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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 22, 2020 Happy Autumn!: Sea Turtles, Saving Food, Ancient Seeds, Fire Cat Rescue, and Home Repair Heroes

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Sea Turtle’s Flourish in Lebanon

“… as Lebanon reels from multiple tragedies, conservationists are pointing to one bright spot. They say a record number of endangered green sea turtles have come to nest on the country’s shores.”

Here’s the story from NPR

Saving Food

When George Ahearn found out how much produce was being wasted due to COVID 19 slowing food supply chains, he wanted to get food to the people who needed it. Farmers were ready with truckloads of potatoes and onions, but food banks need food that’s washed and bagged. With help, George co-founded EastWest Food Rescue. Mobilizing farmers and volunteers, the non-profit has moved nearly eight million pounds of produce across the state of Washington to food banks and meal programs. Here’s more from CNN Heroes.

Reviving Ancient Seeds Adds Fruit to Cooperative Learning for Arab and Israeli Students

Fifteen years ago, scientists Elaine Soloway and Sarah Salon were able to germinate date seeds that lived around the time of Jesus. One seed grew into a male tree they named, Methuselah. In 2014, ancient seeds dating back close to the same time were unearthed in the Judean Desert and near the Dead Sea. Six of those seeds grew into trees at the Kibbutz Ketura campus of the Arava Institute located on the Israeli-Jordanian border where Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian college students learn and work cooperatively to solve regional and global challenges. One tree, a female named Hannah, flowered. In the spring of this year Hannah was pollinated using the powdery grains from Methuselah. She produced 111 dates that were recently harvested. For pictures, details, and a deeper look into the significance of these events, please read this article from the Good News Network.

Fire Cat Rescue

The ground smoldered as fire fighters worked to make sure a fire in Northern California did not re-ignite. LA Fire Department Captain Daniel Trevizo heard a meow. Then he saw a kitten running toward him. For more of the story and feel-good pictures, click this piece from redding.com

Gloria’s Gladiators

When 72 year old Gloria Scott called electrician John Kinney to fix her light, she had no idea what it would lead to. John saw that Gloria’s house needed a lot more work, so he returned to do other repairs at no charge. He created a Facebook page, “Old Lady Needs Help,” to rally support. The response was overwhelming in a good way.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

14 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday for Sept. 22, 2020 Happy Autumn!: Sea Turtles, Saving Food, Ancient Seeds, Fire Cat Rescue, and Home Repair Heroes

  1. These are lovely stories, JoAnna. The one about the sea turtles, at this time of environmental crisis throughout the world, is particularly heart warming.

  2. JoAnna, I always enjoy your good news! ❤ Have a great day! Cheryl

  3. Individuals like the electrician John Kinney make our country great ❤

  4. I love the seeds one…

    • The ancient seed story reached out to me. First, I was amazed that seeds that old could grow trees and fruit! As I read the story, there were layers of meaning and symbolism that are still surfacing. I’m glad you love it, too.

  5. I thought Saving Food would be my favourite until I reached the amazing Gloria’s Gladiators.

  6. Such brilliant inspiration as people step up to the challenges seeing where others need help. Loved the stories on the saving and distribution of food and the repair guy who went the extra mile for the elderly…. And of course as a Cat lover… so pleased to read that story too…
    Many thanks for sharing Love, Light and Good Vibes with these wonderful Good News stories JoAnna….
    Have a blessed day my friend ❤

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