| Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week
- Family Comforted By Mystery Letter After Home is Burned Down
They lost their dream home in the San Diego fires this week but found something in the rubble left by a stranger that restored their spirits and their community’s hope as well.
- Man Drives Truck Across Country Rescuing Dogs
Twice a month Greg Mahle leaves his home in Zanesville, Ohio to drive a semi-trailer through Texas and other southern states picking up dogs set to be euthanized. He sleeps on a mattress among the dozens of dogs until he reaches states like Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont, where loving families are waiting to adopt them.
- Viewer’s Generosity Changes Afghan Boy’s Life
Caught in an Afghanistan firefight, 12 year-old Obaid lost both his legs, but refused to give up. He was being measured for prosthetic limbs by the Red Cross when NBC News first featured his story in a televised report. A Boston-area grandmother was touched by what she saw and decided to help from 7000 miles away.
- Border Collies Help Reduce E. Coli on Beaches
Booming gull populations near Lake Michigan has led to swim advisories and beach closings because of the abundance of E. coli bacteria in the sand and water. A team of Central Michigan University students have devised an environmentally friendly solution involving border collies. The success is a win-win.
- Teachers Left Speechless As Stranger Picks up Tab for Autism Students
A school trip to a local restaurant turned into an emotional and wonderful experience for a group of students with autism this month, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.
- 7 Body Pains You Should Never Ignore
Pain management specialist Dr. Houman Danesh of Mt. Sinai Hospital says there are some pains that you should never ignore. Here’s how to recognized them.
- Firefighter Who Saved Infant Finally Meets Girl, Now 18, at Graduation At graduation, for the first time, 18-year-old Skyler James got to meet the firefighter who, on a bitterly cold November morning in 1995, found her — a newborn baby — abandoned beneath a snow-laden pine tree in an Illinois cemetery.
- Quadruple Amputee Stuns TV’s Mike Rowe: ‘I’m not a victim’
American soldier Travis Mills served three tours in Afghanistan until he lost his arms and legs in a bomb explosion. The retired US Army staff sergeant spent months recuperating, but don’t dare call him a wounded warrior. (You must see this man’s attitude!)
- Community Pours Love on Family of 6 Who Lost Everything
After the wildfire outbreak in Southern California last week, NBC shared the story of one family who escaped with their lives. Everything they owned was destroyed, but their community rewrote the script.
- US Airmen Adopt Little Girl with Special Needs From Ukraine
The Air Force couple expressed strong feelings about the need for good homes for orphans, especially in Eastern Europe. So, Tech. Sgt. Jamie Meadows-Valley traveled to a Ukrainian orphanage, even dodging street protests, to adopt a 2-year-old girl with special needs. Since then, the tiny girl named Oleksandra has made remarkable strides.
Top Video: Mama Bear Plucks Baby Cub From Highway (Don’t Miss!)
Ricky Forbes was driving through Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, when he spotted a black bear cub sitting dangerously close to the highway. He stopped to record video of the cub and suddenly the mother popped up from behind the concrete barrier to rescue the baby.
(Good Mama – Looks Both Ways)