By: Jessica Renee Holmes For: Ms. Desmond's LA Class
Al Capone's Random Acts of Kindness:
When I read about Al Capone to do research for this project, all of the books talked about his violent childhood and violent life. I couldn't find anything written about the nice things he did for people. I decided that I should look for those stories and include them in my project. Here are a few nice things Al Capone was responsible for:
* Expiration dates on milk and dairy products are because of Al Capone!!!! A few of his friends and family members got sick over the years due to drinking old milk, so Capone used his "influence" with the government to make them pass laws to put expiration dates on milk and dairy products!
* Thousands of people - men, women, and children - would've starved during the Depression (in the 1930s) if it weren't for Al Capone. He set-up "soup kitchens" and donated food and drinks. No one was turned away, and the food was free!
* If Al Capone heard about people in the hospital unable to pay for their medical bills, he personally paid their bills for them!
* Al Capone donated large sums of money to catholic churches each time he received a large amount.
Here are some very interesting links about Al Capone:
FBI Summary on Al Capone [here] Full FBI File of Al Capone [here] Al Capone Museum #1 [here] Al Capone Museum #2 [here] Capone's Alcatraz History [here]