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Things to smile about this week, January 3, 2021

By Nanci Dixon
In the midst of an abundance of bad news – rising COVID numbers, unemployment, evictions, homelessness and hunger – some good news stories still bubble to the surface.

We find ourselves mostly posting bad, sad or frustrating news in our Sunday newsletter. It’s not our fault, of course, but we want to make sure you come here and smile too. That’s why we’re bringing you this “Good News” column.

“THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU SMILE FROM JUST SEEING THEM, THOSE ARE MY FAVORITE PEOPLE.” —Koi Fresco

When Cincinnati mom Jessica Sinclair noticed her baby girl was still not crawling, she took her to the doctor, where they learned she was very farsighted and couldn’t see any details up close. Watch the video below to see her put glasses on and see her parents for the very first time.

Little girl sees her mommy clearly for the first time from aww

“WHEREVER THERE IS A HUMAN IN NEED, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KINDNESS AND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.” —Kevin Heath

This was sent in by one of our readers. Thank you Marilyn M.!

A Secret Santa in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, delivered 400 envelopes with a letter and a $250 Walmart gift card to doorsteps on Christmas Eve. The letter said in part: “Still standing after 2020, you’ll emerge stronger for someone in need, you’ll be their first responder, you’re a fighter, you are tested, you will conquer. Whatever it is, that you set out to do remember to.. just believe in you. Don’t need this? Please pass the baton for that is the way, hope carries on.”

It came just on time for Elisha Tennant, who was laid off during the pandemic. She took it grocery shopping that same afternoon. For others like Christina Ignacio-Deines, whose husband has retained his job during the pandemic, she followed the instructions on the poem to “pass the baton” and donated her gift card to a nonprofit center to buy socks and undergarments for people staying at the shelter.

The Secret Santa, who has chosen to remain anonymous, responded to social media by saying that he did it because he had the means and “hoped the gifts gave people a sense that the world is good and there is a brighter future not far ahead.”

JEEP-ERS THIS IS CUTE!

photo SkyTrak 7 KOMOnews

Georgie, a young cancer patient, was surprised by more than 1,000 Jeeps that lined up in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to honor him. He has been battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and was home for the holidays this year. Many of the Jeeps were decorated with lights and decorations for him.

“UNTIL ONE HAS  LOVED AN ANIMAL, A PART OF ONE’S SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED.” —Anatole France

Hammy the hamster got his own Christmas decorations and maze this year. You may not think hamsters are that smart, but we think this might indicate otherwise…

Hammy gets his very own little Christmas maze from aww

“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.” —Margaret Mead

Here is some good news as we enter into 2021! There is hope to reduce the plastic pollution in our oceans, landfills and environment. A biodegradable bioplastic has been developed from jute plants. Watch the video to learn about it.

This looks like plastic, feels like plastic, but it isn’t. This biodegradable bioplastic (Sonali Bag) is made from a plant named jute. And invented by a Bangladeshi scientist Mubarak Ahmed Khan. This invention can solve the Global Plastic Pollution problem. from goodnews

“EVERY FAMILY HAS ONE WEIRD RELATIVE”

Yup, we all have one. Anyone who just spent the holidays with family knows. The odd one, the one that will ham it up during the family photos or just the one that needs to be different.

the odd one from aww

Read last week’s Good News column here.

Hear a “Good News” story? Please use the form below to tell us about it. Include a website or link to a video. Thanks!

 

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Mike Albert
8 months ago

What a great story about the baby “seeing” detail up close for the first time. How can one not smile watching it. Thanks for the Good News section. Look forward to it each Sunday. Happy New Years!

Ran
8 months ago

The Jute Bags look promising. However, under burning conditions as shown, and with the chemical makeup of the bags, I wonder what toxic vapors come out of it?! Hmmmmmm…

Mike Albert
8 months ago
Reply to  Ran

According to the video, it is plant based and after burning, only ash is left behind. While he doesn’t say what “other chemicals “ are used, he alludes that they are natural. Would definitely be a plus to the plastic single use bag industry. Might be a good investment.

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