7 Uplifting News Stories from Last Week

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It can be tough to pay attention to the news when it seems like all we hear about is death, death, and more death. But there is still good in the world! Here are 7 uplifting news stories from last week to help remind you of that.

1. Church gives pizza delivery woman $1000 tip. 

In an effort to teach about generosity, the Sycamore Creek Church in Pickering, Ohio ordered a $5.99 pizza – and then gave the delivery woman, Natasha Boyer, a $1046 tip. It was over 100 times her biggest-ever tip of $10, and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. The single mom had just missed a week of work due to pneumonia and was about to be evicted because she couldn’t make rent. Thanks to the church’s Random Act of Kindness, Boyer will be able to stay home. Read the full story here.

2. Canadian town gives sick kid an early Christmas. 

7-year-old Evan Leversage has been battling cancer since he was 2. But last month, his condition changed and his brain tumor was now inoperable. Not knowing if he would make it to Christmas, the Leversages decided to give their son one final holiday – and their St. George community rallied around them to help. Businesses on Main Street have donated gift cards to the family and will light up their Christmas decorations, and a Santa Claus parade will go past Evan’s home. Read the full story here.

3. UK firm will start building Disney-themed prosthetics.

Child amputees can soon start feeling even more like the superheroes they are! UK company Open Robotics has partnered with Disney to offer 3 bionic hands inspired by Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars. These prothetic limbs will help kids use their muscles and come with cool features – the Star Wars arm lights up and emits the famous lightsaber noise too. Learn more here.

4. Canceled wedding turns into feast for homeless.

Sacramento’s Quinn Duane was devastated when her fiancé called off their $35,000 wedding just 5 days before it was supposed to start. But Duane and her family turned their heartbreak into something positive, turning the reception into a feast for Sacramento’s homeless. Amazingly, this isn’t a new idea – Atlanta couple Carol and Willie Fowler did the same thing in Atlanta when their daughter’s wedding was canceled last month.

5. U.S. Marines reunite with their war dogs.

The U.S. Marines’ Improvised Explosive Device Detector Dog program is now defunct – but that ending resulted in a happy ending for many dogs and their original handlers. After their tours of duty in the Middle East, the Marines went home, often owing their lives to the dogs they worked with. The dogs were sent to work with various emergency agencies around the country. After the IEDD program folded, the U.S. gave K2 Solutions, the company that trained many of these dogs, the OK to contact the original Marine handlers and offer them the opportunity to adopt the last 12 dogs. Watch the emotional reunions here.

6. Famine deaths are down.

Hunger is still a massive issue affecting 800 million people who are undernourished worldwide. But we are getting better at preventing it. The Global Hunger Index revealed that starvation epidemics killed 1.4 million people each year between 1870 and 1970. But from 2015 until now, 40,000 people have died each year. That’s still way too many – but we’ve got to start somewhere. Read the full story here.

7. Best Man makes groom super-cool wedding video.

Most news stories about weddings are all about the bride – so it’s nice to see the groom taking the spotlight for a change!  Irishman Darren Byrne went above and beyond for his pal Darren Farrell’s wedding, spending a year creating a video filled with celebrity well-wisher like Piers Morgan and James Corden. Read the full story here.

Liked this? Learn about last week’s real-life superhero, John Lennon!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

It can be tough to pay attention to the news when it seems like all we hear about is death, death, and more death. But there is still good in the world! Here are 7 uplifting news stories from last week to help remind you of that.

1. Church gives pizza delivery woman $1000 tip. 

In an effort to teach about generosity, the Sycamore Creek Church in Pickering, Ohio ordered a $5.99 pizza – and then gave the delivery woman, Natasha Boyer, a $1046 tip. It was over 100 times her biggest-ever tip of $10, and it couldn’t have come at a better moment. The single mom had just missed a week of work due to pneumonia and was about to be evicted because she couldn’t make rent. Thanks to the church’s Random Act of Kindness, Boyer will be able to stay home. Read the full story here.

2. Canadian town gives sick kid an early Christmas. 

7-year-old Evan Leversage has been battling cancer since he was 2. But last month, his condition changed and his brain tumor was now inoperable. Not knowing if he would make it to Christmas, the Leversages decided to give their son one final holiday – and their St. George community rallied around them to help. Businesses on Main Street have donated gift cards to the family and will light up their Christmas decorations, and a Santa Claus parade will go past Evan’s home. Read the full story here.

3. UK firm will start building Disney-themed prosthetics.

Child amputees can soon start feeling even more like the superheroes they are! UK company Open Robotics has partnered with Disney to offer 3 bionic hands inspired by Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars. These prothetic limbs will help kids use their muscles and come with cool features – the Star Wars arm lights up and emits the famous lightsaber noise too. Learn more here.

4. Canceled wedding turns into feast for homeless.

Sacramento’s Quinn Duane was devastated when her fiancé called off their $35,000 wedding just 5 days before it was supposed to start. But Duane and her family turned their heartbreak into something positive, turning the reception into a feast for Sacramento’s homeless. Amazingly, this isn’t a new idea – Atlanta couple Carol and Willie Fowler did the same thing in Atlanta when their daughter’s wedding was canceled last month.

5. U.S. Marines reunite with their war dogs.

The U.S. Marines’ Improvised Explosive Device Detector Dog program is now defunct – but that ending resulted in a happy ending for many dogs and their original handlers. After their tours of duty in the Middle East, the Marines went home, often owing their lives to the dogs they worked with. The dogs were sent to work with various emergency agencies around the country. After the IEDD program folded, the U.S. gave K2 Solutions, the company that trained many of these dogs, the OK to contact the original Marine handlers and offer them the opportunity to adopt the last 12 dogs. Watch the emotional reunions here.

6. Famine deaths are down.

Hunger is still a massive issue affecting 800 million people who are undernourished worldwide. But we are getting better at preventing it. The Global Hunger Index revealed that starvation epidemics killed 1.4 million people each year between 1870 and 1970. But from 2015 until now, 40,000 people have died each year. That’s still way too many – but we’ve got to start somewhere. Read the full story here.

7. Best Man makes groom super-cool wedding video.

Most news stories about weddings are all about the bride – so it’s nice to see the groom taking the spotlight for a change!  Irishman Darren Byrne went above and beyond for his pal Darren Farrell’s wedding, spending a year creating a video filled with celebrity well-wisher like Piers Morgan and James Corden. Read the full story here.

Liked this? Learn about last week’s real-life superhero, John Lennon!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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