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Sunshine: Wednesday April 23, 2014

Billy T —  Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In an impressive showing of strength and teamwork, Connecticut firefighters banded together to lift a truck off of a trapped man.
A Fairfield resident had become pinned in the doorframe of a pickup truck in his garage late Sunday afternoon. After neighbors heard the elderly man’s cries for help and called 911, police and firefighters arrived on the scene to free him.

The man — who police later identified as 86-year-old Franc Us — had somehow become trapped between the door of the pickup truck and the vehicle’s chassis. To further complicate the situation, the truck was also wedged up against the garage’s doorjamb.

Firefighters from multiple units decided to use brute strength to rescue the man based on the tight squeeze and complexity of the situation. In a video from the scene, a team of first responders and firefighters lift the pickup truck from the back with their bare hands to free him.

Us was transported to a local hospital and treated for several injuries to his torso. As of Monday, he was reportedly listed in critical condition.

Read the complete story at the Huffington Post

Sunshine: Tuesday April 22, 2014

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UnknownnnnTexas boy who had been saving his money to buy a PlayStation 4 decided instead to save some lives. After hearing about a fatal fire in his neighborhood, nine-year-old Hector Montoya decided to skip buying the video game and used the $300 he had been saving to buy smoke detectors.

“Saving a life is more important,” explained the wise-beyond-his-years child. And now thanks to Hector, and the help of the Grand Prairie Fire Department, 100 new smoke detectors have been installed in local homes. And Hector’s good deed did not go unnoticed. After word of his selfless act hit the news, an Allen, Texas teenager and his sister decided to buy Hector the PS4 he was saving for.

“To see a 9-year-old worrying about so many others, you can’t help but want to give him what he wants,” 19-year-old Ashton Harder told NBC. “We thought that he deserved something special.” Sounds like they all do.

Sunshine: Monday April 21, 2014

Billy T —  Monday, April 21, 2014

Ryan Cox has been paying for the order behind him in the drive-thru line at Starbucks for some time now. Each time to secretly make someone’s day a little bit better.

This time he came out of hiding to pay it forward for children at a local elementary school whose parents were delinquent on their lunch payments.

Inspired by a friend, Ryan went to Lakeside Elementary with a plan to pay off overdue lunch accounts for families who’d fallen on hard times — not just a few, but for the entire school. He reached out on social media asking people to join him to cover the full amount of $1200. Through his donation site, he received nearly $1,000 in five days.

“We’re excited,” said Lakeside Principal Jeff Hoog. “It’s really big when you talk about what small things can do for people. They really add up.”

Turns out paying it forward is about more than helping your target. It’s a lesson, that spreads to everyone who learns about it.

“It just feels good to do something good,” Ryan said. “This is just a bunch of good people doing a little bit more good.”

Sunshine: Friday April 18, 2014

Billy T —  Friday, April 18, 2014

Window washers at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital this week continued what is fast becoming a popular tradition to help put a smile on the faces of sick children.

The Chicago Tribune reports that three Lurie window washers donned superhero costumes — Captain America, Spider-Man and Batman — on Tuesday in an effort to cheer up and surprise the young patients while they went about their work. Nurses call the new tradition, which started last year, “Superhero Day.”

Window-washing crews in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama, California and elsewhere have all joined the fun.
While Lurie neuro-oncologist Dr. Stewart Goldman told the Tribune he has no scientific research to back it up, he feels the “Superhero Day” event and the positive feelings it inspires can help the hospital’s young patients heal.

“There is power in laughter and joy and excitement,” Goldman said.

Sunshine: Thursday April 17, 2014

Billy T —  Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eight-year old Aussie baseball fan Brendan showed he’s a truly great kid during a Los Angeles Dodgers game vs. Team Australia in Sydney last month. After a player attempted to throw a foul ball to another kid in the stands and missed, a security guard ran over to retrieve the ball and gave it to Brendan instead.

The move prompted the first child to throw a tantrum. But instead of walking away with his new souvenir, Brendan did the right thing and simply turned around and handed the first child the ball, which quickly calmed him down. “My son has a lot of empathy, he just naturally handed the ball to the other kid,” “It was really rewarding as a parent, we are very proud of Brendan, it was lovely.”

Guess we know who the real winner of the game was.

Courtesy Huffington Post

Sunshine: Wednesday April 16, 2014

Billy T —  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

628x471There are no lifeguards at Ocean Beach because there shouldn’t be any swimming in that churn of frigid fast-breaking waves that can pull you under so fast that nearby beachcombers would never know it happened.

The moment surfer Tony Barbero spotted a flash of red t-shirt and a boy floundering in the icy water, he knew the kid was in big trouble.

Barbero, a 17-year-old high school student and firefighter’s son, powered through the waves, grabbed the boy and pulled him up on his surfboard. He rescued that boy on Wednesday and brought him to shore on his board, then turned to see the kid’s uncle bobbing face down in the waves. He left his board, dove back into the sea and swam out to pull in the uncle, unconscious and struggling for life.

Barbero is an authentic hero – and that’s not a term to be used lightly. He’s the ordinary guy, suddenly thrown into a life-and-death moment, who did everything right … and more.

“I wasn’t going to let that happen,” said Barbero, “Not on my watch.” Read the complete story here.

Photo caption: S.F. fire Capt. Joe Barbero puts his jacket on his son, Tony, who rescued two people Wednesday at Ocean Beach. Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Special To The Chronicle

Story courtesy of

Sunshine: Tuesday April 15, 2014

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

o-GRAHAMS-GIFT-570Kids these days are obsessed with rainbow looms, but one kid turned his obsession into a way to raise money for a good cause. Ten-year-old Graham Fowler, who suffers from a rare form of skin cancer, began weaving bracelets to pass the time while driving to doctors’ visits.

But after the Minnesota grade schooler posted a picture of his work on Facebook, and someone asked if they could buy one, he had a brilliant idea. Graham’s sister helped him start a Facebook page, Graham’s Gift, where he could sell his bracelets to raise money for cancer research. And since October he has raised close to $10,000 from about 8,000 bracelets. Each bracelet sells for $1 and always features a special yellow bead, symbolizing child cancer researchAll the proceeds go to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Said Graham, “I want to do this so that kids can get better.” So simple, but so well said.

Story courtesy of Huffington Post




Sunshine: Monday April 14, 2014

Billy T —  Monday, April 14, 2014

aaa1397353727000-dmrdc5-6esgf7oktao14njcpnf8-originalMegan Ford, whose stubborn leukemia is blasted every Friday with chemotherapy, jumped at the chance to receive a song made especially for her.

The organization called “Songs of Love” called upon five middle-aged musicians who volunteer to write songs for very sick children like the young girl from Des Moines, Iowa.

The songs serve as medicine for the children but also for the aging men who create the songs. The songs, written to make the kids feel “important”, incorporate special characteristics they have revealed about their favorite hobbies, people or places.

For more information on how to donate to Songs of Love or produce one, go to


Courtesy of the Des Moines Register

Sunshine: Friday April 11, 2014

Billy T —  Friday, April 11, 2014

article-2598697-1CE691FB00000578-625_634x846A female soldier who befriended a heroic bomb-hunting dog in Afghanistan tracked down her comrade and gave him a new home after he became too timid to serve on the front lines.

Angie McDonnell a reservist who served in war-torn Helmand province as a medic, became ‘best friends’ with four-year-old Vidar while the two were based at Camp Bastion.

The pair were inseparable during their months of joint service, and would go on runs together and play in the dusty desert between their regular duties.

Vidar stayed in Afghanistan after McDonnelf finished her tour.

But she later heard her canine friend was experiencing the PTSD-like symptoms.

She also heard that his eyes were failing, making it unlikely he would be able to return to his former heroic work.

Mrs McDonnell was eventually able to track Vidar down to a training camp in Germany, from which she was able to arrange for her companion to be sent home. He now lives a happy retirement with her in Barry, South Wales.




Story and images courtesy of the Daily Mail

Sunshine: Thursday April 10, 2014

Billy T —  Thursday, April 10, 2014

25202900_BG1When Miami Marlins fan Cristhian Reyes lost his wallet during the team’s Opening Day game against the Colorado Rockies last Thursday, he thought for sure he’d never see it again. But he was definitely wrong.

A good samaritan found the wallet at the game, and since it had Reyes’ high school ID in it, brought it in and left it at the school’s front desk. But that’s not the best part. When Reyes got his wallet back he found an extra $20 inside, along with a note that read, “I added $20 to it so you know the world is a great place. Do me a favor and when you get the chance, do something nice for someone else.”

The note was unsigned, but Reyes wants whoever returned the wallet to know he plans to uphold his end of the bargain. “I just want to thank him for giving me back my wallet,” Reyes said. “Whenever I can, I’ll return that favor that they asked for.”