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Re: There is good in the world

30 Jan 2018 10:54 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Here is another story about an act of kindness that proves there are good people in the world, Brian.

Graduate Hopes To Track Down Kind Stranger Who Gave Her £100 On Train

'I want to say thank you to the person who gave me this gift.'

A woman is desperate to track down the kind stranger who left £100 on her lap while she slept on a train.

Ella Johannessen said the gesture left her in tears, particularly after a tough 18 months in which her father and both grandparents passed away.

The 23-year-old graduate was on the 14:52 train from Peterborough to Leeds on 27 Jan when she phoned her mum and began discussing how little money she had and that it was worrying her.

During the conversation, she became increasingly upset - and somebody clearly overheard her plight.

After speaking to her mum, Ella drifted off to sleep. When she woke up again, she was shocked to find someone had left £100 in cash under a napkin on her lap.

Ella said the gesture left her in tears once more.

She has since shared her story in the hope she can track down the stranger who gave her the money so she can thank them properly.

A Facebook post by Ella has been shared more than 6,500 times. The recent graduate wrote: “After a terrible 18 months where I lost my father and both of his parents it showed me that there is kindness and good people in the world.”

Addressing the person who had gifted her the money, she added: “I will pass your kindness on.

“I want to say thank you to the person who gave me this gift, I hope you will eventually see this.”

Re: There is good in the world

30 Jan 2018 12:48 in response to woodworm

Yes this is lovely, isn't it, I read it too in my paper today and thought about adding it here, but you beat me to it!

Thanks Brian.

Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

30 Jan 2018 12:50 in response to woodworm

Another good 'share' Brian.  I read and shared on Facebook as it would be nice for her to thank her giftmaker.  I think perhaps they may, however, prefer to stay anonymous.  Heartwarming.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

4 Feb 2018 09:51 in response to jules54

Hi folks, 

Here's another story for you, Brian.

A video of a Milwaukee bus driver assisting in saving a mother's life and comforting the woman's young daughter while waiting for help to arrive is touching the hearts of many.

According to the Milwaukee County Transit System, as Michelle Mixon was driving her bus near 76th and Mill, she came upon a frightening scene. A woman passed out in front of the bus, and the woman's 6-year-old daughter ran to the bus for help, crying and screaming "My Mommmy. Mommy!"

"She's having a seizure," the girl cried. "I'm scared."

"Okay, I know sweetie, I know," Mixon replied, as she called for help.

Mixon comforted the girl as strangers rushed to help her mother. One man took off his coat to keep her warm.

An ambulance arrived and Mixon held the girl tightly as paramedics placed her mother on a stretcher.

"They're going to take care of her," Mixon said.

Mixon told her co-workers she was happy to help and that the incident was the "most memorable and emotional thing" she has been through, according to the MCTS official release.

Re: There is good in the world

4 Feb 2018 13:01 in response to woodworm

Lovely story Brian.  A little kindness goes such a long way and I do hope her Mummy made a good recovery.



I did my own good deed yesterday. Was returning from the gym and was just one road from home when an elderly lady stopped me and enquired whether I had the time to help her to the bus stop (about 5 minutes walk away for me). She had no stick but was obviously in a bit of pain.  Well in the 15 minutes it took us to get to the bus stop she chatted away about how she had come over from Ireland at the age of 16 to find work, was now 77 with severe sciatica and living with her son who, I must know, because he lived in the next road to me!  She was so appreciative and  I waited with her until the bus came before walking back towards home again.  I actually think it was the company she craved  bless her but I was happy to have hopefully brightened both our days a little.  It costs nothing to show some patience after all. 

Re: There is good in the world

5 Feb 2018 07:55 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Jules, well done you. I bet she was so pleased with you help and company.

Here is another nice story, Brian.

Woman Is Miraculously Reunited With The Dog She Had To Give Up As A Child

A woman has been reunited with her childhood puppy, Chloe, after seeing a photo of the now 11-year-old dog on Facebook earlier this week.

Nicole Grimes of West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, said because she was an only child at the time, her grandmother picked out a puppy to be a companion for her.

When Grimes was 14, her father got a job working from home, and Chloe was too loud and "yappy" during his work day. They took her to Washington Area Humane Society, and never knew what happened to her.

"I remember I was so sad and my stomach was nervous driving her there that day," Grimes told Observer Reporter.

Grimes said she always wondered about Chloe and would think about her often.

As it turns out, Chloe was taken in by an elderly couple and lived with them for years before they died. The family of the couple then passed Chloe on to a neighbor, who happened to be friends with Grimes on Facebook, and was looking for a good home for Chloe.

"It looked very similar to my puppy when I was little," Grimes said. "So, on a whim, I said, 'I'll take her.'"

When she took Chloe to the vet to see if she was microchipped, the technician confirmed her suspicions. It was identical to the chip number of the puppy from her childhood. Chloe had miraculously found her way home.

"I felt like I won the lottery," Grimes said. "That was one of the most exciting moments of my life. I just never thought I'd see her again."

Chloe now lives with Grimes, her husband, Isaiah Grimes, and their 4-month-old daughter, Violet.

"She's been so cuddly, and she fits right in here," Grimes said. "It's like a part of my childhood came back."

Re: There is good in the world

5 Feb 2018 08:51 in response to woodworm

Such an amazing story and it appears the dog has had a good long life too. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

5 Feb 2018 12:43 in response to woodworm

Two lovely stories, thanks Brian.  Poor little girl must have been so frightened, and what an amazing coincidence that the doggie went full circle - Facebook does have it's merits! 

Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

5 Feb 2018 12:45 in response to jules54

Well done you, taking a little time to help someone brings pleasure to both parties, doesn't it? 

Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

5 Feb 2018 14:14 in response to haze44

Hi Hazel, I honestly feel as though we both benefitted and I was lucky to have been passing by.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

6 Feb 2018 10:13 in response to jules54

Hi Folks,

A Small Kindness

By Joseph J. Mazzella • January 30, 2018

I had abruptly run out of printer ink just when I needed it, so I found myself making the long drive to the only store around here that sells it. It was the worst possible time to shop. The store was packed with people and the wait at the checkout counter was long. I could see the stress and frustration on the faces of the people around me. It was no better in the parking lot and I found myself in the middle of a long line of cars waiting to pull out on the highway.

As my car was inching forward I saw her. She was a young, thin woman with black skin and a tattered coat. She was holding up a cardboard sign that read: “Homeless. Please Help!” I watched as car after car drove past her while their drivers averted their eyes. As I came closer my better angels whispered in my ear and I quickly grabbed my wallet and pulled out the little cash I had left. I stopped next to her, rolled down my window, and quickly put it in her hand. She looked at me with a small, sad smile and whispered “Thank You” before the honking of the car behind me forced me to drive on.

I drove away saying a prayer for her and hoping that I had helped her even a little. Did my small act of kindness make a difference for her? I don’t know. Did it change the opinion of the driver behind me? Probably not. Was it important in the eyes of Heaven? Definitely So! In this life we all want to make great changes and do great things, but sometimes a small kindness is all God asks of us. Sometimes a small kindness is all we can do. Sometimes a small kindness is enough.

Robert Fulghum once wrote: “Maybe being a bleeding heart is always better than having no heart at all.” Let your heart guide you then. Fill your days with small kindnesses. Fill your life with love. And know there is always a home waiting for you: in Heaven.

Re: There is good in the world

6 Feb 2018 10:59 in response to woodworm

We can all try to be Good Samaritans in our own small way -  doesn't take much really, does it?

Thanks Brian.

Hazel xx

Re: There is good in the world

7 Feb 2018 09:49 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

Thanks Hazel

Kate Winslet And Leonardo DiCaprio Save The Life Of A Pregnant Cancer Patient

February 6, 2018

A young mom who was losing her battle with cancer has been given the "all clear" from doctors after actress Kate Winslet stepped in to help.

When the US National Health Services in 2014 told a then-pregnant Gemma Nuttall that she had only 6 to 12 months to live because she refused cancer treatment to save her baby's life, the 29-year-old felt her life was falling apart.

After Nuttall gave birth to a healthy baby girl, doctors said there was nothing more they could do for her. The cancer had spread to her brain and lungs.

But the determined mom discovered a "wonder clinic" based in Germany that offered immunotherapy treatment - but the catch was the enormous cost.

Then Nuttall received a life-changing email.

Winslet had read about Nuttall's story and had her assistant send Nuttall an email saying she and Titanic co-star Leonardo CiCaprio wanted to help.

With Winslet and DiCaprio's support, Nuttall succeeded in raising £337,504 ($468,118 US) to pay for the treatment.

After a dozen treatments, Nuttall has been given the all-clear following two MRI scans.

Nuttall and Winslet have yet to meet in person but are planning to see each other soon.

"I have my daughter and she's only three, I want to see her grow up," Nuttall said.

"I just want to thank her for saving my life."

Re: There is good in the world

7 Feb 2018 11:18 in response to woodworm

Yes, I read this too, it's a nice story.

Thanks Brian xx


Re: There is good in the world

7 Feb 2018 15:00 in response to woodworm

A nice outcome for this new family Jules