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#WATWB: Caring for 600 Foster Children Over Fifty Years

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Linda Herring, and her husband, Bob, provided foster care for over 600 children in nearly fifty years.  They mostly took in children with special medical needs and would often take calls and go pick up a children in the middle of the night. One of the comforts Linda provided was to make sure every new child had a professional photograph hanging on their living room wall.

When Linda first started fostering children in the 1970s, she was running a home daycare and working as a high school custodian. She also volunteered as a first responder for much of her life.  One of the things that drew me to this story is remembering how much energy it took to raise my two children. I know Linda and Bob had help, but what a labor of love!

Linda is now 75 and has decided to stop fostering children due to her own health concerns. She was recently recognized for her service in her state of Iowa.

You can read more about Linda Herring in this article from the Good News Network.

We Are The World Blogfest is a festival of positive stories hosted on the last Friday of every month. This month’s co-hosts are D. Biswas – https://www.damyantiwrites.com/ – L. Hartz – https://authorlizbethhartz.com/blog – S. Garg – http://shilpaagarg.com/ – M. Giese – https://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/ – S. Stein – https://ssteinwriting.wordpress.com/

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#WATWB: Helping Australia’s Koalas

The devastation from fires in Australia is hard to watch.  But there are helpers. A group of quilters in The Netherlands is making mittens for koalas and pouches for kangaroos suffering burns from the bush fires. The mittens and pouches must be made entirely from cotton. Here’s more of the story.

Thank you to all the helpers, including the staff of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.  Here’s the link for their gofundme page.

Below are two videos of people helping koalas

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We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) brings us positive stories on the last Friday of every month. For more light in the darkness, visit the WATWB Facebook page:

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This month’s co-hosts,Sylvia McGrath, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese, and Belinda Witzenhausen welcome participants and encourage all to join in.

 


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#WATWB: Homeless Dogs Find Love and Safety in this Brazilian Church

Father João Paulo Araujo Gomes of Brazil shelters stray dogs “in his rectory away from the dangers of the streets.” They come to church on Sundays to give and receive love and in hopes of finding a forever home.

Dogs have a way of mirroring the unconditional love of God. So is it any wonder that GOD spelled backwards is DOG? Dogs teach us about a very special kind of love.

Here’s an excerpt from the article in Bored Panda (link below) :

“Dogs provide us with unconditional love, laughter, and precious memories and it’s nothing less than fair to pay them back. Whether you are a faithful believer in God or not, as long as you believe in kindness and compassion, we can slowly make the world a better place.”

 

Click here for the story and sweet photos.

 

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“We are the World” Blogfest” aims to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Sylvia McGrath, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese, and Belinda Witzenhausen welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB comes on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE for more information. You are always welcome to join in!

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#WATWB: Volunteers Turn Old School Buses into Homes for Working Homeless Families

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A School Bus from Pixabay

 

Julie Atkins, a freelance journalist based in Oregon, spent some time living with the homeless. She became interested in the working homeless and discovered one family living in an old school bus. This led Julie to starting the non-profit Vehicles for Change. Schools donate the buses and volunteers make them into homes.  The bus homes provide mobility and hope for working families.

Learn more about how it all got started and the families in  this article from People.

 

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#WATWB is a monthly celebration of positive news stories. The world needs to know that positive news is abundant. For more WATWB stories, visit the Facebook Page

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  1. Keep your post to below 500 words.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.


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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.

For details, please visit:

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

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