Adopted Boy Mows Lawns to Buy Gravestone for Biological Father He Never Met

The 11-year-old boy North Dakota, who was adopted at birth , spent all summer earning money to buy a gravestone for the biological father he never met.

It all began in January, when Brandon began asking Brandy Bakke, Brandon’s adoptive mother,questions about his biological family. Brandy knew Brandon’s biological father’s name was Terrence, though they’d like to keep his last name anonymous. The two began searching for him on Facebook,but couldn’t find any clue .

But in June, they’d tracked down Terrence’s sister, who informed Brandon that his biological dad had passed away the previous year in Chicago and had been buried without anything to mark his grave.

So, he started  mowing lawns for neighbors and strangers to earn money. Once he made enough money, he reached out to Dakota Monument and worked with artists and designers to create a perfect maker to honor his biological father.Dakota Monument decided to donate the gravestone to them for free.


The money Brandy earned will go toward a fund at Dakota Monument to help families who need assistance paying for memorials. A portion of the proceeds that Brandon continues to make from mowing lawns will also go toward the fund.

His mother Brandy told the News that her son plans on continuing to raise money for those without gravestones through snowplowing this winter, and is working with Dakota Monument to help them set up a fund for the effort.

English Village set an example by Quietly Cleaning up Its Own Patch

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. But a small village of England, Ashton Hayes teaches the lesson to the rest of country by becoming “Britain’s first carbon-neutral village.”

Frustrated by the lack of strong environmental action by political leaders, 10 years ago, residents of the village decide to take matters into their own hands. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use clotheslines instead of dryers, take fewer flights, install solar panels and glaze windows to better insulate their homes.

The project was started by Garry Charnock, a former journalist who trained as a hydrologist and has lived in the village for about 30 years. He got the idea a little more than a decade ago after attending a lecture about climate change at the Hay Festival, an annual literary gathering in Wales.

“We want to show our children, grandchildren and future generations that we have done our best to stop Ashton Hayes contributing to Global Warming.

So Far, the village has reduced its carbon emissions by 40% but beyond the statistics, the measures have captured the world’s attention. More than 200 towns, from those in Norway to places in Taiwan, have visited or been in touch to find lessons worth taking home.

The effort which started in 2006, reaching its 10th anniversary this year, has led to a 24 percent cut in emissions, according to surveys by a professor of environmental sustainability who lives here.

No politician has been allowed to address the group since. The village has kept the effort separate from party politics, which residents thought would only divide them along ideological lines.

As climate science has become more accepted, and the effects of a warming planet are becoming increasingly clear, Ashton Hayes is a case study for the next phase of battling climate change: getting people to change their habits.

A Slum Resident finds $1,400, return the money to owner rather than keeping it

“Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. “This is what a poverty-stricken man named Joao Rodrigues teaches you.

The Slum Resident named Joao Rodrigues one night was looking for recyclables in the trash, where he found an envelope filled with cash and personal details of the owner onto the envelope. Despite his living conditions, he never thought to keep the money rather he find a payphone to reach the owner and return the envelope.

The Envelope belongs to Bruno Temistocles, who withdrew $1,400 in cash for an upcoming trip to Europe. The money was in Envelope with his personal information written on the front. But 7 year old brother-in-law of the Bruno put the envelope in the trash by mistake.

Since he was on a budget for his trip, Bruno couldn’t afford to give a reward – but he managed to do something better.

“I told a few friends about it and I got Joao a job in a construction field in the neighborhood.”

The slum resident said this was a better reward than cash itself.

But Joao’s fortune didn’t stop with the new job. Today, Gabriel o Pensador, a famous Brazilian singer, had a concert in a nearby city and was touched when he saw the story on TV. So he decided to make a quick fundraiser with his friends and local producers and gathered $3,000. With the cash in hands, he visited the slum and gave Joao the money.

“This man’s character is amazing and I wanted to tell him while looking in his eyes that he deserves this cash”, said the singer.