Check out some good news from the past week:
THERE IS A “GOOD SAMARITAN” APP THAT ALERTS NEARBY USERS TO MEDICAL EMERGENCIES WHICH HAS ALREADY SAVED THOUSANDS
An ingenious new app is recruiting thousands of Good Samaritans as volunteers for medical emergencies.
If an ambulance is dispatched in response to someone in the midst of cardiac arrest or some other life-threatening emergency, the “GoodSAM” app sends a cell phone alert to first responders and medically trained civilians who are nearby to the person in distress.
The Ambulance Victoria website says that for every minute that a cardiac arrest patient doesn’t get CPR or defibrillation, their chances of survival fall by 10% – so recruiting the help of nearby pedestrians can often make a world of difference for a patient’s recovery.
CITY EMPLOYEE, BYSTANDERS SAVE DRIVER FROM FIERY CRASH
A Spring Hill, Tennessee city inspector and other bystanders saved a driver from a burning vehicle. Spring Hill Police and fire crews responded to a call of a crash on Cleburne Road with possible entrapment and fire Tuesday. But when the Fire Chief arrived on scene, he found the victim had already been pulled from the vehicle.
COLLEGE STUDENT TURNS PLASTIC BAGS INTO MATTRESSES IN EFFORT TO REDUCE WASTE, HELP HOMELESS
Each year, an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide, with billions ending up as litter. In an effort to change those statistics, a college student is turning one of the world’s biggest wastes into a way to save lives for those living on the streets.
“Me and my mom have lived through this,” says Nataani Silversmith, who is homeless. “Sometimes our signs say ‘blankets,’ not even ‘spare change.’”
MAN DRESSED AS BATMAN HAS RESCUED DOZENS OF SHELTER PETS FROM EUTHANASIA
Not all heroes wear capes, but this guy has already saved dozens of dogs and cats from euthanasia – and he has done it all while dressed as Batman.
27-year-old Chris Van Dorn has always been a fan of the beloved Caped Crusader; so when he began volunteering for various animal rescue organizations around Orlando, Florida, he decided to combine his two passions and use a Batman suit to bring attention to the importance of pet adoption.
“It kind of just came as a way to embody all the good I wanted to do in the world,” Van Dorn told The Dodo, “and make it easy for people to talk to me right off the bat.”
“Everyone has inside of them a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish and what your potential is.”