offer rides to her co-workers who need them.
“I’ll give them a ride home and pay it forward,” she said.
Is that great or what? She’s still paying it forward. What I call the miracle of multiplication! (You can watch Diane’s story as it unfolded and was broadcast on FOX 2 Detroit.)
There are a host of lessons here. One good deed deserves another is just a starter.
Dianne Gordon is a great example of integrity and selflessness, especially in times of need and desperation. She demonstrated that acting with integrity is its own reward.
Her example also reminds us that the American spirit of decency and doing what is right is alive and well, in her as well as thousands of other Americans across the nation who blessed her in return. Such unconditional sacrifices prove once again: God delights in providing for those who put their trust in Him and not in money.
Neither Dianne nor I believe we should give (back) to get, but the fact is there are dozens and dozens of promises in the Good Book that the humble, righteous and generous will be blessed in return.
With Holy Week fast approaching, Dianne is one more shining example and reminder of what Jesus taught, “It’s better to give [back!] than to receive.” And it sure is pretty awesome when the former leads to the latter’s blessing, as Diane’s act of integrity multiplied in her and others. And I hope and even pray that it does so again just by my simple retelling of her story here.
As Lt. Ivory concluded, “The world could probably use a few more Diannes.” source
COME LORD JESUS!
CHAOS IN ISRAEL: Netanyahu to Address Nation as Israel Paralyzed Amid Judicial Reform Protests
Follow the developments as furious Israelis take to the streets in response to Netanyahu firing his defense minister
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant Sunday over his opposition to proposed judicial reforms, bringing Israelis out into the streets in their tens of thousands during the night.
The Histadrut Jewish labor federation announced a general strike on Monday, with universities throughout the country also joining in.
Protesters breached barriers set up by police to prevent them from coming close to the prime minister’s residence on Gaza Street in Jerusalem, while in Tel Aviv tens of thousands blocked the major Ayalon highway.
Police deployed water cannons against the spontaneous demonstrators in Jerusalem, with tear gas reportedly used on the main highway connecting Tel Aviv with Jerusalem as protesters stopped traffic.
These demonstrations manifested in cities throughout the country. Into the early hours of Monday, placing doubt in the coalition’s ability to pass the contentious measures.
March 27, 2023
Ben-Gvir’s party confirms postponement of reforms
Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Jewish Power Party have said in a statement that the judicial reform legislation will be postponed until the summer 10:23 AM
PM urges supporters to counter-protest
While the nation waits for Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the ongoing crisis, the head of the Likud Party is reportedly urging supporters in WhatsApp group chats to join the right-wing counter-demonstrations in Jerusalem.
Ben-Gvir in a statement: “I agreed to remove the veto for the postponement of the legislation, in exchange for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment that the legislation will be brought to the Knesset for approval in the next session, if no agreements are reached during the recess.”09:27 AM
Israel Hotel Association announces wave of cancellations
The Israel Hotel Association has announced a wave of cancellations of reservations by individual tourists and businessmen from abroad, mainly in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
“This is against the background of geopolitical uncertainty in Israel and the fear of escalation. The closure of the National Highway will increase the trend of uncertainty and cancellations.”09:18 AM
115,000 people protesting in Jerusalem
Israeli police have estimated that over 115,000 people are currently protesting on the streets of Jerusalem
Smotrich continues support for judicial reforms
In a video statement, Israeli Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich has declared his continued support for the judicial reform legislation.
“Friends, under no circumstances should we stop the reform to fix the judicial system and strengthen Israeli democracy.”08:54 AM
Ben-Gvir calls for support for counter-protest in Jerusalem
Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir has called on his supporters and those in favor of the judicial reforms to a rally being held in Jerusalem.
“We call on the entire right-wing camp to come to Jerusalem today in order to make it clear that our voice is no less important.
In order to make it clear that we will not give up our democracy and we will not allow a recruited group that has lost all restraint and sanity to hijack the people’s decision.
Today the right wakes up. Today everyone comes to demonstrate.”08:51 AM
High Court rejects petition to declare Netanyahu unfit
Israel’s High Court of Justice has announced that it has rejected a petition to declare Netanyahu unfit to serve as prime minister.07:32 AM
Prime Minister Netanyahu calls on protesters in Jerusalem to refrain from violence
“I call on all the demonstrators in Jerusalem, on the right and the left, to behave responsibly and not to act violently. We are brotherly people,” Netanyahu tweets in his first comment on the unfolding situation today.
Right-wing groups call for pro-reform protests in front of Israel’s Parliament
Right-wing groups call on supporters of the judicial reform to protest against its possible halt on Monday evening in front of the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem. 04:10 AM
Shopping malls announce shutdown in protest against judicial reform
Azrieli malls across the country along with Tel Aviv’s Sarona market announce they are shutting down and joining the general strike against the judicial reform. 03:41 AM
Israel’s Opposition Leader Yair Lapid calls on coalition to ‘start national dialogue’
“I call on Netanyahu, cancel the dismissal of Yoav Galant. The State of Israel cannot at this time, in the face of the risks in all arenas, afford to change the Minister of Defense,” Lapid says in his address.
“We don’t have to break up. There are solutions. I call on the coalition, let’s go to the president’s house, let’s start a national dialogue that will end up with a constitution based on the Declaration of Independence, and a country where we all live together with love and mutual respect,” he adds. Source
Psalm 122:6 ~ “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee.”
There will not be true peace in Jerusalem until our Yeshua Comes!!
NY Parents Set to Sic the Law on School Board That Insists on Porn in School
YESSSSSS – YOU GO, PARENTS!!
The school board wars are turning up the temperature on porn-pushing administrators. In Fairport, N.Y., a group of parents has grown tired of asking for the school board to remove explicit books and materials from their schools. After months of asking nicely, speaking to the board, writing letters, and other efforts, the Fairport Educational Alliance has filed a claim against the board’s insurance bond.
This type of claim has been tried with forced masking in other parts of the country but has been unsuccessful. However, parents in Fairport say the major difference between those complaints and this one is that the school district is breaking federal and state laws which are tied directly to the complaint. This was the major flaw in trying to file insurance claims against schools for masking, as there were no laws on the books preventing them from imposing masks. There are, however, multiple laws against endangering children and distributing child pornography.
Going through the usual channels to remove the material hasn’t worked, as radical board members simply refuse to remove pornographic and obscene material despite months of petitioning. But filing a claim against the insurance bond could have expensive consequences if the insurance company investigation finds the board has violated its oath of office and put the insurance company at risk. The Fairport Educational Alliance believes this action will be successful because it is tied to several violations of state and federal law regarding the protection of children from obscenity and harm.
Section 1466A of Title 18, United States Code makes it illegal for any person to knowingly produce, distribute, receive, or possess with intent to transfer or distribute visual representations, such as drawings, cartoons, or paintings that appear to depict minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and are deemed obscene. Harmful materials for minors include any communication consisting of nudity, sex or excretion that (i) appeals to the prurient interest of minors, (ii) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors, (iii) and lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors, according to the Department of Justice website.
The claim that was filed asks the board to remove the materials that are believed to be illegal child porn and obscenity from the school within five business days. If the insurance company finds that the board violated the rules, each member will be personally responsible for refunding the insurance company the entire amount of the surety.
This notice is provided to inform you that the Notifying Party (We the People [resident taxpayers] for whom you are obligated to serve) have provided the above descriptions of the unconstitutional and illegal actions that have endangered the moral health of my children attending (or who have attended and/or would like to return to) the Fairport Central School District. Furthermore, the presence and use of obscene material used as teaching aides, props or just available for use by minors, is inappropriate material in any FCSD school. If these obscene materials are not removed, I will seek damages for the full amount listed above.
The group has asked for $100,000 in damages, but the goal is not the money. The parents simply want the school to get rid of the pornographic materials. If the insurance company fails to hold the board accountable, the parents aren’t done with them. If the board has not removed the materials from the schools by this coming Tuesday, they plan to immediately file criminal complaints with the sheriff’s office and the local police, showing that the board is in violation of federal and state law. The Fairport Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, and the District Attorney have been notified of the intent to file criminal complaints and have received the material from the parents’ group asking them to review the board’s actions. Those complaints will have to be investigated and if authorities do nothing, they will have to explain why it’s okay for a school board to provide children with pornography, including child pornography (visual depictions of children performing sex acts), in violation of the law.
Some of the materials found in the Fairport schools are so vile it’s hard to believe. Some books include QR codes that lead children online to explicit porn sites, including one that teaches them how to use hook-up apps and meet up with adult sexual predators. It is unconscionable that any school official would defend this material.
Representatives of the group served the Fairport school board on Tuesday night after going over the multiple violations they found in the law.
COME LORD JESUS COME QUICKLY!!!