Your week in good deeds, warm fuzzies, random acts of kindness, very cool scientific advances, and lots of other happy stuff! Take a break from the ugliness of the news and the web, and get a dose of happy!
(This post includes a few more days than just a week; I was sick and unable to make the weekly post on time.)
Monday, August 7th, 2017
- A Toronto man who was shoplifting clothing for a job interview, found a good samaritan in a police officer. The officer purchased a shirt and tie for the young man, before releasing him without charges.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
- Chicago Bears tight end, Zach Miller, got to spend some time on the field during training camp with 9-year-old cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma) survivor, Ryan Cremeens. Miller, inspired by Cremeens, remarked that Cremeens was “tougher than I am.”
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
- 10-year-old Afghan artist, Farhad Nouri, held a gallery-style charity event, displaying his drawings and photographs, to raise money for a young Serbian boy who has just recently recovered from an operation to remove his brain tumor. Nouri, nicknamed “the little Picasso,” takes many photos of Belgrade, where he and his family have been living for eight months in a migrant camp. What an impressive, talented, and beautifully-spirited child.
Thursday, August 10th, 2017
- Mommy-to-be, Elizabeth Docherty of New South Wales was absolutely devastated after losing her wedding ring in the Simpson Desert in June. She posted photos of the ring on Facebook, and it had thousands of shares. Luckily, her ring was found, and returned to her by complete strangers. There is always good, beauty, kindness, and generosity in this world. You just have to know where to look.
Friday, August 11th, 2017
- Justin Juenemann, backup kicker for the Gophers at the University of Minnesota, likes to spend time volunteering at Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, spending his spare time with sick children, some of whom are terminally ill. Going into his senior year, the University of Minnesota gave him a wonderful surprise: Justin got a full scholarship for his last year in college. Football coach P.J Fleck said this of Justin: “I’ve never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy, who is not a star player, who hasn’t played, where his face is recognizable. He could easily just not do it and nobody would ever say anything, and all he does is continue to keep his oar in the water, (and) live that holistic life academically, athletically, socially and spiritually.”
- Nashville pizza shop, Slim and Husky’s, owned by three former Tennessee State football players; business is booming! They opened the shop in March of this year, and sell close to 1,000 pizzas a day, every single day. But that’s only part of what makes these three men amazing: they also have created an environment where people can get hired on, helping with the high unemployment rates in their city, and because they’re centrally located, many of the employees are able to walk to work. Keep it up, fellas! You’re making a difference!
- Government-run Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University in Thailand issued a Bachelor of Arts degree to 91-year-old Kimlan Jinakul, after she worked for over 10 years to earn her diploma. In explaining why she enrolled in college so late in life, Kimlan said, “If we do not study, do not read, do not know, then we won’t be able to speak and make sense.” You are a shining inspiration, Kimlan, setting an appreciable example for the rest of us, to never stop learning.
Saturday, August 12th, 2017
- Massachusetts state lottery winner, Lynn Nelson, really hit the jackpot, with a $1 million prize. Nelson has decided to split her winnings between her five co-workers. Lynn, you’re incredibly magnanimous.
Sunday, August 13th, 2017
- In light of the atrocities over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated $100,000 to anti-hate group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to help forward their cause in working to “confront anti-semitism, hate, and terrorism.”
Monday, August 14th, 2017
- CW: graphic images Abandoned and neglected dog, Wanda, was found in a garden, in terrible condition; ear and eye infections, and a severe case of mange, among other things. She was turned over to Ravenwood Pet Rescue, in Wisbech, England, and the veterinary staff quickly began what would be a long course of treatment. A staff member at Ravenswood knew that this necessary treatment would be expensive, so she opened a GoFundMe page, with the goal of raising £3,000, but the crowd funding site manage to ultimately raise £8,000! After three months of intensive care, medication, and lots of TLC, Wanda is healthy, and has been adopted. Her new owner, Gail, describes Wanda has having a “cheeky personality.”
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
- When West Bexar County, Texas resident, Nakenya Portela-Bailey’s house caught fire with she, her three children, and her two dogs, no one noticed, until neighbor Kevin Hayes alerted them, and they were all able to get out of the house safely. But Kevin and another neighbor, Julian Felán, noticed another house was on fire, and rushed to notify the residents, Sylvia and Eliseo Farias. They were also able to get out safely, but had been unable to grab their dog. Hays and Felán busted the door down, and ran through the smoke and flames, ultimately saving the Farias’ dog. Although Hays and Felán say they’re no heroes, we know better.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
- Two adorable koala joeys have made an appearance at the Sydney Zoo in Sydney Australia, giving zoo patrons a rare surprise gift.
- A little girl in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, lost her favorite stuffed animal while playing at a playground. Her aunt took to social media, posting to let people know that her niece’s toy was missing, and ask them to keep their eyes peeled, but this turned out to be unnecessary. Police Officer Dylan Navakauskas had already found the stuffed toy, and decided to deliver it in person, reuniting the little girl with her stuffed animal.
- Singer Bonnie Tyler’s moment has finally arrived: during the upcoming solar eclipse, Tyler will be performing her famous song, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, on Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise. Talk about serendipity!