9 Women Secretly Deliver Cakes to Poor People for 30 Years; Plus, Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week!

One update on a story last week: So many people heard about the 9-year-old school lunch blogger after intense media exposure, that she raised £100,000 to feed lunches to thousands of African children… I love this job. Enjoy these news stories, sure to be even better. xxoo Geri
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Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week

  1. Healthiest Meal Ever: Scientist-Devised Menu Includes 222 Health Claims

    Food researchers pored over thousands of health claims for various food items and found only 222 that were judged to have basis in scientific fact — and from these they have concocted a menu that is being hailed as the healthiest ever.

  2. Women Secretly Deliver Cakes to Poor Families for Over 34 Years For more than three decades, nine women have been secretly baking and delivering hundreds of pound cakes in the middle of the night to people in Tennessee who could benefit from knowing that somebody out there loves them. They also secretly pay utility bills for widows or single moms in need. In all, they have contributed nearly $900,000 to the happiness of others.
  3. Unemployed Veteran Posts Army Medal on eBay And Gets Huge Bid
    Unable to find a job after he was laid off from his retail position, a former Iraqi vet put an Army medal, received during his 2008-09 deployment, on eBay. There were no bids for days until a news reporter told his story.
  4. ‘Water-less Shower’ Invented by African College Student
    Inspired by a friend who was too lazy to take a shower, a South African university student has won global recognition for an invention that takes the water out of bathing. His product, called DryBath, has wide application in the developing world where basic hygiene is lacking and millions do not have regular access to water.
  5. Bullies Taunting Bus Driver Goes Viral, $600,000 Raised for a Vacation
    A former bus driver, who in her senior years works as a bus monitor, sat patiently through ten minutes of relentless and brutal bullying by middle school kids on her route, as a video camera rolled. The video went viral and an online social media community so sympathized with her that they raised money to send her on a vacation — to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  6. Couple Plans Honeymoon Taking Strangers to Breakfast Across America
    This July, after an Oregon couple walk down the aisle, they will hit the open road on a unique journey from Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine, taking a leap of faith with dozens of people they have never met. The leap? The new bride and groom will sit down to breakfast with strangers across America and select 50 of those breakfasts to highlight in a book, Breakfast with Strangers: 50 Meals across America.
  7. Find Health and Happiness on a Walk in the Woods Do you want to be happier, healthier, and smarter? I have just the prescription for you: add a daily dose of nature to your routine. Over the past decade, researchers from fields as diverse as biology, psychiatry, horticulture, neuroscience and medicine have discovered countless links between time spent outdoors and cognitive, physical, and emotional improvement.
  8. Tennessee Community Saves Elderly Woman From Eviction
    It was a house she and her late husband built in 1956. Mary Cate Jones had spent the past few weeks packing up memories and preparing for a forced eviction from the home where she lived in Tennessee for 56 years. But after her plight was featured in the local paper last month, donations began pouring in. (Video)
  9. Plasticity Conference Showcases a Green Future for Plastics at Rio+20

    Last week, 50,000 leaders in government, business and the environment gather for the Rio+20 Earth Summit UN conference. What is new this year is a one-day creative break-out session focused entirely on the future of plastics — how to use bio-waste instead of oil to make them, and how to get more of it recycled — including new initiatives in design, packaging, recovery, and reuse.

  10. 20 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity
    An online pop culture editor posted a collection of 20+ heartwarming photos to illustrate inspiring stories of kindness. (Buzzfeed)

Video of the Week: Homeless Shelter Kids Surprised by New Computer Lab Donated by Dell

Covenant House is an L.A. shelter that serves homeless and disadvantaged youth. When the team at Dell found out that the shelter’s computer lab was in desperate need of an upgrade — and still using floppy disks — they donated all new equipment to create a state of the art classroom where the young people can pursue job skills, high school GED diplomas, and entrepreneurial dreams. (Watch the inspiring moment)

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