Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: ‘Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you’re a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on’

2018-Jul-29

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/uk-teens-bridge-notes-wins-award/

British Teen Posts Uplifting Notes on Bridge and ‘Helps Save Six Lives’
By Good News Network – Jul 22, 2018

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An 18-year-old girl’s ingenious idea to attach messages onto a bridge in Sunderland is inspiring those in despair to think twice before jumping.

Paige Hunter wrote more than 40 heartfelt notes and tied them to the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge hoping to provide comfort at a time when it is needed most.

The encouraging words penned by the East Durham College student included: ‘Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you’re a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on’.

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You have to admire that people can think of ways to prevent suicides without spending huge amounts of money.  Simple yet effective and efficient.  Love it.

Perhaps it should be on EVERY bridge.

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POSITRACTION: “Captain Wiggle Wings’ aka Gail Halvorsen — a good man

2018-Jul-22

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/70-years-ago-today-american-pilot-became-berlin-candy-bomber-for-airdropping-sweets-on-kids-in-need/

‘Captain Wiggle Wings’ – The U.S. Pilot Who Dropped Tons of Candy for Kids in Berlin After Fighting Their Country 
By Good News Network-Jul 17, 2018

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70 years ago today, a US Air Force pilot went down in history as the man who started dropping candy with miniature parachutes – because every child deserves a sweet treat, even in times of war.

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The next day on his approach to Berlin, he rocked the aircraft and dropped some chocolate bars attached to a handmade handkerchief parachute to the children waiting below. Every day after that, the number of children increased and he made several more drops. Soon, there was a stack of mail in Base Ops addressed to “Uncle Wiggly Wings”, “The Chocolate Uncle” and “The Chocolate Flier”.

When an officer heard about it, he immediately expanded it into “Operation Little Vittles”. Other pilots participated, and when news reached the US, children all over the country sent in their own candy to help out. Soon, major candy manufacturers joined in.

In the end, over twenty three tons of candy were dropped on Berlin during the airlift that kept that blockaded city alive and the operation became a major propaganda success.

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What a “heroic” effort by one man.

Who knows how many children were “touched” by his generosity or the future efforts?

Little children are the casualties of war!

Argh!

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POSITRACTION: Thai rescue — great; reason it was needed — unknown?

2018-Jul-15

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/celebrations-erupt-after-dramatic-rescue-of-12-boys-from-submerged-cave-2-miles-deep/

Celebrations Erupt After Dramatic Rescue of 12 Boys From Submerged Cave 2 Miles Deep
By McKinley Corbley – Jul 10, 2018

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After an emotionally turbulent 18-day ordeal, all 12 of the Thai boys who were trapped in an elaborate cave system with their assistant coach have been rescued and brought to safety.

The boys, who are all members of the Wild Boars soccer team, had been exploring the Tham Luang caves in Thailand with their 25-year-old soccer coach when rising water levels trapped them inside of the caverns. As the tunnels continued to flood, the group was forced further and further inside the system until they had traveled 2 and a half miles into the caves.

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Let’s not forget that one man lost his life in this effort.

I still don’t understand why they were in there in the first place?

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POSITRACTION: Widow Carries On Husband’s Tradition

2018-Jul-08

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/when-widow-carries-on-husbands-kind-tradition-of-filling-a-cooler-people-pay-it-forward/

When Widow Carries On Husband’s Kind Tradition of Filling a Cooler, People Pay It Forward
By McKinley Corbley – Jul 5, 2018

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It’s been seven months since Charlie Poveromo suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 57 – but since his widow is making sure to carry on his compassionate tradition, people across the nation are paying it forward too.

Charlie was a beloved bartender, a devoted husband, and a bustling homeowner. Not only that, he was extraordinarily kind.

When a heat wave struck Milford, New Jersey eight years ago, Charlie spotted several garagemen looking pale, sweaty, and exhausted as they worked through the grueling temperatures outside of his home. He immediately grabbed several plastic cups of cooled water, ran outside, ushered the men into the shade, and offered them their fill of hydration.

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I have always offered bottles of water on hot days to the folks working outside.  Even if they are not working “for me”.  

I was singularly impressed how others picked up the meme and did it for Charlie far and wide.

Good works multiplied!

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POSITRACTION: Backpacks Instead of Flowers

2018-Jul-01

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/hundreds-of-people-bring-backpacks-instead-of-flowers-to-womans-funeral/

Hundreds of People Bring Backpacks Instead of Flowers to Woman’s Funeral
By McKinley Corbley – Jun 26, 2018

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In accordance with one woman’s final wish, there were backpacks lining the pews at her funeral instead of flowers.

Tammy Waddell passed away earlier this month at the age of 58 from a prolonged illness at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Georgia, but before she died, she asked for people to bring backpacks filled with school supplies to her funeral.

Waddell worked as a paraprofessional and teacher at several schools in the Forsyth County school district. At one point in her 30-year career, she was even recognized as Teacher of the Year.

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“My cousin, a teacher, wanted backpacks with supplies brought to her funeral instead of flowers for needy students,” Brad Johnson said on Twitter. “Serving others to the end.”

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Great idea.  A little hard on the floral industry, but good for the children who will benefit.

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POSITRACTION: Man goes into a septic tank to save two boys

2018-Jun-24

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/china/article-5860125/Firefighter-squeezes-septic-tank-tiny-opening-save-two-children.html

Firefighter squeezes into a septic tank through a tiny opening that’s only 8in wide to save two children trapped 30ft underground

  • A little boy and a toddler got stuck in a 33ft deep septic tank in Ningxia, China
  • The septic tank, part of a pit toilet, was covered by concrete with a narrow gap
  • One firefighter had to pass through the gap and abseil down to save the boys 
  • The younger boy was knocked out by the gases but was not seriously hurt

By TIFFANY LO FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 06:25 EDT, 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:26 EDT, 19 June 2018

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Two Chinese boy were stuck in a septic tank in China after one fell into the tank and the other was sent by villagers to save him. 

The pair, aged one and eight, were trapped more than 30 feet underground and the opening of the septic tank was only 20 centimetres (7.8inch) wide.

Fire brigade had to send one of its skinniest firefighters through the tiny gap without any protective gear to free the children.  

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Give the guy a lot of credit.  That was a disgusting task to volunteer for.  Hope he’s well celebrated.  Not everyone would do it.

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POSITRACTION: Toddler Wandering On the Side of Highway

2018-Jun-17

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/watch-police-officer-handle-a-crisis-with-toddler-wandering-on-the-side-of-highway/

Watch Police Officer Handle a Crisis With Toddler Wandering On the Side of Highway
By Good News Network – Jun 13, 2018

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It was a normal day for Sergeant Anthony Mannino as he was driving down a Chicago highway – until he saw a startling situation developing on the side of the road.

Initially, Mannino thought that the moving thing in the right lane was a stray dog – but then he discovered that it was actually 1-year-old boy who was running down the road without any awareness for the speeding vehicles that were dangerously close to his path.

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Good police work.  Hard to believe that a one year old to escape an adult.

Glad it all ended well.

Guardian Angel must have been on duty!

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