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4 Jun 2017 09:22 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks,

Here is a story I feel sure you'll love, Brian.

A seven-year-old girl from South West Wales has raised £100,000 for the cancer ward that treated her father – after originally aiming to raise £500.  Elly Neville began raising money after her father Lyn Neville, 54, was treated for a rare type of blood cancer at Withybush Hospital. "Elly recently won first prize in a competition at school to make a collage of the Pembrokeshire Flag," Lyn and his wife Ann wrote on Elly's JustGiving page. "The competition was run as part of Pembroke Dock Community School’s St David’s Day celebrations.

"We have decided to use the flag to raise valuable funds for a cause which is very close to our hearts – the refurbishment and upgrade of Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital, making it once again a dedicated cancer ward." Ward 10 and Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) at Withybush Hospital has already benefited from Elly's fundraising with new equipment and many of the facilities there improved."It's stunning really, it's beyond our wildest dreams and we are incredibly proud of what Elly has achieved," Lyn told Wales Online. "To raise £100,000 can make a real difference with the equipment and beyond.

"As a family, it's the opportunity to make a real difference for cancer services in Pembrokeshire for which we have campaigned."


 

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7 Jun 2017 08:31 in response to woodworm

Hi everyone,

Here is another nice story which I hope you like, Brian.

When no one showed up to Graham Day's eighth birthday party, the local police and fire departments in Hurst, Texas, surprised him and saved the day.Although no one had responded to Jennifer Day and her husband's invitations, they hoped for the best and baked cakes and bought pizza. But no one showed up to celebrate with their son, Graham. The same thing happened on his sixth birthday. Graham, once again, was devastated. "It happened once before, but this time something snapped in me and it was like no, this is not happening to him again," Day told Dallas News.

She and her husband drove to the Hurst Police Department and asked whether an officer might come see her son, who has always wanted to be a policeman. The station's entire shift showed up at her front door — with a few Hurst firefighters, too. "By the end of it, I think he forgot that his friends didn't come over for his birthday," Day said. "He was so happy." "Something like this, it literally guts you as a parent because you can't fix it, at least in that moment," she said through tears. "But the Hurst Police Department and the Hurst Fire Department, they went above and beyond and made his day."

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10 Jun 2017 15:02 in response to woodworm

Hello Brian and hello everyone. Just wanted to say hello and to say how brave and caring all the forces are in most countries throughout the world. Great stories like this one that Brian posted. They show not only bravery but also compassion which is why we admire them.

Thanks Brian.

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18 Jun 2017 08:41 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks,

Here is another story I feel sure you will like, Brian.

Casey Spelman, of Indianapolis, was visiting friends in Chicago and spotted a blind man having trouble hailing a cab. Without a word, Spelman split from her friends, walked over to the man and tapped him on the shoulder. "Do you want some help getting a cab?" Spelman asked. "He said, 'Yeah, you sound pretty, so cabs will probably stop for you before me,'" Spelman recalled the man joking.

The 26-year-old didn't think anything of her act of kindness, but Ryan Hamilton, who was watching from the rooftop of a restaurant, was so touched by the kind gesture he posted pictures of the pair on Facebook, praising the woman for lending a helping hand.

"Wanted to give a shout-out to this girl," Hamilton wrote on Facebook. "No idea who she is, but we are in Wrigleyville on the rooftop of Old Crow Smokehouse. There was a blind Cubs fan trying to hail a cab for several minutes until the lady came up and asked him if he needed help hailing a cab. She stood there with him until one pulled up. Awesome to see such kindness in a world that the media portrays so much hate in. Share freely in hopes that her kindness spreads." The post was met with overwhelming response. "It was a strange feeling to see photos of yourself that you did not know were taken," Spelman told CBS News. "Not only did I not realize anyone was watching, but I had no idea it would have such an impact on people."

Spelman says she is happy her pictures are inspiring others and hopes others will step outside of their comfort zones if they encounter a similar situation.

"It's okay if you are unsure of how to interact with someone, but do your best, be brave, and just be willing to help," she said. "I think if you treat someone with respect it will always be appreciated."


 

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19 Jun 2017 15:25 in response to woodworm

Great story Brian.  It never hurts to ask someone if they require assistance. Some are happy enough to manage alone but if needs be it only takes a couple of moments to offer a helping hand.  Jules

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20 Jun 2017 14:48 in response to jules54
Im with you Jules it is a great story. Cubs fans are good people thats for sure. Its always good to offer help rather than just give it. Dont you think. Have a nice day everyone. Ian.

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21 Jun 2017 11:28 in response to ianwoody

Good morning friends,

Glad you liked that last story. Here is another one,  Disable kids often miss out on so much so this is a great idea, Brian.

Morgan's Inspiration Island in San Antonio, Texas, is making sure kids with disabilities don't miss out on all the fun this summer. Every section of the the new water park is wheelchair accessible and guests with special needs are admitted at no cost. Other features of Morgan's Inspiration Island include waterproof RFID (radio-frequency identification) wristbands so parents can keep track of their kids, a seven-story lighthouse and a water play area called Rainbow Reef, which has water that can be warmed for guests with sensitivity to cold.

In a press release, owner Gordon Hartman said the team behind Inspiration Island consulted with water park professionals, doctors and experts in special education and special needs, as well as received input from local teachers, parents and caregivers. The park also offers private areas for guests to transfer out of their personal wheelchairs to waterproof ones. "We recently unveiled with the University of Pittsburgh revolutionary new wheelchairs propelled by compressed air," Gordon said. "Our guests in expensive battery-powered wheelchairs can't afford to get them wet, so we have special Morgan's Inspiration Island PneuChairs."


 

 

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21 Jun 2017 14:57 in response to woodworm

Good stuff Brian, just love reading these great stories. I seen a similar at the beach where the life guards had special designed seats for people with wheel chairs. They were transfered to the special floating seats and guided by the life guards so they could experience the surf. Great stuff. Nothing is impossible.

Regards Ian. 

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21 Jun 2017 15:14 in response to woodworm

Wonderful idea - and I like the fact that they have the special chairs AND can be transferred into them in private.  Happy

Thanks Brian.  

Hazel xx

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21 Jun 2017 15:27 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian

This is a heartwarming story which I also saw on a social media site recently.  At our local lido there are facilities for the disabled to use the 'water feature' and the pleasure it brings to all concerned is amazing. Jules

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28 Jun 2017 08:30 in response to jules54

Goodmorning folks,

Here is a great story that I feel sure you will like, Brian.

'He Asked For A Hug... And Saved My Life': Suicidal Woman Thanks Bridge Hero

Had it not been for the kindness of a stranger, Malan Wilkinson, 30, of Caernarfon, Wales, would have taken her own life -- now she wants to thank him.Wilkinson was standing on top of a wall on the Britannia Bridge looking down at the water 130 feet below when a man approached her. "He asked me to come down to give him a hug. He said that life could be better, even good and the finality of this act would probably hurt everyone around me," Wilkinson said."He said each day was a gift and I'd probably regret ending my life. How could I not hug such a strong and noble man."

That stranger's name turned out to be Gwyn Jones, a math teacher. And now Wilkinson wants to thank him for saving her.

Wilkinson, who runs a blog about her mental health issues, says writing about her feelings and experiences are a form of therapy. "I quite literally owe my life to Gwyn Jones and a 'thank you' doesn't feel like enough - but I'll say it all the same, a tremenous THANK YOU," she wrote. "Here we have a real life hero. I can now clearer see the worth in life that he so passionately spoke about on that bridge. Thank you for the second chance."


 

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28 Jun 2017 15:42 in response to woodworm

I do love this story Brian.  As the daughter of a Mum who has on several occasions tried to take  her life I wish her mental illness  could have been solved by hugging.  I am sure the man in this story appreciated the thanks but also his own wellbeing must have been lifted.  Jules

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1 Jul 2017 11:16 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

There are good people in this world too.Brian.

A group of strangers pitched in to buy a car for a 20-year-old Texas man who walks three miles each way to his job at a fast food restaurant.  On June 21, Andy Mitchell posted a photo on Facebook of himself and Justin Korva, who Mitchell had given a ride to after seeing Korva walking in his Taco Casa uniform as the temperature climbed well over 90 degrees. Mitchell's post about Korva gathered momentum on social media, and soon others in the community wanted to help the 20-year-old. The owner of a local pizza restaurant even set up a secret donation box inside his business.

With help from Mitchell, it took less than 48 hours to raise $5,500, according to CBS News. The owner of the pizza shop happened to be friends with an employee at a Toyota dealership, who floated the idea of helping Korva out to his boss. The owner agreed to drop the price of a white 2004 Toyota Camry, even leaving the group with enough money to pay Korva's insurance for a year and throw in two years' worth of oil changes and a $500 gas card. Mitchell's wife filmed Korva's reaction when they explained that he would no longer have to trudge three miles each way to get to work.

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1 Jul 2017 17:15 in response to woodworm

Great response by the community in this story Brian.  Just wish more of these items made it into the frontline newspapers (I no longer by a paper as so many adverts and gloomy stuff) at home too.  It seems as though we have to have a disaster before the good news surfaces in the aftermath.  Many wonderful people and communities doing good deeds all around us  but sometimes our eyes need to be opened to appreciate reality.  Thanks for sharing this good news feed; heartwarming sums it up nicely I think.  Jules

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5 Jul 2017 16:22 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Just found this and wanted to share it with you, Brian.

More than 1.5 million volunteers were involved in a record-breaking tree planting operation in India. In just 12 hours, 66.3 million trees were planted along the Narmada river in the state of Madhya Pradesh.Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the state's chief minister, described the efforts as a "historic day". "By planting trees we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large," he said.Last year, volunteers in Uttar Pradesh state set a world record by planting more than 50 million trees in one day. Observers from Guinness World Records monitored Sunday's plantation and are expected to confirm in the coming weeks that the effort set a new record.

As the world's third largest generator of carbon emissions, India committed under the Paris Agreement to increasing its forests by five million hectares before 2030.


 

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5 Jul 2017 17:19 in response to woodworm

What an amazing achievement. Thanks for sharing on this thread Brian.  Jules

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6 Jul 2017 15:54 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

How about this guy, Brian.

Harold Hager turned 100 this May and he has no plans of slowing down. For the second year in a row, Harold volunteered more hours than anyone at Steuben County's Habitat for Humanity in New York. "Harold has been with us for a few years years now and he's the volunteer who does the most number of hours here," said Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, Matthew Harmer. "He works the equivalent of about a twenty-hour work week." Harold says his next goal is to reach the age of one-hundred and five. Either way, Harold plans to spend the rest of his life just like he has spent the last one hundred years, bettering the lives of those around him.

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6 Jul 2017 19:36 in response to woodworm

What an amazing guy. Jules

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7 Jul 2017 08:46 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

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

A crew of emergency responders in Waco, Texas, stopped to help an elderly woman who they noticed was struggling to mow her lawn in the hot sun. According to a neighbor, 98-year-old Margaret Durham still regularly cuts her grass, but the EMT crew who was between calls saw potential danger and decided to pitch in. "She's elderly and looked exhausted, she was in a dangerous slope of the yard, possibly could fall and lose control of the lawn mower and injure herself – the need for us to intervene was there," one of the emergency responders told Fox 5 Atlanta. Durham's neighbor, Dashlin James, was working on his car and captured the act of kindness on his phone.


 

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7 Jul 2017 12:36 in response to woodworm

Another lovely act of human kindness.  It is uplifting to read of the good in this world when, sadly, so often the news we hear and sea is troublesome to say the least.  I find these days it is often better to read the 'little snippets' of news rather than the 'bigger picture'.  Have a peaceful day.  Jules

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9 Jul 2017 11:27 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules. Here is a story about two cops who showed their human side. Good for them,;that the sort of policing thats earns the respect of the community Brian.

Two Asheville, N.C., police officers responded to a complaint over a homemade slip-and-slide allegedly blocking a road. Kids and adults built the slide to cool off from the 85-degree heat. The officers arrived at the scene and quickly determined there were no issues - so they joined in.  "I'm not here to break up your fun," Carrie Lee, one of the officers, told the crowd before going down the slide in full uniform.  "They had such good energy. All the kids were loving it," resident Travis Eagledove told ABC News. Videos of her slide, along with fellow officer Joe Jones, were posted to Facebook and quickly went viral.


 

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9 Jul 2017 18:33 in response to woodworm

Nice story - so much better than going in with 'all guns blazing', so to speak.

Thanks, Brian

Hazel xx

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11 Jul 2017 10:51 in response to haze44

This is a nice story. 

H xx

 

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11 Jul 2017 14:38 in response to woodworm

Another nice story Brian. Jules

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11 Jul 2017 14:41 in response to haze44

Wow Hazel, lovely story and what an amazing lady and group of bikers.Not sure how she tops that when she reaches 102.  Thanks for sharing this tale.  Jules

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11 Jul 2017 16:40 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks everyone. Great story Hazel thanks, Brian.

Property investor Mark Dunajtschik signed an agreement to build a $50 million children's hospital in Wellington, New Zealand. While many details are still to be confirmed, the new hospital is expected to be about 7,000 square meters and contain 50 inpatient hospital beds as well as space for families. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomed the generosity of Dunajtschik, who he said had been a substantial benefactor in the areas of health, sport and education for 40 years. This latest act of giving back was unparalleled, he said. "We've been working on a long-term plan for child health services, which included a new children's hospital - but building wasn't going to start for several years. "Mr. Dunajtschik's generosity means we'll get the hospital much sooner."


 

 

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11 Jul 2017 17:08 in response to woodworm

A great outcome for children services in that area. Jules

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11 Jul 2017 17:28 in response to jules54

Hi Brian,

Great news for children in New Zealand.

Regards,

Jolamine

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11 Jul 2017 17:36 in response to haze44

Hi Hazel,

Love this story. Wonder what she'll do next year  - possibly sky diving?

Jolamine xx

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13 Jul 2017 16:13 in response to Jolamine

Hi folks,

Here is another hearwarming story I think you'll like, Brian.

Members of the Colton Fire Department had been fighting a fire in La Loma Hills, California, for eight hours straight on Saturday before taking a break and heading to a local Denny's for dinner. While eating, an anonymous woman told the Denny's staff that she wanted to buy all of the firefighter's meals -- there were 25 firefighters in the restaurant at that time. She paid $355 for food, plus a $50 tip, and got a $100 gift card to buy dessert for the next round of arriving firefighters.By the time the waitstaff had told the firefighters, the woman was already gone.

Fire department Public Information Officer Capt. Tom DeBellis told CNN the woman approached the counter and said she "wanted to pay for the firefighters' meals, but didn't want to be recognized."


 

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13 Jul 2017 18:01 in response to woodworm

Marvellous story, thanks Brian.

Hazelxx

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13 Jul 2017 18:12 in response to woodworm

 

Hi Brian,

So good to hear that someone appreciates the hard work and risk that firemen run in order to save people, regardsless of the risk to themselves.

Thanks for this.

Regards,

Jolamine

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14 Jul 2017 07:55 in response to Jolamine

Hi friends,

Thanks Hazel and Jolamine.

I have another story I hope you'll like, Brian.

A family is thankful to be alive after an estimated 80 people formed a human chain to save them from the grips of a rip current in Panama City Beach on Saturday. Photos were snapped of the massive chain stretching into the water to reach 9 family members gasping for their lives. "I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day," Roberta Ursrey, who ran into the rough water to save her children, told the paper. "It was like, 'Oh God, this is how I'm going.'"

Ursrey, her husband, mother, nephews and children were enjoying a day at the beach when she said she heard her two sons screaming for help.Ursrey rushed into the water to try and save them. One by one, family members followed after her and they too were overtaken by the water.

Jessica Simmons, who credited herself as a strong swimmer, went in after the family and instructed others to connect with her in a chain. Approximately 80 people ventured into the water to successfully bring each struggling swimmer to safety. "It was the most remarkable thing to see," Simmons told the Herald. "These people who don't even know each other and they trust each other that much to get them to safety."

 

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20 Jul 2017 16:36 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

here ia a story I like, Brian.

A man spent $550 building a set of stairs in his community park after the city of Toronto estimated a price of $65,000-$150,000 to complete the project. Retired mechanic Adi Astl says he took it upon himself to build the stairs after several neighbors fell down the steep path to a community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ont. "I thought they were talking about an escalator," Astl told CTV News when he learned about the city's estimation of the project.

Astl says he hired a homeless person to help him and built the eight steps in a matter of hours for just $550. "To me, the safety of people is more important than money," Astl said. "So if the city is not willing to do it, I have to do it myself." City bylaw officers have taped off the stairs while officials make a decision on what to do with it. However, Astl has not been charged with any sort of violation.

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21 Jul 2017 08:06 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

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

A school bus driver in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has handmade over 30 toys for the kids on her route. Trudy Serres likes to crochet in between routes. One day 10-year-old Vincent asked if she could make him a taco - his favorite food. After that the requests came pouring in and Serres was happy to oblige. "I've made a hockey player with team uniform colors with a stick, ice cream cones, chocolate covered strawberries, a football, unicorns, Darth Vader and four Yodas," Serres told CNN. As for the parents, they are excited about what Serres is doing for their kids. "She keeps an eye on my kids and I appreciate that," Lamon told CNN. "She knows each kid on the bus."

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21 Jul 2017 22:37 in response to woodworm

Great articles Brian. Bad news stories should be banned. There are some great news stories out there that make us all feel good.

Thanks Brian greatly appreciated.

Regards Ian.

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22 Jul 2017 07:34 in response to woodworm

How lovely this story is Brian.  I bet the lady in question gets as much pleasure out of making these little objects asthe children do receiving them.  A true diamond in the community. 

Like Ian says it is so much nicer to read these good news stories rather than 'doom and gloom' 24/7.

Hope everyone has a pleasant weekend as we dodge the showers!

Jules

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22 Jul 2017 15:47 in response to jules54

Hi friends,

Thanks Ian and Jules. Glad you like them. Heres another I think you will like, Brian.

An Alabama mom can't help but brag about her 15-year-old son Kenneth. "In general, teenagers get a bad rap," Casie Bennett told AL.com. "My son is a good kid. He really is."

Earlier this month the Bennett family's house burned down and they lost everything. On the night of the fire, Kenneth returned from a friend's house to find volunteer firefighters battling to put out the blaze that had consumed his home.Shockingly, the high school sophomore thought not of himself or his possessions, but of the firefighters. Their cooler, he noticed, was near empty.Around 1am, after the fire was out, Kenneth went to a nearby gas station to buy a root beer. There he noticed some cases of water, so he handed the clerk $40, and took the water straight to the fire department.That $40 was all Kenneth had left."He had been saving that money for his anniversary, the day after the fire," Casie explained to AL.com. "He wanted to take his girlfriend, Bailey, to Ruth's Chris."

A few days later Casie sent her go-to local traffic source, Mobile Traffic, a Facebook message with a question about traffic on the Interstate. Shortly into the conversation she told the mysterious man behind the page about what Kenneth had done for the firefighters. Touched, the man behind Mobile Traffic reached out to fans of his page for help treating Kenneth to dinner at a local restaurant and possibly a limo to help him surprise his girlfriend with a nice night. And boy did they pull through. This week, with help from a few generous fans, Kenneth was given new clothes, a limo ride, and a free meal at Felix's Fish Camp – Spanish Fort for himself and his girlfriend.When Kenneth was asked why he had spent his remaining money the way he had, this was his answer:"I just saw the firefighters were down to their last couple of bottled waters and figured it was the least I could do for them putting out our house fire for us."


 

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1 Aug 2017 15:07 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is another great story I think you'll love, Brian.

To honor a fallen police officer, 35 cops and state troopers got together to finish construction of a very special project. Retired and active officers from the New York State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and the Watertown City Police joined together to finish building the tree house that Officer Joel Davis had been building for his youngest daughter, Jaila. Officer Davis, 36, was shot when he responded to a domestic violence call and never got to finish the project.

In less than a day, the officers put the finishing touches on Jaila's fort, completing features like a ladder, windows, a string of lights, and a balcony. Thanks to his fellow boys in blue, Davis' daughter will always have the memory of undying friendship and love to warm her life in the coming years.

 

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1 Aug 2017 23:11 in response to woodworm

Good story Brian as always. Thanks Brian for putting a smile on all our faces and greetings to everyone. Trust everyone is doing ok.

Regards Ian.

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2 Aug 2017 10:28 in response to ianwoody

Hi friends,

Thanks Ian. Here is another heartwarming story, Brian.

Paul met Kamden in kindergarten and the two boys quickly became best friends. While others often focus on Kamden's wheelchair and disability, Paul never acted like Kamden was different.Kamden, 8, who lives in Poway, California, was born with a tumor on his T2 and T3 vertebras. While he has had three surgeries to de-bulk the tumor, Kamden is paraplegic and relies on a wheelchair to get around. But Kamden's current wheelchair is so big and heavy he has trouble pushing it. It's also tipped forward multiple times. Medical, the state's Medicare, only pays for a wheelchair once every five years, and the Houshans can't afford another chair.

After the boys finished second grade this year, Paul told his mom he wanted to help Kamden get a new wheelchair. He had recently watched a video about fundraising websites and he thought if he started a campaign for Kamden he could raise enough money to get him a customized wheelchair. Paul wrote on ********: "Hi my name is Paul. Here is a picture of me and my best friend Kamden. We have been friends since kindergarten and we love to play superheroes during recess. We love to go to McDonald's to eat Happy Meals and play at the park. My friend Kamden was born with something on his spine and he can't walk. He has been in a wheelchair since before I met him. I asked my mom if I can go on Go Fund Me to help Kamden get a new wheelchair. His wheelchair has fallen forward many times and that sucks. Also, he has a really hard time pushing it because its so heavy. But do you even know what's worse than that? His wheelchair is too big for him to fit in his bathroom. He can't even fit through the door and use the toilet without asking for help. If he gets a new wheelchair he's going to be more comfortable and he'll do more things on his own. I think he would go super fast if he got this new chair and we can play more. Please help Kamden."

In two weeks, the campaign exceeded its goal of $3,900 and raised $6,000, which covers the cost of a new customized wheelchair.


 

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2 Aug 2017 15:03 in response to woodworm

Lovely stories the last couple of days Brian.  Thanks so much for finding the time to share these 'good news feeds' with everyone.

Regards to you,Mrs B and the family and do hope the leg problems is quickly clearing up now.

Hi to Ian too and thanks am doing ok.  Hope things going well with you too.  Take care all.  Jules

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2 Aug 2017 17:11 in response to woodworm

Wonderful story, thanks Brian!

Hazel xx

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2 Aug 2017 17:12 in response to ianwoody

Hello Ian, hope you are doing okay too, nice to hear from you.

Take care, Hazel xx

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3 Aug 2017 11:21 in response to haze44

Hi Haze, Jules and Brian good of you all to stay in touch. Staying positive is so important and thats why I like this board so much. The support here is wonderful.

Regards Ian.

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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.'"


 

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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

 

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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

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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."


 

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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."