THE OYG MISSION

Our world is starving for positive news. And yet if we pause for a moment and look around we’ll see there are positive stories unfolding every day all around us.

OYG (Orange Ya Glad?) is a mantra and positive way of thinking – even in the toughest of times. We’ve developed OYG? to identify and lift up the folks in our communities that are going the extra mile to help those in need around them: the school girl making and distributing homemade hand sanitizer, the food bank workers collecting, preparing and delivering meals to the hungry, the garage-based engineers putting their 3D printers to work making PPE for the brave men and women on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are regular people putting their talents and resources to use, making a meaningful impact in a world that is hurting.

You wanna get involved?  Great - it’s super easy!  Just hit the NOMINATE A HERO button above and tell us about someone you know who is doing something awesome. 

We all know someone who is always going above and beyond – “Orange Ya Glad?” they are?

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1 month ago

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Peter Thomas is a Chicago coffee shop owner. For seven years he has been the driving force behind ‘Coffee With a Purpose’, an annual community event that collects and distributes coats and other necessities to aid the homeless community in their struggle against the Midwest winters.

Peter said the idea of ‘Coffee With a Purpose’ came to him when he was thinking of ways to give back to the community and get others involved.

For the 7th drive, Peter and volunteers made six stops with a 26-foot truck throughout greater Chicago. Peter brewed 40 gallons of coffee with help of donations from other Elmhurst businesses eager to help.

At each stop, people were invited in to “shop” for whatever they needed, free of charge. There were coats, blankets, socks, hats, gloves and personal hygiene items. All items were organized by community volunteers!

Peter noted that with the impact of COVID-19, there were more people than ever this time. “[When]we made this effort, all the shelters were on lockdown,” he said in an interview. “No one was allowed in or out, that is, once you’re out, you can’t get back in, so there are more and more homeless people… This is a good year to be extra giving.”

We couldn't agree more, Peter! You are definitely #TeamOYG. Keep up the great work!

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Peter Thomas is a Chicago coffee shop owner. For seven years he has been the driving force behind ‘Coffee With a Purpose’, an annual community event that collects and distributes coats and other necessities to aid the homeless community in their struggle against the Midwest winters. 

Peter said the idea of ‘Coffee With a Purpose’ came to him when he was thinking of ways to give back to the community and get others involved.

For the 7th drive, Peter and volunteers made six stops with a 26-foot truck throughout greater Chicago. Peter brewed 40 gallons of coffee with help of donations from other Elmhurst businesses eager to help.

At each stop, people were invited in to “shop” for whatever they needed, free of charge. There were coats, blankets, socks, hats, gloves and personal hygiene items. All items were organized by community volunteers! 

Peter noted that with the impact of COVID-19, there were more people than ever this time. “[When]we made this effort, all the shelters were on lockdown,” he said in an interview. “No one was allowed in or out, that is, once you’re out, you can’t get back in, so there are more and more homeless people… This is a good year to be extra giving.”

We couldnt agree more, Peter!  You are definitely #TeamOYG.  Keep up the great work!

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1 month ago

OYG?

Truck driver, Joe Hylton, was traveling at night down Delaware’s Route 1 when he came across a bad car accident. Both cars were nearly destroyed and he saw a man frantically running down the highway.

Hylton pulled over and discovered the frantic man couldn’t find his toddler. As a father himself, Hylton recalled, “I see a frantic father running around. He’s looking in the back of his truck and saying ‘I can’t find my daughter, I can’t find my daughter.’ I looked in and I saw an empty car seat in the back of the truck.”

Joe immediately began to search through the marshy area alongside the road when he finally came across a small gray bundle. Astonishingly, the 2-year-old girl reached up to him without a single scratch. Joe brought the girl back to her tearful father who thanked him and Joe went on his way.

A New Jersey Fire Department Battalion Chief who was at the scene was able to track down Joe to recognize him for his heroism. The Delaware State Police are now awarding Joe their Good Samaritan honor.

“There is so much craziness going on in the world, I don’t believe in receiving accolades for helping somebody out,” responded the ‘super humble’ trucker. “That’s what we’re all supposed to do.”

“I grabbed her and called for the dad, the dad came running over, and we had a hug. We didn’t know each other, I never met him before in my life. But I’ll tell you we knew each other in that moment.”
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Truck driver, Joe Hylton, was traveling at night down Delaware’s Route 1 when he came across a bad car accident. Both cars were nearly destroyed and he saw a man frantically running down the highway. 

Hylton pulled over and discovered the frantic man couldn’t find his toddler. As a father himself, Hylton recalled, “I see a frantic father running around. He’s looking in the back of his truck and saying ‘I can’t find my daughter, I can’t find my daughter.’ I looked in and I saw an empty car seat in the back of the truck.”

Joe immediately began to search through the marshy area alongside the road when he finally came across a small gray bundle. Astonishingly, the 2-year-old girl reached up to him without a single scratch. Joe brought the girl back to her tearful father who thanked him and Joe went on his way. 

A New Jersey Fire Department Battalion Chief who was at the scene was able to track down Joe to recognize him for his heroism. The Delaware State Police are now awarding Joe their Good Samaritan honor. 

“There is so much craziness going on in the world, I don’t believe in receiving accolades for helping somebody out,” responded the ‘super humble’ trucker. “That’s what we’re all supposed to do.”

“I grabbed her and called for the dad, the dad came running over, and we had a hug. We didn’t know each other, I never met him before in my life. But I’ll tell you we knew each other in that moment.”
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THE OYG MISSION

Our world is starving for positive news. And yet if we pause for a moment and look around we’ll see there are positive stories unfolding every day all around us.

OYG (Orange Ya Glad?) is a mantra and positive way of thinking – even in the toughest of times. We’ve developed OYG? to identify and lift up the folks in our communities that are going the extra mile to help those in need around them: the school girl making and distributing homemade hand sanitizer, the food bank workers collecting, preparing and delivering meals to the hungry, the garage-based engineers putting their 3D printers to work making PPE for the brave men and women on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are regular people putting their talents and resources to use, making a meaningful impact in a world that is hurting.

You wanna get involved?  Great - it’s super easy!  Just hit the NOMINATE A HERO button above and tell us about someone you know who is doing something awesome. 

We all know someone who is always going above and beyond – “Orange Ya Glad?” they are?

FACEBOOK FEED

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1 month ago

OYG?

Peter Thomas is a Chicago coffee shop owner. For seven years he has been the driving force behind ‘Coffee With a Purpose’, an annual community event that collects and distributes coats and other necessities to aid the homeless community in their struggle against the Midwest winters.

Peter said the idea of ‘Coffee With a Purpose’ came to him when he was thinking of ways to give back to the community and get others involved.

For the 7th drive, Peter and volunteers made six stops with a 26-foot truck throughout greater Chicago. Peter brewed 40 gallons of coffee with help of donations from other Elmhurst businesses eager to help.

At each stop, people were invited in to “shop” for whatever they needed, free of charge. There were coats, blankets, socks, hats, gloves and personal hygiene items. All items were organized by community volunteers!

Peter noted that with the impact of COVID-19, there were more people than ever this time. “[When]we made this effort, all the shelters were on lockdown,” he said in an interview. “No one was allowed in or out, that is, once you’re out, you can’t get back in, so there are more and more homeless people… This is a good year to be extra giving.”

We couldn't agree more, Peter! You are definitely #TeamOYG. Keep up the great work!

#OYGHeroes Pilot Petes Coffee & Treats
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Peter Thomas is a Chicago coffee shop owner. For seven years he has been the driving force behind ‘Coffee With a Purpose’, an annual community event that collects and distributes coats and other necessities to aid the homeless community in their struggle against the Midwest winters. 

Peter said the idea of ‘Coffee With a Purpose’ came to him when he was thinking of ways to give back to the community and get others involved.

For the 7th drive, Peter and volunteers made six stops with a 26-foot truck throughout greater Chicago. Peter brewed 40 gallons of coffee with help of donations from other Elmhurst businesses eager to help.

At each stop, people were invited in to “shop” for whatever they needed, free of charge. There were coats, blankets, socks, hats, gloves and personal hygiene items. All items were organized by community volunteers! 

Peter noted that with the impact of COVID-19, there were more people than ever this time. “[When]we made this effort, all the shelters were on lockdown,” he said in an interview. “No one was allowed in or out, that is, once you’re out, you can’t get back in, so there are more and more homeless people… This is a good year to be extra giving.”

We couldnt agree more, Peter!  You are definitely #TeamOYG.  Keep up the great work!

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1 month ago

OYG?

Truck driver, Joe Hylton, was traveling at night down Delaware’s Route 1 when he came across a bad car accident. Both cars were nearly destroyed and he saw a man frantically running down the highway.

Hylton pulled over and discovered the frantic man couldn’t find his toddler. As a father himself, Hylton recalled, “I see a frantic father running around. He’s looking in the back of his truck and saying ‘I can’t find my daughter, I can’t find my daughter.’ I looked in and I saw an empty car seat in the back of the truck.”

Joe immediately began to search through the marshy area alongside the road when he finally came across a small gray bundle. Astonishingly, the 2-year-old girl reached up to him without a single scratch. Joe brought the girl back to her tearful father who thanked him and Joe went on his way.

A New Jersey Fire Department Battalion Chief who was at the scene was able to track down Joe to recognize him for his heroism. The Delaware State Police are now awarding Joe their Good Samaritan honor.

“There is so much craziness going on in the world, I don’t believe in receiving accolades for helping somebody out,” responded the ‘super humble’ trucker. “That’s what we’re all supposed to do.”

“I grabbed her and called for the dad, the dad came running over, and we had a hug. We didn’t know each other, I never met him before in my life. But I’ll tell you we knew each other in that moment.”
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Truck driver, Joe Hylton, was traveling at night down Delaware’s Route 1 when he came across a bad car accident. Both cars were nearly destroyed and he saw a man frantically running down the highway. 

Hylton pulled over and discovered the frantic man couldn’t find his toddler. As a father himself, Hylton recalled, “I see a frantic father running around. He’s looking in the back of his truck and saying ‘I can’t find my daughter, I can’t find my daughter.’ I looked in and I saw an empty car seat in the back of the truck.”

Joe immediately began to search through the marshy area alongside the road when he finally came across a small gray bundle. Astonishingly, the 2-year-old girl reached up to him without a single scratch. Joe brought the girl back to her tearful father who thanked him and Joe went on his way. 

A New Jersey Fire Department Battalion Chief who was at the scene was able to track down Joe to recognize him for his heroism. The Delaware State Police are now awarding Joe their Good Samaritan honor. 

“There is so much craziness going on in the world, I don’t believe in receiving accolades for helping somebody out,” responded the ‘super humble’ trucker. “That’s what we’re all supposed to do.”

“I grabbed her and called for the dad, the dad came running over, and we had a hug. We didn’t know each other, I never met him before in my life. But I’ll tell you we knew each other in that moment.”
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