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27 May 2016 20:46 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Here is another story I want to share with you all.

An Idaho teenager escorted his mom to prom after she feared she'll miss his future wedding day.

Kerry Huffaker of Twin Falls, Idaho, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer with a 1-2 year prognosis. So, her son Dylan brought her as his date to the Canyon Ridge High School prom.

"That was the most beautiful I think I've ever seen her," Dylan told ABC News. "I thought about it and I can look back after years and years and remember who I went to prom with. I'll know it was someone I loved who meant something to me."

Weeks before the prom, Dylan showed up to where his mom Kerry was receiving radiation treatment with a box of donuts. Written in icing was a message that read: "Will you go to prom with me?"

Watch the hospital suprise below:

"I was taken by surprise, that's for sure," Kerry told ABC News. "I try not to focus too much on the future. I try to live today as best as I can, but [thought], 'Who's going to dance with my son when the mom is supposed to dance with the groom at his wedding day?'"

"My reaction was, 'You don't want to go to prom with your old, bald mom. You'll be embarrassed.' And he said,'No I won't. I'll have the prettiest date there.'"

Dylan said the best part about the night was sharing a special dance with his mom to "The Dance" by Garth Brooks.

"The D.J. cleared the dance floor and let us dance the first half, just me and my mom," Dylan said. "I put her through 17 years of hard times, so it's worth it to take her to prom. I love that my mom is as caring as she is. No matter what your going through, she's willing to help -- no matter what hard times she's facing."

I hope you like this, Brian.

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28 May 2016 06:45 in response to woodworm

Morning Brian,

That is absolutely amazing, a wonderful story that has me sitting here with tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing it,

Mandy

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28 May 2016 14:20 in response to haze44

Hi all, as Brian is having a busy weekend thought I might add one instead.  

Hazel xx

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28 May 2016 18:47 in response to woodworm

Like Mandy just found this a most emotional read  - thanks for posting it here. Jules x

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28 May 2016 18:49 in response to haze44

An amazing  tale Hazel and though his training would have prepared him for such a situation  this does  not take away the fact that his actions were fantastic and he so derserved his award.  Thanks for popping it on this thread.  Jules x

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28 May 2016 19:04 in response to jules54

Hi Jules.  Yes, I realise this would be part of his overall job, as with all the emergency services, but I still thought his bravery was outstanding.

H xx

 

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28 May 2016 19:18 in response to haze44

Could not agree more Hazel.

Hope you have had a good day in the lovely sunshine (once the cloud cleared away early this morning - needed a brolly for my walk to the gym!!).  Jules x

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28 May 2016 19:24 in response to Mandymops

Hi folks,

Thanks Mandy, Jules and Hazel.

Here is another small story.

When a teacher’s cat passed away, she was left speechless by the act of kindness her students performed.

To help ease her sadness, the students walked into class with flowers, balloons, cakes, and, finally, their big surprise — two new kittens.

I hope you like this one, Brian.

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28 May 2016 19:32 in response to woodworm

Oh, how lovely, Brian.  Good kids, I can just picture it.

How is your show going, it was certainly good weather for it - well, it was here anyway, hope you had the same.

Hazel xx

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29 May 2016 08:34 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Thanks Hazel

Here is todays offering.

There weren’t a lot of jobs suited to Russell Carey, so the young man with autism, who also suffers from seizures, was given the chance to use his passion to earn his own income.

When Carey is walking, he’s an unstoppable force. The 28-year-old just doesn’t like to stand still — he has to keep moving.

He tried a job as a dog walker, but he wanted to wander farther than the dogs could even go.

That when his caregivers hit on the idea of setting him up in advertising. “Carey’s Signs” lets Carey walk far and wide, carrying signs promoting local businesses in Oak Harbor, Washington.

His initial $80 fee buys a client a custom sign and an hour’s worth of walking and waving it at passing traffic over six weeks.

Real estate agent Clay Miller is a steady client who says Carey’s Signs gets his business a lot of attention.

“I’ve had a lot of people stop me and comment on it or post photos to Facebook,” he told the Whidbey News-Times.

For a man who requires 24-hour care, the job offers Carey a sense of independence, the opportunity to pay his own rent and bills, and, best of all, the chance to be on the move.

Good on him too, Brian.

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30 May 2016 08:13 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

I have something I want to share with you all concerning something that happened yesterday at our craft fair. One of our members makes lovely wooden toys and this young girl aged about 9/10 took a fancy to a wooden yellow teddy bear that was on his stand. She only had £6.50 and it was marked up as £9.50. She came over to my stand where her grandmother was and told her about it. So after finnishing her conversation with me both of them went back to the toy stand and the grandmother gave her the extra money. The young girl left the marquee with a big smile on her face, but returned a few noments later to say her dad had told her to bring it back and ask for her money back as he wouldnt let her have it. All of us stallholders could see she was visibly upset. She went and looked at the next table to me and was admiring the guys wooden Yew apples and pears. As she started to move away he called her back and told her she could have one of them for free. I dont think it registered at first for she asked how much they were but he againg told her she didnt have to pay. She thanked him and a little while later left the tent with an even bigger smile on her face. They were priced up at £10,50 and were really well turned . I thought that was kind of him and told him so and he said it was worth it just to see the smile back on her face, Brian.

 

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30 May 2016 19:45 in response to woodworm

What a great story Brian, hope her dad was a bit ashamed of himself!  I bet she'll treasure that apple for years.  

Thanks for that.

Take care, Hazel xx

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5 Jun 2016 08:56 in response to haze44

Hi everyone,

Here is a story I think you'll like.

A video of a young girl named Emma Bennett, who has a prosthetic leg and received an American Girl doll with one as well, has gone viral. The clip features Emma bursting with joy after being surprised by custom-made doll that looks like her.

“She’s got a leg just like mine!” Emma can be seen saying in the video.

“Thank you for making a doll like me!”.

Courtney Bennett, Emma’s mom, told KHOU her reaction to the experience is simply: “There are no words.”

Since the video was posted to Bennett’s Facebook page on June 1, it has received 10 million views and over 100,000 shares, compelling people to leave comments like “Omg! I’m balling like a baby,” and “I’m crying as much as [Emma] did.”

Emma, who lives in Cypress, Texas, was born with a rare birth defect and has worn a prosthetic limb for most of her life. Yet, this has never slowed her down. The sporty 10-year-old plays volleyball and soccer, swims and is a cheerleader. But when she’s not spiking or kicking a ball, Emma, like many girls enjoys collecting American Girl dolls and always longed for one that resembled her.

Her parents decided to did a little research, found “A Step Ahead Prosthetics,” a prosthetic company that also makes alternations to dolls so that they mirror kids who are missing limbs.

The couple sent a doll off to the company and a month later a modified doll arrived with a pink prosthetic — Emma’s favorite color.

As for all the attention the video is getting, Emma’s mom, Courtney is truly grateful.

“I can say all day long that I try and put myself in Emma’s position, but one will never truly know what it must feel like to want a doll just like you,” she wrote on Facebook. “I knew she would love it, but never could have imagined how much she ‘truly needed it!’

What a nice story, Brian

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6 Jun 2016 09:49 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is the next addition to this thread.

This kid didn’t miss a beat.

When Nicholas DeGregorio, 11, of North Bellmore, NY heard that an elderly veteran was on his way to a cancelled Memorial Day parade, he offered to play “You’re A Grand Old Flag” for the man on his trumpet.

The act, that was as sweet as apple pie, clearly delighted the vet:

Nicholas, who is a fifth-grader at Newbridge Road Elementary School, was totally amped to play with his school’s band in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, Bellmore Patch notes. But due to rain, the event was cancelled.

“Nicholas felt so bad for all of the veterans that would not have a parade in honor of all their fallen comrades,” Mary Bellissimo-DeGregorio, Nicholas’ mom, told Patch. 

But that didn’t stop Nicholas and his parents from paying tribute in their own way. According to DeGregorio’s YouTube page, the three jumped into the car and drove the parade route, windows down, while Nicholas played his trumpet for all to hear.

When the DeGregorios arrived at a memorial by Nicholas’ school, a woman walked up to the family and asked if the parade was still happening. They said no, and the woman explained that her father, Chris Iannacone, a disabled WWII veteran, would be arriving soon and would be disappointed that the parade was cancelled.

That’s when young Nicholas volunteered to play his trumpet for Iannacone.

“He was thrilled and Nicholas was thrilled as well,” DeGregorio wrote on Facebook. “To have the opportunity to play for him and brighten his morning. Behind every cloud is a silver lining.”

Well done young man, Brian

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13 Jun 2016 09:29 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

Here is todays addition to this thread.

A stranded dolphin was just given a second chance at life, thanks to a helpful tour guide in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Naude Dreyer, a guide with Pelican Point Kayaking, spotted something strange moving in the sand while driving along the beach after a Wednesday morning tour. Dreyer and his client pulled over at Paaltjies Beach for a closer look and realized it was a young dolphin stranded on the shore. “He was moving a bit and I immediately knew he was alive,” Dreyer told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Dreyer quickly got to work, hoisting the dolphin into his arms and back into the ocean. At first, the dolphin was still as Dreyer walked it out into the surf. Then, it wiggled its tail and took off into the water. “I was not very hopeful,” Dreyer wrote in a Facebook post, “but as soon as he got into water and realized where he was, he took off like a bullet.” While the rescued animal resembles a mini orca, it actually appears to be a juvenile Benguela dolphin, also known as Heaviside’s dolphin, a species which can be found off the coast of Namibia Africa and South Africa.

Dreyer isn’t sure how the dolphin ended up on the beach, but he knew he had to help it in any way he could. “I was just doing what was the right thing to do,” he told the newspaper. “I couldn’t leave him there.” And he made the right call, according to marine biologists. Kim Holland, a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said that, while it depends on what condition a beached marine animal is in, putting it back in the water is the best thing to do. “Certainly, even though the chances may be slim, they have a better chance of survival if they are put back in the ocean than if they are left stranded,” Holland told The Huffington Post.

However, the Marine Mammal Center advises anyone who comes across a beached dolphin to report it right away so that officials can properly return the animal to safety. Lucky for this little dolphin, Dreyer was there to save the day.

I love stories like this, Brian.

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16 Jun 2016 08:43 in response to woodworm

Morning all,

I have another story I would like to share with you all.

A Pennsylvania bride had only just said “I do” when she found herself performing CPR on an unconscious woman outside her wedding reception Saturday, possibly saving her life. Trauma nurse Julie Stroyne was just about to enter a Pittsburgh hotel’s doors with her new husband, Andrew Nixon, when she heard someone scream, “‘Does anybody know CPR? Is anybody a doctor?’” she recalled to KDKA-TV. “I looked over, and I think my nursing instincts took over and I bolted over to the bench to see if she was all right,” she said.

Trauma nurse Julie Stroyne is being hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of an unconscious woman on her wedding night.There, she said she found a woman passed out on a bench. She was described as not having a pulse.“My sister got down on her knees and immediately began CPR,” Stroyne’s sister, Kaitlyn Stroyne, who witnessed the heroic rescue, told Pennsylvania’s Observer-Reporter.

After some compressions, Julie, who works at UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, said the woman came to and started mumbling. She held her hand and kept her on the bench until an ambulance came and took her away. Julie is seen walking hand-in-hand with her new husband, Andrew Nixon, near where she revived the woman. “Once the paramedics stepped in, we kind of stepped back,” Julie told the Observer-Reporter.

One of the wedding party’s guests described the bride’s acts as “unbelievable.” “She didn’t hesitate for a second,” Darlene Limpert, who witnessed the event, told WPXI-TV. Her new husband expressed pride but confessed that he wasn’t surprised. “It was a heroic act. I’m not surprised. I’ve known her a long time,” he told KDKA.

It's strange how sometimes a life can be saved by a complete stranger, Brian

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25 Jun 2016 08:28 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a lovely story I wanted to share with you all.

A group of schoolboys in southeast Australia are being hailed as heroes for their collective act of kindness toward an 81-year-old man.

The young students from Cooma North Public School, in New South Wales, were about to board a bus after a rugby league game when they spotted the retiree struggling to move his woodpile.

Instead of ignoring his plight, the boys and their parents decided to go the extra mile — and came together to help the elderly gent shift the logs from in front of his property to around back.

School principal Belinda Jamieson described the good deed in a Friday Facebook post that’s since been liked more than 71,000 times.

“It was a rather large pile and would have taken the gentleman a long time,” Jamieson wrote. “The boys and dads, without hesitation, decided to help the gentleman and completed the task in no time at all.” 

She added she was “very proud” of the heartwarming gesture, saying it was wonderful to hear that her students were “paying it forward.”

The retiree’s identity has not been reported. But someone claiming to be his daughter later posted her thanks on Facebook.

“That was my parents,” wrote Donna Joy Lauff, whom The Huffington Post has reached out to for further comment.

“When I arrived to help the wood was all moved!!” Lauff wrote on Facebook. “My parents were so grateful and can’t stop talking about what a fabulous bunch of boys.”

Well done lads, Brian.

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16 Sep 2016 10:40 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Thought it about time I added to this thread.

Just goes to show, you never know what your capable of unles you try. Well done to him, Brian

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16 Sep 2016 11:34 in response to woodworm

What a fantastic lad.  Thanks for sharing this Brian.  Where did you find it, it needs sharing on Facebook or somewhere.

H xx

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16 Sep 2016 13:07 in response to woodworm

Amazing story and thank you for sharing it Brian.  Human nature at it's absolute best. Jules

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16 Sep 2016 13:39 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Thanks Hazel and Jules. I'm not sure where I found it Hazel.

Heres another story.

When 19-year-old Hannah Spooner won a Little Caesar’s contest entitling her to $500 dollars worth of pizza for a year, she didn’t start gobbling like many of us would. Instead, the Detroit native toured local philanthropies, searching for the perfect place to donate her prize. She settled on Covenant House Michigan, a shelter for homeless youth ages 18-24. The organization was more than happy to accept. 

“Our kids would eat pizza every day,” Melissa Golpe, the center’s PR director, told The Huffington Post. “We have a number of generous people that do really special things for our kids.”

Once news of Hannah’s donation started making rounds, the Little Caesar’s Love Kitchen threw a free pizza party at Covenant House independent of Hannah’s winnings, Golpe said. The house will use Hannah’s prize for a pizza party to celebrate the finale of its Total Me program, in which students from a local college mentor house residents on various life skills.

It’s a story of pizza given, given away and then given away again ... you might just call it the “circle of pie.”

Hope you like this one too, Brian.

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17 Sep 2016 09:22 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Here is another story I think you'll like.

 

Cancer-ravaged teacher stunned as 400 pupils gather outside his home to sing tear-jerking song of support

Country music legend Tim McGraw told how Ben Ellis is undergoing treatment, but the school where he teaches arrived to give him support

A cancer-ravaged teacher was left fighting back tears as 400 pupils arrived outside his home to sing songs of worship.

The footage shows Ben Ellis, a teacher undergoing cancer treatment, at home in Nashville, Tennessee.

And outside his window is a gathering of hundreds of students singing to him to wish him all the best.

Their song, Holy Spirit You are Welcome Here, peals out across the neighbourhood.

The video's been a massive hit with more than 14 million views on Facebook since it was shared by country music star Tim McGraw on Saturday.

He explained: "A friend sent this to me today.

"Ben Ellis is a Nashville area high school teacher battling cancer . The entire student body - 400 plus students plus HS faculty - drove to his house to worship with him.

Ben Ellis watched from his window as more than 400 students and teaching colleagues sang hymns to him

He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family... So precious and kind."

The video was recorded on Wednesday September 7, and the lyrics have a poignancy in Mr Ellis' condition: "Holy Spirit You are welcome here, come flood this place and fill the atmosphere, your glory God is what our hearts long for, to be overcome by Your presence Lord."

A woman who says she's a parent from the school posted on Facebook that the event came together about "three separate and unrelated people" told her they had been shown visions of the students singing praises on Mr Ellis lawn.

"So we loaded the buses and cars and went," MailOnline report s Shannon Lee Seibert as writing.

I hope you like this story, Brian

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17 Sep 2016 13:18 in response to woodworm

Thanks again Brian, both stories show the positive sides of human nature.More reporting in our news media of such tales could provide inspiration to so many I think.

Have just returned from the gym where, for the duration of the paralympics we are  donating to a Crohns charity by paying to 'step' in addition to our usual workout.  It is motivational and inspirations to watch some our members taking part (several with MS or having had a stroke themselves plus those in their 80's).

Jules

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18 Sep 2016 08:59 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules. I do believe stories like these should be given more prominence to offset all the bad news we keep hearing, Brian

Kind-hearted Aldi security guard pays for pensioner's shopping when he ran out of money at till

 

A kindhearted security guard stepped in and handed over money to the cashier after spotting an elderly man struggling to pay for his shopping. Louis Pierre Yonsian, a guard at the Aldi store in Salford, Greater Manchester, watched as the shopper, who was in his 80s. He could not find the money to pay for a single bed sheet and a few other items.

The guard heard the pensioner say: ‘I’ll have to come back tomorrow’ before he came to the rescue and handed over a £20 note. Housewife Jane Phillips, 56, from Salford, witnessed the generous gesture and said: “I could have cried when I saw him do that, it was really moving. The security guard's actions moved a customer ‘to tears’

“I was just in the queue having done a bit of shopping and security guard was helping an older chap with a walking stick. “The sheet was brought to him but I think when he saw the price he said he’d come back tomorrow. “The security guard just handed it over to the girl on the till and said ‘I will pay for it all’.

“There wasn’t a lot, just a few items, but it was so wonderful and lovely.”

Modest Louis, 42, said that although his role primarily focuses on security, it was also his job to make sure that shoppers at the branch, had a good in-store experience.. The pensioner could not find the money to pay for a single bed sheet and a few other items Louis, from Blackley, said: “I like to help customers when they need it and make people comfortable when they’re in the store. “When I saw this particularly regular customer I just thought about my father and grandfather and if either of them needed something and didn’t have the money that day. “He was really surprised and said ‘thank-you, God bless you’.”

Liam Griffiths, operations director at Maybank Security which provides security for the store, said he was incredibly proud of what Louis did. Liam said: “We try to instil to all our staff about customer service but this is going far and beyond. “That’s not what he’s there for but it’s a lovely gesture – fair play to him. I’m very, very proud of him.”

 

 

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18 Sep 2016 15:41 in response to woodworm

Yes, I read this too Brian, and thought what a lovely gesture it was.  As you say, all these bits of good news make such a refreshing change from the norm.

H xx

 

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19 Sep 2016 08:56 in response to haze44

Hi folks

here is todays story.

Leon Logothetis on a mission. Riding his yellow motorcycle, which he calls Kindness One, he is attempting to travel around the world on nothing but the kindness of strangers. No money. No food. Nowhere to stay. Logothetis is counting on the generosity of the human spirit to keep him going.

"It's all about inspiring other people and being inspired myself," Logothetis said of his passion project today on " Good Morning America."

So far, he's met with success. In Las Vegas, a family gave him food and a place to sleep.

In Nebraska, cowboys let him stay with them on their ranch.

"The American people have been absolutely fantastic," Logothetis said.

And in Pittsburgh, after a dozen people turned him down, Logothetis met Tony, a homeless man who shared his food and offered to let Logothetis sleep with him in a dilapidated garage.

"It was so inspiring, so humbling for me," Logothetis said. "The people in Pittsburgh hadn't really helped and he offered me a place to stay. He gave me food, he gave me some clothes, and he inspired me."

So just how far can kindness get you? Logothetis is determined to find out.

"I used to be broker in London, sitting behind a desk, working 12 hour days, and it wasn't for me," he explained. "Then I went and traveled the world and connected with people. And that's what it's all about. That's where the magic is; connection. Heart to heart."

One his blog, Logothetis said he'll board a ship from New York to Europe, adding he'll do so "as a non-paying passenger. Kindness Rocks!"

He also lists a tentative itinerary that would see him traveling to France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Instanbul, India, Bhutan, Cambodia and Vietnam, among other countries.

His journey will be filmed for a TV show. The trip also serves to raise awareness about and raise funds for Make a Wish International.

Hope you like this one, Brian.

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23 Sep 2016 08:08 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

here is todays good news story.

Well done to her. Stories like this prove to me There is Good In The World, Brian.

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28 Sep 2016 09:45 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is another story.

Hope you like this one, Brian.

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28 Sep 2016 11:55 in response to woodworm

Thanks for these last two, Brian, really heartwarming.  Here's one I found today.

Hazel xx

 

 

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28 Sep 2016 12:05 in response to haze44

Can I also mention the wonderful Brownlee brothers at the recent Triathlon in Mexico, and all athletes who stop to help another at the cost of their own place in a competition?  Great people.

H xx