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Old 03-06-2015, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default The GOOD news thread

It gets to be tiresome to wade through so much bad news about the ugly, hateful ways people treat each other.

So to help counter that I am starting a GOOD news thread about folks who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others.

NO POLITICS. Take that elsewhere. But if you have an article about someone who went out of their way to help someone else when it wasn't expected of them then put it here.

Father of three dies as he shovels snow from his roof - so the first responders who couldn't save him return to finish the job
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Miroslaw Dabrowski has a heart-attack while shoveling snow from his roof
His relative called 911 but emergency services arrived too late to save him
57-year-old from Manchester, New England pronounced dead in hospital
But first responders returned to his house and finished shoveling for him
Mr Dabrowski's wife Teresa said they were very grateful for the gesture
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...inish-job.html


Kindness: Miroslaw Dabrowski died shoveling snow from his roof so the
emergency responders (picture) who arrived too late to save his life
finished the job in his memory
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Thumbs up 4-year-old's classy comeback for student who called her 'ugly' goes viral

***It doesn't take more than a few minutes of cruising YouTube to understand that kids really do say the darndest things.

Videos of babies mispronouncing words and local news reports featuring precocious youngsters bring smiles to countless faces every year, but once in a while a child does something in a viral clip that actually blows our minds.

Meet four-year-old Siahj (Miss CiCi) Chase – the pint-sized prodigy who's inspiring people all over the web right now with wisdom well beyond her years...***

This is one extremely poised young lady. Read what she said at the link. There's also a video:


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Kind stranger leaves behind a $25,000 tip so that his lovely waiter could get a much-needed new set of teeth
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Brian Maixner is a single dad and waiter from Wichita, Kansas
He has suffered from painful tooth decay since being a child
Lawyer Fred Boettcher was eating at Doo-Dah Diner and decided to help
He left behind a $25,000 tip so Maixner could get new teeth
'This has been a complete life changer,' Maixner said
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Thanks Alan for starting this thread. What a great idea. The situation here w all the boms going off and the uncertainty has had me sad and anxious unusual for me and this idea made me feel better!;:
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Let's do our best to keep it up.

Good things DO happen & if we promulgate those news stories as best we can, I'd like to think we encourage more reporting of them.
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Kind stranger leaves behind a $25,000 tip so that his lovely waiter could get a much-needed new set of teeth


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...set-teeth.html

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A free "risk free" sample of ............ "FACTOR 2"

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A cop saves a man life. Why isn't this front page news for the media ? That's a rhetorical question, I know. Just another day for a cop - risking their lives, saving the lives of strangers. Thank you, Officer Sharif Issa -- You are a hero!


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Officer saves drunk driver's life as he pulls him from burning car only moments before it was engulfed in flames

Officer Sharif Issa from Fairfax County Police Department grabbed hand of man, 38, who has not been identified, pulling him from burning car
Following suspicions from his behavior, officer conducted sobriety tests showing man was intoxicated
Driver, from Darnestown, Maryland, charged with driving while intoxicated




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Thank you, Iron Man! Moving moment Robert Downey Jr. gives boy, 7, born with a missing limb, his very own bionic superhero's arm
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Alex Pring, a 7-year-old who was born with a partially developed right arm, received the 3-D arm
The arm was created thanks to Microsoft One Note's Collective Project and Limbitless Solutions, a group that develops affordable 3D-printed limbs
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...sing-limb.html


Robert Downey Jr. dressed up as Tony Stark to present a young boy
with a bionic Iron man arm



The arm was created thanks to Microsoft One Note's Collective Project
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Proof that a mother's love knows no bounds: Dog saves her litter of puppies from a forest fire by digging a hole for them to hide in as flames lick around them in Chile
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Devoted mum, now nicknamed Blacky, saved lives of her nine puppies
She dug hole for pups to shelter in beneath a metal container
Amazed locals rescued dogs...and have now offered to adopt them
Huge forest fires near city of Valparaiso have devastated area
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Brave: The dog, now named Blacky, dug the hole and hid her puppies
from the forest fire near the city of Valparaiso
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Thumbs up Vancouver Man Selling 'Infinite' Square Foot Lot for $0 on Craig'slist

***A man in the crowded Vancouver real-estate market is offering an incredible deal on Craigslist: an "infinite" square-foot lot of "refreshing air, sunshine, beautiful mountains and the ocean" for just $0.

Brice Royer, 31, who has been battling stomach cancer for three years, posted an ad on the classified website this month that has garnered more than one million views.

The listing calls the property "perfect" for "first-time buyers" and "experienced investors" who are "feeling empty" inside and feeling "pressure to maximize return on investment because of family and stakeholders expectations."...***

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He might need a bigger cake! Thousands of strangers turn out to help a 13-year-old boy with Asperger's celebrate his birthday after none of his classmates RSVP'd to his party
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His mom Melissa shared her son's new cell phone number on Facebook and asked people to wish him a happy birthday
The teen received more than 5,000 'happy birthday' text messages, including warm wishes from Elijah Wood and Carrie Underwood
Hundreds of strangers showed up at his birthday party and showered him with presents
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Special moment: Odin Camus and his mom Melissa celebrated his
13th birthday with hundreds of kind strangers who showered him with
presents at his party held at a bowling alley in Ontario, Canada
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Ticked pink! Girl with a new hand... created on 3D printer: Abbi can now dress, cuddle and brush hair of her favourite doll thanks to pioneering technology
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She now has a pink prosthetic hand through 3D printer tech
It costs £50 to print, so new limbs can be created as she grows
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Happy: Abbi Jillians has been given a pink hand
through the pioneering 3D printer technology
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Default Tears flow as helmet given to young man who reunited it with aging vet

This is truly a wonderful human interest story:

***The helmet protected George Johnston on battlefields across Western Europe and, through the kindness of a stranger, provided comfort to the veteran again at the end of his life.

Now, after an unlikely voyage across continents and generations, it’s back in the hands of Jordan Chiasson, the young man who reunited Johnston with a piece of his past.

Born more than seven decades apart, the two men were united by the gift and struck up an unlikely friendship that lasted until Johnston passed away in February at 94.

Irene Sawler, Johnston’s niece, gave Chiasson the helmet in an emotional ceremony at the end of her uncle’s funeral at Sherwood’s Chapel near Moncton.

“I don’t know who was crying harder, him or me, when I handed it to him,” she told the Star on Sunday from her home in Norton, N.B. “He started saying, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’”

Chiasson, a Second World War memorabilia collector, found the historic headwear two years ago in an army surplus store near Moncton, and, after some research, discovered that its original owner was not only still alive, but living in a nearby New Brunswick town.

That stroke of serendipity brought joy to the 93-year-old in his final months, and Johnston decided that after his death, Chiasson should have the helmet back.

During his funeral service, which was filmed, Rev. Karen MacNeill described the helmet’s importance to Johnston, who is survived by his wife Annie.

“There’s George, beginning to wonder if the world has forgotten him, because he hasn’t left his house in months. And someone brings him a piece of his own past,” MacNeill said. “It just invigorated him for months — it just reminded him he wasn’t forgotten.”

Johnston didn’t like to talk about the war, Sawler said. But details of how he first came to wear the helmet that was returned to him 70 years later have trickled out over the years.

On June 6, 1944, Johnston participated in the D-Day landings and began moving with the Allied armies through France. At a refueling depot that summer, a Nazi bombardment sent him scuttling under a truck for cover. One blast lifted him and the truck off the ground. When they landed, Johnston’s helmet was dented by the machine’s undercarriage.

His closest friend in the Army couldn’t reach shelter fast enough and was killed, Sawler said.

Johnston sported his replacement helmet through Belgium, the Netherlands, and finally into Berlin at the end of the war.

It isn’t clear how the memento, so freighted with significance for Johnston, ended up in an army surplus store, but that’s where Chiasson found it in 2013.

The 22-year-old Moncton resident said Johnston’s helmet sat on a shelf for months after he bought it. Only when he took it down for a cleaning one day did Chiasson notice the name inscribed in the helmet’s olive paint.

With help from Library and Archives Canada, he tracked Johnston down and drove to the veteran’s house one day last year.

“I sat in my car for a little bit,” Chiasson said, “to get the nerves gone I guess.”

Johnston was so excited to have the helmet back, he ran towards Chiasson as fast as his walker would carry him.

“He was very surprised and very happy to receive it back,” Sawler said.

The men kept in touch, and when Johnston suffered a stroke later in the year, his young friend visited him in the hospital. And when Chiasson graduated college in June with an IT diploma, the Johnston family sent him a card.

“He just liked the young guy, and they got along good,” Sawler said.

“He is a sweetheart,” she said of Chiasson. “You couldn’t ask for a nicer person.”

In February, Chiasson drove from Moncton for Johnston’s funeral.

Receiving the helmet from Sawler was a moving culmination to their story.

“She just made me start crying,” said Chiasson. “I couldn’t talk.”

“It was a very emotional celebration.” ...***



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'I was terrified, but I saved his life': Brave girl, 9, rescues deaf brother as he is attacked by THREE rottweilers
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Elijah McKenna, 11, was mauled by neighbor's three rottweilers in Oklahoma Saturday
His 9-year-old sister, Alyssa, came to his rescue by scaring off the dogs and carrying injured boy home
Elijah sustained deep cuts to his head and countless bite marks all over his face and body
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Heroic: Alyssa McKenna, 9 (right), saved her 11-year-old brother,
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A dog from Alberta who had been missing for more than six*months*was found in Manitoba and reunited with his owner.

The dog named Rocky was turned in to the Winnipeg Humane Society on April 20,*after he*was spotted in Stonewall, Man.*Staff at the animal shelter said the dog had a microchip which helped them track down the owner in Calgary — about*1,350 kilometres away from Stonewall.

It turns out Rocky had been missing since Oct.*15, 2014.*
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From the man using his body to block violent mob to the boy handing out water to riot cops: Moments of kindness in Baltimore amid the violence
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Thousands of Baltimore residents pitched in to clean up the city on Tuesday after a night of riots and looting
Two moving images surfaced, showing a young boy passing out water to cops and another man protecting a police line from an agitated crowd
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Act of kindness: This little boy was pictured handing out water
bottles to police in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, following a
night of violent riots



Protecting cops: Another citizen was seen protecting a line of police
officers from a riled up group



Coming together: Thousands also chipped in to help clean up some of
the damage from last night's violence which saw more than 100 vehicles
and more than a dozen buildings burned
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Teachable Momentum: Baltimore 'Big Brothers' Sees 3,000 Percent Increase in Mentorship Requests

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In just 36 hours, following shocking television images of youths rioting in the streets, the Baltimore chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has received the largest surge in mentor applicants in the organization's history — a whopping 3,000 percent increase.

That spike in interest is unprecedented, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Terry Hickey told NBC News.

"To have people reach out and say, 'I want to make a commitment for the next year of my life spending every week with a young man or woman,' is blowing my mind actually," said Hickey.

The organization has received over 500 mentor inquiries in the past few days, compared to the usual four to five inquiries a day.

"I was worried people would see the images on TV of young people looting... you don't know how people are going to react to the image of young teens running through the streets," Hickey said. "But people are having their own epiphany, they are saying, 'It just dawned on me that by being an adult in one kid's life I can make a real difference.'"

Hickey attributes this realization to all of the young people he has seen interviewed in the media expressing that they do not have adults in their lives who they feel listen to them and who they can trust.

"I'm hoping this means people aren't about blaming kids for what's happened, but are recognizing that mentoring needs to be right up there at the top of the list when you talk about building communities," he said.
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That's good news & bad news.

Bad because the screenings take time & staff try to take time to make good matches.

Good news because... that should be self evident.
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That's good news & bad news.

Bad because the screenings take time & staff try to take time to make good matches.

Good news because... that should be self evident.
True. And I'm sure that more than a few of the applicants won't qualify and others won't follow through on the commitment. But the publicity about this increase may lead to more applications, in B'more and other places.

It's just nice to see something positive coming out of the chaos of the past couple of weeks.
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Donations Pouring in for Elderly Man Who Called 911 for Food

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Two days after an elderly man dialed 911 for food because he was hungry and couldn't move, his kitchen cabinets are overflowing with donations.

A 911 operator came to Clarence Blackmon's rescue this week after he called for help. The 81-year-old, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, had just returned home to an empty refrigerator after spending several months in the hospital, and he said he had no one else to turn to. The operator arrived with a box of groceries, and she made him a few ham sandwiches.

Several news outlets, including ABC News, wrote about the good deed, and food donations are pouring in, Blackmon said.

"They keep bringing it in by the armloads," he told ABC News. "My cupboards are full. I've never had such prosperity."
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Cop who told teen his parents had been killed by drunk driver steps in to attend his high school graduation just days later
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Parents Riley and Emily, who had five children, were killed while riding their motorcycle in Orange, Texas on May 24
It was Ellison who told Kazzie he had to attend his graduation ceremony
Told Kazzie, 18, his mom and dad would have front row seats in heaven
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-ceremony.html


This is the heartwarming moment Officer Eric Ellison embraced
Kazzie Portie on his graduation day, just days after the Orange, Texas
cop had to tell the teen his parents were killed by a drunk driver
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He's supercop! Police officer saves the lives of two people in just one shift
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Sergeant Nathan Ernst helped save a mans life who had taken an overdose
Two hours later, he rescued a disabled woman from a burning home
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...one-shift.html


Hero: Sergeant Nathan Ernst says his incredible feat of saving two
lives in one night, is just part of his job


Two separate saves in one night. The man deserves a stiff drink and a long day off!
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Thumbs up PK Subban surprises street hockey game in Westmount

***A group of kids were playing street hockey in Westmount yesterday when they were joined by a surprise guest — P.K. Subban.

Eight-year-old Jack Fraser, who plays forward for the novice-level Westmount Wings, happened to be suited up as a goalie at the time, giving him a major thrill.

A video posted to YouTube shows Fraser even managed to stop a few Subban slapshots and a nifty breakaway move.

In an interview on CBC Montreal's Daybreak, the youngster described the experience as "awesome" and "cool."

Jack's father Aaron Fraser said he didn't believe it when he first heard Subban was on the street. He's still not sure what prompted the visit.

"I was in my house and my oldest son came running over and said, 'You have to come, P.K.'s on the street," he said.

"I didn't believe him at first, and I actually expected to get pelted with water balloons."

Fraser said a black SUV pulled up and Subban and a friend got out and he told everyone, "let's play some street hockey."

Subban stayed for about five minutes and posed for photos with people in the neighbourhood...***


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...ount-1.3104274


Spontaneous, fun & a class act - giving a bunch of kids a memory they'll treasure for years. Nice little video at the site.
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