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21 Sep 2018 10:46 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules

I thought to following story just right for this site.Brian

Dad Breaks Down In Tears When Kids Surprise Him With Mustang He Sold 12 Years Ago For Wife's Cancer Treatment

September 19, 2018

Wesley Ryan loved his 1993 Ford Mustang, which he called "Christine". He named the car after the 1983 movie based on the novel by Stephen King.

But 12 years ago, Wesley had to sell Christine to help pay for his wife's cancer treatment.

"Medical bills were piling up," Wesley's daughter Jeni told CBS News. "My dad without hesitation posted his car for sale and within two days, someone came and got it and that tore my dad into pieces."

Realizing how much that car meant to him and the sacrifice he made for their mother, Jeni and her brother Jake decided to find the original Christine and buy it back for their father.

"So my brother calls me, tells me, 'Hey, I found Christine online'," Jeni said. "That same day we drove up to Kyle, Texas, to go pick her up."

Jeni, Jake and their mother, who is now 13 years cancer-free, helped coordinate a plan to surprise Wesley with the car that night.

Jeni says she still tears up when she watches the video of the surprise.

"He never expected anything back from us. All my dad wanted us to be is successful, and that's all he ever asked from us. He never asked for his vehicle back," she said. "Literally, words cannot explain that video because that video explains absolutely everything."


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22 Sep 2018 09:20 in response to woodworm

Hi folks, 

Here is a great story I'm sure you;ll like, Brian

Every Week, This 93-Year-Old Man Buys A Box Of Hershey's Chocolate Bars And Hands Them Out To Strangers

September 21, 2018

A 93-year-old World War II vet is making an impact in his community -- with chocolate.

Every weekend, Bob Williams walks into a local dollar store in Long Grove, Iowa, and buys a box of Hershey's chocolate bars.

He hands two to the cashiers, a third to the person behind him in line and then sets off around town handing the rest out to anyone he sees.

Bob has been handing out free chocolate bars for the past 10 years. When Hershey's discovered Bob's story in a local magazine, they decided to feature him in their latest marketing campaign.

"It puts a smile on their face," Bob says in a video from Hershey's. "It just makes me feel good."

Over the years, it's estimated that Bob has handed out around 6,000 chocolate bars.

Jan Hartwig-Heggen told CNN that she estimates Bob has given her "two or three hundred" chocolate bars.

And it looks like Bob will no longer have to pay for the chocolate. Hershey's says they are going to make sure Bob has "all the bars he'll ever need."

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23 Sep 2018 09:14 in response to woodworm

Hi friends,

Came across this one and wanted to share it with you all, Brian.

Janitor Enjoys Vacation Paid For By Students

September 20, 2018

A beloved janitor at Bristol University enjoyed a much-needed vacation in Jamaica paid for by donations from more than 200 Bristol students.

Earlier this year, a student posted on Bristol University’s "confession" Facebook page called Bristruths about Herman Gordon.

"The Jamaican cleaner in the med library is the jolliest man I have ever met, he makes me smile even when I’m in the deepest depths of revision or trying to be, if you want a reason to smile go talk to him for a min or two," the post said.

Soon after, a crowdfunding page was launched to send Herman to Jamaica so he could visit family for the first time in over a decade.

More than 230 people had donated to the cause and Herman was gifted £1,500.

A video of Herman breaking down in tears when he was told about the trip in June went viral.

On September 18, Bristruths posted an update on Herman's vacation:

"We're delighted to say that Herman loved his holiday at a five star resort in Jamaica along with his wife Denise. They celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary there and have gone on to visit family in Kingston.

Herman has told us: 'God bless you all. Everybody will see this and think that I'm a trillionaire' whilst Denise has said: 'I just wanted to say thank you to all the University of Bristol students for this gift that they have given to me and Herman'."

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24 Sep 2018 08:36 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, good news feed here.I do find reading these stories somewhat heartwarming when our press prefer to concentrate on the 'downside' of the news so often.  Thank goodness for social media which brings a lot of good vibes to our attention and well worth their place again here.  Jules

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24 Sep 2018 10:10 in response to jules54

Hi folks, 

Thanks Jules.

Hope you like this one, Brian.

Mexico Stops Hotel Construction Near Sea Turtle Nesting Beach

September 20, 2018

Environmentalists in Mexico have stepped in to protect one of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the Caribbean.

The Mexican government has denied permits to build a 520-room hotel, which would have erected twenty-three buildings and an artificial lake just inland from the Xcacel beach, north of the resort of Tulum.

The Federal Environment Department said in statement the project could threaten Xcacel, and called it "the site with the largest observed nesting of sea turtles on the entire Yucatan Peninsula."

The beach is a nesting area for loggerhead, hawksbill and green sea turtles.

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles, which include poaching, fishing, and plastic.

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24 Sep 2018 13:54 in response to woodworm

Great to read this item Brian and good news indeed. Years ago was lucky enough to witness baby turtles heading to the sea from a protected beach in the Greek Islands and the conservation of such sites is so important.  Jules

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26 Sep 2018 14:51 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

Here is a great story, Brian.

They Met As Cancer Patients At St. Jude's. 25 Years Later, They Tied The Knot

September 26, 2018

Joel Alsup and Lindsey Wilkerson tied the knot this month, 25 years after first meeting as patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Lindsey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 10. Joel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 7.

"When I met this guy, when I was in treatment, I admired him," Lindsey said of her now-husband. "I looked up to him, I thought he was such an incredible person. We grew in our friendship over the years."

Lindsey and Joel lost touch when they went their separate ways for college, but it was St. Jude's that brought them back together again.

Both would end up working at the children's hospital that saved their lives many years ago.

Lindsey, now 37, ran into Joel on her first day on the job. She said she instantly recognized his smile.

"I was finally brave enough to tell her that I liked her, not only that but that I loved her," Joel, now 38, told Fox 13. "Luckily she felt the same way."

The couple tied the knot on Sept. 1 at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

"I could have never fathomed that I'd be sitting here today, at his side, as his wife, having the privilege to be married on the grounds of the place that saved our lives," Lindsey said.

The Alsups included other former cancer patients in their wedding party, and hope that their story helps to inspire others.


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26 Sep 2018 15:12 in response to woodworm

A beautiful story Brian. Jules

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28 Sep 2018 14:44 in response to woodworm

Great story Brian. Great inspiration for all of us. Trust everyone is doing ok. Regards Ian.

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1 Oct 2018 10:02 in response to ianwoody

Hi everyone,

Thanks Jules and Ian.Here is a great little story Brian
Child Is Given His Own Parking Spot In Adorable Act Of Kindness

September 26, 2018

Christie Dietz's 4-year-old son has parked his bicycle at the same lamppost every day for the last year.

On Monday, Dietz discovered the spot is now reserved just for him.

A kind stranger had taken the time to create a parking sign sticker that features the child's green bicycle.

"My son has parked his bike by this lamppost just about every day for the last year. This morning, this sticker had appeared. Absolutely made our day. People can be so brilliant. Thank you, whoever did it," Dietz wrote on Twitter.

Dietz's tweet has over 261,000 likes. And the reaction on Twitter suggests the smiles have come with an equal number of happy tears.

"This is so precious I want to cry," wrote Tori Dykes.

"Ok, that's the most adorable random act of kindness ever," wrote Sandy.

"Omg they must've had SO much fun doing that! So much that they didn't want credit, it was its own reward!" wrote Thomas Maynard.

Dietz said she has written a thank-you note which she plans to leave at her son's newly-reserved parking space.

"It makes me so very happy that this one person's lovely deed has made so many people smile," Deitz said.

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2 Oct 2018 08:01 in response to woodworm

Thanks for sharing this story Brian.  It must have made this little boy's day.  How special and I wonder if the good samaritan felt his joy from a distance.

Ian, hope all is going well with yourself.  I have been enjoying some quality family time with children and grandchildren over the past long weekend so feeling pretty good just now.

Take care all.  Jules

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2 Oct 2018 09:31 in response to jules54

Hi folks, 

Thanks Jules.

Here is a great story about a great young man, Brian

Selfless 9-Year-Old Uses Make-A-Wish To Throw Party For Entire School

October 1, 2018

A 9-year-old boy in Watertown, South Dakota used his wish from Make-A-Wish to throw a party for his entire school.

Javier Amos has been battling leukemia. And the best news is he's now in remission.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation recently approached his family to grant him any wish he wanted. Javier could have gone to Disney World or met his favorite athlete.

Instead, he asked them to throw a pizza party for all of his friends at school.

"Out of all the wishes we have granted, this has got to be one of the most unique ones," Make-A-Wish South Dakota Program Services Director Joe Evenson said. "For a kid his age to be able to do what he’s doing today, he could have literally went anywhere in the world, chosen to met anybody he wanted to or had anything he wanted."

Javier was in and out of the hospital for much of the last year receiving chemotherapy treatments. He said he really missed spending time with his friends.

Last Friday, Javier arrived to school in a police car. When he arrived, everyone was waiting for him with signs and costumes.

For two hours after school, Javier and all of his McKinley Elementary schoolmates ate pizza, played laser tag and enjoyed inflatable slides, bouncy houses and obstacle courses.

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3 Oct 2018 06:53 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian

Even at such a young age this lad appreciates the importance of friendship especially when times are tough. A very special child indeed and long may his remission last.  Jules

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3 Oct 2018 09:03 in response to jules54

Hi friends,

Thanks Jules.

I love reading about RANOM ACTS OF KINDNESS like this next story, Brian.

Random Act Of Kindness At Restaurant Makes Family's Night

October 2, 2018

A family in South Bend, Indiana was caught off guard when a stranger offered to pay for their entire dinner at Taphouse on the Edge.

"This gentleman stops by, taps me on the right shoulder, and I look over there and he's at my left shoulder and he says hey dad, I love your family, dinner's on me and left this card, it had 200 dollars on it and was out the door before I could realize what was going on," said Matthew Cloud, the father. "I was just really shocked, normally I have a lot to say and I was really sitting there looking around going really is this happening to us because it’s not something that normally happens."

The family of eight can often have a hard time juggling everything, so the act of kindness meant a lot.

"Just pure joy for us to be able to sit and relax and have a wonderful time and not have the bill that night, it was wonderful," said Nicole Cloud, the mother.

Nicole said she often tries to carry out small acts of kindness like paying for police officers and first responders if they're in the drive-thru behind her.

"It was a nice teaching moment for the kids that we're always telling them to do good deeds and to pay attention to other people in the neighborhood, say hello, have a friendly face, and when you can, be considerate and kind to someone," Nicole said. "To have that come back in full to us was a wonderful example to be able to have the children witness."

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3 Oct 2018 14:59 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, a very nice tale. Jules