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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