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#WATWB: The Town that Opened Doors to People Seeking Asylum

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of about 100,000, didn’t ask for asylum seekers to be sent to them. It was ordered by the US federal government.* In response, the people of Las Cruces rallied to provide hospitality.

“Rather than leave them at bus stations or other locations within the community, the City of Las Cruces and its government and non-government partners are working to provide care before processing (asylum seekers) through to their host families.”

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Volunteers organized to provide food, clothing, and shelter for the 1600 people dropped off by border patrol.  The city council designated $600,000 in funding for temporary housing and the community has added private donations. Read more about this town that chose to help in the following article from The Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/1600-asylum-seekers-welcomed-in-las-cruces/

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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope….”

#WATWB starts on the last Friday of each month. You can join in any time over the weekend. Our co-hosts are: Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese, and Damyanti Biswas,

“Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.”

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#WATWB: Clean Up Heroes

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We Are The World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news,  stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.  Join us on the fourth Friday of every month, or even the fourth weekend! For more information, visit: https://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

This month, I’m sharing two stories about individuals who have taken it upon themselves to clean up beaches.

Story #1: Pat Smith, a 70 year old grandmother nicknamed “Action Nan” has cleaned up 52 beaches in a year. She couldn’t sleep after learning about plastic pollution and decided to do what she could. She’s motivating me to take a reusable bag to the beach with me and pick up trash every time I go. So much trash ends up in waterways. Even if you don’t live near a beach, please consider helping out. Pick up trash and work to reduce or eliminate your use of plastics and Styrofoam.

 

You can read more about Pat here. 

Story #2: This past spring, college Freshman Joshua Caraway went to a Miami, Florida beach with his friends for spring break. But when he saw all the trash on the beach, he went to work.

“I love animals, I also love the environment,” Caraway told CTVNews.ca. “That’s why I like to help.”

Here’s an article about Joshua’s work from Global Citizen

Our WATWB cohosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti.

Stop by and see what inspiring stories of light they bring.

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WATWB: Pay What You Can Grocery Store

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Toronto has a Pay What You Can Grocery Store! Chef Jagger Gordon and his volunteer team “rescue” food that would otherwise thrown away.  When the store, Feed it Forward, has leftovers, the volunteers take it to the street to distribute.  Imagine if every city had a Pay What You Can grocery store!

#WATWB is a monthly blogfest promoting positive efforts around the world.

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Thank you to our cohosts:  Shilpa Garg, Dan Antion, Mary Giese, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas.


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WATWB: The Principal who Reads Bedtime Stories to Students

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Welcome to #WATWB # 22! We are sharing stories about people doing good work and bringing hope to the world.  To learn more about this monthly blogfest, visit

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

and the WATWB Facebook page for more positive posts.

My story this month is about Dr. George, the elementary school principal who reads stories to her students every Tuesday night on a livestream from her home. I love her genuine, fun nature and her messages like, “It’s okay to be weird,” and “Anything that’s  loving and kind, it grows much faster….”  I bet you’ll enjoy this video!

 

It’s hard to believe that WATWB has been going strong for two years! Happy Anniversary to all! There’s still plenty of good in the world. We are the world!

Our cohosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath , Belinda WitzenHausen, Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas.


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WATWB: A Fatal Birth Defect and a Gift of Love

Welcome to WATWB #21, a monthly celebration of positive news stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope.

My offering this month is a story that moved me in powerful ways I cannot explain. It starts with a young couple expecting a baby.  In her 18th week of pregnancy, Krysta Davis found out the baby she was carrying was diagnosed with anencephaly, “a fatal neurological defect that occurs when parts of the brain and skull are missing. In most cases, babies diagnosed with it live between a few minutes and a few days.”

A doctor told Krysta that if she decided to go full term with the pregnancy, they could donate baby Rylei’s organs to help other babies.

In Krysta’s words:

“Derek and I looked at each other and knew what we were going to do. I may have not been able to take my baby home, but I could maybe use her life to give other mothers the chance to.”

Baby Rylei was born on Christmas Eve and lived for one week. She was miraculously stronger than anyone would have imagined.
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Our cohosts for this month are:  Inderpreet Uppal Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath , Peter Nena, Belinda WitzenHausen. Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi!


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WATWB: Teenage Diver Fights Golf Ball Pollution

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At age 16, free diver Alex Weber found an astounding number of golf balls in the ocean near her home in California. Five golf courses – two near the ocean and three along the Carmel River- were the source. Golf balls degrade in water releasing toxic chemicals and microplastic harmful to marine life. Alex has  brought over 50,000 golf balls up from the ocean.

“She and her father would haul hundreds of pounds of them up, and then of course more golfers would hit more into the ocean.” NPR (source below)

The following video is from Alex’s website: https://www.theplasticpick-up.org/

 

With help from Matt Savoca and Stanford University, Alex published an article about the golf ball pollution in the journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin. Now 18, Alex plans to study marine science at a university. She is still collecting golf balls.

You can read more of Alex’s story in this article from NPR

Here’s a video from Alex and Jack’s gofundme page.

 

“We Are the World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.” Join us on the last Friday of each month.

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This month’s #WATWB co-hosts are:

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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#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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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. For more information, visit:

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

You can find more #WATWB stories on the Facebook Page.

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