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!
Monday, August 28th
- Jeffrey Lew, local Seattle government worker, was understandably upset when he read an article about the student lunch crisis, and how many students who couldn’t afford to pay, would be forced to go without lunch, or be given a very different meal than their classmates, either scenario being humiliating. After Lew learned that the lunch debt at his son’s school was under $100, he paid it, and then created a GoFundMe campaign to go toward paying off lunch debt at other schools in Seattle. To donate to Lew’s GoFundMe campaign, click here.
Tuesday, August 29th
- After six years of devastating war, Syrian children have had to adapt to a high carb diet much different than what Syrian cuisine typically entails. To help reintroduce the healthier, vegetable rich diet, Syrian schools have turned their playgrounds to gardens, with the students doing a significant portion of the work.
Wednesday, August 30th
- Charles County, Washington sheriff’s deputy, Andrew Fenlon, knew his coworker and lifelong friend, Frederick, “Sonny” Davis, needed a kidney transplant, after recently starting dialysis, due to a 13 year battle with kidney disease. So Fenlon did the only thing he knew to do: he donated one of his kidney’s to save his friend’s life. Not all heroes wear capes!
- The FDA has approved a new form of gene therapy, called CAR-T Immunotherapy, for treatment of a rare form of cancer, B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The engineered CAR-T cells would be able to be customized for each patient, specifically, and shows some serious promise in treating this terrible disease!
- To help prevent sex trafficking in Thailand, the country has begun offering free classes to women, in the hope of helping them learn what to look out for, and how to be less timid in marriage situations.
Thursday, August 31st
- Josh Nesbit was on track to attend medical school, but realized that his heart was carrying him in a different direction. He created an app, Medic Mobile, that allows health care workers to provide basic health assessments in some of the hard to reach areas of the world. This app allows them, if the patient has access to a phone, to help make diagnoses of illnesses such as malaria, and even help people deliver babies. The 23 countries, and 20,000 health care workers that have been able to benefit from Medic Mobile thank you for heeding your calling, Josh!
- Writer, filmmaker, and artist Miranda July has created an interfaith charity shop housed within Selfridges, London’s largest luxury department store. Most items are affordably priced, and proceeds go to benefit Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist charities, and more.
- Nebraska native, entrepreneur Mike Smith, doesn’t like that title, but he has definitely earned it, along with “philanthropist.” In 2010, he started a non-profit organization to try to build an indoor skate park for kids in the neighborhood. He doesn’t take a salary from this non-profit, and funds it by taking paid speaking engagements on how to start a non-profit organization. He has also slept under a bridge for nearly a month, earning $10,000 for the skate park. Since its inception, this park has provided more than space to grind: mentoring, meals, digital art space, and even sex trafficking intervention. “10,000 skaters have used the space, more than 250,000 meals have been provided in a community where poverty rates are above 40%, and over 1,000 young people have received support services.” Smith, you have definitely taken on this “burly” task, and that’s sick!
Friday, September 1st
- Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that helps provide wigs for those who have lost their hair due to cancer or other medical conditions, is able to help just a little bit more, thanks to 9-year-old Anthony Hernandez, from Illinois. He just got his first ever haircut, and was able to donate 20-inches of his curly hair!
- For over a year, 4th and 5th grade students from a Santa Clarita, California charter school have been building tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness. Doing everything from sawing wood to building floors, these students are learning a valuable life lesson: you’re never too young/old/rich/poor to help your fellow man!
Saturday, September 2nd
- Serena Williams, and her partner, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world yesterday!
- Two 11-year-old girls had just finished their junior lifeguard training course in British Columbia, and boy, did it come in handy, when they saved the life of another girl, who was caught in the current at Crescent Beach.
Sunday, September 3rd
- Dublin tattoo artist, Ryan Kelly, runs a program called Scars Behind Beauty, that helps those who are recovering from self-harm, to cover their scars with tattoos, giving them the opportunity to have something to hide scars that may be hurtful or embarrassing for them.
- Late Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton, was killed in a tour bus accident in 1996. His now 92-year-old father, Ray, has been receiving his royalties, and has been taking that money and donating it to Castro Valley High School students in the San Francisco Bay area of California, the school Cliff attended. Thank you, Ray, for helping to protect the arts!