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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!
- The Al-Shifa Clinic in California offers medical and dental care to patients at no cost, with services ranging from internal medicine and pediatrics, to specialities such as neurology, mental health, and gynecology. Services are provided by Muslim doctors, volunteering their time, treating all patients, regardless of faith. The doctors and clinic staff are worried that they won’t be able to provide these services without donations, so if you’d like to give to a wonderful organization, tis the season! Click here to donate!
- A Maryville woman celebrated her 21st birthday this week, and received a very special gift, one she’s been receiving for the past five years: a bouquet of flowers from her father. But what makes this gift so special? He passed away when she was 16-years-old. This delivery is the last one she’ll get, but it had a very special message for her: that they will meet again.
- The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) say they have discovered a new species of fish, the Percina apina. TVA regularly monitor their natural water sources for quality, and they say this discovery is evidence that their water quality work has been effective.
- The German government has committed to providing 1 billion Euros, or about 1.2 billion dollars, dedicated to finding solutions to lowering the level of traffic pollution. Way to be a leader in the fight against climate change, Chancellor Merkel!
- Chef Jose Andrés has already made a name for himself, but now, he and his staff of volunteers have managed to provide nutritious (and I’m certain, delicious) food to at least 3 million Hurricane Irma survivors in Puerto Rico. He’s been able to feed people across all 78 municipalities, through 20 kitchens. Chef Andrés is really putting his money where their mouths are. We salute you, Chef!
- Another world leader, French president Emmanuel Macron, inaugurated a 33-megawatt solar energy power plant in Burkina Faso, which will provide enough power to bring electricity to over 110,000 homes. Macron is pushing to be the world leader in providing renewable, green energy to as many countries in Africa as possible, showing that France is heavily committed to its own climate change accord!
- LeAnn Boudwine of Wisconsin has two sons in the military, and regularly sends them care packages. But when LeAnn learned that not all soldiers receive care packages, she did the only thing she felt was right: started sending care packages to them, herself. Now, ten years later, her home-based project has expanded into a nonprofit organization, Support the Troops, and has shipped over 10,000 care packages. I’m sure LeAnn has made a lot of soldiers smile! To donate to Support the Troops, click here.
- University of Delaware researchers may have found a way to keep the HIV virus from maturing, thus putting the “brakes” on the virus, and hopefully, keeping it from becoming an infectious agent. This has opened up a world of possibility on the road to better treatment, and perhaps even a cure!
- In Utah, you can donate, via a vending machine, to developing countries around the world. Donations options include everything from first aid kids, shoes, and medicine, to goats and chickens. The vending machines, provided by the Latter-Day Saints church Light the World initiative, will be available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building’s main lobby in downtown Salt Lake City, until December 25th.
- World War II veteran, Orville Rogers of Texas, just celebrated his 100th birthday, and had one gift request: that his friends and family would run with him. Rogers is a marathon runner, who has run over 43,000 miles, and his loved ones happily obliged, running a collective 100 miles to celebrate!
- Is sex really good for you? A recent study shows that sexual activity can burn the same amount of calories as moderate-intensity exercise. The research team found that “Men burned on average 101 calories and women 69 calories when they had sex. The average intensity was higher than walking but lower than jogging.” I just love research that tells folks that sex is great for our health!
- Two friends who met by playing Words With Friends, have finally met face-to-face! A 22-year-old New York man flew to Florida to meet his 80-year-old playing partner, and now, they say they’re friends for life!
Special note: Don’t forget, you can have Santa send your child a letter in the mail! Click here to find out how.