Some Good News for a Change

Last week my son and I were in the car and the news came on.  “Mom,” he piped up from the back seat, “doesn’t it seem like the news is always bad?  Doesn’t it seem like the news is getting worse and worse all the time?”

He has a point.  And it’s too bad that he has to learn that at his age.  The news we see and hear on television, on the radio, in the newspaper, and online is almost never good.  It’s filled with stories of mayhem, death, war, and general unpleasantness and misery.  And it’s nearly impossible to shield kids from it.

So in this season of hope and joy,  in which, as “The Christmas Waltz” reminds us, “every song you hear seems to say ‘Merry Christmas,'” I started searching for some good news that I could report here.  And I found a few things!

My daughter told me about a man whose dying wish was to perform a random act of kindness for a stranger.  He didn’t have much money, so his family received some donations, went to a pizza parlor, and tipped the server five hundred dollars.  The family’s act was so successful and heartwarming that they decided to continue to raise more money to perform other random acts of kindness for restaurant servers.  If you’d like to read more, visit http://www.aaroncollins.org.

Here’s another one:  when a traveler at the Tampa Airport had to step out of line because his credit card had been declined, he returned to the line to discover that a stranger had paid his baggage fee.  The stranger’s only request?  That the traveler pay it forward at some point.  Read more at http://www.pifexperience.org.

And another (two, really):  a nine-year-old boy’s bike was stolen from his school in Fresno, CA.  It was the second time his bike had been stolen.  When students from Fresno High School heard about the boy’s plight, they went from classroom to classroom and collected enough money to buy him a new bike.  A group of high schoolers presented him with the bike at his school one day.  I got chills reading the article.  But wait!  There’s more.  The boy’s family will match the price of the bike and donate it to Off the Front, an organization that provides bikes for needy kids in Fresno.  The organization can now get bikes, helmets, and locks for three other kids.  See http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?id=9301992 and http://www.offthefront.org/.

Finally, a stranger made a busboy’s day at the Cavalier Diner in Charlottesville, VA.  The boy saved up enough money this year to buy an iPad to help him with his homework.  Unfortunately, the iPad was in a pile of cardboard boxes at the boy’s home; the iPad was accidentally thrown into the family’s firepit with the boxes and burned beyond repair.  An employee of the diner was telling a group of people about the incident when a man overheard her talking.  He asked several questions about the boy, paid his bill and left, then returned later with a gift card in the amount of an iPad.  He didn’t want to be identified; he just wanted to make a difference.  Find the story at http://www.nbc29.com/story/24106866/random-act-of-kindness-renews-holiday-spirit-at-cavalier-diner.

See?  There’s a lot of good news out there…you just have to hunt for it.  News outlets have better ratings when the news is bad, so not much good news makes headlines on the airwaves or in the papers or in cyberspace.  I’m sure you’ve heard the term “pay it forward.”  The website that I mentioned above, http://www.pifexperience.org, has some great ideas and stories about random acts of kindness and paying kindness forward to strangers in need of a smile, a meal, or a kind word.  I urge you to visit the site and read some of the anecdotes.  They’re inspiring.

So try performing an  act of kindness for a stranger this holiday season.  If you’ve been lucky enough to be the recipient of an act of kindness, pay it forward and tell me about it.  I love to hear good news.

Until next week,

Amy

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7 comments on “Some Good News for a Change

  1. Rebecca H. says:

    Hi Amy,

    Nice post! I know, I hate it when I am listening to the news and I hear something about a shooting, or a murder. So I’m glad when something good pops up on the news! In fact, earlier today I saw something about how a girl name Erica Clark met her parents for lunch at a McDonald’s in Moorhead, Minnesota. Although, when she was about to leave, she found an envelope filled with $2,800 in cash. Instead of keeping it, which is what many, many people would have done these days, she decided to return it. So, she and her father went to the police station, and tracked down the man who lost it. Later, it was found out that the man who lost the money had withdrawn the $2,800 to purchase a truck. When he realized it was missing he was frantic and worried that it was gone forever. (I know that if I lost money, people would take it, and not be honest enough to return it!). So when he got the money back, he was overjoyed. He has planned to thank Erica in person for her honesty. Isn’t is nice to hear some good news once in a while?

    You can find the article at:
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/teen-turns-in–2800-found-at-mcdonald’s-191240505.html?vp=1

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  2. Kristin says:

    No pay it forward story, but I like your blog. It’s so true and there are an endless supply of good things happening every day. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • amreade says:

      Hi, Kristin,

      I really appreciate you visiting and commenting on my blog. I’m glad you like it. And here’s more: I understand that someone at your house is feeling better…glad to hear it!

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  3. Susan W. says:

    Great post! Good news is out there and it isn’t that hard to find. Two places I like to go to for good-news stories are Upworthy (www.upworthy.com) and This Gives Me Hope (http://thisgivesmehope.com/why-1001-reasons-for-hope/). Happy holidays!

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