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Re: There is good in the world

5 Oct 2017 22:28 in response to ianwoody

Hello Ian, hope you are doing okay - I'm not too bad thanks, have my 4- monthly check up on Monday so will soon find out!  I always seem to get all sorts of twinges, aches and pains just before my checkups, all psychological I hope! 

Take care, Hazel xx


Re: There is good in the world

6 Oct 2017 02:43 in response to haze44

Hello Haze, good to hear from you and you stay positive now. Regular checks are good for us so the Dr can keep an eye on us.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

6 Oct 2017 02:59 in response to jules54

Hi Jules,

Amazing how everyone on the board has many things in common besides the obveous. I work a week on and a week off. Gotta recover. We will get back to being normal we just need time.

Regards Ian. 

Re: There is good in the world

6 Oct 2017 13:20 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian

I bet just being able to do the week on week off rota is a massive help in the recovery program.

Just have to say that my two day shift was a personal choice after hubby passed as otherwise the taxman were going to make more money that me out of his pension!  Still being able to choose this option was a privelege I obviously would not have wished on myself.

Have a good weekend.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

7 Oct 2017 10:55 in response to jules54

Jules, the biggest thing for me was to get my confidence back. I was not confident outside my house. So getting back to work and doing things for myself made me feel independent again. I feel much better now back doing things. I still have a long way to go but understand I have made progress. Im sure we are all making progress in our own ways.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

11 Oct 2017 06:58 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian

No matter how small the steps in our journey forward they are all a wonderful achievement.  Have a good day. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

16 Oct 2017 07:32 in response to jules54

Thanks Jules. Trust you are well and that you are enjoying Brians joyful stories. There is a lot of good in the world we just need to look past the bad stories.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

16 Oct 2017 11:04 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks,

Here is one I found today, Brian.

The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that Jonathan Drouin has partnered with the Canadiens Children's Foundation to host less fortunate children at a Bell Centre suite for Habs games. Drouin is making a personal annual contribution of $165,000 for the suite, which will bear the name "Jo et ses champions" (Jo and his champions).

"From the first day I got here, I wanted to get involved and do something for children by giving them an opportunity to enjoy memorable experiences. By giving them a chance to attend a hockey game, I am hoping that an evening in the suite will provide the kids and their families with some relief from the personal hardships they are facing," Drouin said in a statement. "They'll have a chance to be together and have a great time, and for me, it's an opportunity to contribute in my own way to their well-being."

It's the second major charitable donation for Drouin since being acquired by the Canadiens last summer. In September, he announced a $500,000 donation to the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), and a pledge to help raise $5 million for the hospital.


Re: There is good in the world

17 Oct 2017 06:26 in response to woodworm

Good stuff Brian. We appreciate your posts my friend. Thank you.

Re: There is good in the world

20 Oct 2017 09:46 in response to ianwoody

Good morning everyone,

Thanks Ian

Here is a great story which I think you'll like, Brian.

Walter Erickson, 80, is a retired teacher who's been a substitute in a Minneapolis school district since 1991. Almost every day of the school year, Erickson is at Champlin Park High School. Last week, his students gave back to him in a way he never would have expected.

"He's just impacted so many of our lives in amazing ways," Katie Blodgett, a senior at Champlin Park, told CBS Minnesota. "He's the kind of substitute teacher where he connects with us more on a personal level and he obviously loves what he does and that makes it more encouraging for us to learn. "Mr. Erickson has been saving up to pay for his wife to get cataract surgery and some much needed dental work.

"When we found out the surgery may not be covered, we just wanted to help out," Breiter said. She, Blodgett and another friend started a ******** page. Donations, mostly small amounts from students, came pouring in.

They wrote on ********:

"Kelsey and Hailey are trying to raise money for a staff member of Champlin Park High School. Mr. Erickson and his wife have been struggling with money for many years. Mr. Erickson still substitutes for teachers most days as he can not retire due to paying for his wife's medical bills over many years. September and October can be the hardest months for the two and the money would benefit them in the coming winter months. Mr. Erickson has impacted Champlin Park students for many years and it would be great if students, staff, and community members could give back to him in this way."

The initial goal was $500. In just six days, the girls raised over $13,000.

"When I told my wife about this last Friday, she said, 'Who are these girls? What kind of parents do they have that they could be so caring and compassionate?'" Mr. Erickson said.

Mr. Erickson added that he was "just overwhelmed" by the students' generosity.

"I know my wife will appreciate it very much," he said. "Thanks a lot, really a lot."


Re: There is good in the world

20 Oct 2017 23:04 in response to woodworm


Hi Brian,

What a thoughtful act. I'm sure that this gift has given more pleasure than anything else that they could have been given. This story really touched me.



Re: There is good in the world

22 Oct 2017 10:11 in response to Jolamine

Hi folks,

Here is another story that prove the title of this thread, Brian

Three teenagers in Nysa, Poland, were caught on a security camera placing a quilt over a homeless man sleeping on a bench before tucking him in. The three young men had been approached by the man earlier in the evening asking for help to find bedding for the cold night ahead, TVN24 reported. Hours later, they returned to the man, now asleep, and wrapped him up with two covers, making sure he was protected against the harsh weather. "We took the quilt for this gentleman. We hugged him," Szymon said in an interview with TVN24.

The Mayor of Nysa, Kordian Kolbiarz, congratulated the boys. "That's a big gesture," he said. "I bow to you. The world needs such gestures."

Re: There is good in the world

22 Oct 2017 16:24 in response to woodworm

Three really heartwarming items, but I do like today's, the parents of those boys must be so proud of them.

Thanks Brian.

Hazel xx


Re: There is good in the world

22 Oct 2017 16:27 in response to woodworm

Nice to read such heartwarming stories Brian when most of our news is doom and gloom. Thanks for sharing.Jules

Re: There is good in the world

25 Oct 2017 11:48 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

here is todays story, Brian.

A 5-year-old boy has become a superhero to homeless cats on the streets of Philadelphia. Shon's aunt Kris Papiernik and her fiance have been involved with cat rescues and fosters for the past ten years. When Shon first expressed interest in helping out with the cats, Papiernik wasn't too sure. "We were a little hesitant at first because they're feral cats, and we thought they're going to run from a rambunctious 3-year-old," Papiernik said. But she couldn't have been more wrong.

One cat, Bug, would not cooperate when it came to getting shots and being neutered. "Nothing we tried worked," Papiernik said. "Bug eluded any close contact with us for two years." When his aunt decided to let Shon help out, the cats took to him right away -- including Bug. "Bug came right over to Shon, rubbed against his legs and allowed him to pet him." From that day on, Bug was changed. He was neutered and got the necessary vaccinations. And he's become one of the friendliest cats in the colony.


Since discovering his stray cat superpowers, Shon visits his aunt regularly, dressed as a superhero, and helps solve any problems that might arise among the 45 cats now under his aunt's care at four locations in the city. Shon loves the cats so much, he hates missing any chance to see them."If it's raining or cold or he can't go, he gets really upset," Papiernik told The Dodo. "He cries, and it really hurts him hard.""He truly loves them, and they love him back just as much."