Month: February 2021

Kids Helping Animals for the Holidays

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreElementary School students are filling the stockings of needy puppies and kittens at the Animal Rescue League this month with donations of dog biscuits and chew toys, decorating a “giving tree” at their school with gifts of dog and cat food, leashes and grooming brushes. (Des Moines Register has the story and cute photo)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Jetpacks for Sale!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMartin Aircraft of New Zealand is going to start selling commercial jetpacks for about $75,000. The brainchild of inventor Glenn Martin who unveiled his machine last July, the jetpack is capable of travelling 30 miles in 30 minutes on a full tank of fuel. Because it weighs less than 254 pounds (115kg) the jet pack does not require a pilot’s licence. READ More in the UK Telegraph)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Pakistani Fish Seller Makes Good in UK, Gets Recording Deal After Fish Song Goes Viral

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFormer East London fish seller Muhammad Shahid Nazir shot to fame this month after a video of his fish song went viral attracting more than 6.3 million views:  “Come on ladies/Come on ladies/One pound fish.”Shahid came to Britain on a visa to make a better life for his family are still back in Pakistan.He quit market trading after the video became so popular he was offered a recording deal, according to the BBC in early December. (WATCH the 2 videos below, the original fist market video, the produced music video and single, and visit the BBC to see a video of his home village in Pakistan where everyone knows the song)Thanks to Andrew N. for sending the story idea!last_img read more

French Families Adopt U.S. Soldiers for the Week, in Town for D-Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSgt. Tami VanZandt, Spc. Forrest Krenke and Spc. Ray Ortega, all assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pose for a photograph with their French hosts before driving to their home June 4, 2014.While dignified and solemn ceremonies today mark the courage and loss of life 70 years ago during the D-Day invasion, the long-lasting partnership between the U.S. and France is also on display. This friendship dates back to the American Revolution in 1780 when French troops arrived to help their American allies and George Washington to win their bid for independence.50 French families opened their homes – and their hearts – this week to American soldiers visiting France to commemorate the Normandy Landing. The hosts showed the young Americans how well the French treat their guests.“I had such an amazing time,” said Spc. Jessika Hurst, serving with the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard. “They just kept coming out with more and more food. It was crazy, yet so delicious.” ”We did this so our child could meet an American Soldier,” said Stephanie Folloit, a mother of two who opened her home up to four Soldiers. “He loves American Soldiers. He loves to read about them, he really looks up to them. But we also did this to say ‘thank you’ for what your grandfathers did for us.”Folloit said she hoped her family could experience the visits again. “This was a great night,” she said. “I am happy to have met these Americans tonight.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

I Taught My Horse to Overcome Blindness – Before He Lost His Sight

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen 14-year-old Victoria Czech competes in shows with her horse, Skip, spectators are amazed to learn that Skip is completely blind. They’re even more surprised to learn that it was Victoria herself who trained Skip to live and thrive without his sight — long before he lost it.When Victoria was 10 years old, her parents gave in to her pleas for her own horse. They found Skip, a former show horse, through a vet near their home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. The family knew the friendly horse was special. “He was supercool, with lots of spunk,” remembers Victoria.But, two years after the golden palomino came to live with them, the Czechs noticed that one of Skip’s eyes was cloudy and swollen. After a series of vet visits, the 23-year-old horse was diagnosed with primary glaucoma and, his vet warned, would eventually lose his sight in both eyes. The family was faced with a choice: daily medications to help Skip keep his sight as long as possible, and most likely eventual surgical removal of his eyes, or put Skip down. The latter was never an option. “Would you give up on a human?” asks Mary Czech, Victoria’s mother. The family agreed to do all they could for Skip, and Victoria got to work preparing her horse for life without his sight.A Determined Young GirlOver the next two years the family spent thousands of dollars on Skip’s medical care. They worked to keep Skip’s eyes healthy and pain-free, with Victoria religiously delivering drops and ointment into Skip’s eyes three times a day.But within a year Skip lost vision in one eye so the vet removed it.While Skip could still see with his other eye, Victoria trained him to be ready for complete blindness. “She knew she had to bond with him even more,” says Mary. “She rode with him every day, building more and more trust. We didn’t know how long it could be before he lost his sight.”Victoria says she and her parents read up on how to care for blind horses and brainstormed ways to prepare Skip. They reconfigured the horse’s stall to be easier to navigate, and even bought a horse named Zipper to be Skip’s “pasture buddy.” Zipper wore a bell so he could lead Skip around once he could no longer see. To teach Skip where the edges of the field were, Victoria put paper bags on fence posts so the horse could hear them crinkle in the wind and know where the fence was located.Above Skip’s trough, Victoria hung wind chimes so he’d know where his water would be.A True ChampionAs expected, the day came when Skip lost sight in his other eye and it, too, was removed, leaving him completely blind. But he was ready; Victoria had seen to that.Skip rebounded quickly from his surgery and began exploring his new world without sight. “He didn’t seem like anything had really changed that much,” says Victoria. Within a week, she climbed on Skip’s back to see how he would respond to a rider. “The first time I rode him, I knew he’d be just fine,” she says.And he was. As Skip and Victoria grew accustomed to a new way of life together, Skip proved he was still a show horse, and then some.Victoria began training Skip to compete again. She introduced him to Trail Class, which is an obstacle course competition. “Most horses spook with stuff like this,” says Mary. “But he can’t spook. He has to trust you.” And he trusts Victoria. Today, Skip and Victoria are winning championships in the trail class and leaving spectators incredulous.“He goes through the obstacles like no tomorrow,” Mary says. “And people are floored when they discover he has no eyes.”Victoria expects a lot from Skip and doesn’t let his disability get in the way. “I don’t let him get away with anything,” she says with a chuckle.Mary believes the experience has helped Victoria mature and learn important life lessons. “It’s taught her to follow through on commitments. You made a commitment to this animal, and you follow through on that at all costs.”Vetstreet.com is a pet website written by top veterinarians, pet health experts and professional journalists dedicated to giving you the most accurate information possible, so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy. The author, Caroline Golon, blogs about cats and raises money for rescue groups.More Stories from Vetstreet:How Our Dog Lost Her Sight — But Kept Her Love of Life Miracle Workers: Therapy Horses at Work10 Things Your Pet Won’t Tell YouPhotos courtesy of Mary Czech AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

10-year-old Saves Classmate From Choking on Chicken

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A South Carolina fourth grader is credited with helping save the life of his classmate who was choking on a chicken nugget at lunch.The 10-year-old said at first he thought his friend was joking, until he realized the boy couldn’t breathe.(WATCH the video below, or READ the full story at WBTV)Story tip from carilynAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Quite a Drop in the Bucket: $500,000 Left in Red Kettle to Encourage Charity

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWow! Bell-ringers never had such an amazing Christmas treat delivered into their little red buckets.An anonymous couple dropped a $500,000 check into a Salvation Army kettle Saturday — the most generous donation ever received by one of the charity’s sidewalk Santas.The donors from the Minneapolis, Minnesota area alerted charity officials to be on the lookout for their contribution. But Rosemont city firefighters were unaware when a passerby quietly slipped the half million dollar check into their midst.HEAR MORE HAPPY NEWS: GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSIn a statement from the charity, the couple said they had once been so poor, they relied on food discarded by grocery stores to get by.“You get to a point in life where it’s time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” the donors said.RELATED:  Woman Donates Entire Toy Store to Kids in Homeless SheltersThey hope their gift will encourage others to be more generous this holiday season.The contribution, which crushed the national kettle donation record of $25,000, doesn’t appear to be linked to a famous anonymous donor in the same city. The Salvation Army dubbed that generous kettle-giver “Saint Grand” because of the donations of around $1,000 (a “grand”) left at multiple kettles in the area since 2011.CHECK OUT:  Grocery Store’s “Pay It Forward” Event Spreads Holiday Cheer with Random KindnessSaint Grand’s pattern is the same, leaving bundles of crisp, new $100 bills. Last year, $10,000 was left this way in multiple drops at a single kettle, and $7,000 at others in the area. Over the weekend, four separate kettles received $1,100 gifts from the anonymous do-gooder.With these, and the record donation, the local Salvation Army is well on track to collect their goal of $11.6 million this year.(READ more at the Minneapolis Star Tribune)Inspire Others to Give… Share it. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Islands Encourage Healthy Eating by Banning Western Junk Food

first_imgTorba community leaders hope that by demanding local tourist hotspots to serve only locally-grown food, they will become the only Vanuatu province to be 100% organic, according to the Guardian.RELATED: Major Milestone For Church Group That’s Built 500 Homes In HaitiThe region plans on passing local legislation that would prohibit importing any foreign foods – not just biscuits, sweets, and rice. Considering much of the island’s locally-grown produce is rich in nutrients – like fish, root vegetables, fruits, and crustaceans – officials believe that they they can survive just fine without any kind of foreign products.“At the moment we have an infiltration of junk food from overseas,” said Father Luc Dini, head of the local tourism council. “It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands.”Stay Positive, Stay Healthy: Click To Share (Photo by Ted, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs a means of encouraging healthier eating habits in the province, this group of south Pacific Islands are issuing a ban on the import of western junk food.The Torba area of Vanuatu has a population of roughly 10,000 people – many of which are farmers. The local government believes that by prohibiting islanders from having access to easy convenience food, residents will be more inclined to support their local farmers, as well as engage in healthier eating habits.last_img read more

Man Quits Day Job to Soothe Dementia Patients With Nostalgic Barber Shop Experience

first_imgWhite says that when he first set up the jukebox, he immediately noticed that the patients were more at ease.RELATED: Cyclists Volunteer to Give Nature Rides to Wheelchair Bound“We instantly saw a massive difference and knew we were onto something,” White told Love What Matters. “The men would relax, sing along to the music and tap away to the beat of the music. Those that were previously agitated going to the hairdresser were relaxing more.”White wasn’t always doing such meaningful work, however; for 17 long years, he worked as a marketing consultant for the Yellow Pages before he knew that he wanted to “change his job and do something more worthwhile”.In June 2016, White got a diploma in barbing and became the UK’s first dementia-friendly barber.MORE: Canada’s First ‘Dementia Village’ is Set to Open its Doors Next Year“I feel really excited as I know these men are not only going to look better, but also feel better,” says the 37-year-old barber.“As men get older, we have hair growing in all the wrong places: nose, eyebrows and especially the ears. It gives me huge satisfaction to get these men all groomed and looking fresher. I have so much compassion for my clients. I understand their struggles and I can feel their frustration at times. My job is to give these men time to enjoy and have good feelings through my music, set up and one-on-one time.”“At the end of my day, I know I have given these men my all [and it] makes me feel happy that I have done something worthwhile.”(WATCH the heartwarming video below)Help Your Friends Cut Away The Negative News: Click To Share (Photo by Forty-Five Films)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere is something very nostalgic about old-timey barbershops. For the older men whom Lenny White caters to, it’s even therapeutic.White runs a mobile pop-up barbershop that he takes on the road to nursing homes across Ireland so he can cater exclusively to men with dementia.According to the Belfast-based barber, everything from the lemon-scented cologne to the light-hearted conversation makes the men feel young again. He even started using an old jukebox to play tunes during his visits so the men could listen to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra – the music that they heard when they were young.last_img read more

After Stem Cell Transplant, Man With MS Able to Walk and Dance for First Time in 10 Years

first_imgRegardless, the 49-year-old dad from Gloucester, England visited his doctor and begged for the treatment.WATCH: Every Night for the Last 10 Years, Community Has Made Sure That Woman in Wheelchair Gets to BedAfter undergoing the procedure, Palmer knew that it had started to work when he suddenly felt a cramp in his leg; it was the first time that he had felt anything in his disabled limbs in 10 years, and the sensation caused him to burst into happy tears.Now that he has regained control of his legs once more, Palmer loves to dance with his wife and inspire others who may have lost hope in their physical abilities.“I’ve been given a second chance at life and I started volunteering at my local police station,” Palmer told BBC. “We went on holiday not so long ago to Turkey and I walked on the beach. Little things like that, people do not realize what it means to me.”(WATCH the emotional BBC video below)Share This Sweet Story Of Inspiration With Your Friends On Social MediaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSometimes it’s the little things in life that mean the most to us – and for Roy Palmer, it’s dancing and going for walks on the beach.That’s because he spent ten years in a wheelchair due to his multiple sclerosis.Then in 2017, he heard about an experimental stem cell therapy called HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation) on a BBC television program. Though the treatment has had miraculous results amongst other disabled patients, it is still a risky procedure that doesn’t always work for some people.last_img read more