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redshifter
2011-Sep-30, 09:03 PM
Tired of the sensationalist junk that the media passes off as news? Tired of the 'if it bleeds, it leads' mantra? Sick of all the harping on the bad stuff? Well, here's a story that touches the heart. It's about a construction project expanding the local children's hospital--its workers are painting messages on the iron girders for kids at the hospital to see. Seems it's very therapeutic for them. Nice read!

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016361664_names30m.html

Solfe
2011-Sep-30, 09:19 PM
That is a really cool thing.

Swift
2011-Sep-30, 09:48 PM
Great idea redshifter, and nice story.

I read this story (http://www.ktsm.com/girl-born-without-arms-legs-makes-high-school-cheer-squad) the other day, about a handicapped girl who wanted to be on the cheerleading squad. I thought what the coach did was great. And note that Portland HS isn't her school; her school turned her down for their squad.


Julia was born without limbs. She tried out three times for her high school's cheerleading team, but did not make it. That's when Portland High School's cheer coach decided to step in.

"I was surfing the internet and came on Julia's story and I was very inspired. I brought it to the team and they challenged me to do something," said Coach Linda Fox.

The team invited Julia and her parents to the homecoming game and offered Julia a spot on the cheer team.

Swift
2011-Sep-30, 09:55 PM
Sorry, you got me on a roll. This is a rather old (almost a year) story, but I really love it (and seems appropriate for this group).

cnn.com (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/12/09/katie.starwars.geek/index.html?hpt=Sbin)


The 7-year-old carried a "Star Wars" water bottle to school in Evanston, Illinois, every day, at least until a few weeks ago, when Katie suddenly asked to take an old pink one instead. The request surprised Katie's mom, Carrie Goldman. It didn't make any sense. Why would her little sci-fi fan make such a quick turn?

Goldman kept pressing for an answer. She wasn't expecting Katie's tears.

Kids at school insisted that "Star Wars" was only for boys, her daughter wailed. She was different enough already -- the only one who was adopted, who's Jewish, who wears glasses, who needs a patch. If sacrificing Yoda for the color pink would make her fit in again, so be it.

Goldman's heart sank.

These weren't nameless, faceless bullies who taunted her daughter. They were good kids Katie ran around with on the playground. They were getting older, though, and starting to see what made people the same -- and different.
Don't worry, it has a very good ending.

Romanus
2011-Sep-30, 10:48 PM
Just a few days ago, a group of veterans attended the military funeral of three homeless veterans, apparently none of whom had their own family in attendance. This has actually become a regular event:

http://www.kens5.com/news/Three-homeless-veterans-buried-with-honor-130748033.html

redshifter
2011-Oct-02, 07:21 PM
This one's a real tear jerker, esp. if you love dogs: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/heavy_petting/2011/09/the_perfect_day.html Iraq war vet gives his dying dog 'the perfect day'.

Really tugs the heartstrings.

NEOWatcher
2011-Oct-03, 05:11 PM
Tired of the sensationalist junk that the media passes off as news? Tired of the 'if it bleeds, it leads' mantra?
Yes; at least when it comes to the cute but done everyday stuff. (how many service members need to surprise thier kids before it get's sickening?)


It's about a construction project expanding the local children's hospital--its workers are painting messages on the iron girders for kids at the hospital to see.
That's great. Someone came up with a great idea.


I read this story (http://www.ktsm.com/girl-born-without-arms-legs-makes-high-school-cheer-squad) the other day, about a handicapped girl who wanted to be on the cheerleading squad. I thought what the coach did was great. And note that Portland HS isn't her school; her school turned her down for their squad.
I think the Portland school did a great thing. Unfortunately, with the school spirit that she has, it probably was a little sad that she couldn't root for (and in front of) her own school.

(there are a few background stories about this that sound like some in-fighting between the family and the school, but now is not the place.)

LaurelHS
2011-Oct-03, 10:27 PM
Speaking of loving dogs, a family is reunited with a lost corgi:
http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/130252373.html

ngc3314
2011-Oct-04, 01:20 PM
I don't think this made the local newspaper, but it came up at a university committee meeting last summer. A student here, majoring in a design program, had satisfied all her requirement except a sort of final evaluation of her whole body of work by faculty. She had hand-tooled a large leather portfolio, which held photographs, fabric pattern swatches, and other evidence of her performance. The portfolio was in her apartment when it was wiped out by the April 27 tornado. Fffft - gone with the wind. I can just picture her running to friends to see who might have pictures of her work, to salvage what she could.

The following week, a box arrived at the departmental office, from Birmingham (60 miles up the road). Someone had found the portfolio almost intact and sent it back. Attached was a note saying that the finder liked what she as doing and thought she might be having trouble getting back on her feet". Plus a check for $1000.

Swift
2011-Oct-04, 03:26 PM
I don't think this made the local newspaper, but it came up at a university committee meeting last summer. A student here, majoring in a design program, had satisfied all her requirement except a sort of final evaluation of her whole body of work by faculty. She had hand-tooled a large leather portfolio, which held photographs, fabric pattern swatches, and other evidence of her performance. The portfolio was in her apartment when it was wiped out by the April 27 tornado. Fffft - gone with the wind. I can just picture her running to friends to see who might have pictures of her work, to salvage what she could.

The following week, a box arrived at the departmental office, from Birmingham (60 miles up the road). Someone had found the portfolio almost intact and sent it back. Attached was a note saying that the finder liked what she as doing and thought she might be having trouble getting back on her feet". Plus a check for $1000.
Wow... that makes me teary.

ToSeek
2011-Oct-04, 04:13 PM
This one's a real tear jerker, esp. if you love dogs: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/heavy_petting/2011/09/the_perfect_day.html Iraq war vet gives his dying dog 'the perfect day'.

Really tugs the heartstrings.

I pretty much did that with our last cat, though it was a lot less involved. All he wanted to do was eat tuna and sleep in the sun.

Swift
2011-Oct-24, 09:11 PM
I guess love is really in the air
CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/24/travel/in-flight-engagement/index.html?hpt=hp_t2)


Romance and flying rarely go together anymore, unless you fall in love 35,000 feet above ground and get engaged in-flight.

Alexandra Williams and Arvin Shandiz met on a Delta Air Lines shuttle from New York to Chicago in 2010, CNN affiliate WGN reported. "I was enamored with her from day one and I was like, I'm going to spend the rest of my life with her," Shandiz told the station. "I would joke with her and tell her that when we get engaged, it'll happen on a Delta flight."

And that's exactly what happened.

Delta treated all the passengers to champagne and gave the couple a free honeymoon trip.

NEOWatcher
2011-Oct-25, 01:21 PM
I guess love is really in the air
CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/24/travel/in-flight-engagement/index.html?hpt=hp_t2)

Delta treated all the passengers to champagne and gave the couple a free honeymoon trip.
That is great. Of course it's also a great publicity move.

But; do planes normally have enough champagne to treat everyone on board? Something tells me there was a bit of pre-planning with Delta.

NEOWatcher
2012-Apr-11, 06:50 PM
What? It's been 6 months since we had a touching story?

Normally I pass when it comes to some "amazing" kid starting some kind of business or something like that because most of the time it seems like the parents are actually doing the work using the kids as a "front".

But; this one doesn't seem that way...
Remember when a cardboard box was the greatest thing in the world?

Amazing cardboard arcade makes kid a star (http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/04/11/caines-arcade-youtube-cardboard?hpt=hp_c3)

The father definitely seems hands off. The kid does seem creative.

I got a big chuckle out of how he validates his "fun pass". Just enter the number and hit the "checkmark" key. (you have to see the video)

I just hope that this scholarship fund is written in a way that it truly goes to his scholarship and/or defaults to another good cause. I'd hate to see all those people donate money in the name of "aaawww" http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/liebe/n020.gif (http://www.cosgan.de/smilie.php) only to have it squandered.
(I have something against people getting sucked into a sob story without a second thought which gives an easy rise to scams)

Swift
2012-May-02, 03:31 PM
Buccaneers (NFL) sign paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand

CNN.com (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/02/buccaneers-sign-paralyzed-rutgers-player-eric-legrand/?hpt=hp_c2)

Eric LeGrand's college football coach helped him emotionally in the months after his on-field paralysis. Now the coach is symbolically helping him realize his dream of making it to the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached by ex-Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, announced Wednesday they've signed the former Rutgers defensive tackle who was partially paralyzed in a 2010 game.

Schiano told LeGrand of the symbolic deal by phone on Tuesday, LeGrand told reporters in a conference call.

....

LeGrand, who intends to graduate from Rutgers in the fall and hopes to pursue a career in football broadcasting, said Wednesday the signing is only honorary and no money is involved. The team is sending him a helmet and a jersey with his No. 52.
Classy move by the Buccaneers.

Swift
2012-May-18, 04:38 PM
Rescued refugee becomes Coast Guard rescuer

CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/18/us/orlando-morel-coast-guard/index.html?hpt=hp_c2)


When Orlando Morel was just 6 years old, the Haitian refugee was starving, dehydrated and lost among the masses of a tightly packed boat, feeling completely alone although he was with his mother.

Morel was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard that day, 18 years ago.

Today, he can do the same for someone else. On Wednesday, the 24-year-old graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

The ensign will be serving on a cutter out of Florida, helping to rescue Haitian refugees fleeing to the United States.

NEOWatcher
2012-Aug-17, 04:19 PM
A little league(?) team that decided to wear ribbons in honor of someone with breast cancer.
I was expecting a story about some controversy, going around rules, and then whining with the old "but it's for...".

I give credit to the team. When told to take off the ribbons, they didn't complain. They just lined up and gave the ribbons to the lady.

Classy.

Swift
2012-Aug-17, 05:37 PM
I found the story on-line (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/08/14/quincy-little-leaguers-asked-to-remove-breast-cancer-ribbons/).

And even the request to remove the ribbons wasn't as mean-spirited as it sounded.

“I suggested that the pitcher not have the ribbon on his throwing arm because it was a distraction. Not for the entire team to remove the ribbons, but if they used that as motivation to win the game, good for them,” said Andy Spirito, Cranston Head Coach.

NEOWatcher
2012-Aug-17, 06:13 PM
I found the story on-line (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/08/14/quincy-little-leaguers-asked-to-remove-breast-cancer-ribbons/).
Oops, forgot that. Thanks.


And even the request to remove the ribbons wasn't as mean-spirited as it sounded.
Yes; I agree. Cool heads all around.