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27 Jun 2019 08:31 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a traffic warden writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?"
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So my wife called him a pratt. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Personally, we didn't give a darn. We came into town by bus.

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28 Jun 2019 08:11 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

13-Year-Old Opens Bakery And Matches Every Sale With A Donation To The Homeless

June 26, 2019

A 13-year-old boy in Maryland runs his own bakery and matches every sale with a donation to the homeless.

From a young age, Michael loved cupcakes. He spent many afternoons at his computer watching YouTube bakers.

At just 11 years old, he founded Michael's Desserts which operates on a unique business model.

For every cupcake sold he donates one to the homeless.

"I knew that I wanted to make a business, but I knew I didn't just want to make money, I also wanted to help people at the same time," he told WJLA.

Michael partnered with No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that provides meals and hosts educational programming for children.

And while he's been told by many that his business model is not sustainable, his business has continued to grow.

He told the Washington Post that he sells about 12 cookies, 75 cupcakes, and 12 rotating "chef's choice" items every month.

"I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do," he told The Washington Post. "It's all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, 'How does this touch other things?'"

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29 Jun 2019 09:12 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

'Tonight, He More Than Noticed Him': Young Fan With Down Syndrome Meets Albert Pujols

June 25, 2019

Joe Squarini has a son with Down syndrome.

Last week he took him to a baseball game in Toronto and they met Albert Pujols -- who did much more than say hi.

After the game, Pujols walked over to the stands and found Squarini's son, Nico, who was wearing an Angles jersey.

Pujols took the jersey off his back, signed it, gave it to Nico, then stuck around to take some amazing photos.

This is what Squarini wrote on Facebook.

"So this happened tonight.

Albert Pujols is one of the greatest players in baseball history and an easy first ballot Hall of Fame candidate.

His Albert Pujols Foundation has been advocating for people with Down syndrome since he adopted his wife's daughter, Isabella who also has Down syndrome, 19 years ago.

We have been trying to get Albert to notice Nico since Nico was old enough to attend games.

Tonight, he more than noticed him.

He lit up as soon as he saw him and gave Nico his jersey. Mayra and I were in tears and Albert Pujols left us with a memory we will treasure forever.

This is why we will ALWAYS be a baseball family."

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1 Jul 2019 14:35 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, some good reads and a laugh thrown in (the oldies are often the best!!) Jules

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2 Jul 2019 09:20 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Thanks Jules

Here is a story that has pleased me, Brian

Nonprofit Organization Plants 250 Million Trees

June 29, 2019

A nonprofit organization has planted more than 250 million trees in the last 15 years -- and they've accomplished this feat by hiring the poor.

Eden Reforestation Projects is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. They hire "the poorest of the poor" to rebuild natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation.

The organization employs thousands of local villagers and provides them with the education and tools necessary to plant, grow, and protect to maturity, millions of trees each year.

In a groundbreaking reforestation announcement, CEO Steve Fitch announced the organization has planted 250 million trees throughout all their project nations.

"And in a few years, we're going to be 250 million trees per year," Fitch says.

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2 Jul 2019 13:18 in response to woodworm

A  real good feel to this story Brian.  Benefits for all those involved and future generations. Brilliant.  Jules

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4 Jul 2019 12:23 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules and here is another similar story, Brian.

Man Plants 'Guerrilla Garden' On Public Property Without Permission, Gets Amazing Response

July 2, 2019

A man decided to plant a garden on public city property just to "make it look nice" and how the city responded is simply wonderful.

A few years ago I started the 'guerrilla garden' in a small, bare triangular patch of soil near a downtown Santa Rosa parking lot after some bushes were removed.

My garden started off with a few cherry tomato plants and cosmos, and I'd lug water over in 5 gallon buckets from the neighboring building to water the plants.

It was a joy to see homeless people and other people going by and grabbing a handful of cherry tomatoes and popping them in their mouths!

Last year, I decided to expand my 'guerrilla garden', and I installed garden art – including a bird bath and concrete spheres – along with the native plants I planted.

Not content with this small plot of land, I also began to expand the garden up the street, in the vacant planting strip between the parking lot and the sidewalk.

At about this time, I was contacted by someone from the City of Santa Rosa who asked me – point blank – what the heck I was doing.

Since I was doing this all on the sly and without any express permission from the City, I was a bit cowed trying to explain to him that I walk by this area several times a day on my way to and from work, and I just wanted to make it look nice so I started planting it with plants, using money only out of my own pocket and my own time.

Expecting to hear that I would have to remove the plants or would otherwise be in trouble, the supervisor instead said he loved the idea and he wanted to know how he could help.

I was amazed; so many times people look at government and bureaucracy as hindering people, rather than making things easier for people.

He asked how he could provide to help with the project.

I asked for additional soil for the planting strip, and he had it delivered the next day; I asked for mulch for my drought tolerant plants, and he had it on site and spread that week.

I said I could really use a water spigot so I don’t have to lug water over from my office, and he had a spigot installed, and also provided me with a 200 foot hose and hose reel so that I could easily water the plants.

It's been the most incredible partnership I could ever ask for.

Fast forward to today: A woman was carrying a bunch of the sunflowers from the guerrilla garden, and I asked, out of curiosity, how she was going to use them.

She said that she was going to bring them to The Living Room, a homeless shelter for women and children in Santa Rosa.

I broke down and cried tears of gratitude and joy."

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4 Jul 2019 15:11 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, indeed lots of pleasure for all by this project. Jules

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6 Jul 2019 09:13 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Thanks Jules

Here is a good one

Local Church Pays Off Medical Debt For Nearly 2,000 Families

July 5, 2019

A church in Wyoming, Michigan, has paid off the medical debt for nearly 2,000 families.

Grand Rapids First announced that the church will be paying off the medical debt of 1,899 families, an amount that totals nearly $2 million. The church partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that purchases medical debt for pennies on the dollar, leaving the debtor with no bills or tax burdens.

"It took a $15,000 donation to help eliminate $1.8 million worth of medical debt that will never be able to be paid by these folks," said Sam Rijfkogel, the lead pastor of the church.

The families will be notified about the gift sometime next week through a letter from RIP Medical Debt. The recipient's identities are unknown, even to the church, because of medical privacy laws.

"We just want to show them that there are people out there that love you, and more importantly, God loves you. We're trying to show you that he does (love you) in this tangible way," Rijfkogel told WOOD TV.

"We're constantly looking for needs to serve the people and serve in the name of ******. We just find a need and we fill it. That's exactly what we did."

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7 Jul 2019 18:56 in response to woodworm

I can only think of saying WOW for this story Brian. Thanks for including it on this thread. Jules

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8 Jul 2019 08:46 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules

Here is a good story.

Man Finds Baby Bird But Is Intoxicated So He Has It Delivered To A Rescue Center In An Uber

July 6, 2019

A baby bird arrived to an animal rescue in an Uber after a man had found the two-week-old Lesser Goldfinch but was too intoxicated to drive.

"What do you do when you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, but you've had a few too many?" the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah wrote on Facebook. "WELL, this rescuer called an UBER driver!"

The WRCNU learned that the people who found the bird had been drinking and didn't want to drive.

""Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky," Tim Crowley said.

He said the bird couldn't fly, and they couldn't figure out where it had come from.

Crowley texted a photo of the bird to the WRCNU, which recommended they take the bird in to get help.

Because they'd been drinking, Crowley explained they wouldn't drive.

"At first it was a joke, like, 'Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!'" he told Fox 13. "Then we were like, 'No, really. Why not? We're paying them'."

The first Uber driver canceled on them upon learning of the unique ride situation. So when they ordered again, they did not tell the driver that the bird would be riding alone until after she arrived.

Buz Marthaler, the rescue center's chairman, said the bird would have died had it not gotten help or been able to be put back in its nest.

Marthaler told Fox 13 that the bird is doing great and they'll be able to release it at the end of summer just before the migration.

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8 Jul 2019 12:47 in response to woodworm

What a brilliant response to an unusual dilemna. Well done to all involved.  Thanks Brian.Jules

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9 Jul 2019 09:14 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

Heroic 20-Year-Old Rushed Back Into Fire To Save Niece

July 8, 2019

A 20-year-old man in Aberdeen, Washington, is being hailed a hero for rushing into a burning home to rescue his niece and two nephews.

Derrick Byrd is suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his face, back and arms but he says he "would do it again."

"I'd rather get burnt than her. She's young. She's still got a lot of stuff going for her. She's a good kid," Byrd said about his niece.

When the fire broke, Byrd jumped into action helping the childrens' mother, Kayla, his sister, get the kids out of the second-floor window.

"I ran downstairs even though I got burnt," he told KOMO News. "Started catching the kids. I caught Junior and I caught Baby Rory out of Kayla's window."

But 8-year-old Mercedes was afraid to jump and when her mom fell off the roof, Mercedes fell back into the burning room.

"She was screaming my name," said Byrd. "So I wasn't just going to let her sit there. I wasn't going to let my niece die."

"And I just ran up the stairs and pushed through the fire," he said. "I could feel it burning me. I got her and took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wouldn't breath in any smoke and I just carried her out as fast as I could."

Byrd and all three children are being treated at the hospital for burns.

"I would do it again," Byrd said from his hospital bed. "I really would. I don't care. I really would. I'd run back in there and do it again even if I got burnt worse or died."

The family's home appears to be a complete loss, with firefighters and police officers expressing their relief at the fact nobody was killed -- thanks to Byrd's heroic actions.

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9 Jul 2019 13:09 in response to woodworm

Wow Brian, this is a truly amazing story very worthy of its place on this thread. Wishing all the family a good recovery from the trauma and their injuries. Lucky to have this lad in the family.  Jules

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12 Jul 2019 08:24 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules

Here is a good deed

Man Drives 1,200 Miles To Rescue Family Stranded In Australian Outback

July 11, 2019

A good Samaritan embarked on a 1,200 mile roundtrip to rescue a family whose car had broken down in the middle of Northern Territory, Australia.

Daryn Melrose, his wife and two daughters were driving from Gippsland to compete in the national minnow sailing championships when their car broke down in Tennant Creek.

The family was stranded on the side of the road along with their trailer containing two small boats.

Rodney Sims, who lives about 600 miles from where the family had broken down, was on his day off and scrolling through Facebook when he saw a post by ABC Darwin about the stranded family.

"About 30 years ago, strangely enough, I was in a similar situation with a broken-down car and someone helped me out ... this was my time to give back," Sims told ABC News.

Sims left his home late Friday night, met up with the family in Tennant Creek, and had them in Darwin on Saturday in time for the race.

"He drove all the way down to us, hooked up the trailer, and drove us all the way back to Darwin," Melrose said.

"My daughters and I could not be more grateful for his efforts. They got here on time and are hoping for podium finishes after their competitions.

Territory folk are incredibly special."

While the family arrived in time for the competition, their car was left behind.

"Hopefully the car will arrive in Darwin some time today and get taken to a mechanic," Melrose said. "It was more important to get the girls and the boats up here in time for their race. The car will have to wait."