This week’s feel good story comes from the heart of a little girl who wanted to make a difference! While out for dinner with her dad she noticed a homeless man sitting on a bench outside the restaurant and decided that she wanted to share her meal with him. see how it all unfolds in the video below! Some people have criticized the girl’s father for recording what happened saying that he’s just trying to get attention, but I personally think it will be a sweet moment to share with his daughter when she gets older!
Chances are you’ve heard about this story already this week! A patrol officer from Ohio recently went out of his way to help a man that he had pulled over for speeding.
Unfortunately today’s story starts out tragically as Mark Ross from Indiana found out that his teenage sister was involved in a fatal car accident in Detroit. Anxious to get home to be with his family Mark convinced a friend to drive him in the middle of the night over 250 miles to get back home. Just over halfway they were pulled over for speeding by a patrol officer in Ohio, turns out Mark’s friend actually had a suspended license, and so the officer ordered for the vehicle to be towed and the driver was taken into custody. Of course this meant Mark was stranded with over 100 miles to go. But here is where our feel good story starts. Mark explained his situation to the officer, Trooper Davis, and while he wasn’t able to get his friend off the hook, the officer offered to drive him the rest of the way to Detroit himself. In the early hours of the morning Trooper Davis and Mark made their way into Detroit, and after a crazy adventure he was reunited with his family.
Read more below!
You’ve probably seen “Extreme Couponing” come up on your TV guide and thought to yourself ‘those people are crazy!’ or maybe you’ve watched the show before and thought how much money you would save if you tried it yourself! A lady in the States thought about these things about a year ago and then decided to give it a try, and now she’s doing a lot more than just saving her family money. After trying out couponing herself and walking away from a store with 50 jars of Ragu sauce and 100 boxes of Barilla pasta for free, Lauren Puryear decided she wanted to use the hobby to do some good. For the past 8 months she has dedicated a lot of her time to collecting coupons from different flyers, websites, and friends and then she stockpiles ingredients to cook meals for the homeless! In just 8 months Lauren’s idea has expanded into a non-profit organization called “For the Love of Others”, which she operates on top of her full time job and being a single mom! So far she’s delivered around 5,000 meals, feeding between 100 and 500 people each time she goes out! Lauren says her goal is to reach 30,000 meals by the time she turns 30 next year!
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A small group of friends in Tennessee have turned one of their favourite hobbies into a way to help the homeless! Calling themselves “The Bag Ladies”, the group gets together every Thursday to turn plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats. The bags are first cut into strips, then rolled into a ball and crocheted to create the 3ft x 6ft rolls which have been donated to many homeless shelters n the Southern United States and different groups including those who helped people displaced from their homes due to the flooding in Louisiana. Creating the mats is no easy task either! Each mat requires 600 plastic bags all cut and rolled, and it takes about two weeks to complete. So far the ladies estimate they’ve gone through about 10,000 bags! The ladies say that even though it can be time consuming, they just think about the people they’ll be helping by completing each mat. Their goal is to inspire more groups to start up the same project so more people can benefit from the idea!
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A mom in Texas has quickly earned the title of “Mom of the Month” with a sweet gesture to help her son take part in a special class event. Last week, single mom Yevette Vasquez was dropping her son Elijah off at school when she noticed a lot more cars in the parking lot than normal. When she asked Elijah if he knew what was going on he told her that it was “Donuts with Dad”, and that the students had been asked to invite their father’s in for breakfast. Instead of dropping off Elijah, Yevette decided to turn the car around and went back home to put on the perfect disguise, a baseball cap, mustache, plaid shirt, and even some cologne to finish off the outfit, and then they returned for “Donuts with Dad”. Yevette says she was a little nervous about walking into the school dressed as a man, but she wasn’t going to let her son miss out on the event. She says most of the dads were supportive of the idea and only a few seemed uncomfortable, she just wishes she would have thought of the idea sooner so her son wouldn’t have had to miss out on so many dad-only activities in the past. Yevette has received a ton of support on social media since sharing her story, see her original post below!
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So often you hear people complain about “kids today”, whether it’s about them being too self-entitled, too connected to their technology, too lazy, the list seems to be endless, but one little boy is showing that “kids today” have a lot more greatness in them than people give credit for. Just last week 5-year-old William Evertz Jr. pooled together all of his allowance money and decided he wanted to make a difference with it. Declaring August 24th ‘Kindness Day’ he set out to deliver lunch (Subway sandwiches, drinks, and snacks) to his local police department, his way of saying thank you for keeping him safe “even when he sleeps” as he says. As a thank-you to William the police department made him an honourary officer and surprised him with a lift home in their police cruiser!
This story in itself is pretty incredible when you think that William is only 5-years-old, but his day didn’t end there! William also used his allowance to make a donation of school supplies and toys to a local domestic violence shelter, $25 to a family to help with daycare, and food to the animal shelter!
William’s mom, Tara, says she thinks he got the idea after watching a video on YouTube of a man giving back to the homeless. Pretty amazing to think the rest was all him! Wow! Tara says she hopes William inspires others to be kind to one another.
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This a pretty unique story that will no doubt have you moved today. This summer Jeni Stepien tied the knot with the love of her life Paul Maenner in a small ceremony outside Pittsburgh. I’m always a sucker for a good wedding story, but this one trumps them all.
About 10 years ago Jeni’s father passed away and his heart was donated to a man (Arthur “Tom” Thomas) waiting on a transplant list in New Jersey. Over the past decade her family has kept in contact with the man who now possesses her father’s heart, sending cards and letters for holidays and special occasions, but they’ve never had the chance to meet in person. While Jeni and Paul were planning their wedding they came up with the idea to ask Tom to walk Jeni down the aisle as a way of having a piece of her dad there with her on the special day, and of course Tom said yes.
The day of the wedding Tom gave Jeni his arm and escorted her down the aisle where she placed her hand on his chest and felt her dad’s heartbeat before continuing on with the ceremony. In Tom’s words, “I had a life to live because of him, and his family did not. It was important for me to do this very small thing for her.”
Jeni said having him give her away was the perfect addition to the day and she could feel her dad with her every step of the way! No doubt Tom now holds a special place in Jeni’s heart as well.
Read the full story: http://bit.ly/2bmEh1V
Earlier this summer a 5th grade student from Tennessee received tons of recognition in his community when he decided to stretch his allowance in hopes of turning around the lives of some people who might be on a rough path. Using all the money he had saved in his piggy bank 9-year-old Tyler purchased and acquired 100 books to donate to his local jail.
When he brought in the donation Tyler said to his mom, “When I’m thinking bad thoughts, I like to read, so I want to collect books for them”. Tyler’s hope is that giving the inmates something to keep their minds off of bad or negative things will give them a new outlook when they get out of prison. Although it’s impossible to say at this point whether his idea will help in the lives of the inmates, it’s definitely the thought that counts in this story, and Tyler isn’t stopping with books. He has now started gathering donations of toiletries for the inmates and others in need. Pretty incredible drive for a 9-year-old!
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For many of us going for a haircut is just part of life, but for many homeless people it’s a pretty rare occasion. A hairdresser in London is hoping to change that one free haircut at a time. Last year 28-year-old hairdresser Joshua Coombes said he felt like giving back as a way of feeling “more human”. He hit the streets of London armed with a backpack full of his hairdressing tools and started offering free haircuts to homeless people. He says he just walks up and explains what he wants to do for them and more often than not people will say yes. Check out the video below for more about Joshua’s hairdressing project!
A construction worker in Indiana is helping to bring smiles to the faces of kids at a local Children’s Hospital. With the help of his daughter Jason Haney constructed an 8 foot tall Waldo and each day he places him in different locations around his job site which is next to the Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Children are invited to search for Waldo in this real life “Where’s Waldo?” game and encouraged to share pictures when they find him on a special Facebook page! The game has gotten so popular that Jason and his daughter have already gotten to work creating some Minions for their next project for the kids!
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Pastor Jake Austin has spent the majority of his life reaching out and lending a hand to those less fortunate. From working in soup kitchens as a kid to dedicating his adult life to working closely with the homeless, but a couple years ago his eyes were opened a little more to the struggles facing the homeless. After a man told him that he had nowhere to go to use the bar of soap Jake had given him for hygiene, Jake decided to come up with a solution. He bought an old box truck on Craigslist for $5000 and got to work converting it into a mobile shower unit!
Check out his story below!
Read more: http://on.thestar.com/29CbuIy
One Feel Good story outshone the rest this week. Recently 8-year-old Gabriel Marshall had to have brain surgery to remove a tumour, leaving a large scar on the side of his head. His dad, Josh, said following the surgery, Gabriel was embarrassed by the scar and wouldn’t leave the house without making sure it was completely covered. Gabriel told his dad that he felt like everyone was staring at his scar when he left home without it covered and it made him feel like a monster.
After trying many ways to help Gabriel overcome his insecurities about the scar, Josh decided there was only one thing that could help and so he decided to get a tattoo of the scar on his own head. Since then Gabriel has started to become more comfortable with his own scar and is even starting to call it his “Battle Scar”, realizing that it means he overcame and beat the tumour that was trying to hurt him!
Recently Josh entered into a “Best Bald Dad” contest put on by a childhood cancer charity and the picture below easily was picked as a favourite!
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This is just a great story about making the best of a situation! Recently bride Yiru Sun found herself cancelling her wedding, everything was ordered and paid for, but she realized it just wasn’t meant to be. Unless you’ve been in the situation before I don’t think any of us can really imagine what it would be like to have all plans for what was supposed to be the happiest day of your life come crashing down, but Yiru didn’t let the situation get the best of her. Instead of looking to take back everything and cancel the day altogether Yiru decided to turn the day into a celebration for someone else! At the last minute she decided to throw a party for 60 children in need and their families! In her words, “ I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but I can give the kids a fairy tale.”
Read more: http://dailym.ai/23A9P5G
10-year-old Emma was recently surprised with an American Girl doll outfitted with a prosthetic leg from A Step Ahead Prosthetics to look like her. Her parents took a video of her reaction which is so sweet you can’t help but smile watching.
On A Step Ahead Prosthetics website they say they do not charge families for customized prosthetic legs for dolls.
“We feel that it is absolutely crucial to boost the self-confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of inclusion for little girls with limb loss, and that something as small as a doll that resembles them can have a profound effect on their mental and physical well-being. In that spirit, anyone with a child who has had or is facing an amputation is welcome to send us an American Girl doll which we will happily modify with a prosthetic limb (or limbs) to match the child.”
So often our news and social media feeds are filled with stories of violence and horror when it comes to countries in South and Central Asia, so hearing a story like the one I am about to share with you is a refreshing change of pace. A teacher in Afghanistan has made it his mission to help educate children who don’t have proper access to schools. On the weekends and holidays Saber Hosseini sets out on his bicycle with a box of books which he takes to children in remote villages. Now dubbed the “bicycle library”, Hosseini has acquired around 3,500 books all through donations and has even opened a children’s library so more children have access to books.
Read more: http://huff.to/1X0YTQr
Three friends, an old city bus, and a bit of ambition are behind the latest program in St. Louis to help low-income families. Student Jeremy Goss and recent Washington University graduates Tej Azad and Colin Dowling have set out to provide healthy food to those in their city who might not have access to fresh produce or simply can’t afford it with their new MetroMarket. It’s St. Louis’ first ever mobile farmer’s market, and it travels around the city to different neighbourhoods providing access to fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat, as well as providing nutritional information and cooking demos.
The friends say the idea came after noticing how many residents of the city lived without access to proper nutrition. The bus is stocked entirely by local farmers and community gardens and is completely non-profit. Although the idea came about as a way to help low-income families, it does travel to all areas and business centres in the city. To shop on the bus you just need a membership which costs $150 per year – if you are low-income the pass can be paid by your employer or is free if you are below the poverty line and live in an area with no grocery stores.
For every person who pays for a pass, the costs are offset for those who can’t afford one. The goal is to keep the program alive until it is no longer needed in the city.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1U47FJ3
A college student from Alabama is hoping to show young boys about the power of giving back with volunteer project he started on his own.
After witnessing an elderly man struggling to cut his lawn Rodney Smith Jr. and his best friend set out to mow 40 lawns for free for elderly or disabled people, and single mothers. In just over a month they had met their goal and picked up a few volunteers along the way! Since then they have gotten work recruiting young people to volunteer their time for the project and have even launched an incentive program to encourage volunteers to stick to it. All volunteers start off with a white shirt and after every ten lawns mowed they receive a new coloured T-shirt; after mowing 50 lawns they receive a black shirt meaning they are a veteran of the group!
Once Rodney graduates this year he hopes to register the group as a non-profit organization!
See more in the video below and read more: http://bit.ly/24iTc43
Remember getting birthday money as a kid? You would generally do one of two things with it: beg your parents to take you to the store so you could spend it right away, or stash it somewhere in your room where no one would think to look for it. Chances are giving it away was never a thought that came to mind. There’s nothing wrong with that, you’re a kid it’s your birthday present meant for you, but for a 7 -year-old boy from Abbotsford giving his birthday money away was the first thought he had earlier this month.
When his mom asked what he wanted to do for his birthday, Chase Miller told her he didn’t want cake or presents but instead wanted to donate $50 to the Starfish Backpack Fund, which is a charity that provides kids in need with healthy lunches for school. He also encouraged his friends and family to donate with the hope of raising $100 for the charity. Soon after he brought up the idea Chase’s mom created a Facebook page to gain support and in the end around $8300 was raised helping to feed 255 kids!
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I often say the world would be a much better place if more people could view it through the eyes of a child. This is an amazing story from a school in Colorado, where one little girl’s attempt to comfort her best friend resulted in a major campaign that raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.
After almost a full year of missing school due to cancer treatments 9 year-old Marlee Pack returned to school last month. Her best friend Cameron decided to shave her head to comfort her best friend and donate her hair for wigs, but after Cameron noticed how happy the gesture made Marlee she knew she wanted to do more!
Together with her mom and her school Cameron was able launch the “Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Bald” event. In the end they rallied up 80 more students to shave their heads as well as 3 teachers, both principals, and a student’s parent! Of course not everyone was comfortable shaving their head, but many showed their support with a donation and in the end over $25,000 was raised for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that focuses on cancer research for childhood cancer.
Read more – http://on.today.com/1NdTph6
This week we’re staying put right here in our own city to talk about a new initiative started up at the Regina Humane Society! A few weeks back I shared a story about a dog shelter in the United States that invited children to read to the dogs, and now RHS has started up a similar program with their adoptable cats!
Each reader gets a card to track how many times they come in, and after 10 books they receive a prize! After 20 books are read they get a picture with a shelter cat and a certificate!
Children between the ages of 7 and 12 are eligible to take part in the program. They come with a parent and are led to an adoption room and can choose to either read out loud to the cats or silently with the cats in their presence. The Humane Society says having the cats in the presence of other people whether they read out loud or not has greatly helped to calm them down and even increased the number of cat adoptions for RHS.
Source 620 CKRM and Regina Humane Society
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For this week’s feel good story we have to travel about half way around the world. It’s there in Kochi, India where restaurant owner Minu Pauline came up with a really unique idea to help homeless people in her community. A few years ago while leaving work she noticed that there would often be homeless people rummaging through the dumpsters outside her restaurant looking for food scraps to eat. She said witnessing it first hand really made her think about how much food goes to waste everyday in restaurants and even just people’s homes in general. Three years later Minu has come up with a solution: an outdoor refrigerator. The fridge sits just outside her restaurant and remains unlocked to allow anyone who is hungry and in need to take whatever they want whenever no questions asked. She says since the fridge was placed outside just last month others restaurants and patrons have even made an effort to donate their own meals to help out. She says on average people will stock between 200 to 300 portions of food in the fridge per day!
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