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4 Oct 2018 10:42 in response to jules54

Hi friends,

Thanks Jules.

City Honors One-Of-A-Kind Delivery Man With Statue

October 3, 2018

The most popular citizen of Gresham, Oregon, is also the most unlikely businessman.

For the past 20 years, Todd Kirnan has been making deliveries for businesses in downtown Gresham.

Kirnan, who's autistic, works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week helping businesses with any task he can complete. Whether it's a coffee run, taking out the trash or a run to the post office, Kirnan does whatever he's asked.

But for Kirnan, it's not about the money.

"I like helping people, ya know. Making people happy and making people smile," he said.

Last week, hundreds of people lined the street to pay tribute to Gresham's one-of-a-kind delivery man.

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5 Oct 2018 08:42 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a really great story that I know you'll love, Brian.

Neurosurgeon Operates On Little Boy's Teddy Bear

October 4, 2018

Dr. P. Daniel McNeely is a neurosurgeon in Halifax. And he just stitched up this teddy bear for an 8-year-old boy who was about to go into surgery.

"Patient asks if I can also fix teddy bear just before being put off to sleep... how could I say no?" McNeely captioned his photos on Twitter.

Dr. McNeely was about to perform brain surgery on Jackson McKie, who has a cyst on his brain and a chronic condition called hydrocephalus.

Before he was put under, Jackson told the doctor that his bear was ripped and asked if he could stitch him up.

Dr. McNeely kindly asked the nurses to prepare a small table with some tools, and he used the leftover stitches from Jackson's procedure to patch up the bear.

Jackson's father, Rick, told the Canadian Press the teddy bear is always by his son's side, especially when he's in pain, and he is very thankful for McNeely's care as a physician during the family's many visits to IWK Health Centre.

"He's one of the nicest human beings I've ever met," Rick said of Dr. McNeely.

Rick added that Jackson was so excited when he woke up after the surgery to find that his teddy bear had been stitched up.

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6 Oct 2018 08:44 in response to woodworm

A couple of lovely stories re-told here Brian. Thanks for sharing. Jules

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7 Oct 2018 09:21 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Looks like you will be able to go for your walk today Jules.

We Hire All God's Children': Restaurant Posts Sign After Customer Complains About Special Needs Employee

October 4, 2018

The owner of a restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina posted a sign on the front door about her hiring practices after a customer complained about an employee with special needs.

Amanda Cartagine says more than half of the kitchen staff at Pizza Inn have special needs and she goes above and beyond to make them feel apart of the team, regardless of their limitations.

"If you have the patience to let them take their time and learn at their pace, when the light bulb comes on, they are unstoppable," Cartagine told WYFF.

Last weekend, a customer asked one of the staff members with autism do refill a lettuce bowl -- a task he was not trained to do. Afterwards, the customer complained about the service.

"My manager explained to him the situation privately, 'That's not his job. We've trained him to do this and there are special circumstances,' and the customer was still not happy," Cartagine said.

The customer suggested she put a sign on the door to make customers aware.

"These are like my kids, and it made me angry. I wanted to do something that was not rude, but got my point across," she said.

So Cartagine put a sign up that reads, "We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and hire all of God's children."

Angie Mosley, whose son has Down syndrome, started working at Pizza Inn this summer. She hopes the sign encourages people to be more open-minded.

"He loved the first paycheck," Mosley told the news station. "He loved the fact that he has money in the bank and he can actually go buy his favorite video game."

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7 Oct 2018 16:36 in response to woodworm

Beautiful response to this rather grumpy (trying to be polite here!!) customer.  What a lovely employer.  Jules

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8 Oct 2018 11:17 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

Here is a sad story that has a nice ending, Brian.

Woman's Final Request Was To Find Her Dog A Loving Home

October 5, 2018

Donations and applications came pouring in after a St. Louis animal shelter shared the heartbreaking letter a cancer patient wrote about her beloved dog.

The Stray Rescue of St. Louis was looking for someone to adopt a dog named Shell into their home after the dog's owner died of cancer.

The owner's final request was to find a loving home for a dog she considered her daughter.

"I am writing you cause I need you to take my dog, Shell...I've been fighting cancer for a few months and if you're reading this I lost my battle. I need for my baby girl to be taken care of in a home," the letter read.

"In these days all I do is worry about what's going to happen to her. I love this girl, she is my daughter."

"Shell is now with us, safe and sound in our Executive Director, Cassady's office," the organization wrote on October 1. "She is scared, but we will shower her with so much love. If someone has been lonely and would like to give Shell a home, with plenty of patience and understanding, please fill out an application."

The shelter's post was shared nearly 2,000 times. Dozens of people confirmed in the comments that they had filled out applications to adopt Shell.

On October 4, just three days later, the Stray Rescue confirmed that Shell has found a forever home.

"We have a happy ending to Shell's tragic story," the organization wrote in an update. "As most of you know, we received a heart breaking letter on Monday. Shell came to Stray Rescue after her owner passed away. Then, a wonderful lady saw the news segment and knew it was time for her to adopt after losing her Stray Rescue dog Trenton, in July. She just felt so drawn to her. Wasting no time, she filled out an application and was here the very next morning. The two of them hit it off and she knew it was definitely the right time. She says Shell is already running the house, and that they are inseparable. We are honored to have fulfilled the final wish of her Mom, who is no longer with us. We promise she will be spoiled for the rest of her life."

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9 Oct 2018 17:47 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian.  So many pets need re-homing when they lose their owners somewhat sadly.  Jules

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11 Oct 2018 14:57 in response to jules54

Hi folks,Thanks Jules.D

This is what a police offecer should be, Brian

Deputy Pushes Elderly Woman's Wheelchair Home After It Ran Out Of Power

October 8, 2018

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is being praised for pushing an elderly woman's motorized wheelchair home after it had run out of power in the middle of the road.

Lancaster Sheriff's Deputies Chapman and Montanez received a call about a traffic hazard involving a wheelchair in the middle of the road. When they arrived, they found the wheelchair on the side of the road -- but with an elderly woman sitting in it!

Her motorized wheelchair had run out of power and she was stranded. Deputies Chapman and Montanez offered her a ride home, but she was very upset about leaving her only means of mobility behind. The wheelchair, being quite heavy and unable to fold because of the battery pack, did not fit in their patrol vehicle.

That's when Deputy Montanez stepped up. He decided he would push the wheelchair to her home, about one mile, in full uniform and boots.

Deputy Chapman drove the patrol car behind Deputy Montanez and teased him about his "slow" pace.

"You can pick it up, you're only going about one mile an hour," Deputy Chapman says in the video.

Both Montanez and the elderly woman laughed.

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12 Oct 2018 08:13 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

Here is another nice story, Brian

McDonald's Employee Pays For $23 Order After Customers Realize They Forget Their Wallets

October 10, 2018

A McDonald's employee gave up nearly two hours in wages to help out a customer who realized she had forgot her wallet at home.

Sydney Wells and Marg Murphy-Wells stopped at a McDonald's in Clarenville, Canada Monday night. After placing their order at the drive-thru window, they realized they had both forgotten their wallets at home.

Wells asked the staff to hold her order until she could return with money and that's when Kris Knickle stepped in to take care of the order.

Wells shared the story on her Facebook page:

"Sydney and I decided to go through the McDonald’s drive thru to get a treat on the way home tonight, after ordering I realized my wallet was in my other bag, I asked them to hold the order so I could run home but the young man working told us to pull up to the other window. He took out his wallet and paid for our order!

We argued until cars started backing up to let us email him the $$ but he would not budge! Our order was $23 which must be close to 2 hours wages for him. I’m sure he doesn’t want recognition but sometimes gestures like this should be recognized! Thank you Kris Knickle for the kind gesture!"

Knickle told the St. John's Morning Show that he's not worried about the money and he was just happy to help.

"I said 'no I don't want it,' Knickle told the CBC radio show. "I'm here smiling because I know I did something good."

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13 Oct 2018 09:00 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

here is a story I feel you will like, Brian

Stranger Gives His Car To A Struggling Family After Online Scam Takes Their Last $600

October 12, 2018

A New Brunswick family has "a renewed sense of hope" after a total stranger gave them his car after learning the family was scammed out of $600.

Nathan Donovan and his wife Madison are parents of an infant and a toddler. They live in Moncton and receive social assistance. Nathan is disabled after breaking his back in a car accident in 2010 and can't work.

In an attempt to get off assistance and get back on their feet, the couple applied for a car loan so that Madison could go back to work. In order to get the $7,000 they were approved for, they were told to wire $600 to the company as collateral.

"It would get us up out of the hole we're in," Nathan told CBC News. "To be able to work and not to be on assistance. So I think it was the hope that kind of blinded us to the reality that this was a scam."

They never received the loan and the website was taken down.

In September, Nathan called CBC News to warn others about the online scam that took his last $600. Denis LeBlanc, a regular listener of the radio show, heard Nathan's story and, coincidentally, had been trying to sell his 2007 Volkswagen Jetta.

LeBlanc said he immediately called his wife and asked if they could afford to give the vehicle away.

"We had some ideas of what we were hoping to do with the money from the sale of the car," LeBlanc told CBC News. "I said, 'Can we swing it if we don't make money on this or any money at all?' And she goes, 'Yeah — I think we can do that'."

A few days later, LeBlanc handed Nathan the keys to the Jetta. The act of kindness has changed everything for the Donovan family.

"Everything is going awesome," Nathan wrote in an email to CBC News. "The car is great. Madison is working full time and we are no longer on assistance, which was our goal. We have a renewed sense of hope not only in our financial future but in our fellow man."

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14 Oct 2018 08:44 in response to woodworm

Thanks for the last few stories Brian.  All good news feeds.  Jules

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14 Oct 2018 09:06 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules

Heres another good one, Brian.

Pilot Keeps Promise And Takes All Elderly Villagers On Their First Flight

October 8, 2018

After fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot, Vikas Jyani took all of the elderly residents of his village on their first flight.

According to the Times of India, Jyani, of the Sarangpur village, had made a promise to the elderly that he would become a pilot and take them all on a flight.

"Many people make promises to the elderly, but he kept his word," said Bimla, a 90-year-old woman who said she had never even dreamt of such a thing.

Two 78-year-old passengers said the air travel was "the best movement of their lives."

In total, 22 residents flew to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border.

The pilot's father Mahendra Jayani, senior manager at a bank said that Vikas always respect elders and this was his dream.

"He fulfilled his dream and that's the most important thing for me. All youth should follow Vikas' example and we should all respect our elders," he added.

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14 Oct 2018 09:30 in response to woodworm

A really lovely story Brian.  Thanks for posting it here.  Jules

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15 Oct 2018 08:52 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

If animals/whales can do this why cant we humans di the same??? Brian.

Beluga Whales Adopt Lost Narwhal

September 14, 2018

Drone footage shows a young narwhal that appears to have been adopted by a pod of beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River.

The video was captured by the Group for Education and Research on Marine Mammals (GREMM), a non-profit group dedicated to whale research, conservation and education.

In the drone footage, a pod of 10 belugas swim closely together near the surface, rolling and rubbing against each other. The interactions between the narwhal and the belugas appear to be identical to those among just the belugas, suggesting the narwhal has been fully accepted as part of the group.

The researchers reported that it behaved like the belugas, even blowing bubbles from time to time.

Robert Michaud, GREMM's president and scientific director, said it's not unusual for young whales to wander into strange habitats. Some, unable to find their own kind, end up trying to make friends with boats and humans.

"That little narwhal that made a similar trip was very lucky," Michaud said. "Because he found almost normal buddies."

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15 Oct 2018 13:44 in response to woodworm

This a  beautiful tale of animal co-existence in times of trouble.  I know it happens in the human world too though sometimes the press prefers negative stories (this is why I do not buy newspapers any more!!). Thanks for sharing Brian.  Jules