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7 Sep 2018 15:16 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian,

This is an absolutely brilliant way to help those who may be struggling and who cannot 'grow their own'.

My daughter and family have recently taken on an allotment and whilst they get things up and running the other 'growers'' are already offering their 'spare' pickings.  My youngest grandson has now been shown how to pull his own carrots (whole) from the ground and was so excited.  Trouble is, at not yet 5, his patience waiting for his own seeds to 'deliverr' is very amusing!!  A great community spirit.  Jules

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8 Sep 2018 09:14 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules. I remember when I was very young I had a veggy plot and seemed to think I would be able to watch the seeds grow ha ha, Brian.

99-Year-Old Walks 6 Miles A Day To Visit His Wife In The Hospital

September 5, 2018

Luther Younger is determined to visit his wife in the hospital every day, despite not having a car.

So, the 99-year-old from Rochester, New York, walks over 6 miles a day in the blistering summer heat.

Luther Younger's story has gone viral. The 99 year old walks 6 miles almost every day to see his wife in the hospital. He's been showcased on news outlets across the country. The fame hasn't him slowed him down one bit. He walks for the same reason he always has: "I love my wife"

Luther has been married to his wife for 55 years.

"I want to see my wife," he says. "I love my wife."

"She made a man out of me. She made me more than I ever could be."

In 2009, Luther's wife Waverlee was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She's been in and out of hospitals ever since. Luther is determined to visit her every day.

He said people often offer him rides, but he declines. He likes to walk because it clears his mind and he says he's always done hard labor for work. Luther is also a former Marine who fought in the Korean War, and he prides himself on his physical strength.

But his daily walk isn't about proving how strong he is. It's about proving his love for Waverlee.

CNY News reported that Waverlee is expected to leave the hospital this week.

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9 Sep 2018 08:49 in response to woodworm

Hi folks, 

Something a little differnt today, Brian.

Doctor's Shampoo Bottle Respirator Has Cut Mortality Rates By 75%

September 7, 2018

A doctor in Bangladesh has invented an artificial respirator out of a shampoo bottle and it's saving thousands of children's lives.

Last year 920,000 children under the age of five died of pneumonia, mostly in poor countries without access to expensive medical care. It is particularly threatening to malnourished children. In Bangladesh pneumonia causes 28% of infant mortality.

Dr. Mohammod Jobayer Chisti knew he had to find a better solution to get oxygen to infants and children.

On a recent work trip to Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Chisti was introduced to a type of ventilator called a bubble-CPAP, which is employed to help premature babies breathe. It channels the infant's exhaled breath through a tube that has its far end immersed in water. The exhaled breath emerges from the tube as bubbles. The pressure from the bubbles keeps the small air sacs of the lungs open.

But the price for a standard bubble-CPAP is far too expensive for poor hospitals.

So Dr. Chisti decided to create his own, using a discarded shampoo bottle that contained leftover bubbles, an oxygen supply and some tubing.

And it worked.

"We tested it on four or five patients at random. We saw a significant improvement within a few hours," Dr. Chisti said.

The hospital where he practices now deploys the device routinely and the number of children who die there from pneumonia has fallen by 75 percent.

The device has also cut the hospital's spending on pneumonia treatment by nearly 90%. The materials needed to make his ventilator cost $1.25.

Now Dr. Chisti plans to introduce his invention to other poor-country hospitals. His team is about to start trials of the new ventilator in a group of hospitals in Ethiopia.

Dr. Chisti says his goal is for every hospital in developing countries to have the CPAP device available to them.

"On that day, we can say that pneumonia-related mortality is near zero," he said.

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10 Sep 2018 06:44 in response to woodworm

Worthy of a place on this thread and I had seen it on social media too.  A wonderful story of 'true love'.  Thanks Brian.  Jules

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10 Sep 2018 06:48 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, this is a wonderful story. Taking it one step forward if this works so well then perhaps it should be adopted worldwide.......think of the savings to the health budget.  Recycling at its absolute best. Jules

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11 Sep 2018 09:21 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

After reading this I am convinced the title of this thread is corect, Brian.

Dozens Of Strangers Save Grandmother's Home From Being Condemned By The City

September 9, 2018

A grandmother was about four weeks away from losing her home. That is, until she woke up one morning to dozens of strangers ready to work.

Gina Gibson said her home in Independence, MO., was being condemned by the city. The home needed siding and gutter repairs, in addition to issues with her garage.

Gibson, who lives on her own since her husband passed away, could not afford to pay for the repairs.

So, she asked for help.

30 members of the local United Auto Workers Union (UAW) responded to the call and made all of the necessary repairs for Gibson to keep her home.

"I just need a place for the kids to go to Grandma's. That's important," Gibson told KMBC News.

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12 Sep 2018 08:59 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a great story about a little dog, Brian

Small Dog Saves 11-Year-Old Girl From Abduction

September 5, 2018

The family of an 11-year-old girl says her dog attacked a man who allegedly tried to kidnap her, giving her a chance to run home.

Bianca Hernandez said her little sister saw the male suspect looking at her strangely while she was out walking her 2-year-old beagle mix Ray.

"The driver actually catches up on to her, gets out of the vehicle and grabs her," Hernandez said. "He grabbed her by the arm and said, 'Come on'."

The 11-year-old resisted the attacker, but she was losing the struggle.

That's when her 15-pound dog saved the day.

"The dog was like 'uh-uh, this is not any regular person' so yeah he went for a bite in the leg and that was the only way for her to free herself," Hernandez said.

The girl was then able to run home. She and Ray both survived the attack without physical injuries.

"We're blessed that she's okay," Hernandez said.

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13 Sep 2018 15:50 in response to woodworm

Hi folks, 

Another good news story for you all, Brian.

NICU Volunteer Donates Over $1 Million To The Baby Unit

September 8, 2018

Every Tuesday, Louis Mapp visits the USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile, Alabama to rock, feed, or burp, any baby who needs loving arms.

This week, Louis and his wife Melinda donated $1,055,000 to the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

Louis, 81, has been volunteering at the hospital since early 2017.

"I love to look at their expressions when I rock them. This one is smiling at me right now, and it just makes your day to do that," he said.

This experience began the trajectory for the couple's recent gift.

"These babies are so precious, it's hard to put into words," Louis said. "We decided we wanted to do something that, after we're gone, would carry on, and that's why we established the endowment for the NICU."

Everyone, including Nurse Manager, Renee Rogers, was shocked by Mapp's donation.

"For him to come with his time alone is fabulous, but then the donation! It was massively surprising," Rogers said.

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14 Sep 2018 08:59 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

I think you'll like this one, Brian.

South Carolina Firefighters Rescue A Hummingbird

September 4, 2018

An exhausted hummingbird couldn't stand or fly, but it landed in the right place.

Firefighters at Richburg Fire-Rescue in South Carolina found the tiny bird "exhausted and dehydrated", the department wrote on Facebook.

Chief John Agee, Fire Marshal David McCain and firefighter Jobeth Holmes sat beside it, offering it water from the plastic cap of a water bottle "until it was able to stand and fly away," assistant fire chief T. Melton told The News & Observer.

"You can teach almost anyone how to be a firefighter, a medic or just about anything imaginable. What is virtually impossible to teach is compassion," the department wrote. "We are fortunate that we have a tremendous group in our department that has passion and desire to help, regardless of the situation."

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15 Sep 2018 08:38 in response to woodworm

Hi folks This one is a little older but still agreat styory, Brian

Woman Thinks She Has To Evacuate When Firefighters Arrive, But They Had Other Plans

July 27, 2018

The Ferguson fire in California has been burning since July 13 and has consumed more than 43,000 acres.

The fire "has threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused power outages and the evacuation of residents," the governor's office said in a statement.

Brenda Ann Marks thought she was going to have to evacuate her cabin again when Turlock firefighters arrived unannounced at her home on Thursday, but the firemen had other plans.

This is what Brenda wrote on Facebook:

"I heard a knock at front door, when opening the door there stood 4 firemen in full gear...I said oh no I have to leave again?

He Instantly replied Nooo ma'am we're here to help you, Is there anything we can do? I thought for a second no sir... I couldn't think of anything.

He then replied so sweetly do you have a lawn mower? Your lawn needs mowing and we want to do it! So one guy head out and mowed my back yard!!"

"Then the other guy said why is your freezer out here on the deck? Oh I said I still have to clean it out it's empty of rotten food...I'm going to do that today!

He replied well I'm going to clean it out for you... do you have cleaning supplies bleach, 409, some rags... I said oh that's ok I can do it.

Low and behold before I knew it two of them pick up my freezer at took it over to the gravel out front. Cleaned it and carried back into my home...stepping over water in hallway."

"I had a ice chest that was leaking water inside the front hallway.... well I'm sure you can guess he took everything out transferring it to a good freezer next to it!

I also had a lot of pieces to the inside of the refrigerator freezer propped up in the hall drying from being cleaned.

Ma'am can I put these pieces back in the freezer for you...and before I knew it he had put everything back in and screwed down all the pieces taken out to get yuk stuff cleaned up."

"I teared up...I thank them all so much for everything from saving all the homes and helping me out here at my Cabin.

God Bless you all!

They all gave me a big hug and said nice to meet you Brenda, Cheyenne and Daphne.

Thank you!"

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16 Sep 2018 08:11 in response to woodworm

Thanks for all these wonderful tales Brian.  Human nature can bring so much kindness to people during difficult times and animals also on the giving and receiving ends too.Perfect.  Thanks for sharing. Jules

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17 Sep 2018 09:40 in response to jules54

Hi folks, 

Here is a great story, Brian.

Teen Helps Crying Boy On The Wrong Bus Get Home Safe

September 16, 2018

A 15-year-old high school student has been praised for helping a distraught 11-year-old who got lost n his way home after his first day of high school.

The boy was on his way home from his first day of high school when he became upset, after learning he had got on the wrong school bus, from Holy Family Catholic High School and was getting further and further away from home.

And without a phone or any money, the 11-year-old had no means of getting home.

After spotting him crying, Tom O'Brien gave the boy £10 and ordered him a cab to collect him from the next stop. Two fellow students, Harry Campbell and Dylan Robson, stood with him while he waited for the cab to arrive.

The mother of one of the students on the bus shared the act of kindness on Facebook.

"There really are some truly decent kids out there!" Ruth Furlong wrote. "Alex's first day at high school yesterday and on the bus ride home, a year 11 lad came over to them all asking how their first day went? He spots a new kid crying because he's gotten on the wrong bus and it's getting further away from where he lives.

'It's ok mate, don't worry, you'll be home soon' he told him. He whipped out a tenner and arranged for a taxi to pick him up at the next bus stop and made sure he got home safe.

Alls I know is his name is Tom and he's a year 11 pupil at Holy Family so if anyone knows him or his parents, let them know what a lovely lad they've raised! Faith in humanity restored a little today."

Tom's older sister Katie O'Brien left a comment confirming his identity, writing: "Ahhh everyone it was my little brother."

"I've just been tagged in this by a friend of mine who's seen this status," she added. "We are so proud of Tom and it's so lovely to know he's a good lad in the outside world".

According to the Liverpool Echo, the taxi driver did not charge the boy and his parents for the young boy's ride home, and dropped the £10 back off at school for Tom.

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18 Sep 2018 07:38 in response to woodworm

Heartwarming story which I also saw on social network.  Great when good deeds are shared. Jules

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19 Sep 2018 08:56 in response to jules54

Good morning all,

Thanks Jules.

Here is a great story, Brian.

Woman Prays For Help, Gets Response Hours Later At A Gas Station

September 18, 2018

A woman had given up hope after she had lost everything, but a small act of kindness has given her the strength to move on.

"I never pray, and I prayed yesterday morning," Cassandra Orozco told FOX 35 News.

"You know what I need. Just please give it to me," she prayed.

Hours later, she believes God responded to her prayer.

Cassandra pulled into a gas station to fill up her tank and there was a gift card taped to the pump.

Cassandra says she looked around the gas station in disbelief, then took a picture of the gas pump and gift card for social media.

Attached to the gift card was a picture of a baby. Eleanor-Josephine was stillborn on Sept. 11, 2015. Her mother, Natalie, has been performing acts of kindness in her honor.

She bought gift cards at different stores, made kits for the homeless, paid the meals of random strangers and bought pizzas for local fire stations, FOX 35 reported.

"To be blessed by someone who doesn't want anything in return. It is amazing, ya know? I want Eleanor-Josephine's memory to live on forever," Cassandra said.

Cassandra says Natalie's act of kindness changed her life and she plans to pay it forward once she's back on her feet.

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19 Sep 2018 16:50 in response to woodworm

A lovely story. Thanks for sharing on this thread Brian.  Jules