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!
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
- A heroic pit bull named Paco saved a Thonotosassa, Florida 4-year-old boy, and his 1-year-old sister, from a venomous copperhead snake. Paco was bitten in the course of his actions, but only had some swelling as a result.
- 48 years after the Vietnam War ended, 71-year-old veteran, Bob Allsup, was finally able to have some closure when his recently found dog tags were returned to him. His tags were lost during an ambush, and are one of over 2,000 tags that the University of Arizona’s Department of Veterans Education and Transition Services are committed to returning.
Thursday, August 17th, 2017
- Before heading to an interview, paramedic student Will Stewart, of Sacramento, stopped in a coffee shop to grab a cup of joe. While there, Stewart noticed that a man was choking, and rushed over to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, saving the man’s life. That’s one hell of a coffee break!
- A 3-year long non-profit program called Vision for Baltimore is studying the effects on academic performance when students who couldn’t otherwise obtain eye exams and glasses, are provided those services at no cost. Since the inception of the program in May 2016, Vision for Baltimore has performed almost 18,000 screenings, and provided approximately 2,000 pairs of glasses. While there has been no hard data provided thus far, many teachers in Baltimore attest to academic improvement in the students who have participated.
Friday, August 18th, 2017
- Chief Executive of 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch, has pledged $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminated discrimination and bigotry.
- Jayden Fontenot, a 10-year-old from Sulphur, Louisiana, delivered his baby brother, Dax, when their mother went into labor, and didn’t have time to get to the hospital. To add to Jayden’s heroics, Dax was presenting in the breech position. Jayden was able to deliver his baby brother, with instruction from his mother, Ashly Moreau, also helping Dax to breathe once delivered, by using a nasal aspirator to clear his nose and throat.
- A Bowling Green State University football player was given an offer he couldn’t refuse. Kicker Jake Suder had been attending the university on one-year scholarships, but was having a hard time securing one for his upcoming junior year. When the coaches and athletic department learned of this, they decided to present an option to Suder: successfully kick a 53-yard field goal, and the tuition expenses for the remaining two years of his college education would be covered. The embedded video shows Suder’s amazing kick; words just don’t do it justice.
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
- Salt Lake City high school teacher Rickee Stewart’s upcoming wedding is surely taking up quite a bit of her time, as planning a wedding often does. When it came to registering for gifts, however, this teacher decided she didn’t need a waffle maker; she wanted to help her community. Ms. Stewart opted to forego the traditional wedding gift registry, instead asking those who are so inclined to make donations of backpacks, winter coats, shoes, and food to the homeless students of Copper Hills High School.
- An anonymous donor has ensured that every student attending Rosebud Primary school in Texas has the supplies they’ll need for this school year. The anonymous donor used the online organization, Donors Choose, to provide school supplies for every single student at the school.
Sunday, August 20th, 2017
- A recent study published in Nature Energy showed that approximately 12,700 people were saved from possible premature death, due to “green” energy options such as solar panels and wind power. These eco-friendly energy alternatives have minimized the levels of fossil fuel pollutants in the air, pollutants which can shorten a person’s life span by 9 to 11 years.
- Sant’Orsola hospital in Bologna, Italy recently faced a miniature crisis: they had run out of Legos, the toy of choice for many children being treated for cancer. After posting this conundrum on Facebook, things took a dramatic turn: within three days, the hospital had received 500 boxes of Legos, with more pouring in from the online community.
- Some scientific studies have shown that group meditation can have a positive affect on our population. On Monday, August 21st, during the solar eclipse, over 144,000 people will be united in meditation, and are asking others to participate, as well. This mass meditation will be taking place at 11:11am PST on August 21st, 2017. Check out this article, and get your “ohm” on!