Good News Wednesday (7/17/19)

Take a look at some good news from the past week that you might have missed.

GN717_01CARING TARGET WORKER SAVES CUSTOMER FORM PAYING SCAMMERS $5,000

A fast-thinking Jacks Valley Target employee saved someone from buying a $5,000 pre-paid gift card at the request of telephone scammers.

“The caring Target employee halted the transaction and notified the Sheriff’s Office,” Spokesman Sgt. Jeff Schemenauer said. “The Sheriff’s Office is asking all retailers who sell pre-paid cards to conduct awareness training and help our community protect one another.”

Schemenauer asked residents, and especially seniors, to be aware that the FBI isn’t going to call and tell them they have a warrant that can only be satisfied by mailing a $2,000-$5,000 pre-paid gift card.  Read more here…

GN717_02DEPUTY SAVES INFANT’S LIFE AFTER STOPPING A CAR FOR SPEEDING

Berkeley South Carolina Deputy Will Kimbro stopped a car for speeding last month but he didn’t know he would end up saving an infant’s life.

The dramatic events took place during a routine patrol on June 11 and was caught on a newly released video recorded by the officer’s body camera.  Read more here…

GN717_03GOOD SAMARITANS IN GEORGIA TURN IN CASH PICKED UP ON HIGHWAY AFTER ARMORED TRUCK MISHAP

Georgia cops were pleasantly surprised when several Good Samaritans turned in thousands of dollars that spilled out onto a highway earlier this week after the side door of an armored truck suddenly opened.

Dunwoody Police said several people have turned in money they picked up along I-285 near Ashford-Dunwoody Road on Monday night, when the door mishap sent an unspecified amount of money flying into the air.  Read more here…

GN717_04CENTRAL FLORIDA CHURCH PAYS OFF $7.2 MILLION OF MEDICAL DEBT FOR 6,500 FAMILIES

It’s uncertain whether the struggling residents of Central Florida have ever prayed for their medical bills to be wiped out, but that’s exactly what just happened. Sixty-five hundred families are going to get letters in the mail saying their debt has been paid by people they’ve never met.

“It’s one thing for us to say, ‘God loves you,” Senior Pastor Dan Glenn told his congregation. “It’s another for us to show it.”

When Stetson Baptist Church found itself with an ‘extra Sunday’ at the end of its fiscal year calendar, its leaders decided that on June 30th, the money collected during the service would be donated to charity. Their plan was to split the proceeds to support a group foster home that provides services for underserved youngsters and also help the residents of their home county of Volusia to pay their medical bills.  Read more here…

“Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.”

Ethel Waters

Good News Wednesday (7/10/19)

Check out some good news from the past week:

GN01THERE 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.

READ MORE OF THIS STORY HERE.

GN02CITY 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.

READ MORE OF THIS STORY HERE.

GN03COLLEGE 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.’”

READ MORE OF THIS STORY HERE.

GN04MAN 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.”

READ MORE OF THIS STORY HERE.

“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.”

Anne Frank

Good News Wednesday (7/3/19)

Here are a few of the Good News stories I have found this week that you might have missed:

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DAD HAS THE BEST REACTION WHEN SON BUYS HIM A TRUCK

If you’re in need of a heartwarming story today, here it is. A father and son in Nebraska are at the center of a video that’s gone viral for all the RIGHT reasons. The son worked hard to purchase a new truck for his father to replace a previous one that had broken down, and the father’s heartwarming reaction to the generous gift will melt your heart.

Watch the video here.

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THIEVES TAKE SICK DELAWARE BOY’S SPECIAL GIFT, THEN RETURN IT WITH AN APOLOGY

A 5-year-old boy with autism and a brain tumor will get back his bejeweled replica wrestling belt after a pair of thieves learned of his plight.

Read more here.

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12-YEAR-OLD GIRL INVENTS MEDI TEDDY TO MAKE IV BAGS LESS SCARY

A young girl with a big idea has crushed a goal and will help hundreds of sick kids in the process. Ella Casano, a 12-year-old from Fairfield, Connecticut, is the brains behind a genius idea: the Medi Teddy, a stuffed animal pouch that covers and conceals an IV bag. The back of the pouch is mesh, allowing for a doctor or nurse to see through and check on the fluid or medication a child is receiving. From the front, the child sees a friendly face and not the bag of medication, blood product or IV fluid being infused.

Read more here.

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NINE-YEAR-OLD PAYS OFF LUNCH DEBT FOR HIS CLASSMATES

Ryan Kyote may be only nine years old, but he doesn’t like to hear about kids going hungry. Kyote, a third-grader at West Park Elementary School, recalled watching a recent news story about a student who was reportedly turned away from buying hot lunch because his or her food service account balance was too low.

Read more here.

 

“I’m Actually Always Looking For The Good News”

Sophie B. Hawkins

Good News Wednesday for 6/26/19

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Good news in the news is hard to find.  I decided to look for good news this past week and post some that I have found.  It wasn’t an easy task.  With so much attention on shootings, politics and crimes, it was hard to find positive stories.  I have found these three stories this week to share with you:

EXPERIMENT WITH “LOST” WALLETS REVEALS THAT PEOPLE ARE SURPRISINGLY HONEST

They say honesty is the best policy — and now there’s scientific evidence to prove it.

An unconventional study that offered volunteers the chance to pocket nearly $100 found that the more people stood to gain by hiding the truth, the more likely they were to come clean.

Read more here

MINUTES BEFORE GOING INTO WORK, NURSING HOME STAFFER DIVES INTO RIVER TO SAVE DRIVER FROM SINKING CAR.

Just minutes before a Maryland man was preparing to go into his workplace, he dove into a river and saved an injured driver.

Fifty-two-year-old Andrew Lunn was just about to begin his shift at the Anchorage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center when he saw a nearby driver accidentally reverse their car into the Wicomico River – and without hesitation – Lunn leaped into action.

Read more here

TWO YEARS AFTER WOMAN CHANGES HOMELESS MAN’S LIFE, THEY ARE USING THEIR FRIENDSHIP TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE

Two years ago, this married mom decided to change the life of a homeless man who she regularly saw standing on a local street corner.

Not only is their friendship still going strong to this day, they are now using their story to help someone else in need.

Read more here

In every day there are 1,440 minutes.  That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.

Les Brown