7 Uplifting News Stories from Last Week

Struggling to find reasons to be thankful this November? We’ve got a whole list of uplifting news stories for you!

1. GoldieBlox reimagines famous action heroes as girls. 

GoldieBlox, the company that creates toys to get girls interested in STEM, has branched out with two new female action figures: the African-American Ruby Rails, who comes with a laptop and a kit to build her own working parachute, and the blond Goldie, for whom you can build a zipline. To advertise these toys, GoldieBlox created this awesome video, where heroes like Marty McFly and James Bond are reimagined as girls. Now that’s our kind of advertising!

2. Missing Alabama boy found 13 years later.

All 18-year-old Julian Hernandez wanted to do was apply to college – but his social security number didn’t match his name. So he worked with his school counselor to find out why, and was shocked to learn that he was on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database. Julian’s father had allegedly taken him as part of a noncustodial parental abduction in 2002 when Julian was just 5 years old. Julian’s mother was thrilled to learn her son had been found safe and alive. Read the full story here.

3. 90-year-old WWII veteran returns home due to stranger’s kindness.

Johnnie Hodges, a 90-year-old WWII veteran, was evicted from his home of more than 60 years in July after falling behind on payments while caring for his sick wife. He never thought he’d see it again. But a GoFundMe campaign started by a stranger raised over $100,000 for Hodges, who moved back in on Saturday. Read the full story here.

4. Rotting Washington tree gets new life as a library.

The massive cedar in the front yard was a big draw for Sara Sanders when she bought her Evertett, Washington home. So when the tree began to rot and become dangerous, Sanders wasn’t prepared to get rid of it entirely. Instead, she turned it into a neighborhood library. Read the full story here.

5. All electricity in Austria’s largest state is now renewable.

Haters of renewable energy, you have been served! Austria’s largest state, which boasts 1.65 million people, announced Thursday that 100% of its electricity now comes from renewable sources. Most of it comes from hydroelectric power, but wind energy, biomass and solar sources are contributing too. Read the full story here.

 6. 4-year-old dresses as herself for “Superhero Day.”

Can we get Joise Kimberlin as a SuperheroYou ambassador, please? The brave 4-year-old is in remission from acute lymphomatic leukemia – so she decided to go as herself for her school’s “Superhero Day.” Her superpower? Destroying cancer one day at a time. Read the full story here.

7. Husband sees wife and baby for the first time.

Pro tip: don’t watch this at the office unless you want your coworkers to wonder why you’re sobbing. Gene Purdie suffers from Stargardt’s Disease, an eye disease that has made his central vision blurry so he hasn’t been able to see clearly for years. That all changed when he was brought onto the Rachael Ray show to use a specialized pair of glasses created by a company called eSight – and got to see his wife and 1-year-old son for the first time. Watch the video here.

Liked this? Check out 10 Everyday Superheroes You Should Thank!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Struggling to find reasons to be thankful this November? We’ve got a whole list of uplifting news stories for you!

1. GoldieBlox reimagines famous action heroes as girls. 

GoldieBlox, the company that creates toys to get girls interested in STEM, has branched out with two new female action figures: the African-American Ruby Rails, who comes with a laptop and a kit to build her own working parachute, and the blond Goldie, for whom you can build a zipline. To advertise these toys, GoldieBlox created this awesome video, where heroes like Marty McFly and James Bond are reimagined as girls. Now that’s our kind of advertising!

2. Missing Alabama boy found 13 years later.

All 18-year-old Julian Hernandez wanted to do was apply to college – but his social security number didn’t match his name. So he worked with his school counselor to find out why, and was shocked to learn that he was on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database. Julian’s father had allegedly taken him as part of a noncustodial parental abduction in 2002 when Julian was just 5 years old. Julian’s mother was thrilled to learn her son had been found safe and alive. Read the full story here.

3. 90-year-old WWII veteran returns home due to stranger’s kindness.

Johnnie Hodges, a 90-year-old WWII veteran, was evicted from his home of more than 60 years in July after falling behind on payments while caring for his sick wife. He never thought he’d see it again. But a GoFundMe campaign started by a stranger raised over $100,000 for Hodges, who moved back in on Saturday. Read the full story here.

4. Rotting Washington tree gets new life as a library.

The massive cedar in the front yard was a big draw for Sara Sanders when she bought her Evertett, Washington home. So when the tree began to rot and become dangerous, Sanders wasn’t prepared to get rid of it entirely. Instead, she turned it into a neighborhood library. Read the full story here.

5. All electricity in Austria’s largest state is now renewable.

Haters of renewable energy, you have been served! Austria’s largest state, which boasts 1.65 million people, announced Thursday that 100% of its electricity now comes from renewable sources. Most of it comes from hydroelectric power, but wind energy, biomass and solar sources are contributing too. Read the full story here.

 6. 4-year-old dresses as herself for “Superhero Day.”

Can we get Joise Kimberlin as a SuperheroYou ambassador, please? The brave 4-year-old is in remission from acute lymphomatic leukemia – so she decided to go as herself for her school’s “Superhero Day.” Her superpower? Destroying cancer one day at a time. Read the full story here.

7. Husband sees wife and baby for the first time.

Pro tip: don’t watch this at the office unless you want your coworkers to wonder why you’re sobbing. Gene Purdie suffers from Stargardt’s Disease, an eye disease that has made his central vision blurry so he hasn’t been able to see clearly for years. That all changed when he was brought onto the Rachael Ray show to use a specialized pair of glasses created by a company called eSight – and got to see his wife and 1-year-old son for the first time. Watch the video here.

Liked this? Check out 10 Everyday Superheroes You Should Thank!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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