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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."


Re: There is good in the world

11 Aug 2017 12:30 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian

I saw  this on another news feed and am not surprised that you thought it worthy of this thread. Great outcome and a lovely gesture  so hoped it worked for this chap.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

16 Aug 2017 17:52 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Here is a great story, Brian.

University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck had something very special planned for his backup kicker, Justin Juenemann. Though Juenemann has never played in a game, that doesn't mean he hasn't been making an impact. Coach Fleck asked Kyle, a patient at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, to speak to the team. And that was when Kyle mentioned that he had seen Juenemann the most around the hospital. At that point, Fleck asked Kyle to use the T-shirt cannon and send Juenemann a shirt as a reward for being a great representative of the program in the community.

But Juenemann was getting much more than a shirt. Once Juenemann actually read the shirt and saw that it said, "Justin, congratulations on earning a scholarship!" The entire team went crazy. "I've never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy, who is not a star player, who hasn't played, where his face is recognizable,'' Fleck said after the surprise. "He could easily just not do it and nobody would ever say anything, and all he does is continue to keep his oar in the water, (and) live that holistic life academically, athletically, socially and spiritually." "It was an amazing feeling,'' Juenemann told TODAY. "It is something that I will never forget."

Re: There is good in the world

22 Aug 2017 22:23 in response to woodworm

Hey Brian, Hi Guys,

Sport has a way of bringing out the best in people. Once again its wonderful to hear good news stories rather than watching depressing news stories on the T.V.

Thanks Brian.

Re: There is good in the world

23 Aug 2017 09:07 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks,

Thanks Ian.

Here is a great story that proves there is good in the world, Bria.

A former Royal Marine who served in the Iraq War is selling his war medals to help pay for a little girl's £200,000 ($256K) cancer treatment.Lottie Woods-John was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma on June 30, 2016. She was just 2 years old. Despite never meeting Lottie, 35-year-old veteran Matthew Goodman read about Lottie's battle with the rare cancer and listed his three service medals on eBay. "As a father myself, I couldn't imagine seeing my baby daughter, Freya, suffering like that and I knew I had to help in some way," Goodman told The Sun. "My medals were just sitting in the drawer doing nothing, and I thought they could be used for something worthwhile.

"They were awarded for the sacrifices I made, but I'm happy to forgo that honor if it means helping a little girl in desperate need." After being diagnosed, Lottie immediately underwent chemotherapy and, in October last year, had a 13-hour operation to remove 95 percent of the tumor. Now the 4-year-old is undergoing immunotherapy to zap the rest of the cancerous cells in her body, but desperately needs an innovative vaccine treatment only available in the US. "Lottie has been given 20 per cent chance of surviving the next five years and there's an 85 per cent chance of the cancer returning," Lottie's mother Charlotte Woods told The Sun. "The vaccine treatment prevents the cancer from returning, so Lottie needs the cutting-edge treatment straight away, meaning we need the £200,000 imminently."
Charlotte, who has two other children, added: "When Matt contacted me to tell me he wanted to sell his medals to help towards treatment costs I was speechless." Goodman, who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland, said: "If people stand up and support families like Lottie's then it makes all the difference. "Once they're sold, in the place of my medals I'll be wearing a childhood cancer awareness ribbon. For me, nothing is worth a child's life."


Re: There is good in the world

9 Sep 2017 09:49 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a very touching strory Brian,

The wish of a dying woman to see her beloved horse one last time was granted and the photos are touching the hearts of many. Due to the patient's worsening condition, her horse Dana was transported to the Fürth Clinic in Germany. With some help the 58-year-old put her right hand on the horse's muzzle. Because the family of the dying woman agreed, the touching photos of the last meeting with Dana were posted on Facebook by Klinikum Fürth.

Re: There is good in the world

9 Sep 2017 13:38 in response to woodworm

Oh, this is so sad, Brian, but so lovely that she was allowed to see her horse for the last time.  Hopefully when she passed he was the last memory she took with her to comfort her. 

Hazel xx


Re: There is good in the world

9 Sep 2017 16:43 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian

This would be beautiful if it were not for the sadness involved. It would have meant so much to her to have this last touching moment with her horse.

Just yesterday there was another case of a chap in a Marie Curie hospice being given the opportunity to feed a horse as his last wishes were also carried out.  Such a lot of arranging necessary to make these wonderful things happen and must help the family members too knowing that they have helped achieve such moments.  Jules