The Good Stuff

April 18th, 2014
10:13 AM ET

Man Proves There Is Such a Thing As 'Free Lunch'

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," an Indianapolis man uses social media to help students pay off their lunch debt. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Ryan Cox is a man who already enjoyed paying it forward. He would pay for the order in the car behind him at the drive-thru. 

But recently, his daily routine got a lot more advantageous.  

Inspired by a friend, Ryan went to a local elementary school with a plan to pay off overdue lunch accounts for families who'd fallen on hard times.

Cafeteria supervisor Latiousha Smith explained: "He was like, 'You know, I just want to come and pay someone's balance' and I was like, 'Okay, so what's your student's name?'"

"I just want to pay random accounts," Cox told her.

So the generous man reached out on social media and raised $1,000 in five days. Cox had the $1,200 to pay off the balance for the whole school in no time at all.

See the full story at CNN affiliate WTHR.

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April 17th, 2014
11:46 AM ET

TSA Officer Jumps on Tracks to Save Woman

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," an off duty TSA officer becomes an unlikely hero. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Eddie Palacios, 50, was waiting for the train in Chicago to go to O’Hare Airport when he heard someone yell that a woman had fallen onto the tracks.

Palacios recognized he was wearing an orange sweatshirt that would be very visible to the conductor.

He jumped onto the rails and waved his arms to stop the approaching train.

“We have each other, and if we can’t depend on each other, then we really can’t depend on much then,” said Palacios.

The train stopped in time, and the woman was pulled to safety.

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April 16th, 2014
12:54 PM ET

Unemployed Man Commits Random Acts of Kindness

What would you do if you lost your job? Look for another one? Apply for benefits? Take some time off?

One man in Utah – Daniel Smith – didn't do any of that. Living off his savings, he decided to spend a month committing random acts of kindness.

He gave out free gift cards in a Walmart parking lot and distributed care packages for the homeless, among other things. Videos, shot by his wife, got a lot of attention, and we're happy to say, Daniel now has a job. Donations have also flooded in for him to continue his work, so he's adding another "month of acts of kindness." We'll let you know how he does.

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April 11th, 2014
10:08 AM ET

What Would You Do If You Found $11,000?

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a 4th grade teacher shows her son a valuable lesson after they find $11,000 in the street. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

North Carolina resident Sherry Whitesides was recently out with her son when they noticed a bank bag had flown from the top of the car in front of them.

"I didn't know it was money I just saw it was something falling so my son and I pulled over and we got out,"  Whitesides said.

One after another, Sherry and her 12-year-old son Alan collected $11,000 in hundred dollar bills.

But the driver never turned around.

The mom said she couldn't keep the money though.

She and her son took it directly to the Clover Police Department and turned it in.

"It wasn't mine, I didn't deserve it, I didn't do anything to get it." she said. 

Cops did track down the money's owner. It turns out he's a senior citizen who accidentally left the bag on top of his car.

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