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Good News Tuesday: A Bag of Money, Good News Graphs, Violence Intervention, & a Surprising Friendship

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Homeless Man Gives Bag of $17,000 to Food Bank

Kevin found the bag of money at the Sumner Food Bank near Seattle. He thought about what to do. It wasn’t easy, but he feels good about his decision to give the money to the first staff person who arrived at the food bank. They turned it into the police, but since no one claimed it, the food bank got to keep it. Kevin got a certificate from the town and gift cards to his favorite store. He’s still proud of his decision and loves being famous as you’ll see in this sweet video from ABC news. 

(There might be a commercial, but it’s worth watching for the good news story.)

Some Things are Getting Better!

When you take a look at overall trends, you can see that some things are getting better. According to the graphs in this article, child mortality, extreme poverty, and the cost of renewable energy are going down. We’re also getting better at preventing diseases like malaria.

Group Violence Intervention (GVI) makes a difference.

“So far this year, shots fired in New Haven are down by almost 80% from 2011. Chicago experienced a 32% reduction in victims among the gangs represented at call-ins, New Orleans a 32% decrease in gang homicides and Stockton a 55% reduction in homicides.”

The Guardian reports on the success and spread of “Boston’s Miracle.” Read more here.

Democrats and Republicans can be Good Friends

I love seeing the positive energy and good humor between former first lady Michelle Obama and former president George Bush. They are regularly assigned seats next to each other at official events.  Former President Bush was caught on camera giving Ms. Obama a cough drop at Senator McCain’s funeral, and the video went viral. Recently when greeting her at his father’s funeral, Mr. Bush gave her a cough drop showing  his sense of humor even in his grief. The friendship between the Obamas and the Bush family gives me hope that we can learn to get along regardless of our differences. Maybe there’s something about sitting side by side that encourages friendship.

 

 

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#WATWB : A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table is a restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina where customers pay what they can. 27-year-old Maggie Kane started the restaurant after she graduated from college. Eighty percent of the customers pay the suggested price. Some pay more, some pay less, and some volunteer for their meal. A Place at the Table will soon be celebrating its one year anniversary and has given away almost 7,000 meals.

 

Another pay-what-you-can cafe is located in Boone, NC. The F.A.R.M. Cafe is a non-profit restaurant. You can learn more here: http://farmcafe.org/index.html . Since I have family in Boone, I hope to visit the F.A.R.M. Cafe sometime in 2019. Maybe some day every city and town will have a pay-what-you-can restaurant.

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Our co-hosts this month are:  Eric Lahti , Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Damyanti Biswas Please visit them and say hi!


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Good News Tuesday: Saving Lives in Dallas, A Husky Makes it Home, and a Grateful Reunion with a Veteran

A Team Effort Saves Lives in Dallas Apartment Fire

Quick thinking by neighbors and first responders saved the lives of everyone in this raging apartment fire.

Rain in California

Yes, the rain in California could increase risk of mudslides and complicate searches, but it also brings relief from devastating fire and hope for healing. I didn’t find a news story about the rain that didn’t give equal or more attention to the risk of mudslides. It’s a real risk, but can we just take a minute be thankful for the rain?

A Husky Named Sinatra Makes it Home

Sinatra the Husky disappeared from his home in New York some time after his human sibling, 16 year old Zion, was killed. He was found in Florida 18 months later by another teenager. We don’t know how Sinatra got from New York to Florida. But I can’t help but wonder if he was looking for Zion. His rescuers and friends of the family made sure he got home. It’s a touching story.

 

Thanksgiving to a Veteran, to All Veterans:

Thanksgiving is not over. We can give thanks every day.  Donna Caye wrote a letter of thanks in 1970 to a soldier serving in Vietnam. She recently got to tell him thank you again in person.

 

 

Good News Tuesday seeks to add a touch of balance, one Tuesday at a time.

What’s your good news?

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Good News Tuesday: Helping Teens, A Donut Baker, and Whales

Siblings Develop App to Prevent Teen Suicide

NotOK is an app that sends a text message and current GPS location to up to five pre-selected contacts. The idea came to Hannah Lucas, 16, after Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and bullying led to severe depression, anxiety, and a suicide attempt. Her brother Charlie who is 13 helped create the app. You can read more in this Parade article and see the video below to hear from Hannah and Charlie.

Community Helps Donut Shop Owner Spend More Time with Wife

John and Stella Chhan have run this donut shop since 1990. Now, Stella is recovering from a brain aneurysm and everybody misses her, including John. His customers are buying out the donut inventory early every morning so John can go home and be with his wife. Here’s the heartwarming story.

 

Two Beluga Whales to be Released to an Ocean Sanctuary

A Shanghai aquarium has agreed to release two beluga whales to a sanctuary being built in Iceland. The organization Sea Life Trust hopes to transport them in March of 2019 as the whales and the sanctuary are being prepared. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about their safety, but I’m also hopeful. This is a  step in the right direction.

 

Good news is more abundant than the mainstream media lets on. Good News Tuesdays seeks a little balance, one Tuesday at a time. Got good news? Please share it!

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Good News Tuesday: Baby Holding, Rings of Peace, and a Father Confronts Bullying with Compassion

Stranger Holds Baby While Mom Does Paperwork – Photo gets over a Million Likes.

This grandfather asked to hold a stranger’s baby so the mother could fill out paperwork. Mom said yes. The photo shared on Facebook got over a million likes even though no one in the photo is in FB. People want good news,too. Maybe mainstream media is starting to get it?  You can read more of the story here.

Rings of Peace Around Toronto Synagogues

Hundreds of people of different faiths showed support for synagogues in Toronto Saturday by being part of the Rings of Peace.

You can read more about the Rings of Peace here.

Father Confronts Son’s Bully with Compassion

In confronting his son’s bully, this father found out the older boy was being bullied himself for wearing the same clothes. The wise father used empathy, listening, and compassion to turn torment into friendship. Thanks to Good Morning America for covering this story.

Looking for balance one Tuesday at a time.

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Good News Tuesday: Support for The Tree of Life Synagogue, Signing Students, and a 94 Year Old Wise Guy

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Muslim groups raise over $125,000 to help Pittsburgh synagogue victims

People of many faiths are helping the victims and families of The Tree of Life synagogue where a shooting took the lives of 11 people in Pittsburgh Saturday. It gives me hope to know that among the helpers are two Muslim-American non-profits who have exceeded their fundraising  goal in the campaign, “Muslims Unite For Pittsburgh Synagogue.”
Below are two links for the story. The first is from nbcnews.com and the second is an earlier story from The Times of Israel.

 

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-muslims-raise-over-100000-for-synagogue-victims/

Kindergarten Class Signs Happy Birthday to Custodian Who is Deaf:

Watch how this beloved custodian reacts to kindergarten students signing the Happy Birthday lyrics especially for him.  Happy Birthday, Mr. James!

 

94 Year Old Veteran Greets Students with Wisdom and Fist Bumps

Wally Richardson meets middle school students every morning with positive wisdom and encouragement. I love his motivational call/response technique. Take a look!

Good News Tuesday seeks to bring some balance to media, one Tuesday at a time.

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#WATWB: San Francisco’s Road to ZERO Waste

Zero waste for a city the size of San Francisco might seem impossible, but I admire their determination and the innovative ideas they’ve put in place in hopes of reaching their goal by the year 2020.  Zero waste is not only good for the environment and quality of life, it’s creating clean jobs. This is clearly a team effort. Here’s how they’re doing it:

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Belinda Witzenhausen, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Andrea Michaels, Peter Nena, Dan Antion, Shilpa Garg

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