Sunshine: Friday, February 21, 2014

Ted Cooper —  Friday, February 21, 2014

A man in Minnesota saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck on the ice in the middle of a frozen lake.

The exhausted animals had been sprawled out there for a couple days, so James pretty much became a hero when he and his dad used their hovercraft vehicles to stage a rescue.

They shot video with a GoPro camera recording their unique life-saving antics atop icy Albert Lea Lake:

Source: Good News Network

Q: College kids took a survey recently that asked them who their perfect roommate would be. This was the #1 answer.

A: Their MOM!

Winner: Marcia Bortle

Sunshine: Friday, February 14, 2014

Ted Cooper —  Friday, February 14, 2014

Facebook_birthday_page_for_ColinA Michigan mom, whose son told her there was “no point” to having a birthday party because he had no friends, has surely altered the course of the boy’s life by created a Facebook page for his 11th birthday asking friends and family to send him positive thoughts.

“Because of Colin’s disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don’t like him,” she wrote on the ‘Colin is Eleven‘ Facebook Page. “I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th.”

She thought she might get 50 responses, if all went well, but — you guessed it — the social media world exploded and after a week, the page had 50,000 fans. Now in its tenth day the page, which is a secret from her son, has 1.1 million likes, and birthday cards have begun arriving in a Post Office Box from all over the world.

Cheryl Green Maynard was one of the commenters who encouraged Colin, saying on the page, “My son has aspergers syndrome and was left out and teased in school… He is now 32 years old, married and with a good job. You too will accomplish whatever you chose to do.”

Colin’s mom Jennifer and sister Ella can’t wait to surprise him on his birthday. Ella says, “He’ll probably scream his pants off.”

Write your own message for Colin here, or send your birthday wishes through the Post Office: PO Box 756 Richland, MI 49083-0756.

Source: Good News Network

Q: 23% of people surveyed say if they skip this in the morning, they feel guilty about it the rest of the day. What?

A: Make their bed.

Winner: Farah McDowell

Sunshine: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ted Cooper —  Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reading_Buddies_Program_Berks_CountyAnimalShelterA Pennsylvania animal shelter has come up with a brilliant program that pairs kids and cats as reading buddies.

More than 20 children in grades 1 to 8 visit the Animal Rescue League in Berks County on a weekly basis, where they read to homeless cats.

The Book Buddies Program in Birdsboro is a win-win for the children, especially those struggling in school, because they get to practice reading aloud with a non-critical listener. They get “book tickets” that can be later traded in for small prizes.

Since the program began last August, the shelter’s cats are getting some much-needed company and socialization and they seem to enjoy the rhythmic sound of a child’s voice.

“One little boy has autism and his mom home schools him,” says Beth Ireland, the shelter’s marketing and communications director, on Facebook. “His mom knows that interaction with animals is helpful and it has been. He’s blossomed while he’s here. It’s so sweet to watch.”

Source: Good News Network

Sunshine: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ted Cooper —  Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hug_someone_today-Billboard-JoyTeamDuring this cold and flu season, The Joy Team of Vancouver, Washington, has erected a billboard in downtown Portland reminding everyone of that ancient holistic prescription that’s not only free, but also effective: hugging.

Just in time for “Random Acts of Kindness Week” (Feb. 9-16) and Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), the fifth in a series of monthly positive messages went up suggesting that onlookers, “Hug someone today”.

“Research has shown that hugging is effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress,” the group said in a press release. “It can even lower blood pressure and boost memory.”

Paid for by a grant from Awesome Portland, the bright yellow billboard can be found in Portland, Ore., on MLK Jr Blvd, 100 feet South of Broadway, on the West side of the street facing North.

The first board, with the message “Be Happy” drawn by a child on the Junior Joy Team, was the first up when the campaign started in October.

Source: Good News Network

Q: While 20% of men say they’ve forgotten this, so have 10% of women. What is it?

A: Their Anniversary

Winner: Francine Warren

Sunshine: February 11, 2014

Ted Cooper —  Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ClintEastwoodSept10TIFFSometimes Hollywood heroes actually can be heroes in real life.

Clint Eastwood has played heroes on the big screen for decades, but it seems he’s one in real life too. The actor was at a PGA Tour party last week when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on piece of cheese.

Eastwood jumped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver. “I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John told ESPN on Friday. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life … I can’t believe I’m 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times.”

As for the actor, he wasn’t expecting to have to save a life, but you do what you gotta do. “I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. “It looked bad.”

He added it was the first time he had used the Heimlich maneuver.

Q: A report suggests that in about 10 years, new cars won’t have these anymore. What?

A: Keys

Winner: Caitlin from Dansville

Jobs and Stoves for Haitians

Ted Cooper —  Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eco_Recho_stove_founder_in_HaitiDisaster struck Haitian entrepreneur Duquesne Fednard only a week after his workers were trained and ready to start production: his new stove-making factory was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake that killed thousands of Haitians.

He wanted to quit, but his employees refused to let him walk away.

Instead, production was moved into two tents and, despite having no roof, the company employs 35 people. To date, 33,000 clean fuel-efficient stoves, called the Eco Recho, have been sold.

The families that own eco-stoves are saving money by only needing to purchase half the charcoal required by traditional stoves. The stoves also answer the problem of Haiti’s widespread deforestation.

D&E Enterprises is now raising money to rebuild its factory using a crowd-funding page on Indiegogo. (Contribute to the effort here.)