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He offered a guy a free meal, but the guy ran away. So he put up this sign.

We all could use a good deed from a stranger every now and then.

He offered a guy a free meal, but the guy ran away. So he put up this sign.

Deli owner Gary Hendrickson knows that we all have moments when things aren't going as planned and could use a little help.

In May 2015, Hendrickson noticed that a lot of homeless folks were rummaging through trash outside his deli in Leeds. Being a kind human being, he would often tell them to go into his deli and ask for a meal. He told his staff there to expect them and offer them a free meal, no questions asked.

Until one day, he spoke to a guy who didn't understand the offer and ran away.


So Gary hung up a sign.


Image by Reddit user KX321.

So what's he going to do now that people know about it?

He posted this on his Facebook page:

I spoke to Gary over Facebook and asked him if there was anything people could do to help since he's turning away donations. He told me that he's turned down "many offers so far" and is going to "try and speak to some homeless charities to see where we can take this as it just keeps gathering momentum."

Until he's got that figured out, I did some googling and found a charity you can help in the area. Check out Simon on the Streets and donate to them here if you are so inclined.

While random acts of kindness from restaurant owners aren't going to solve the dual problems of homelessness and hunger, they're still worth celebrating.

But hunger is a real and immediate problem — tackling it in the short term is just as important as solving it for people who are going hungry right here and right now.

And until we figure out these bigger, long-term solutions, these random acts of kindness can make a huge amount of difference in the lives of individuals wherever they are.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."