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|Philanthropist Lauds Unsung ‘Human Angels’|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Monday, 29 April 2013 14:32|
Sharing Their Stories Can Make Us a Better Society, He Says
It’s easy to spot the largely unsung heroes in these three recent news stories:
“If we want people to be their best, we need to shine a light on what that looks like.”
Shimer notes that in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Americans took comfort in seeing and hearing about the many acts of selflessness.
“We were horrified by the fact that there’s someone evil enough to place a ticking bomb next to children. But, thank goodness, we were also heartened by the bravery of the civilians who rushed into danger to help the injured, and the many area residents who opened their homes to stranded race participants.”
In January, Shimer launched Angels Among Us to recognize just such people. Community “human angels” are selected from among nominations and, in addition to receiving an Earthly Angel Award and a donation to their charity of choice, Angels Among Us produces professional, high-quality videos that tell their story.
“The video productions are top quality, so any broadcast outlet can use them, and they’re compelling, so people will watch them,” Shimer says. “And that’s how we spread the word, inspire others, and even create a society where everyone is an Earthly Angel.”
Angels Among Us, which accepts nominations at its website, has no shortage of amazing stories, Shimer says.
Consider these recent examples:
About John Shimer
John Shimer is a director of Fortune Family Foundation, a charitable corporation that provides assistance to non-profits focused on fostering self-sufficiency. For 33 years, Shimer was a fundraising manager and consultant for hospitals, human welfare agencies, and similar organizations. He is the author of “Turn Right at the Dancing Cow,” the story of a “human angel” from Seattle and the vocational school she established in Uganda. He’s the founder of the new Angels Among Us Project, which seeks to spotlight the best and most inspiring of human behavior.
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