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9 Aug 2017 15:16 in response to woodworm

Oh I love manatees, Brian, and this is a lovely story, thanks.

Hazel xx

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9 Aug 2017 17:35 in response to woodworm

Lovely happy ending story for such wonderful animals.  Thanks for sharing Brian.  Jules

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11 Aug 2017 09:06 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules and Hazel.

Heres a great story which I hope you will like, Brian.,

A shoplifter in Toronto who was caught stealing an outfit for a job interview was given a second chance by the police officer who came to arrest him. Niran Jeyanesan said that he and his partner were called to a Walmart for a reported theft. When they arrived, he said the loss prevention officer at the store had apprehended an 18-year-old man for stealing a dress shirt, tie and socks. After speaking to the shoplifter, Jeyanesan said he discovered that the young man needed the outfit for an upcoming job interview.

"This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job,” Jeyanesan told CP24. After releasing the shoplifter without charge, Jeyanesan purchased the shirt and tie and gave the clothing to the man. "This individual didn't have any resources," he said. "He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake." Jeyanesan's staff sergeant Paul Bois praised his actions.

"Arresting him wouldn't have been in the best interests of anyone," he told the BBC. "I reacted very positively to the news; all issues were resolved by the action the officer took. It reiterates our goal of being positive role models in the community."


 

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11 Aug 2017 12:30 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian

I saw  this on another news feed and am not surprised that you thought it worthy of this thread. Great outcome and a lovely gesture  so hoped it worked for this chap.  Jules

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16 Aug 2017 17:52 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Here is a great story, Brian.

University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck had something very special planned for his backup kicker, Justin Juenemann. Though Juenemann has never played in a game, that doesn't mean he hasn't been making an impact. Coach Fleck asked Kyle, a patient at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, to speak to the team. And that was when Kyle mentioned that he had seen Juenemann the most around the hospital. At that point, Fleck asked Kyle to use the T-shirt cannon and send Juenemann a shirt as a reward for being a great representative of the program in the community.

But Juenemann was getting much more than a shirt. Once Juenemann actually read the shirt and saw that it said, "Justin, congratulations on earning a scholarship!" The entire team went crazy. "I've never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy, who is not a star player, who hasn't played, where his face is recognizable,'' Fleck said after the surprise. "He could easily just not do it and nobody would ever say anything, and all he does is continue to keep his oar in the water, (and) live that holistic life academically, athletically, socially and spiritually." "It was an amazing feeling,'' Juenemann told TODAY. "It is something that I will never forget."

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22 Aug 2017 22:23 in response to woodworm

Hey Brian, Hi Guys,

Sport has a way of bringing out the best in people. Once again its wonderful to hear good news stories rather than watching depressing news stories on the T.V.

Thanks Brian.

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23 Aug 2017 09:07 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks,

Thanks Ian.

Here is a great story that proves there is good in the world, Bria.

A former Royal Marine who served in the Iraq War is selling his war medals to help pay for a little girl's £200,000 ($256K) cancer treatment.Lottie Woods-John was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma on June 30, 2016. She was just 2 years old. Despite never meeting Lottie, 35-year-old veteran Matthew Goodman read about Lottie's battle with the rare cancer and listed his three service medals on eBay. "As a father myself, I couldn't imagine seeing my baby daughter, Freya, suffering like that and I knew I had to help in some way," Goodman told The Sun. "My medals were just sitting in the drawer doing nothing, and I thought they could be used for something worthwhile.

"They were awarded for the sacrifices I made, but I'm happy to forgo that honor if it means helping a little girl in desperate need." After being diagnosed, Lottie immediately underwent chemotherapy and, in October last year, had a 13-hour operation to remove 95 percent of the tumor. Now the 4-year-old is undergoing immunotherapy to zap the rest of the cancerous cells in her body, but desperately needs an innovative vaccine treatment only available in the US. "Lottie has been given 20 per cent chance of surviving the next five years and there's an 85 per cent chance of the cancer returning," Lottie's mother Charlotte Woods told The Sun. "The vaccine treatment prevents the cancer from returning, so Lottie needs the cutting-edge treatment straight away, meaning we need the £200,000 imminently."
Charlotte, who has two other children, added: "When Matt contacted me to tell me he wanted to sell his medals to help towards treatment costs I was speechless." Goodman, who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland, said: "If people stand up and support families like Lottie's then it makes all the difference. "Once they're sold, in the place of my medals I'll be wearing a childhood cancer awareness ribbon. For me, nothing is worth a child's life."


 

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9 Sep 2017 09:49 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a very touching strory Brian,

The wish of a dying woman to see her beloved horse one last time was granted and the photos are touching the hearts of many. Due to the patient's worsening condition, her horse Dana was transported to the Fürth Clinic in Germany. With some help the 58-year-old put her right hand on the horse's muzzle. Because the family of the dying woman agreed, the touching photos of the last meeting with Dana were posted on Facebook by Klinikum Fürth.

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9 Sep 2017 13:38 in response to woodworm

Oh, this is so sad, Brian, but so lovely that she was allowed to see her horse for the last time.  Hopefully when she passed he was the last memory she took with her to comfort her. 

Hazel xx

 

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9 Sep 2017 16:43 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian

This would be beautiful if it were not for the sadness involved. It would have meant so much to her to have this last touching moment with her horse.

Just yesterday there was another case of a chap in a Marie Curie hospice being given the opportunity to feed a horse as his last wishes were also carried out.  Such a lot of arranging necessary to make these wonderful things happen and must help the family members too knowing that they have helped achieve such moments.  Jules

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10 Sep 2017 09:28 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Here is another example of the title of this thread, Brian

A Lowe's Home Improvement store in Orlando received a surprise shipment of 216 generators at about 7 a.m. on Thursday. All units were sold within two hours. Pam Brekke was next in line to purchase a generator when she watched employees load the final unit onto a cart for the customer who was standing right before her in line. Brekke said she spent days staring at empty store shelves. She broke down in tears. "My father's on oxygen, and I'm worried about this storm," she said while wiping tears from her eyes. Ramon Santiago, the customer standing in front of her, turned to Brekke and insisted she take the generator. Brekke embraced Santiago and the two parted ways.

"I'm very overwhelmed by that man," Brekke told ABC News. "That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man."

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12 Sep 2017 09:06 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Following on from this story is this update. It shows if you do good, Often good will come to you, Brian.

Last week, we shared a story about a Florida woman who tearfully embraced a complete stranger who'd given her the last generator in the mad rush before Hurricane Irma. Pam Brekke had driven more than 30 miles from her home to buy a generator when she heard the Lowe's had received a surprise shipment. She needed it for her father to power his oxygen supply. Within two hours, the generators were gone. Ramon Santiago, the man directly in front of Brekke, got the last one. When Santiago saw Brekke crying, he turned to her and insisted she take the generator. The story captured the hearts of many - including Lowe's manager Melissa Rodriguez. When a new generator became available, Rodriguez immediately thought of Santiago. On Friday, Santiago returned to Lowe's to get his own generator for free from the store. "I wanted to make sure he received it because he definitely deserved it," manager Melissa Rodriguez told WFTV. "He's the hero of the day."


 

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12 Sep 2017 13:20 in response to woodworm

Aah, a lovely story, what a gent!

Hazel xx

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12 Sep 2017 17:18 in response to woodworm

Lovely stories during such difficult times.  Such a shame that we also read about the looters. Two differing sides of human nature.  I know which I prefer!  Jules

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13 Sep 2017 13:50 in response to jules54

Dear Jules, Haze and Brian,

Great stories are all around us and they make us all feel good. Thats why we comment about them. Like you said Jules how low can someone be to steel from someone in there most difficult time. Let the good times roll.

Thanks again for the stories Brian. 

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13 Sep 2017 15:52 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian,

Nice to see you are able to post again so hope the gremlins have been ironed out.  You are so right in that reading about the good deeds/stories are so very pleasing especially when a lot of media attention tends to be of the negative kind.  I have  no doubt at all that once you have have been touched by cancer or other serious illness either personally or within the family you think differently and reading this good deed feed is truly heartening.

Take good care of yourself.  Jules

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13 Sep 2017 18:45 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian, I'm new to this, I've just seen your thread it's so lovely, it put a smile on my face. Thanks for that. Take care. Your in my thoughts. X

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13 Sep 2017 22:07 in response to Cissy

Hello Cissy, and welcome to the forum.  Oh yes, if you want a smile or something to think about or to feast your eyes on beautiful pictures Brian is the lad to go to!  

I read your other post and am so sorry that you are still in pain - have you told your hospital team?  They may be able to offer something to alleviate it. 

Meanwhile, I wish you all the best, sending a hug.

Hazel xx

 

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14 Sep 2017 10:37 in response to haze44

Hi Ian, Jules Cissy and Hazel,

Glad you liked the post.

Welcome Cissy, I started this thread because I feel good news does give us a lift (Something we all need at tomes) so I am glad it put a smile on your face.

Take care everyone, Brian.

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14 Sep 2017 23:48 in response to haze44
Good call Hazel. Welcome Cissy. Stay with this chat for positive vibes. The stuff Brian posts are nothing but inspiring. Stay positive Cissy and this group will sure help you get thru it. They have sure helped me. Regards Ian.

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15 Sep 2017 08:27 in response to ianwoody

Good morning everyone,

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

An act of selflessness and generosity towards a Florida couple staying in Tennessee to ride out the storm is touching the hearts of many.Deanna Feist and her husband have been staying in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to avoid Hurricane Irma. A few days ago, the couple were on their way to a restaurant for lunch when their car battery died. The kind stranger who helped them gave them much more than a jump.

Feist wrote on Facebook:

"As we were headed to lunch at The Old Mill restaurant, all the lights in our dash came on, from airbags to tire pressure. After We shut the car off, it wouldn't turn on again. We asked the gentleman in the car next to us if we could get a jump, he happily helped us out. As I went inside to put our names on the waitlist, he told my husband he was the manager and he would get us in right away. His name was Mo, and he had been running the restaurant for 23 years. He got us a table, and our lunch came out quicker than could be expected. As we finished up, our waitress put an envelope on our table and said it was from the manager, and that our meals were on the house. Inside was a voucher for free meals, $200 cash and a letter."

The letter reads:

"You are probably here to escape the Hurricane Irma. My brother lives in Tallahassee, Fl. I am saddened to see such devastation in this beautiful state. I hope everything will turn out ok for you guys. Enclosed please accept my gift to you in case you need to buy a battery for your car. Also I am enclosing a meal ticket so you can come back to eat here. Good luck and Thanks for visiting my restaurant.

Mo Tamaddoni, General Manager."

Feist's post has more than 48,000 likes on Facebook.

"There are still good people out there!" Feist added. "I promise I will pay it forward! This man is a God send."


 

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15 Sep 2017 10:31 in response to woodworm

 

Hi Brian,

What a man! There are many people in the world who are as generous as this. Sadly, they don't always get the recognition they deserve.

It's so good that this couple have acknowledged his help and vouched to 'pay it forward.'

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

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15 Sep 2017 11:04 in response to woodworm

Yet again proof that despite all the bad news reported, there are still many, many good people and things happening in this world.  Yes, Brian, your thread title is so true, and thank goodness for that!

Hazel xx

 

 

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15 Sep 2017 11:06 in response to ianwoody

Thanks Ian, nice to see you back and hope you are progressing well. 

Take care , Hazel xx

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15 Sep 2017 14:27 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian

Once agan to read such a beautiful story is so heartwarming.  Mother nature caused/is causing difficult times for many and this gentleman's care and generosity knew no bounds at such a time. Bought a tear to my eyes whilst reading it but am sure gave the recipients a great feeling of wellbeing.  Good luck to them all as they continue their journey; the restaurant manager certainly offered an incredible level of customer service.  Jules

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15 Sep 2017 15:02 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian, thanks for the welcome. I'm feeling the vibes already. Take care. Kind regards Cissy 

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22 Sep 2017 09:23 in response to Cissy

Hi friends,

Thanks everyone.

Here is another GOOD NEWS story that I'm sure you'll like.

Just goes to show that depite all the technology we have, we stiil rely on lovely animals like this wonderful dog,Brian.

Meet Frida – the hero dog who has been working extremely hard to rescue people from the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

So far, Frida has saved 52 people, including 12 people in life-threatening situations after the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that devasted Oaxaca. Now, she's hard at work again trying to save people trapped in debris after Mexico's second deadly earthquake in just two weeks. People around the world have been thanking Frida, telling her she's been a very good girl while sharing photos of her in her rescue gear.

Even the President of Mexico sent out a tweet thanking Frida for all of her hard work. But don't worry, in between her many rescue missions, Frida is getting the rest she deserves.


 

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23 Sep 2017 11:23 in response to woodworm

Good morning friends,

Here is another story that shows there are good people in this world, Brian.

A mother's heartwarming story about a kind gesture that happened in an aisle at Target is touching the hearts of many. Alyssa Hacker, of Coweta, Oklahoma, was at Target shopping with her son, Owen, who grabbed three dinosaur toys off the shelf. While he was trying to pick out which one he wanted, Owen yelled, "Hi" to an older man walking by. The man turned around and began talking to Owen. As Owen continued to play with all three dinosaurs, the man reached into his wallet, pulled out a $20 bill and put it in the pocket of Owen's shirt. "I just lost my 2-year-old grandson last week," he said. "You take this money and buy this boy all three dinosaurs."

The man rubbed Owen's back, wiped away his tears and walked off.

Hacker's full post reads:

"This momma just cried in the middle of Target. We were at target waiting on Grammi and we found some dinosaurs. Owen grabbed all 3 and we were trying to pick out which one he wanted when Owen abruptly yelled "HI" at this older man walking past us. He turned around and said "hey sweet boy" he proceeded to play dinosaurs with Owen and with this crazy world we live in I was a little hesitant as too how close he was with Owen. The man got his wallet out and pulled a $20 out, he put it in Owens pocket on his shirt and said "i just lost my 2 year old grandson last week. You take this money and buy this boy all three dinosaurs" and rubbed Owens back, wiped his tears and walked off. After Owen yelled "thank you" the gentleman turned around and yelled boomer sooner! There is still some good in this world."

Hacker's touching story has been shared shared more than 120,000 times.


 

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24 Sep 2017 09:43 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Another story that prooves there are good people in the world, Brian.

A teenager's good deed was caught on video when he returned a wallet with $1,500 inside to its owner after finding it in the street. Melissa Vang of Elk Grove, California, was home with her two young children when she heard someone knock at the front door. Fearing the worst, she ignored it. What she later saw on her surveillance cameras surprised her. A young man had found her husband's wallet full of cash and returned it to her doorstep. Vang would later find out that Tyler Opdyke, 18, was passing out fliers for pest control in the neighborhood. He had found the wallet containing $1,500 in cash lying on the driveway. "God bless this young man's heart," Vang wrote on Facebook. "My husband dropped his wallet (with hundreds of dollars and all his credit cards) in our drive way and this gentleman picked it up and left it at our doorstep after waiting for a few minutes, because I wouldn't open the door (for strangers). I later found him. Thanked and rewarded him for his kind gesture."

"It's sad that I didn't trust him to open my door when he was just doing a good deed," Vang continued. "Sadly, this is the world we live in today. We hear so many terrible news and barely any good. I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there. His act of kindness cannot go  unrecognized." Opdyke admits as a teenager about to start college, he was excited at the thought of so much cash. "I've been raised in the church all my life and I just felt this is not mine," said Opdyke. "I don't know their family. I don't know what they're going through."


 

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4 Oct 2017 10:11 in response to woodworm

Hi ,folks,

heres another good story, Brian.

As a child, Montana Brown beat cancer — twice. Along the way, she dreamed of growing up to become a pediatric nurse. This week, Montana started working as a nurse at the same hospital that saved her life. When Montana was just two years old, she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer of the connective tissue. She underwent chemotherapy at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Cancer Center. By the time Montana reached high school, she had been active in competitive gymnastics and competitive cheerleading for years. Then the family got shocking news at the end of her freshman year: The 15-year-old had cancer again. She underwent chemotherapy at CHOA again. Montana said it was those encounters with nurses as a toddler and then years later as a teenager that pushed her to decide nursing was her calling."The nurses here, as great as they were when I was 2 -- from what my mom says -- they were extremely loving and caring and compassionate. And, just the love they showed me and my family in our time of need just really helped me," she told WSB-TV Atlanta.

"I really wanted to be that person where when I said, 'Hey, I totally understand. This is where I was. This is where I am now.' That me and my patients would form a bond. I'm not walking through the doors as a patient anymore. I am walking through as a staff member."


 

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5 Oct 2017 12:06 in response to woodworm

Hello Brian how are you my Friend. Trust all is good with Jules, Hazel and everyone on the board. With all that is going on in the world its stories like this that sure keep us going. Thanks again Brian. Have a nice day everyone.

Regards Ian.

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5 Oct 2017 15:08 in response to woodworm

A lovely story and I am sure she will make an excellent staff member having been a patient battling as a child to be well.  Hats off to her.  Jules

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5 Oct 2017 15:11 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian

Hope you are doing ok too.  Just done my 2 day week work stint so happy to be home and chatting to friends.Like you I enjoy reading some positive words/stories and it is a reminder that despite the difficult times/bad news in the media/life in general, there are also some wonderful people out there.

Have a great weekend.  Jules

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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

 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.


 

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17 Oct 2017 06:26 in response to woodworm

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

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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."


 

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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.

Regards,

Jolamine

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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."

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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

 

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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

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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."


 

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25 Oct 2017 14:42 in response to woodworm

Hello to all on this thread, 

Just leaving a little note here to say thank you  (particularly to Brian and his efforts to bring us all a little joy, but to all here too). 

I've just spent the past hour and some reading this thread from the beginning. It's been a difficult few weeks for my partner and I, with a few scares and playing the waiting game for him again, and every story here has brought me a little more peace and relief, and a whole lot of joy. 

 

Thank you! - T xx

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25 Oct 2017 16:38 in response to woodworm

Wonderful tale of how animals will interact with the youngsters.  Thanks Brian.  Jules