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Re: There is good in the world

1 Aug 2017 15:07 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is another great story I think you'll love, Brian.

To honor a fallen police officer, 35 cops and state troopers got together to finish construction of a very special project. Retired and active officers from the New York State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and the Watertown City Police joined together to finish building the tree house that Officer Joel Davis had been building for his youngest daughter, Jaila. Officer Davis, 36, was shot when he responded to a domestic violence call and never got to finish the project.

In less than a day, the officers put the finishing touches on Jaila's fort, completing features like a ladder, windows, a string of lights, and a balcony. Thanks to his fellow boys in blue, Davis' daughter will always have the memory of undying friendship and love to warm her life in the coming years.

 

Re: There is good in the world

1 Aug 2017 23:11 in response to woodworm

Good story Brian as always. Thanks Brian for putting a smile on all our faces and greetings to everyone. Trust everyone is doing ok.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

2 Aug 2017 10:28 in response to ianwoody

Hi friends,

Thanks Ian. Here is another heartwarming story, Brian.

Paul met Kamden in kindergarten and the two boys quickly became best friends. While others often focus on Kamden's wheelchair and disability, Paul never acted like Kamden was different.Kamden, 8, who lives in Poway, California, was born with a tumor on his T2 and T3 vertebras. While he has had three surgeries to de-bulk the tumor, Kamden is paraplegic and relies on a wheelchair to get around. But Kamden's current wheelchair is so big and heavy he has trouble pushing it. It's also tipped forward multiple times. Medical, the state's Medicare, only pays for a wheelchair once every five years, and the Houshans can't afford another chair.

After the boys finished second grade this year, Paul told his mom he wanted to help Kamden get a new wheelchair. He had recently watched a video about fundraising websites and he thought if he started a campaign for Kamden he could raise enough money to get him a customized wheelchair. Paul wrote on ********: "Hi my name is Paul. Here is a picture of me and my best friend Kamden. We have been friends since kindergarten and we love to play superheroes during recess. We love to go to McDonald's to eat Happy Meals and play at the park. My friend Kamden was born with something on his spine and he can't walk. He has been in a wheelchair since before I met him. I asked my mom if I can go on Go Fund Me to help Kamden get a new wheelchair. His wheelchair has fallen forward many times and that sucks. Also, he has a really hard time pushing it because its so heavy. But do you even know what's worse than that? His wheelchair is too big for him to fit in his bathroom. He can't even fit through the door and use the toilet without asking for help. If he gets a new wheelchair he's going to be more comfortable and he'll do more things on his own. I think he would go super fast if he got this new chair and we can play more. Please help Kamden."

In two weeks, the campaign exceeded its goal of $3,900 and raised $6,000, which covers the cost of a new customized wheelchair.


 

Re: There is good in the world

2 Aug 2017 15:03 in response to woodworm

Lovely stories the last couple of days Brian.  Thanks so much for finding the time to share these 'good news feeds' with everyone.

Regards to you,Mrs B and the family and do hope the leg problems is quickly clearing up now.

Hi to Ian too and thanks am doing ok.  Hope things going well with you too.  Take care all.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

2 Aug 2017 17:11 in response to woodworm

Wonderful story, thanks Brian!

Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

2 Aug 2017 17:12 in response to ianwoody

Hello Ian, hope you are doing okay too, nice to hear from you.

Take care, Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

3 Aug 2017 11:21 in response to haze44

Hi Haze, Jules and Brian good of you all to stay in touch. Staying positive is so important and thats why I like this board so much. The support here is wonderful.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

3 Aug 2017 12:43 in response to ianwoody

Hi friends,

Thanks Jules, Hazel and Ian,

Here is yet another great story I hope you'll all like, Brian.

Rose Ellis, a seamstress at Alfred Angelo Bridal in Oklahoma City, was informed about a month ago that the store was permanently closing. The chain declared bankruptcy and abuptly closed all 60 stores in the U.S. Ellis, who worked at Alfred Angelo for the past seven years, gathered around 60 dresses in the Oklahoma City store that had been paid for and needed alterations and brought them home with her. She began individually calling each customer she had contact information for, telling them their dress was in her possession and would be returned to them, with the alterations done, at no additional charge. Stephanie Huey, 33, found Ellis through Facebook after posting in panic because her bridesmaids' Alfred Angelo dresses were at the Oklahoma City store awaiting alterations. When Huey found out that Ellis had dozens of paid-for dresses in her possession, she began connecting her with other brides-to-be searching for help on Facebook. She also arranged for a local hotel in Oklahoma City to donate space where Ellis could reunite Alfred Angelo customers with their wedding gowns."When I got to the hotel, she had only brought four or five dresses and I asked her, 'Where are the other dresses?' and she said, 'I'm not finished with those yet,'" Huey told ABC News. "I was just dumbfounded," she continued, "I thought her good deed was just to bring the dresses back to everyone, but she was still doing all the alterations -- and for free." The women who were helped by Ellis have started a ******** page to help defray her travel expenses and the cost of doing the alterations for free. "I really understand that when you own a business, every drop of your sweat has a price on it," said Huey. "This woman is just doing so much out of the goodness of her heart." "My agenda is to make sure that all my brides I have come in contact with have that fabulous wedding day that they were expecting to have from the beginning," said Ellis, who called herself "very grateful" for the outpouring of support. After she finishes with these dresses, then she will worry about her future. "All I can do is wait and see," Ellis said. "But I can just say, 'Hey, if my girls are taken care of and they can walk down the aisle with a smile, there's no worries.'"


 

Re: There is good in the world

3 Aug 2017 13:48 in response to woodworm

Yet another example of the title of this thread, and a great one.  This brought a tear to my eye, what a lovely, lovely lady.  

Thanks again, Brian.

Hazel xx

 

Re: There is good in the world

3 Aug 2017 16:05 in response to woodworm

Such a beautiful story and I bet those dresses will be worn with so much more appreciation knowing what love and devotion had gone into the alterations.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

5 Aug 2017 17:59 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Heres another story I feel sure you'll like Brian.

Every two weeks for the past 34 years, Marcos Perez spends two hours donating blood at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. The 57-year-old postman just passed the 100-gallon mark, saving thousands of lives in the process. Perez donates platelets, a blood component that  allows him to donate more often than if he were donating whole blood or double red blood cells.

"They might live an extra day, a year, a month, who knows. Maybe they will live forever," Perez told KENS-TV. "Don't cost me a dime, only some time. I'm 57 and I've already got 100 gallons!" Why does he do it? Perez was born a premature baby, and needed a blood transfusion. He's now returning the favor. "When I was growing up, my dad told me a friend of his donated blood for me," Perez recalled. "His name was Mr. Aguilar. He took the time to donate, so he saved my life." Perez says he has no plans on stopping anytime soon. "If you make time to go eat, you make time to go to the movies, you can make time to come donate," Perez said. "Just make some time. Give from the heart. That's what it takes. You gotta give from the heart."


 

Re: There is good in the world

8 Aug 2017 18:07 in response to woodworm

Hi Folks.

Hope you like this one, Brian.

The Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department worked together with beachgoers to help a group of stranded manatees back into the Gulf of Mexico. "Our crew from Station 46 had an unusual call this afternoon -- helping stranded manatees back into the water from the beach," the Clearwater Fire And Rescue Department wrote on Facebook. "As many as seven manatees originally had beached themselves but only three remained by the time firefighters arrived. They worked slowly and methodically with others to help get them all safely back into the water in front of the Palm Pavilion. The manatees may have been pushed ashore from the shallow water because of high winds and waves that had moved through the area shortly after 3 this afternoon. Those assisting in the rescue of the manatees were Lt. Bob Quinn, Fire Medic Robbie Winer, Fire Medic Mike Hutto, Driver-Operator Mike Aleksa and Firefighter Pete Lopez. A great job was done by all -- firefighters and members of the public who teamed up to return the manatees to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico."


 

Re: There is good in the world

9 Aug 2017 15:16 in response to woodworm

Oh I love manatees, Brian, and this is a lovely story, thanks.

Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

9 Aug 2017 17:35 in response to woodworm

Lovely happy ending story for such wonderful animals.  Thanks for sharing Brian.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

11 Aug 2017 09:06 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules and Hazel.

Heres a great story which I hope you will like, Brian.,

A shoplifter in Toronto who was caught stealing an outfit for a job interview was given a second chance by the police officer who came to arrest him. Niran Jeyanesan said that he and his partner were called to a Walmart for a reported theft. When they arrived, he said the loss prevention officer at the store had apprehended an 18-year-old man for stealing a dress shirt, tie and socks. After speaking to the shoplifter, Jeyanesan said he discovered that the young man needed the outfit for an upcoming job interview.

"This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job,” Jeyanesan told CP24. After releasing the shoplifter without charge, Jeyanesan purchased the shirt and tie and gave the clothing to the man. "This individual didn't have any resources," he said. "He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake." Jeyanesan's staff sergeant Paul Bois praised his actions.

"Arresting him wouldn't have been in the best interests of anyone," he told the BBC. "I reacted very positively to the news; all issues were resolved by the action the officer took. It reiterates our goal of being positive role models in the community."