Thanks for sharing Brian. In a world that has so many sad stories day to day, good news shows there is some humanity left. Jules
Here is another act of human kindness, Brian.
Woman Is Brought To Tears By Thank You Note After Act Of Kindness In Grocery Store
January 11, 2019
A young woman stepped in to help an elderly man in need at a grocery store in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Sonya MacMillan, 25, was checking out at Market Basket last week when she realized the 84-year-old man behind her had forgotten his wallet.
"He looked really flustered and he was like 'oh my god I don't have my wallet' as I was cashing out with my groceries. I was like 'oh you don't have a lot you can just go on mine and I'll pay for you'," said MacMillan.
The man insisted MacMillan give him her name and address so he could pay her back.
Yesterday, MacMillan received a letter in the mail from the grateful senior citizen.
"You saved me a lot of trouble my wife was ill and I wanted to get back to her. I'm not very young anymore 84-years-old and it's not a surprise I left my wallet at home. I shall always remember your kindness."
Inside the letter was a check for the groceries she had bought him, however, MacMillan says she is not going to cash it.
"I have something that I look at every morning when I leave my room it says 'be the reason that someone smiles today' so I see that when I leave my house. That was what I could do to make him smile that day," said MacMillan.
Here is a great story, Brian.
Mom Adopts Baby And Learns She Is Her Adopted Son's Biological Sister
January 16, 2019
Katie Page received the surprise of her life when she learned that the girl she was about to adopt is the sister of her already adopted son.
Katie became a foster parent in 2016 after going through a divorce. She had fertility issues during her marriage but always dreamed of being a mother.
She cared for four foster children before meeting Grayson, a baby who was abandoned at the hospital.
On May 25, 2017, Katie officially adopted Grayson, who is now two years old.
Just months after adopting Grayson, Katie received a call about a newborn girl, named Hannah, who needed a home.
As soon as she met Hannah, she knew it was meant to be.
"[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson's," Katie recalled. "I saw her medical bracelet and the first name of her mother was the same name as Grayson's mom. She didn't have a typical name."
But it was unclear if they were brother and sister since the biological mother had lied about her name.
Katie officially adopted Hannah on December 28, 2018 and a DNA test confirmed that the children are biological siblings.
But the story doesn't end here.
Katie has learned that there is now a 5-month-old who needs a home, and the child is from the same mother. She's planning to adopt this one as well.
"I was a single woman in a four-bedroom house and now every room in my house is full," Katie said. "It's never dull. People ask me all the time, 'How do you do it?' I never thought I'd have three babies, but God doesn't give you more than you can handle."
Good morning friends,
Here is a nice story, Brian.
Grandmother Spends Entire Year Cleaning Trash Off 52 Beaches
January 17, 2019
A woman has spent an entire year cleaning trash off of 52 British beaches after making a New Year's resolution to clean one sandy bay each week.
Pat Smith, 70, spent all of 2018 on Devon and Cornwall's beaches – armed with trash bags, rubber gloves and a litter picker.
"Doing 52 beach cleans in 2018 was my New Year's Resolution and it's finally done," Smith said.
But she has no intention of stopping now.
"I won't stop as our beaches need me."
Smith, who also runs a bed and breakfast, hopes that her efforts will help people become more aware of their plastic consumption and recycling habits.
"A lot of the rubbish I have picked up consists of everyday items. These things are used by all of us and it is shocking to find them polluting our beautiful beaches," Smith said.
"I'm driven to try and protect our living planet for my children and grandchildren and I will continue to do everything in my power to achieve that."
What a lovely thing to do and she obviously appreciates her own neighbourhood. It is a stunning part of the country. I just wish people would take their rubbish home with them and dispose of it responsibly. Jules
Thanks Jules.Here is another one, Brian.
UPS Driver Saves Dog From Drowning In Icy Pond
January 19, 2019
A UPS driver braved an icy pond to rescue a young dog trapped in the ice.
Ryan Arens was on his route in Bozeman, Montana, when he drove up to a house and heard a dog "screaming and crying and going crazy."
It was getting dark and he didn't see anything, so he drove to the other side of the pond.
"I could see the dog trapped about 10-15 feet off of shore, with ice all around it," he told the Great Falls Tribune.
An older man was in a rowboat on the pond trying chip away at the ice to reach the dog.
"I stripped to my boxers and got the guy out of the boat. Then, I slid the boat out onto the ice, using it to distribute my weight," Arens said. "I shimmed out to where the ice was thin."
Then he crashed through the ice, falling from the boat and into the 16-feet-deep water.
Since he was already wet, Arens said he swam for the dog.
"She was starting to go under," he said.
He grabbed her collar and swam for the ice, sliding the dog across the ice to shore. He pulled himself out of the water and a bystander handed him a blanket.
"We took the dog inside the older guy's house and got in the shower together to warm up," he said.
Once the sheriff's department and animal control arrived, Arens finished his route delivering about 20 more packages.
Soon after the incident, Arens happened to have a package to deliver to the dog's owner. As he walked up, he saw the dog, whose name he learned is Sadie.
"She was freaking out, and when he let her out she ran to me," he said. "She must have remembered me. It sure made me feel good."
"Animals are my weakness," he added. "It was the highlight of my 14-year UPS career."
There are some good people in this worlds, Brian
When This Hospital Patient Said He Wanted To Get Married, The Staff Made It Happen
January 21, 2019
It wasn't the fanciest of weddings, but it was perfect in every way.
The staff at Adventist Health in Willits, California, went above and beyond to help a patient marry the love of his life.
This is what Adventist Health wrote:
"When we say we go the extra mile for our patients, we meant it.
That's why when one of our patients in the ICU said he wanted to marry the love of his life, our staff sprang into action and made it happen!
Steve and Shilynne had been together for 23 years and always wanted to get married.
But life happened and got in the way so they never got around to it.
A few days before the wedding, Steve received devastating news about his condition.
Fearing that he would run out of time to make this life-long wish come true, that morning, Steve told one of our staff that he wanted to get married, who then told our chaplain, Dennis Long who happened to be an ordained minister.
Dennis then worked with our staff, who was a notary public to get the marriage license and even picked it up in Ukiah.
Thanks to everyone's efforts, what would normally take 5 weeks, happened in a matter of hours (thank you County employees!)
We got a bridal bouquet, wedding rings from a local store and a wedding cake and the staff planned a wedding in 3 hours.
In front of friends and family and hospital staff, and amidst overflowing joy and tears, Steve and Shilynne professed their undying love and sealed it with a kiss.
Thank you, Steve and Shilynne, for allowing us to be part of this perfect moment.
We are forever inspired by your story, courage and love.
Hi folks,Thanks Jules.
Kid Asks 50 Car Companies For A Decal. He Got Way More Than That
January 25, 2019
Patch Hurty loves cars and thought it would be awesome to have a logo or decal from every company.
So, the 6-year-old wrote a letter to 50 companies.
In the letters he explained his love for cars and included a photo of himself standing in front of one of that company's cars.
Then the responses started rolling in.
Volvo sent a huge grille badge, a frisbee, and a lot of other goodies.
Jeep apologized for having no badges but sent a metal sign, a hat, a pen, and a keychain.
Bentley sent the center cap from a wheel.
BMW wrote, "It's great that you enjoy watching Ultimate Driving Machines cruise past your house and we are happy to send you the enclosed shiny, new BMW emblem to add to your collection."
Lincoln included an original pencil sketch of a Continental.
Suzuki noted that it stopped selling cars in the U.S. in 2014, but they still sent a key ring, stickers, and brochures for their motorcycles.
Isuzu included Hot Wheels–size models.
Infiniti sent a handwritten card that was signed by nine people.
Volkswagen wrote, "Your letters have made a lot of people in our offices happy, Patch. I am very glad that you took the time to reach out and share your dream. Keep spreading happiness and good things will come your way."
Hello Jules, Hazz and Brian how are you guys. Sorry for not being in touch as I was having big trouble getting onto the site. But now is good thanks to moderators. They are very helpful. Happy new year to you all and thanks for being around. Regards Ian. Miss our chats.
Good that the Moderators have been able to sort your access to the site out for you.Hope you are keeping well. Life is rumbling along for me though am a bit foot weary today having spent the day walking through/round Kew Gardens as am off work for a couple of days (using up last year's holiday entitlement!!). Regards Jules
Hi Jules, thanks for your reply and glad to be back enjoying the site. Good that your out and about and taking in the gardens. Must be just about spring. You take care amd thanks for your note.
Sorry I have not replied sooner but have been very bisy reading/editing all 53 short stories I have written over the past few years. At total not far short of a milion words. I want to submit a few to a publisher I have found who deals with short stories, like mine. I have 14 more I have started on so will now be able to get on with them
So pleased you are keeping well and are able to acceses this great site again. You have been missed
Take care, best wishes , Brian.