Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Different genders, different races, different generations, and the best of friends

2019-Aug-18

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/father-thanks-stranger-for-entertaining-his-daughter-in-the-airport-this-is-the-world-i-want-for-her/

Father Thanks Stranger for Entertaining His Daughter in the Airport: ‘This is the world I want for her’
By Good News Network-Feb 6, 2019

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One man’s heartwarming new friendship with a 16-month-old girl is proving that friendship has no boundaries.

Former US Marine Kevin Armentrout had been waiting to catch a plane from Las Vegas to San Diego with his daughter Carter earlier this week when she started befriending their fellow passengers in the airport.

“[Carter] was being her usual inquisitive self, wanting to meet and say ‘hi’ to everyone she could, until she walked up on this man,” Armentrout wrote in a Facebook post about the encounter. “He reached out and asked if she wanted to sit with him.”

LOOK: Hearts Are Melting Over This Young Man’s New Friendship With a Lonely Senior He Met at McDonald’s

For the next 45 minutes, the man – who was identified only as a Samsung sales manager from Oklahoma named Joseph – taught Carter how to draw pictures on his tablet; watched cartoons with her; and even accepted her generous offer to share her snacks.

“Watching them in that moment, I couldn’t help but think, different genders, different races, different generations, and the best of friends. This is the world I want for her,” wrote Armentrout.

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This is the world I’d like to be in.

How do we get there?

Change everyone’s hearts!

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POSITRACTION: Find the light and follow it

2019-Aug-11

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/when-i-was-alone-at-the-hospital-at-4am-a-lyft-driver-restored-my-faith-in-humanity/

When I Was Alone at the Hospital at 4AM, a Lyft Driver Restored My Faith in Humanity
By Sterling Bindel-Jan 21, 2019

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It was three days after New Years and I hadn’t slept since the ball dropped. I paced my house in a manic state, desperately closing my eyes, hoping rest would find me – but it never did.

Like it always does when I’m sleep-deprived, my epilepsy began rearing its ugly head. My brain felt like a nest of old computer wires tangled together, periodically shocking me with electricity. My body shook violently but there was nothing to be done, making sleep even more impossible.

I knew I had to do something; I hadn’t wanted to admit it, but I couldn’t fix this myself. I had exhausted my resources. My toolbox of solutions was empty. I decided to go to the hospital around 1AM. My roommate drove me. He let me out at the sliding doors of the ER and then headed back home.

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I was discharged around 4:30AM. Alone and feeling vulnerable in the middle of the night, I was outside of an ER that was thirty minutes away from my home in Richmond, Virginia. I called a Lyft to pick me up and hoped against hope that it would be someone kind, someone safe.

A small SUV pulled up in front of the hospital doors and I climbed in, expecting some awkward small talk. After all, it was 4:30AM and I was being picked up from a hospital by a complete stranger. I buckled my seatbelt, and then the driver turned around; she was a woman in her mid-forties with the kindest eyes and a box of Christmas peppermints waiting on the seat beside me.

“Are you okay, sweetheart?” she asked.

“Oh, I’m fine. I just have epilepsy so I can’t drive.” I replied, expecting her to shrug it off and hit the road. Instead, she began to tell me about her daughter’s recent epilepsy diagnosis. She said she understood my struggle of being sick and unable to drive; needing food to stay healthy, living on my own, but not being able to drive to the grocery store; the unique riddle of needing help, but not knowing how to ask. She continued to talk about her daughter and I could tell it weighed on her heavily, watching someone she loves struggle to fill the fridge.

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But then the next day, she called me, knowing I needed food but sensing that I didn’t want to impose – and we went to the grocery store that afternoon.

She not only provided safety and helped me fill my cupboards, but she gave me something I thought I had lost: she gave me hope. It was just a little taste, but it’s carried me through a lot, and these little glimmers of light can be so bright in the dark – and now I know that when the nights seem dark, my best choice is to find the light and follow it.

Editor’s note: one week after GNN published her story, Sterling received a text from Kathy saying that the article had inspired Lyft Inc. to donate $500 to the Epilepsy Foundation in their honor. Furthermore, Sterling was gifted $150 in Lyft credit to help her with transportation.

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Yes, there are good and caring people out there.

Everyone has their own set of problems.  

This story makes me believe I should be alert to solve one of them.

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POSITRACTION: Two young ladies return a wallet intact and demonstrate heartwarming honesty

2019-Aug-04

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/disabled-vet-lost-wallet-looks-for-2-kids/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=15-01-2019

Year Might Have Begun Horribly for Disabled Vet Who Lost His Wallet—Now He’s Looking for Two Hero Kids
By Good News Network – Jan 12, 2019

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When Marc Walsh lost his wallet, he thought it was gone forever.

Because Walsh is a disabled veteran, it’s hard for him to find work – so when his wallet fell out of his pocket at the grocery store, he was understandably distraught.

His wallet, storing his credit cards and IDs, also contained hundreds of dollars in cash, which is why he was stunned when all of it was returned intact by two pint-sized Good Samaritans.

One day later, Walsh’s roommate called the Detroit veteran and told him the store’s security footage showed two kids earnestly returning the wallet with everything still inside.

“I pulled over on the side of the road and started crying I was so happy,” Walsh told FOX 2. “When I went back to look at the video, I was just completely shocked to see two kids that age being the ones to return it. Honestly it’s just really truly heartwarming.”

Walsh is now searching for the kids so he can thank them and offer a reward for their honesty.

UPDATE (24 hours later): Watch the reunion that happened on Saturday by the local news channel who found the 14-year-old Vincent sisters and set up a meeting between the overjoyed veteran and the delighted teens.

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No good deed goes unnoticed.  And, it teaches a lesson about the basic good in people. The fact, that these young ladies are black and the man is white, should be a lesson in the real state of race relations in the USA imho.  These honest young people deserve to be celebrated. It certainly says a lot about their families and their upbringing.  

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POSITRACTION: West Elmira Fire Department goes above and beyond

2019-Jul-28

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/when-mom-is-whisked-to-hospital-after-kitchen-accident-firefighters-stay-behind-to-take-care-of-things/

When Mom is Whisked to Hospital After Kitchen Accident, Firefighters Stay Behind to Take Care of Things
By McKinley Corbley – Jan 7, 2019

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The firefighters who rushed to Rachel Schoonover’s aid last month did a lot more than just ensure her imminent safety.

The 6th grade teacher had been washing dishes at her home in Elmira, New York when a wine glass suddenly shattered and cut an artery in her wrist.

“Instantly, blood was everywhere, spraying all corners of my kitchen,” Schoover wrote in a Facebook post. “I wrapped it up in a towel, called 911, called my mom, and continued to bleed everywhere.”

Responders from the Elmira Fire Department were the first to arrive on the scene, and as they tied a tourniquet around Schoonover’s arm to slow the bleeding, they simultaneously helped her son Declan into his pajamas and kept the two of them calm as they waited for an ambulance.

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“These men wiped down my fridge, coffee maker, speakers, cupboards, bathtub, floors, and even individual K-cups that had been hit. They put the dirty towels in my bathtub, threw away the glass, and cleaned up the blood in my sink.”

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A real act of kindness.  Hopefully, not forgotten.  And, a lesson to us all.

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POSITRACTION: Instead of letting thousands of pounds of food go to waste

2019-Jul-21

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/food-drop-program-connects-truck-drivers-with-food-banks/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=20-12-2018

Instead of Dumping Rejected Food Shipments into Landfills, Truckers Are Donating Them to Local Charities
By McKinley Corbley – Dec 17, 2018

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Instead of letting thousands of pounds of food go to waste, this new program is allowing truck drivers to donate rejected food deliveries to charity.

Truck drivers will often arrive at a grocery store to drop off several pallets of ordered food only to have the products rejected by the supermarkets because there was either an error in the ordering process; the food was cosmetically damaged in transit; there were equipment failures en route that caused delay; or a variety of other reasons.

Regardless, this often results in tons of edible food being dumped into a landfill.

Instead, the Indy Hunger Network charity created their Food Drop program which connects truck drivers with nearby food banks that can put the products to good use.

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Sounds like “we” could use more of that!

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POSITRACTION: Zambia’s 1 million orphans

2019-Jul-14

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7207739/LAND-MILLION-ORPHANS-hidden-AIDS-driven-African-crisis-children-raised-children.html

LAND OF A MILLION ORPHANS: DailyMail.com investigates the hidden African crisis driven by AIDS and meets ‘children raised by children’ left behind in Zambia

  • PART 1 OF AN EXCLUSIVE 3-PART SERIES; VISIT DAILYMAIL.COM TOMORROW FOR PART 2
  • Zambia is a land-locked nation in sub-Saharan Africa whose population of 17 million includes 1 million orphans, according to the United Nations Development Programme
  • AIDS killed an entire generation of parents, leaving the country with half its population younger than 18; DailyMail.com traveled there to meet children in two slums in the capital city
  • Hundreds of thousands of children there sleep in overcrowded one-room shacks or under plastic tarps
  • One in 13 Zambians will die before age 5, and many kids don’t know their parents or their own birthdays
  • More than 1.2 million Zambians live with HIV; new cases are 29 times as common as in the United States and 53 times the United Kingdom’s rate
  • Sexual abuse is rampant; some tribes’ cultures teach that sex with a virgin can cure AIDS, driving child rape and more HIV infections
  • You can learn more about humanitarian crises in Zambia from UNICEF, UNAIDS, the PEPFAR program or the Family Legacy charity

By DAVID MARTOSKO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

PUBLISHED: 14:08 EDT, 9 July 2019 | UPDATED: 21:38 EDT, 9 July 2019

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Richard is among Zambia’s 1 million orphans, the United Nations Development Programme reports. They live in a land-locked nation of 17 million people that is about the size of Texas. The United States, with its 327 million people, has about 443,000 children in foster care, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Most of Zambia’s orphans are collateral damage of a well-understood AIDS epidemic. The outside world hasn’t, however, grappled with the staggering number of children left without mothers and fathers. UNICEF puts that total at 52 million throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

In countries like Zambia, where help from the developed world came too late, children raise children in trash heaps and chicken coops, or under discarded plastic tarps.

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How can anyone read this and not be touched?

I know that this isn’t the usual “good news” I usually lead with but this made me nauseated.

I don’t know what any single person can do.  The Third World is a humanitarian disaster.  And, imho, the various Gooferments of these lands are the primary problem.

I’ve ofter advocated that the politicians and bureaucrats should not be permitted to leave these countries while the problem exists.  Not to visit the UN.  Not to visit other countries. And, certainly not to open off-shore bank accounts where they can store their ill gotten gains.

I’m sure the answer is not in “foreign aid” by other Gooferments.

I believe that the “answer”, if there is one, will be found in the private efforts of faith based organizations and humanitarians everywhere.  

Till then, all us little people can do is pray for their relief.  When I find a good organization, I send them some of my annual donation budget.  Hope every one will too.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: When Boy Mails a Birthday Card … …

2019-Jul-07

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/when-boy-mails-birthday-card-to-his-dad-in-heaven-postman-writes-a-comforting-response/

When Boy Mails a Birthday Card to His Dad in Heaven, Postman Comforts Him With a Celestial White Lie
By Good News Network – Nov 30, 2018

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When a young boy mailed a birthday card to his father in heaven earlier this month, he was surprised – and comforted – to get a response.

Since his father passed away four years ago, 7-year-old Jase Hyndman from West Lothian, Scotland mailed the card as a means of wishing his dad a happy birthday.

Instead of an address on the front of the envelope, however, Jase simply wrote: “Mr. Postman, can you take this to heaven for my dad’s birthday. Thanks.”

While it might seem that the story would end there, assistant delivery office manager Sean Milligan from the UK’s Royal Mail service wrote a response to reassure the youngster that his card was in good hands.

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It’s good when adults take a minute to make a child’s day.

Not a big effort, but a simple act of kindness.

Hope I’m alert for such an opportunity.

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