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Good News Tuesday 3/32/20: Sikhs Feed the Vulnerable, Moms Raise Money to Feed Hospital Workers, and the Birth of a Network

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While much of today’s news is scary or sad, there are still plenty of good people doing good work all over the world. Here are just a few examples.

Sikh Community Feeds the Vulnerable in Australia and New York

Members of the Sikh community in Australia and New York are volunteering time and donating meals to isolated and at risk people. Many of these helpers have full time jobs and are preparing meals in their “spare time.”

In Sydney, Australia the Sikh community has spent over $4,000 Australian dollars on a food donation program for elderly and disabled in self-isolation. In Melbourne, Sikh Volunteers of Australia delivered 1,000 home-cooked meals to elderly and others unable to go grocery shopping during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Sikh volunteers in New York prepared and packaged 30,000 free meals to be distributed to isolated and at risk people.

You can read more about their generous good work in this article from The Good News Network. 

Moms raise over $10K to Feed Hospital Workers

Whitney Klomparens, Suzi Pigg and Leigh Ann Garrett started the initiative that raised  over ten thousand dollars to feed hospital workers in Charleston South Carolina where staff is working so hard, they barely have time to eat. The front line workers requested high-calorie food they could eat with their hands while on the go.  The story from Good Morning America includes a video with smiling faces in spite of the hard work 

Please join me for a moment to send prayers, good energy, and gratitude to all medical and support people around the world.

The Birth of a Network: “Some Good News”

John Krasinski who once played on the TV sitcom, The Office, has started SGN, a good news network from home. His natural light humor makes me smile, and I love his sign. Be sure to catch John’s story at the end of the video about a girl who gets a parade coming home after her chemo is done.

Please add your good news, good thoughts, or how your doing in the comments. I’d love to hear about what helps you cope with the not good news. 

 


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Good News Tuesday 3/24/20: Positive Updates, a 90 Year Old’s Recovery, and a Compassionate Response to Racism

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Positive Updates Regarding COVID-19

From medical progress and recoveries to better air quality and financial support, here are 10 Positive Updates from the Good News Network regarding the fight against the virus.

Many companies including Apple, Facebook, Tesla, Ikea, and Harbor Freight, are donating medical supplies such as face masks to hospitals.  Here’s just one example in the news. 

Just in time, a church in North Carolina found 7000 masks in storage leftover from hurricane Florence. The N95 masks have been donated to the local hospital. Here’s more on that story. 

90 Year Old Recovering from Coronavirus

90 year old Geneva Wood went into the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington after having a stroke. With the center’s outbreak of COVID-19, Geneva tested positive for the virus. Geneva was close to death and not expected make it through the next 24 hours, but after her family came to say their goodbyes, Geneva started to improve. She’s still recovering, but has tested negative. Here’s more of Geneva’s story with a moving video. 

A Compassionate Response to Racist Tweets

After receiving racist tweets, Muslim attorney and political activist Qasim Rashid responded with compassion. He learned that Oz Dillon who tweeted the verbal attacks was struggling financially due to his wife’s medical challenges. Qasim contributed to Oz’s GoFundMe campaign and encouraged others to help as well. Qasim and Oz got to meet in person and have become friends. Here’s one of Oz’s responses on GoFundMe:

“An amazing week of eye- and heart-opening enlightenment, that I used to always have before 9/11,” he said “A Christian Muslim, Qasim Rashid, who I had previously opposed politically just because of the word Muslim, has opened my eyes that there are GOOD people in all walks of life.”  Oz Dillon  (via The Good News Network)

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anything good you’ve seen, felt, or heard about.

Take extra good care of yourself! You matter!


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Good News Tuesday 3/17/20: Benefits of Slowing Down, Compassionate Utility Companies, Nuns Create Urban Wetlands, and Singing in Italy

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How the Coronavirus Offers a Chance to Slow Down and Shift Values

“The recent pictures of the air above China showed how two months without production cleared the skies and allowed people to breathe again,” she said, referring to the fact that carbon emissions and pollution from Chinese industry have declined since the virus first hit the country.     Li Edelkoort.

This article explores how the coronavirus provides opportunities for new beginnings.

Keeping the Water On

Due to the importance of handwashing, many utility companies are keeping the water on regardless of payment.  My own city announced last week that no one’s water will be shut off due to delinquent fees. Even the electric company is suspending shut offs.

Nuns Create Urban Wetlands in New Orleans

The sisters of St. Joseph are turning their New Orleans convent into urban wetlands.

“When complete, the Mirabeau Water Garden will be one of the country’s largest urban wetlands, managing stormwater and easing the workload of the city’s current drainage system. …The Mirabeau Water Garden will have the capacity to store 10 million gallons of water, diverting a deluge of stormwater from hitting the city’s drainage system all at once.”

Here’s the story and photos from Fast Company. 

 

When Life Gives You Lemons, Sing!

Italians are singing from balconies during the nationwide “lockdown”. Listen to their beautiful voices and encouragement from people in China.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

For my Star Trek friends, it’s Happy St. Patrick Stewart Day on BBC America!

 


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Good News Tuesday, 3/10/20: A Hospital’s Compassion, Meals for First Responders, Earth Friendly Alternatives, and Our Weekend In the Mountains

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Tennessee Hospital Will Not Charge Tornado Victims

Cookeville Regional Medical Center will not be charging patients for medical care resulting from last week’s deadly tornados. Insurance companies will be billed, but not the patients.  “If they don’t have insurance, they will not be charged.”

Here’s more of the story from ABC News. 

Meals for Event Spectators Sent to Nashville First Responders

Meals prepared for a bodybuilding show in Ohio where donated to first responders in Nashville. Meals had been prepared for 200,000 people, but the show was prohibited from allowing general public spectators in order to contain the coronavirus, so they decided send the food to Nashville in refrigerator trucks. Here are the details. 

 

Palm Oil Alternative

Bill Gates has invested in a company producing an alternative to palm oil to help reduce deforestation. C16 Biosciences uses a fermentation process to make the product. Here’s more on the palm oil alternative. 

Sustainable Oats

“Research has shown that oats crops are far more sustainable than the production of coconut, almond, or rice milk.”  GNN

Hälsa Foods, a Swedish company based in Florida, uses oats as a dairy substitute for their organic yogurt. They’re offering help to small, struggling dairy farmers who want to convert their pastures to oat crops.   Read more from the Good News Network.  

Our Mountain Weekend

In personal good news, we spent the weekend in the mountains and took  care of my granddaughter and grand dog for an overnight. We also got to spend time with my son and daughter-in-law, and we even got to see snow! David loved walking grand dog  “Rumpke” whose name was inspired by the band, Rumpke Mountain Boys.

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Plus, I got to swim at the Y, and my granddaughter learned to float on her back, swam under the pool rope, and did a cannonball!

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Good News Tuesday for March 3, 2020: Peace Agreement, Blue Whales, Rescues in Delhi, and Inspirational Grace

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US Signs Peace Agreement with the Taliban

To say that this is complex is an understatement,  but a peace agreement after 19 years if war in Afghanistan is good news.

“U.S. officials insist the troop withdrawal timeline will depend primarily on one condition: the degree to which the Taliban fulfills its commitment in the peace deal not to allow Afghanistan to be used as a base of operations by insurgencies such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State.” NPR

The agreement also includes release of prisoners.

Here are some details from NPR.

Blue Whale Numbers Rising

The BBC reports an astonishing increase in blue whales, the largest animal on the planet. These intelligent being are still endangered however, and the 1986 IWC ban on commercial whaling needs to remain firmly in place.  Here’s more from BBC

Father and Son Sikhs Rescue Muslims in Delhi

Sikh Mohinder Singh and his son used a motorcycle and a “scooty” to rescue 60 to 80 Muslims from escalating riots in Delhi on February 24.

“I did not see Hindu or Muslim,” said Singh, who runs an electronics store and is a father to two children…. I just saw people. I saw little children. I felt like they were my children and that nothing should happen to them. We did this because we all should act humanely and help those in need….” Mohinder Singh (Tribune)

Read more of this story from the Tribune here. 

 

Ballerina Returns to Inspire Possibilities

While this story isn’t recent news, it is uplifting. Aesha Ash grew up in the inner city of Rochester, New York. Though she didn’t see any black ballerinas as a child, she loved ballet and worked to pursue her dream. She joined the New York City Ballet at age 18. Since her retirement, she has visited and inspired inner city children in Rochester and Oakland as part of her Swan Dreams project. Enjoy!

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Good News Tuesday 2/25/20: Thunberg Foundation, 8 Hour Plank, Saving a Coastal Ecosystem, and Newlywed Cops Stop a Robbery on their Date Night

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Greta Thunberg uses Award Money to Start a Foundation for the Earth

Greta Thunberg, 17, won the Right Livelihood Award in December. The award is known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” Greta plans to use the ($100,000) prize money to establish the Greta Thunberg Foundation in Sweden. You can read more in this article from Global Citizen.

62 Year Old Breaks World Record with 8 Hour Plank

62-year-old George Hood, a retired law enforcement officer, broke the world record for holding the plank position for over 8 hours. George used imagery of being a strongly rooted tree and listened to rock music while breaking the planking record.  He wants to break the stigma of seeking help for mental health issues.

His advice for other people looking to hold even just a 20-second plank or do one push-up is to just get started. (GMA)

I’m going for the 20-second plank.

Here’s the story from Good Morning America.

 

Scottish Government Protects Important Coastal Ecosystem

Citizens and wildlife groups worked for four years to protect the Coul Links coastal area from a proposed golf course.  On February 21, 2020, the Scottish government decided to decline the golf course application. Here’s an excellent video from the campaign to save Coul Links including the message: “We have to put a higher value on nature.”

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

                                                            Margaret Mead

 

Newlywed Police Couple Stops Robbery

Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown have been married for six months. While off duty at their weekly Saturday night date at a fast food restaurant, they saw a robbery in progress and went into action. They chased the perp out of the store and caught him. Here’s the story:

 

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Good News Tuesday 2/18/20: Australia Fires Contained, Soldiers and Koalas, Taxi Driver Interrupts Scam, 10 Billion for Earth, and College Degrees in Prison

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All Australian Bushfires Contained in New South Wales

Not all the fires are out, but they are all contained allowing more focus on rebuilding.

The exciting news comes after a week of historic rainfall in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.     Good News Network

Let’s continue to pray for healing.

In this related story, soldiers are using their free time to help care for displaced koalas.

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Taxi Driver Stops $25,000 Scam

When a 92 year old woman asked him to take her to the bank to pay the IRS, taxi driver Raj Singh dug deeper. He ended up taking her to the police, who uncovered the scam. Mr. Singh could have just taken the lady to the bank and not asked questions, but it’s a good thing he cared.  Here’s the story from The Good News Network.

10 Billion Dollars for Planet Earth

Jeff Bezos, “the richest man in the world,” has announced his plan to donate 10 billion dollars of his own money to help fight climate change. Associated Press reports Amazon, the company started by Bezos, plans to have “100% of its energy use come from solar panels and other renewable energy by 2030.” That will be something to watch over the next 10 years.  The AP article pointed out that Jeff Bezos “only recently became active in donating money to causes as other billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have done.” Wouldn’t it be great if all of the world’s financially wealthy people because so altruistic? Hopefully, it’s not too late to do some good for the planet. Here’s the article from AP News.

Earning College Degrees in Prison

Hudson Link is a nonprofit program that helps prison inmates earn college degrees for free. According to Hudson Link, the general rate of recidivism in (NY) state is 43%, while the prisoners who walk out with degrees have only a 2% chance of being re-incarcerated. You can read more about it on the Good News Network.

This  video had me grinning and teary eyed.

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