Here is a heart warming story which I hope you will like Brian.
Students at Garden City High School in Michigan pitched in to purchase a Christmas present for a beloved custodian at the school. Brian Junk has been the school's custodial supervisor for over 10 years. Kenna Hermanson posted a video on Facebook Thursday that shows the moment she and her classmates presented Junk with a brand-new pair of work boots. "So happy we were able to do this for one of the sweetest people I know, the janitor at our school, Brian! He’s always putting a smile on everyone’s faces during school," Hermanson wrote. "Thank you for everything you do and [for] making the school day more enjoyable for everyone."
Here is a great story which I really liked, Brian.
When a young single mother overheard another woman saying that she hates this time of year because she feels lonely, she decided to do something about it.
Taylor Barnes, 22, of Greenock, Scotland, organized a Christmas dinner for 60 strangers that included a three-course meal, presents, and live music.
"I had been thinking about Christmas Day, because me and my wee girl were going to be lonely this year as I don't really have support," Barnes told the Daily Record.
"Then I heard this woman saying that she hates this time of year because she remembers how lonely she is. I was quite upset. I couldn't sleep that night. I went online looking for ideas of what I could do. Then the idea for the Christmas dinner just popped into my head. I thought it would be great to have a community event to bring other people who will be on their own together."
She launched an appeal online and was soon inundated with responses.
The owners of a local steakhouse saw the post and offered to host and cook for the party.
"We even had a singer come along so people were having a singsong and a dance," Barnes said. "People donated all the stuff, so it was a real community effort."
"There's a lot of really good people out there."
Here is another act that proves the title of this thread, Brian.
Residents in Troy, Illinois, raised more than $500 on Facebook to get a homeless veteran on a bus to New York — all within hours. Michelle Noyes saw what she thought was a large bag of trash as she and her family were driving, but then realized it may have been a sleeping bag. She told her husband to turn the car around.
Sure enough it was a person, Marine veteran William Bozman, huddled in a sleeping bag to avoid the record-breaking cold. "It made me feel awful, thinking about someone out in the cold like that," Noyes told BND.com. "His face was so, so red from the cold ... when he took his head out of the sleeping bag, I could see how cold and miserable he was."
Noyes posted about Bozman in the "Out and About in Troy, Illinois" community Facebook page to see if anyone could help him. The post took off. Troy residents brought him food, water, blankets, and warm clothes throughout the day, and were able to raise enough money to buy him a bus ticket to New York, where he had a friend he could stay with.
"It was really beautiful," Hartlein said. "Not one person said, 'Is he black or white?' or 'He should get a job' or 'He's probably on drugs.' No one asked one question of judgment; people just came together to help a stranger who needed it."
"In the span of a few hours, he went from freezing and hungry to full and happy and with a bus ticket and a few hundred bucks in his pocket," said Tony Hilker, founder of Making a Difference. "To see the community of Troy come together like that, that was really cool to see."
Just catching up with this thread Brian. Heartwarming tales which goes to prove that human nature can turn lives around and make those facing hardship and lonliness feel a little more part of society. Am pleased to say that our local community often respond to worthy causes and even just giving a few hours of free time makes a huge difference. Our library is the hub of what may be needed to help local causes and is well worth popping in to to share a cuppa with those less fortunate. Just having someone to talk with helps them pass the day. Jules
Great little story for you today, Brian.
Dozens of people jumped into action Friday morning when a herd of elk suddenly fell through the ice at Palisades Reservoir in Wyoming. Temperatures were near 32 degrees when the animals suddenly fell into the freezing water. "I was headed into Jackson to go to work and I noticed a couple cars pulled over," Dusty Jones told East Idaho News. "I looked off to the left and saw a couple of guys beating on the ice with a herd of elk right there in front of them."
Jones ran down to the ice and called a friend to bring a chainsaw. There were around a dozen elk in the frigid water, which Jones says measured 8-10 feet deep, and suddenly people started appearing to help. "Before you knew it, there were 30-40 people there," Jones said. "We began cutting a little path toward the shore so the animals could walk out but they were so cold they couldn't move. That's when we just started grabbing them and pulling them out."
One by one, each of the 13 elk was pulled to safety. Jones posted a video on Facebook of the last two elk being pulled from the water. "No elk died, which is awesome," Jones said. "It was such a great thing."