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14 Feb 2019 23:26 in response to woodworm

Thanks for the kind words Brian I have missed you guys. Good luck with the publishing of the books Im sure they will be enjoyed. Have a great day and chat again soon.

Regards Ian.

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15 Feb 2019 07:53 in response to ianwoody

Hi folks, 

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

11-Year-Old Brings Joy To Seniors With 'Three Wishes' Project

February 2, 2019

11-year-old Ruby Kate spends a lot of time at nursing homes in Harrison, Arkansas, where her mother works as a nurse.

While there, Ruby Kate learned that many of the residents had little financial means. They are allotted $40 per month for "extras" - anything not covered under room and board.

Ruby Kate recalls the moment that sparked her project:

"One day as my mom and I were leaving the nursing home, a patient named Pearl was glued to the exit doors staring for a long time at something. I figured whatever it was must be pretty exciting because I hadn't seen anything exciting all day. So I hurried to catch up to her before whatever this was disappeared. I thought maybe it was a baby bird? A wreck in the parking lot? Ambulance?

I get up there and there is a normal dog being led out on a leash to a car by a normal lady. That was it! Boring. I asked her what was going on and she said that was her dog of 12ish years. The dog had come to visit for the day and she was staring at the door because she didn't know the next time she would see her dog again.

Pearl's face was so sad. I thought of all the things in this world Pearl could have, she would probably just ask for more visits with her dog. I know it costs $12 for a pet sitter/visit. I'm eleven and I have enough money saved in my piggy bank to get Pearl a few visits with her dog."

She wanted to help, so she started a project and Facebook page called "Three Wishes for Ruby's Residents."

Her mother, Amanda, helped her set up a ******** page to help pay for the wishes.

Ruby Kate grabbed a notebook and went from room to room asking residents, "If you could have three wishes, what would they be?"

The answers surprised Ruby Kate and her mom.

The residents didn't want anything big. Rather they requested fresh fruit, clothes that fit, haircuts and books to name a few.

"I had known some of these patients 20 years," Amanda told CNN. "They told her things they would've never told me because she was a child."

"I have known one resident for 18 years. He asked for some pants that fit him properly. It broke me that I hadn't realized."

So far, Ruby Kate's ******** page has raised more than $75,000 for residents in five nursing homes in Arkansas.

"With the money we've raised through the ********, we've been able to provide pet food, clothing, shoes, phones, corrective hearing devices, and a lot of other stuff that people asked for in their Three Wishes," said Ruby Kate. "My ultimate goal is just to make elderly people happy."

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15 Feb 2019 08:27 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian,

This is a heartfelt story and it is often the simple things that bring care home residents so much pleasure. My Mum's 'spare' allowance  is not much more than mentioned in your article and whilst now she has very little in the way of extra needs (nor requests)  in the past  just a bunch of spring flowers or some hand cream would be so much appreciated. Her care home has a little trolley that takes 'shopping' around for those that cannot get to the local shops/outings and is helped by donations/voluntary contributions.  Bringing a smile is sometimes easier to achieve than you think.

Well done to this child for seeing through the 'fog' that can cloud adult visions. Jules

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15 Feb 2019 23:39 in response to woodworm

Good stuff Brian I like it mate. Simple things make big differences.

Have a great day everyone.

Regards Ian.

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16 Feb 2019 08:53 in response to ianwoody

Good morning friends,

Thanks Jules and Ian.

Hope you like this one to, Brian

Police Officer Films 3 Young Men Helping Elderly Couple

February 5, 2019

A police officer in Bronson, Florida, filmed a touching video of a group of young men helping a struggling senior get into her car.

Officer Kenesha Carnegie was stopped at a gas station when she saw the men helping the 89-year-old woman get into her car.

"I look over and three men were assisting the couple — it was a beautiful thing to see," Carnegie told Yahoo Lifestyle.

After the men successfully maneuver the woman into the car, her husband can be heard saying "Thank you so much fellas. I'm 100 years old."

Marty, one of the young men in the video, said were grabbing snacks at the gas station when they saw the elderly couple through a window.

"We didn't even ask if they needed help, we felt comfortable giving them a hand right away," says the 30-year-old. "I kept thinking, 'She could have been my grandmother.' 100 years old is a beautiful life."

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17 Feb 2019 09:10 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

Here is todays story, Brian

Teacher Spots Child Riding His Bike On The Highway, Helps Him Save His Father

February 13, 2019

Teachers create bonds with their students every day.

This week, a teacher and former student saved a life.

Keller Sutherland, a first grade teacher at Ellen Woodside Elementary in South Carolina, was driving home last week when she noticed a child riding his bike down highway 25 in Greenville.

Her intuition told her something was wrong, so she turned around and planned to ask him where he was going.

When Sutherland stepped out of her car to approach the boy she immediately recognized him.

"Oh my gosh that's Cameron," she recalled. "That's my student, I had him last year."

Cameron, 7, told Sutherland that his diabetic father had collapsed at his house. He said he tried to call 911, but he didn't know the passcode to his father's phone. He then tried the neighbors, but no one was home. His last resort was to ride his bike five miles to his grandmother's house.

Emergency responders arrived at Cameron's home and found his father barely conscious on the bathroom floor. He was treated at the scene and has made a full recovery.

Sutherland says as a teacher, her job goes far beyond the classroom.

"I truly care for these kids," said Sutherland, "and on a day when I felt like I wasn't making an impact, and then God just intervened and placed me where I needed to be in that moment for Cameron."

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4 Mar 2019 08:38 in response to woodworm

Hi folks here is some good news.

NASA Confirms Earth Is Greener Today Than 20 Years Ago

March 1, 2019

The world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and China and India can take a majority of the .

India breaks world record planting 50 million trees in 24 hours

A new study from NASA shows that the two countries with the world's biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land. The effect stems mainly from ambitious tree planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries.

This new insight was made possible by a 20-year-long data record from a NASA instrument (MODIS) orbiting the Earth on two satellites.

There are now more than two million square miles of extra green leaf area per year, compared to the early 2000s – a 5% increase.

"China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only 9% of the planet's land area covered in vegetation – a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from overexploitation," said Chi Chen of the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, in Massachusetts, and lead author of the study.

"When the greening of the Earth was first observed, we thought it was due to a warmer, wetter climate and fertilization from the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to more leaf growth in northern forests, for instance," said Rama Nemani, a research scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, and a co-author of the study. "Now, with the MODIS data that lets us understand the phenomenon at really small scales, we see that humans are also contributing."

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6 Mar 2019 09:12 in response to woodworm

Hi folks.

Just came across this and it proves there is good in the world.

Nearly 5,000 People Stand In Rain For Hours To Save Boy With Cancer

March 5, 2019

A record 4,855 people stood in line in the rain for hours to see if they are a stem cell match for a young boy who's battling cancer.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee, 5, has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Doctors told his family that he only has three months to find a donor to help cure his cancer.

Oscar's parents, Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee, launched an appeal to find a match after the diagnosis. They're goal was to get as many people as possible to sign up to a blood stem cell donor register as part of a campaign called "Hand in Hand for Oscar".

Undeterred by heavy showers, nearly 5,000 people stood in line outside of Oscar's school, which hosted the special drive for prospective donors to give a swab sample and donate blood to be considered.

The charity hosting the drive, DKMS, said its previous record for a single event was 2,200 people.

Oscar's campaign more than doubled that.

"There are no words to express our heartfelt thanks and love for the thousands of amazing people who have turned up at Pitmaston Primary School this weekend," Pitmaston Primary School wrote on Twitter. "We have registered 4,855 stem cell donors. The volunteers were incredible."

Oscar is currently in the care of doctors at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He has already undergone 20 blood transfusions and four weeks of chemotherapy.

"Oscar is a fun, loving, energetic five-year-old boy who deserves to live to the full alongside the other troopers fighting such horrific diseases. Not only does he need to enjoy a normal life a child should live, he now needs someone else to save him," his mother said.


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6 Mar 2019 13:06 in response to woodworm

Thanks for sharing these stories Brian.  Very touching that last one.  Jules

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7 Mar 2019 09:16 in response to jules54

Hi folks 

Thanks Jules.

Here is a nice story. When my youngest grandson firsts tarted mainstream shcool, all his class were taught sign lanuidge so he didnt feel so isolated. .

This Entire Community Is Learning Sign Language For A 2-Year-Old Girl

March 6, 2019

An entire community in Newton, Massachusetts, is learning sign language just to make a 2-year-old girl happy.

Two-year-old Samantha Savitz is deaf, but she loves to talk to anyone who can engage in sign language.

"Her whole personality changes when it's someone who can communicate with her," her mother, Glenda, told CBS News.

On the other hand, if someone can't communicate with her, it makes Sam a little sad.

So, Sam's neighbors got together, hired an instructor, and are now fully immersed in an American Sign Language class.

The instructor, Rhys McGovern, says this is remarkable because a lot of times even the parents of deaf children don't bother to learn sign language.

"But here Sam has a full community that's signing and communicating with her and her family, and it is a beautiful story," Rhys said.

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7 Mar 2019 14:12 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian


This is brilliant community spirit and, as with your grandson, must make a huge difference to how  they enjoy their surroundings.  Jules

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8 Mar 2019 10:42 in response to jules54


Here is a really nice story that prove the title of this thread, Brian.

High School Students Shovel Woman's Driveway At 4:30 AM So She Can Make It To Dialysis Treatment

March 7, 2019

Knowing an upcoming snowstorm could prevent a neighbor from getting crucial medical treatment, a group of high school students shoveled the woman's driveway at 4:30 in the morning to ensure she could leave the house.

Brothers Brian and Patrick Lanigan knew the snowstorm could be a life or death situation for their neighbor Natalie Blair. So Patrick opened up his phone and started reaching out to friends to help out.

Three of his fellow Parsippany High School seniors answered the call and volunteered to spend the night at the Lanigan house just to wake up and start shoveling.

"Snow Angels disguised as PHS Srs," Peter Lanigan wrote on Twitter.

"Justin, Pat, Chris, Tyler & Amon got up super early 4:30 (really never slept) to shovel a driveway for a neighbor who needed to get to dialysis."

"These young men restore my faith in humanity!! Job well done! Thanks guys!" @AlmaGayle replied to Lanigan's Twitter post.

"The parents of these kids have raised some good human beings," wrote @ohromujici.

"This made me cry! So proud of these young men! They ARE true ANGELS in this world! God bless them all! Made my day!" Tasha Strehl wrote.

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9 Mar 2019 08:52 in response to woodworm

Hi folks, 

City Bus Driver Stops To Help Car Stuck In Snow On Train Tracks

March 4, 2019

A Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver and her passengers worked together to move a car stuck in the snow in the middle of train tracks.

Surveillance footage shows bus driver Shenika Merrill saying, "Somebody needs to help get that person off the tracks. That’s very dangerous."

Merrill then stopped the bus and got out to help, along with a passenger. Then, one by one, more passengers got off the bus to help push the car off the tracks.

"This lady, bless her heart, stopped her bus and was so worried about me," the driver of the car said in a press release. "She gathered everyone she could and they pushed me out of the snow until I regained traction. This wonderful deed made such a great impact on me. Thank you! You are the reason I got to work today to help save lives."

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11 Mar 2019 07:58 in response to woodworm

More goodwill stories, thanks Brian. Jules

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11 Mar 2019 13:59 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

WWII Veteran Receives Thousands Of Cards After Asking For 100 For His 100th Birthday

February 28, 2019

A World War II veteran is about to turn 100 years old and only wanted one thing to celebrate his birthday: 100 birthday cards.

His wish came true, many times over.

Joe Cuba is a resident at Brookdale Midwestern, an assisted living facility in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The retirement home wanted to help make his wish come true so they posted a photo on Facebook of Joe holding a sign that read "I'm a WWII veteran who will be turning 100 on March 2, 2019. I would like to receive 100 birthday cards."

Since the photo was posted, Joe has received more than 2,500 birthday cards and over 100 gifts from people all over the world.

"Joe continues to be amazed with everyone's generosity. Keep the cards coming as we celebrate a 100 years with GI Joe," Brookdale Midwestern wrote in an update on Facebook.