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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 12, 2021: Democracy Prevailed, Women in the Catholic Church, Rice ATM, A Returned Wallet, and Food from the Heart

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Democracy Prevailed

After domestic terrorists attacked the US Capitol building on Wednesday in an attempted coup, members of congress evacuated to safety. The coup failed. Lawmakers returned to their posts that same evening and finished their jobs. Working through the night, they certified the Electoral College votes confirming Joe Biden as the 46th US president. The announcement was made at 3:40 AM on Thursday. Later that day, Donald Trump stated for the first time that “there will be an orderly transition on January 20.” We don’t know what the future holds, but on the morning of Thursday January 7, democracy prevailed. This article from MSN provides details and historical perspectives.

Pope Francis Gives Women More Opportunity to Serve in the Catholic Church

 Pope Francis, “in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church,” decreed on Monday that women will be allowed to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. These things have been happening in some churches, but the decree formalizes and ensures the opportunity to be allowed even in conservative Catholic parishes.

Rice ATM

In India, Ramu Dosapati has spent close to $61,000 of his own money to create a ‘Rice ATM’, giving out rice and other necessities 24 hours a day, to those in need. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Girl Donates Birthday Money to Homeless Man who Returned Grandma’s Wallet

Sean Curry, who has been homeless for five years, found a wallet in a dumpster behind a coffee shop. He found no cash, but there were credit, debit, and medical cards in the wallet. Sean arranged to have the wallet returned to the owner, Evelyn Topper. Evelyn’s grand daughter, Mikayla had planned her 12th birthday party to include a drop off for charity donations. She gave the several hundred dollars in birthday money, to Sean. For more details and a video from the Good News Network, click here.

Food from the Heart

The Sakina Grill has served rich and poor alike. When the pandemic threatened the business, the community rallied in support with over 65 donors contributing more than a quarter of a million dollars. You can learn more about the Sakina Grill and be inspired by owner/chef Kazi Mannan here.

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 29, 2020: Learning by Radio, Vaccines for New Zealand’s Neighbors, the Woman who Stopped Monsanto, and the Girl who Saved a Shark

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Distance Learning by Radio

In many places around the world, lack of internet and TV access prevents distance learning. This is particularly challenging for girls and young women who may be pressured to do more household chores or marry early since not going to school. An organization called Mercy Corps has been helping young women continue education using radio programs. To read about how this works in Nigeria, Nepal, and Jordan, click here.

New Zealand Buys COVID 19 Vaccines for Pacific Neighbors

New Zealand’s government will be supporting its Pacific neighbors by making sure they have access to COVID – 19 vaccines. They will be purchasing enough vaccines for Tokelau, Niue, and the Cook Islands as well as Polynesian neighbors Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu if needed. I was curious how close these islands are to the New Zealand mainland and was surprised at the vast distances between these islands. Here’s more from The Good News Network.

The Woman Who Stopped Monsanto

Indigenous Mayan beekeeper Leydy Pech was awarded the 2020 Goldman Prize often called the environmental Nobel. Ms. Pech formed and led a coalition that “successfully halted Monsanto’s planting of genetically modified soybeans in southern Mexico.” I hope you will read more about her work at the link below where you will find her brief but powerful acceptance speech. Leydy Pech – Goldman Environmental Foundation : Goldman Environmental Foundation (goldmanprize.org)

Eleven Year Old Saves a Young Shark

At a beach in Australia, eleven year old Billie Rae saw a small shark stuck between some rocks. She quickly and carefully picked up the shark and carried it to safety. I can’t help but admire Billie’s poise and courage.

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 22, 2020: US Relief Package, Boston Fire Rescue, and John Krasinski’s SGN Holiday Special

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US Congress Agrees on COVID Relief/Stimulus Package

 On Sunday, US congressional lawmakers finally reached a compromise on a $900 billion stimulus package to send relief to Americans and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Monday night, they passed the bill to send $600 to most Americans. You can find details in this report from Good Morning America.

Boston Fire Rescue

Everyone Got Out Safely in this Boston Apartment Fire:

“Some Good News” Holiday Special

You might remember John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” series from a while back. He starts this special holiday edition by sharing, in his good natured goofy way, how his fans depict him, then he does a little decorating. The good news report starts at around 3 minutes in with a good news lightening round. Then there’s the story about the guy who paid his neighbors overdue utility bills, followed by appreciation for Fed Ex, a weather report by George Clooney, “Parent’s that Rock,” and “The Rock” playing Santa for the single dad who was selling his collectibles on e-bay to get his kids Christmas presents. Thank you to the “Some Good News” team for finding and promoting the good news!

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 15, 2020: US Vaccines, Protecting Polar Bears, Toronto’s Oldest Tree, Recognizing Teachers, and Neighbors Support Black Santa

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US Begins Vaccinating for COVID 19

The first doses of vaccines against COVID 19 were administered on Monday at US hospitals after FDA approval on Friday. The emergency use authorization released 2.9 million doses to 636 sites across the country, starting with front line health care workers followed by nursing homes and long term care facilities. Here’s more from Good Morning America

A Victory to Protect Polar Bears

A US court of appeals ruled against an offshore drilling project in the Artic. Read about why this is a huge victory for polar bears in this article from the Good News Network.

Saving Toronto’s Oldest Tree

The huge 250 year old red oak was in danger until the city of Toronto voted last month to create a mini park around the tree by adding to donations. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Recognizing Teachers

 As winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Ranjitsinh Disale decided to give half of his $1m (£750,000) to runners-up in the competition from countries including Italy, Brazil, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, the US and the UK. Click here for details from BBC

Neighbors Support Family with Black Santa

After Chris Kennedy received a letter telling him to remove the black Santa from his yard and move out of the neighborhood, Chris received support from his community. His neighbors put up their own black Santas. The letter had the neighborhood association address taped to the envelope, but the head of that association visited Chris to make it clear the letter did not come from them and that they want Chris and his family there. Chris originally had only one black Santa in his yard. Then a company donated the second one. (Personally, I believe that since Santa is magic, he can be any color. Anything is possible! )

You can learn more from this article in The Washington Post and the interview with Chris below:

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