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6 Mar 2018 10:12 in response to woodworm

Hi folks, 

Here is a story about an amazing grandmother, Brian.

This 93-Year-Old Grandma Is Flying To Kenya To Volunteer At An Orphanage

March 4, 2018

A 93-year-old grandmother in Noventa Vicentina, Italy, is heading to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage.

Norma Irma had been giving donations to the orphanage, founded by an Italian missionary, for years. This year, donations weren't enough.

Norma's granddaughter, Elisa Coltro, wrote a post about her grandmother’s inspiring story on Facebook with photos sent from her mother, who is accompanying Norma on her journey.

"This is my grandma Irma, a young lady of 93, who set off for Kenya tonight," wrote Coltro. "Not to some tourist resort to be waited on hand and foot, but to go to a village of children, in an orphanage. I'm showing her to you because I believe that all of us should always keep a dash of recklessness in order to live and not just survive. Look at her... Who's stopping her? I love her."

Norma and her daughter are planning to stay in Kenya for three weeks.

"Or perhaps my grandma will decide to stay and won't come back," Coltro told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. "It's entirely possible, knowing her big heart and her energy."

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6 Mar 2018 14:16 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian,

Just been catching up with this thread and the stories are truly heartwarming. I even read some of them to my Mum whilst visitiing today as a way of passing the time.Mum is still responding to her carers and appeared comfortable having had a good breakfast and apparently ate well yesterday too. It would appear her body is stronger than her mind bless her. I will never give up trying to encourage her and keep her up to date with family news even though she shows no sign of interest. My deep thanks will always be with those who take care of her; truly vocational. Jules

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17 Mar 2018 04:47 in response to jules54
Hey Jules how are you. Trust all is good and that your Mum is strong. God bless. I was told during my treatment that the body is such a strong machine that it can take so much pain and so called abuse from treatment. It is the mind we all need to worry about. Give her strength.

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17 Mar 2018 04:50 in response to woodworm

Hey Brian how are you mate. Great story. Its amazing how people who dont have much always want to give to others. Life is great.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Regards Ian.

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17 Mar 2018 08:24 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian,

Not the start to the day I wanted.  It's snowing again!! Still I will have to go out as have no bathroom facilities today (laying new flooring once tiler arrives!!).  I am jogging along (well walking anyway!!).  Still visiting Mum whose body is definitely stronger than her mind bless her. I can only imagine her inner torment as she no longer talks to me though there are a couple of the care staff who get the odd word.  Has had mental issues since the age of 27 and will be 92 this year but is dementia free!  Thankfully the pain patches keep her comfortable which is a blessing I suppose.

Hope you have a good weekend.  Jules

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17 Mar 2018 09:35 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules and Ian.

Waffle House Waitress Who Helped An Elderly Man Cut Up His Food Gets A $16,000 College Scholarship

March 10, 2018

A waitress at a Waffle House in La Marque, TX, was surprised with a scholarship from Texas Southern University after her act of kindness was captured on camera.

Evoni Williams, 18, received praise from all over when she was seen cutting up food for an elderly customer who had recently undergone surgery.

The man told Williams that his hands weren't working too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting his ham.

La Marquee Mayor Bobby Hocking presented a proclamation to Williams at her Waffle House location.

Williams' act also caught the eye of TSU, which surprised her with a scholarship totaling $16,000 - $4,000 for each of four semesters. Williams said she is working at Waffle House to save up for college.

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17 Mar 2018 15:41 in response to woodworm

Love this story Brian.  You just never expect to be rewarded when you offter a hand of friendship/assistance.  How wonderful that this young lady now has a chance to go to college in honour of her good deed.  Well done to all concerned.  Jules

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18 Mar 2018 10:29 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

Surgeon Walks 3 Hours In The Snow To Perform Surgery On Cancer Patient

March 16, 2018

A heavy snowstorm that brought much of Scotland to a standstill last week was not enough to stop a "superwoman" surgeon from doing her job.

After waking at her snow-covered home in Glasgow, Lindsey Chisholm realized she couldn't drive to her hospital eight miles away where she was scheduled to operate on a colon cancer patient.

So, Chisholm put on her winter gear and trekked through the snow for nearly three hours.

"I got up early on Thursday morning, saw there was quite a lot of snow but it didn't look impossible," Chisholm told BBC.

When she finally arrived at the hospital, two colleagues took one look at her dressed in a her winter gear with goggles and snow poles and started laughing.

"I had the right equipment, I knew there was no avalanche risk, I was not going to get lost, there were places I could stop on the way if the weather did become absolutely terrible so I just didn't think anything of it," she said.

Cancer patient Iain McAndrew told BBC Scotland he was "gobsmacked" when he saw the surgeon arrive still wearing her winter walking gear.

"When she walked in my heart took a wee jump. I thought it was amazing. If there is a real-life superwoman she is it," McAndrew said.

"She told me my operation would be on, which made me a very happy chappy. It felt like a Christmas Day because she came in with all her winter stuff on and she told me she had walked in from her home. I couldn't believe she'd walked nearly eight miles to do surgery on me."

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18 Mar 2018 10:57 in response to woodworm

Thanks for sharing this one Brian.  I saw it on the TV and it is what true dedication means. Jules

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23 Mar 2018 09:50 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Here is a great story and One that has moved me, Brian.

A Young Man Tells A Veteran 'I'm Grateful For You' And Pays For His Items At Walmart

March 20, 2018

A woman standing in line at a Walmart in Ankeny, Iowa, watched a random act of kindness unfold right in front of her so she snapped a few photos and shared the wonderful story on Facebook.

"There I was caught in the rush of life yesterday at Walmart Ankeny. Annoyed I was standing in a line, God forbid I wait for something in this ‘instant- I need it now life'... holding a few items in my hands ready to celebrate St. Paddy's festivities, absorbed in my own world of technology, looking down at my phone, I didn't even notice the two gentlemen standing in front of me until I heard an older mans voice in confusion declare, 'Wait, what is happening? What are you doing?!'

I looked up from my phone to see a younger man in front of the older gentleman respond, 'Sir, I'm paying for your items because you paid by serving my country and I'm grateful for you.'

The older man was caught off guard with a loss for words, fumbling his gloves in his hands and trying desperately to hold in his emotion, as was I. Just as quickly as he scanned his card and paid for the items, that young man said another thank you and quickly left. The veteran was still in shock as he was handed his items he asked, 'What do I do now?' To which the cashier responded with a warm smile, 'You have a good day!'

It was that moment I realized I had TWO heroes in line in-front of me. My heart welled as I watched our veteran readjust his Veteran ball cap, straighten up, and hold his head with pride as he walked out knowing someone was grateful for him. What a feeling- in this life where we rush through with our eyes down at a screen full of negativity and disagreements - to have someone simply say 'I'm grateful for you.'

That 20 second interaction didn't just change the veteran's day- it changed my day, as well as that cashier's- because that 20 seconds showed us by looking up and slowing down- life is pretty beautiful and surely we can find something to be grateful for.

Thank you Ankeny Angel- we needed you."

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24 Mar 2018 18:28 in response to woodworm

What a truly heartwarming story.  Thanks for sharing it with this thread Brian.  Jules

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25 Mar 2018 10:52 in response to jules54

Hi friends, 

Thanks Jules.

Here is another story.

Someone Robbed A Kid's Public Rock Museum. People Around The World Are Helping Restock It

March 20, 2018

People from all over the world are offering rocks and monetary donations to a thirteen-year-old boy whose public rock museum was broken into and robbed this week.

Judah Tyreman started the Sesula Mineral and Gem Museum in Radisson, Saskatchewan, because he wanted to share his passion for rocks with as many people as possible.

Last Sunday morning, Judah visited his museum and immediately knew something was wrong. The door had been jimmied open and jewelry was scattered along the sidewalk. A thief had helped themselves to items estimated to be worth $6,000 to $8,000, including a piece of rare ocean jasper worth about $3,000, Saskatoon Star Phoenix reports.

They also stole the museum's donation jar.

But after the crime was reported, people began to rally around Judah.

"I've had nonstop emails since yesterday," Judah said.

People from as far away as New Mexico have contacted him to send specimens from their own collections. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum has also offered to donate a variety of its duplicates. He's also raised more than $9,000 through his ******** page.

Although he was sad to see some of his favorite pieces disappear, Judah is looking on the bright side and staying hopeful for the return of his specimens.

"I think something good came out of something bad," he said. "I would have preferred to keep a couple more, but it's been pretty good — I am hoping my specimens are found, though."

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1 Apr 2018 10:06 in response to woodworm

Hi folks, 

Another moving story for you today, Brian.

Couple Sends Wedding Invite To Wrong Address, Gets Back A Heartfelt Note And Surprise

March 30, 2018

A young couple in Oregon got their own wedding invitation back in the mail along with a note, a gift and some marriage advice from a total stranger.

Cassie Warren, 25, and her fiance Jesse Jones, 23, accidentally sent their aunt and uncle a wedding invite to their old address.

"We got the invitation back in another envelope. On the outside of the envelope, it said 'live long and prosper,'" Warren told ABC News. And the original invitation was enclosed with a note on the front and $20.

"I wish I knew you -- this is going to be a blast. Congratulations -- go have dinner on me. I've been married for 40 years -- it gets better with age," the anonymous sender wrote.

"I saw the note I was just surprised and blessed that she would do that for a stranger," Warren said. "Jesse was confused at first too -- [he wondered] why someone was sending us money, then I read the message to him, and he was shocked and grateful."

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1 Apr 2018 18:02 in response to woodworm

How lovely.Thanks for sharing.  Jules

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2 Apr 2018 09:39 in response to jules54

Hi everyone, 

Thanks Jules.

Here is another great story, Brian.

Police Post Photos Of A Suspect On Facebook, Community Responds With Kindness

March 29, 2018

A few weeks ago, a man had $250 stolen from his wallet while he was at Station Medical Center in Altoona, PA.

The Atloona Police Department posted surveillance photos of the suspect on their Facebook page in the hope that someone might recognize the thief.

Someone did reach out, but his message had nothing to do with the thief.

"A few weeks ago we posted some surveillance photos of a suspect who stole $250.00 (originally posted as $150.00) cash from an older gentleman’s wallet at the Station Medical Center in Altoona," the department wrote on Facebook.

"A man named Brian Littlehale reached out to us and asked if he could donate to the victim to help reimburse the money that was stolen. I was truly surprised at the request and must say that this type of gesture has never been offered in any of the crimes that we have reported on social media. I was able to get Mr. Littlehale in contact with the victim and was later sent this photo. Mr. Littlehale personally donated $150.00 to the victim and Boy Scout Troop 3031 donated the remaining $100.00. The victim was totally reimbursed due to this incredible act of kindness! We would like to thank Brian Littlehale and Boy Scout Troop 3031 for this heartwarming story and reminding us that our community is capable of great things!"

According to Littlehale, the man was so appreciative of their actions that he in return donated the money.