It wasn’t t all bad
Lauren Puryear has taken couponing to a whole new level. The mentalhealth worker from Woodbridge, N.J., has delivered more than 5,500 meals since 2012 to people in need, securing rock-bottom deals on food items through clipping coupons. Her ability to spot a bargain means that Puryear, 29, can feed 150 people for as little as $20. Inspired by her late grandmother’s legacy of giving back to the community, Puryear aims to deliver meals to 30,000 people by her 30th birthday next September. “Just knowing that we’re making a difference,” she says, “that’s the most rewarding thing.”
A Maryland fifth-grader proved his big heart with his big hair. Just before his eighth birthday, Thomas Moore saw an online video about a little girl who had lost her hair during chemotherapy and decided he’d start growing out his Afro so it could be used to make wigs for young cancer patients. Earlier this month, Thomas visited a salon for his first trim in more than two years—and had enough hair cut off to make three wigs. The 10-year-old is delighted with his new short ’do, says his mother, Angie Pulos. “He’s happy that when he goes outside his hair doesn’t get caught in the bushes.”
For one little girl, mixed martial artist Miesha Tate was in the right place at the right time. The UFC star was hiking on the Mary Jane Falls trail near Las Vegas when she ran into the family of 6-yearold Kai Ellis, who had slipped and broken her arm. Kai’s mom was struggling to carry her injured daughter down the steep trail, so the former bantamweight women’s champion offered to help. Saying she could use a workout, the muscular Tate scooped up Kai and carried her for the entire 2-mile descent. “This was one of the most rewarding days of my athletic career,” says Tate.