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Re: There is good in the world

5 Dec 2017 07:20 in response to jules54

Thanks Jules for you kind thoughts. This story is fantastic and the military deserve to be recognized for there efforts. They do plenty of good for us all and giving back is fantastic. Great to see everyone around and all the very best for christmas and the new year.

Regards Ian. PS. Sorry for not being as active lately as I have been down under.

Re: There is good in the world

13 Dec 2017 14:35 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks, 

Hope you like this story, Brian.

For nearly a decade, an anonymous donor has bought every toy in the Fort Collins, Co. Goodwill so that any child who walks into the store leaves with something. "All kids today, all day long, you get one free toy, free stuffed animal or free kids book," Todd Wakefield, Goodwill's Senior Director of Retail, said on the intercom. The anonymous donor said he does not need recognition for his act of kindness, but said that this day has become an important part of his family's Christmas tradition. As kids crowded around plastic bins overflowing with toys, he and his wife quietly took in the scene before slipping out the front door, unnoticed. "We've got some amazing people throughout our community," Wakefield told The Coloradoan. "This is what our business is run on, people willing to give and to help their community."

Re: There is good in the world

13 Dec 2017 21:48 in response to woodworm

Brian how are you. How good is it to see people being so kind and also wanting to go unoticed for their generosity. They are real heros.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

14 Dec 2017 06:29 in response to woodworm

Lovely tale Brian; thanks for sharing this.  Many people over here will be giving and volunteering again this Christmas to make sure  there are some happier times.  I thank them and wish everyone a happy festive season wherever they are spending this time. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

14 Dec 2017 07:47 in response to woodworm

I had been reading yesterday's newspaper which sadly is almost totally depressing before I read your post.  It reminded me that most people are good and kind in their own way.  Perhaps we should form a good and kind political party as so much of the news is frightening and tragic.  The country would probably go bankrupt as we gave everything away and welcomed all comers but hey.................

Re: There is good in the world

14 Dec 2017 13:54 in response to Annieliz

Hi  folks,

Thanks Ian , Jules and Annieliz

Found this story this morning and wanted to share it with you all, Brian.

8-Year-Old Boy Saves Christmas For Kids In Puerto Rico

December 13, 2017

An 8-year-old boy in New Jersey has collected more than 1,000 toys for children of Puerto Rico.

Jayden Perez told his mother Ana Rosado that he wanted to donate his Christmas gifts this year to the children affected by hurricanes but Rosado suggested he take it a step further: have a toy drive.

To spread the word, Rosado posted a video of Jayden asking for donations on Facebook.

So far, the drive has collected more than 1,000 toys -- and there are more toys coming. Rosado said a man had even reached out to her from Pennsylvania, saying he had a trailer of toys that had been donated from his community. "I'm so overwhelmed," Rosado told ABC News. "I'm so proud of my son.  I didn't expect so many toys."

NBA manager Brandon Eddy saw Jayden on the news and shipped 11 boxes full of toys. "Words can not explain the gratitude I have towards all the Toy donations being shipped to me," Rosado wrote on Facebook. "OMG a big thank you to The NBA Eddy Brandon for reaching out to me after seeing Jayden on the news. He shipped me these 11 boxes full of toys for the Children of PR. I am overwhelmed with so much joy and happiness, In tears."  Rosado says that she and Jayden will be flying to Puerto Rico to distribute the toys to several small cities that had been hit hard by Maria. She also plans to bring some toys to an orphanage that had reached out to her for help.

It will be Jayden's first trip to the island.

Re: There is good in the world

14 Dec 2017 15:05 in response to woodworm

I read this too Brian, totally heartwarming and this lad will have lovely memories to take with him into adulthood.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

17 Dec 2017 10:46 in response to jules54

Good morning friends,

Found this story and thought it was just right for this forum and shows we should never give up hope, Brian.

Mother Receives A Christmas Miracle After Being Told She Has 4 Years To Live

December 14, 2017

A mother who was given just four years to live has received a Christmas miracle after discovering she is now cancer-free. Heidi Loughlin, 35, from Bristol, England had rare and aggressive inflammatory breast cancer. Last September, doctors delivered the bad news that her disease was terminal. Loughlin described her ordeal as being like "swimming in the wake of a ship wreck" and "fighting an impossible battle," the Daily Mail reports. But this week, Loughlin's latest scan has shown her body to be currently free of the disease - believed to be because of the revolutionary cancer drug Kadcyla which was approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) earlier this year. Loughlin said she is "so grateful" for the precious time she has been given back to spend with her two sons and her partner Keith. "I can dare to dream that I'll be here for a really long time. I'm only 35, I feel great. The world's my oyster now."

Re: There is good in the world

17 Dec 2017 18:04 in response to woodworm

Just wonderful to read such words of hope.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

19 Dec 2017 20:10 in response to woodworm

Good stuff Brian, just the tonic we all need. Especially at this time of year.

To everyone on the board a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I thank everyone for there kind words and support in my troubled times. 

Regards Ian.

Re: There is good in the world

20 Dec 2017 06:29 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian

This thread and the forum continue to give support when it matters and reading 'good feeds' certainly helps through troubled times. Take care and I hope you enjoy the festive season.  All the very best for 2018.

Regards  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

21 Dec 2017 16:31 in response to ianwoody

Thanks Ian, you have a good Christmas too, and here's hoping we all have a happy and healthy New Year!  

All the best, Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

22 Dec 2017 15:02 in response to haze44

Thanks Hazel.

Did anyone see that great gesture that was donated to The Salvation Army appeal. Someone anonymosly put a cheque for $200,000 into one of the red domation buckets. That is a great story and dont the Salvos do a great job.

Merry Christmas.

Re: There is good in the world

22 Dec 2017 15:21 in response to ianwoody

Wow, a fantastic piece of news, restores your faith in human nature just like all the stories on this thread, doesn't it? 

I agree, the old Sally Army does a grand job. 

Thanks for sharing this, Ian.

Hazel xx


Re: There is good in the world

22 Dec 2017 16:07 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian,

Great story and yess the Sally Army do a great job. 27 Years or so ago when we wanted to find my father in Canada and their family tracing unit  found him in just three months and we had very little information to give them. During that time letters has obviously bent sent back and forth and then the phone call to Mrs B. That was a day I shall never forget as we didnt even know if my dad was stilll alive. We found out later I have three sisters and two brothers living in locations in Alberta and then a sister who lives about an hour away from me. So my family grew rather rapidly. Having always belived I was an only child who wanted a sister (or brother) it was quite emotional

I wish you and everyone else a very Happy Christmas, Take care, Brian.