| Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week
- Retiring Car Dealer Gives Employees $1,000 for Each Year of Service
Before Howard Cooper sold his car dealership that he’d owned for 47 years, he stipulated that all 89 employees must keep their jobs. Workers like Bob Jenkins, a 26-year mechanic, were thrilled. But not as shocked as they were when they were handed checks worth tens of thousands of dollars — thank you bonuses for their years of service. (AnnArbor.com)
- Young Homeless Mom Fighting Cancer Surprised With New Home Jessica lost her home in a tornado last year and has been living in shelters. Now she’s fighting a cancer diagnosis. But, lunchtime conversations with strangers can sometimes lead to miraculous luck. Such was the outcome for this Alabama woman working at a sandwich shop whose friendship with a compassionate Methodist Pastor led to a fresh start. (Video)
- The Boy Who Has the World Planting Thousands of Trees
Felix Finkbeiner is an environmental superstar and author of the book Tree by Tree who is at the helm of a global network of child activists whose aim is to mitigate climate change by reforesting the planet.
- The Homeless in Miami Find New Outlet Working on Organic Farm
Homeless people have allowed an innovative program to lift them off the streets and place them in a community co-op farm growing organic fruits and vegetables.
- Five ‘Good News Heroes’ Win Sweet Treats for Their Inspiring Acts
SendFudge.com has partnered with the Good News Network to award free gourmet fudge to people who are consistently doing nice things to make a difference in other people’s lives. Check out these 5 inspiring winners named honorary Good News Ambassadors.
- Puppy Born Without Front Legs Gets a Second Chance at Life
The double amputee Olympic runner, Oscar Pistorius was the inspiration for a veterinary technician in St. Cloud, Florida to stop the request to put down a 2-week-old chihuahua puppy born without functioning front legs. Vickie Dryer decided to rehabilitate him instead. (Video)
- DNC Gives Charities 8,000 Pounds of Leftover Food From Convention
65,000 people may have been disappointed by the cancellation of the Barack Obama stadium speech Thursday, but Charlotte’s homeless and hungry were celebrating in high style on Friday. All the fancy catered food intended for the VIP suites and club rooms at the stadium was redistributed Friday to local soup kitchens and shelters. (Herald)
- Man Drives Hummer in Path of Car to Save Children
Darrell Krushelnicki didn’t think twice when he pulled his Hummer in front of a speeding car in order to prevent four children crossing the street from being mowed down. The 46-year-old was traveling in Edmonton, Canada and said, I could just tell it was a bad scenario that was going to take place. (CNews)
- Maine Girl Returns Lost Money, Gains Awesome Reward
A young stay-at-home mom in Maine admits that she had to think about it a for a minute when her young daughter discovered $4000 on the sidewalk by a department store. As for Abbie, age 8? It never crossed her mind to keep it. And her honesty paid off when a bank CEO stepped in after reading about the one thing Abbie would bought with the money. He scored Justin Bieber tickets for the family to attend a sold-out show. (Yahoo)
- Infographic: Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain
Because September is National Yoga Month, we are updating a previous story with a handy downloadable infographic to illustrate (for easy reference) the 6 best yoga poses for back pain. With a few moves, you can bring your spine into proper alignment, releasing tension and pain.
Video of the Week: Pizza Man Lifts President Obama Off The Ground in Bear Hug
President Obama got a lift in Fort Pierce, Florida recently by a pizzeria owner who can bench-press 350 pounds. Even though the business owner is a registered Republican, he said he was swept away by Obama’s enthusiasm — and he swept the President off his feet in a huge bear hug. (WATCH: Happy to See Me?)
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