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I'd like to share with you a great act of kindness by a civilian outside of Boston. 
 
Samantha Ford, a military wife and a mother of two, was at a Dunkin Donuts, when she noticed a note and $40 cash on her windshield. 
 
The note read, "I noticed the sticker on the back of your car", referring to a "Half my Heart is in Afghanistan" bumper sticker.  "Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home.  Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting." Signed "United States veteran" and "God Bless". 
 
Samantha shared it on Facebook, and the picture went viral. 
 
Hopefully stories like this one will inspire more people to thank and support our Service members and their families for their commitment to keeping us safe.  Thank you from the Good World News Family.
 
Good Day and may the Good News be yours,
 
Jeremy
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It is never too late to make things right.  Over 50 years after the 'Freedom Riders' were badly beaten in Montgomery, Alabama, the current police chief offered a heartfelt apology.

The 'Freedom Riders' were a group of black and white civil rights activists who road buses together into the Southern United States in 1961.  What was the crime?  Believe it or not, blacks and whites were not allowed to occupy the same bus in the South.  When the 'Freedom Riders' arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, the police looked the other way while mobs attacked and beat the passengers.  Although incredibly dangerous, the heroic efforts of the 'Freedom Riders' paved the way for the enforcement of laws to prevent segregation.

During the recent 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama, current police chief, Kevin Murphy, spoke at the First Baptist Church.  He apologized for the police department who "enforced unjust laws" in failing to protect the 'Freedom Riders' in 1961.  In a moving gesture, he offered his police badge to Georgia congressman John Lewis, who was one of the original 'Freedom Riders' who was assaulted decades ago.

"It means a great deal," Lewis stated. "I teared up. I tried to keep from crying."

"For me, freedom and the right to live in peace is a cornerstone of our society and that was something that Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Congressman Lewis were trying to achieve" Murphy said. "I think what I did today should have been done a longtime ago. It needed to be done. It needed to be spoken because we have to live with the truth and it is the truth."

In closing, the police chief stated, "We're going to move forward as one Montgomery, one MPD. And we're going to continue to work at it. There's still a lot of work to do, we know that. We, the police department, needs to make the first move to build that trust back in our community that was once lost because we enforced unjust laws."

And that's what's good,
Jon

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Can you imaging working at one employer your entire life and NEVER taking a sick day?!  44 years?!

Meet Deborah Ford, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Detroit who has delivered mail for 44 years straight.  She has such genuine dedication to her work. 

When asked if she has ever been sick, she says "Well little minor illnesses, but you shake it off.  You'll feel better when you get there."

"Didn't you want to go to your mailbox and get a letter?", she continued, "When you go to that mailbox to get a letter, I want to make sure you get one."

Well said Deborah!  She will retire with 4,508 hours in sick leave which will give her a 5% increase in pension.

We at Good World News wish you a wonderful retirement Deborah.




And that's what's good,
Jon
The Good World News

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Was this a little game of good cop, bad cop?  Nope, just a real good cop :)

Hayden Carlo, 25 year old father of two, was pulled over in Plano, Texas for driving with expired tags.  Hayden knew that he needed to renew his tags, but he told the officer the following:

"I said there's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money. It was either feed my kids or get my registration done."

The kind officer was required to give Hayden a ticket, but he included $100 with it!!

Hayden was amazed.  "I opened it up and there's a 100 dollar bill.  I broke down in my car. What else could I do?"

The officer didn't tell anyone about the good deed, but Hayden's grandfather was so moved that he wrote a letter to the police department.  The police officer wishes to remain anonymous, but he is being honored by his fellow police squad.

"He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that,' Hayden said. "I'll never forget that man. It definitely restored my faith in God."


Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

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A random act of kindness went on for hours at a Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

It was a few days before Christmas and one happy customer decided to pay for the person behind them in the drive-through.  This became contagious!  The next person paid for the next, and so on and so on.  Then customers inside the shop started catching on and they started paying for the customer behind them.  This went on for three hours!!

“[The staff members]were calling out the numbers, ‘We’re at 162,’ and they made a really big deal of it,” the manager, Troy Thompson stated. “I think that’s what helped keep it going because nobody wanted to be the one who broke that streak.”

How awesome is that?!!  Way to pay it forward!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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After 10 years of producing all hardware in China, Apple plans to move production of some macs to the U.S.  Apple customers have been asking the company to make this change for years.  Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, says the change will happen in 2013.  The company has not released any details yet.  This should be an additional boost for jobs in the U.S and may also encourage other companies to follow suit.

Who knows, maybe the change will help Apple add another button to the mouse :)

Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

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"Hallelujer!!" is exactly what Madea would say in this good news.  This isn't the movies though, and Tyler Perry isn't playing the Madea role.  This is real life and Tyler Perry just made someone very very very happy.

On September 30th, 2012, a $60,000 specialty equipped van was stolen from Alicia Day's house in Dekalb County, GA.  Alicia is a 24 year old with cerebral palsy who uses a wheel chair for mobility.  Even though she has a disability, she doesn't let that put her down - She told Alanta's Channel 2 Action News that she prides herself on trying her best to be independent and working as a part time greeter at Home Depot.

Minutes after the van was reported stolen on the news, Tyler Perry called the news station and said that he wanted to give Alicia Day a brand new van.

Alicia was in shock when she received the phone call with Tyler Perry. “My mouth just dropped to the floor when I heard his voice", she said.  Alicia's father was flabbergasted as well when he picked up the phone. He said, "Excuse me, who do you want to talk to? Who is this now?,' Day’s mother said.

Home Depot stepped it up as well.  They donated $5,000 to help Alicia with medical expenses and she gets to meet the president of Home Depot!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

-The Good World News

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There aren’t many options for abandoned youth, when they are deemed too old to stay at the orphanage. In an environment where female orphans are just numbers that eventually fade to black in a cold system, and forced into prostitution to escape poverty, Fior Mendez has beaten the unlikeliest of odds.  The 22 year old Dominican beauty moved to New York just two weeks ago, thanks to a friend and member of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, in hope for a better life. Well, she can consider her mission accomplished. Fior is now a bonafide supermodel, and stomped the runway Friday night for Nzinga Knight at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.

The designer explains the casting call that changed Fior’s life:

“Just as my third casting session was about to be over, Fior Mendez walked in the room and did her walk and had this wonderful expression on her face, plus natural beauty. I was sold.”

Fior is quickly becoming a fashion darling, and has caught the attention of the nation. Now that she’s in the spotlight, she wants to shine it on the orphans who need the support she was afforded, so that they can have the opportunity to pursue their dreams:

“I want to be a light for those kids. I want to show them that if you are dedicated, you can do something, and that even if you’re sad, you always have hope.”

 

Gomez-Lacayo, Jada. "A Cinderella Story: Supermodel Fior Mendez Rises From The Orphanage To The Runway". STYLEBLAZER. September 2012. Web. 

View original article at styleblazer.com:

http://styleblazer.com/82421/a-cinderella-story-supermodel-fior-mendez-rises-from-the-orphanage-to-the-runway/

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Sometimes you only have seconds to make a decision that could save lives.  Darrell Krushelnicki didn't hesitate or freeze when he saw a driver chatting on his cellphone, not paying attention to the road, and speeding towards kids who were walking over a crosswalk.  Darrell saw the inevitable and decided to take action.

Darrell was waiting to make a left turn at an intersection in Edmonton, Canada when he saw the motorist going over 50 mph in 20 mph zone.  He inched his car forward in the intersection to see if the speeding motorist would see either him or the kids.  The 23 year old speeding motorist did not show any signs of slowing down so Krushelnicki immediately drove his 2006 Hummer H3 into the vehicle and saved the kids from the collision.  Darrell stated, "It was just a reaction".  Darrell jumped out of the car after the crash to confirm that the kids were safe and were not hit by any of the debris.  Neither driver was seriously injured.

Police officer Scott Pattison told the press, “He did a very valiant thing. Obviously police don’t recommend people do those sorts of things that put their own lives in jeopardy, but certainly, we could have been talking about a very different story today that involved, potentially, the serious injury or death of four children between the ages of three and 16,". 

The reckless driver faces one count of dangerous driving.  Krushelnicki received praises from the police instead of charges.  He's happy things worked out, but he was not expecting praise. “The best thing that could have happened, happened. Twisted metal can always be fixed.” Darrell Krushelnicki said.

With a last name that starts with "Krush", maybe he has fulfilled part of his destiny :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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It's official--the goats of California are definitely the coolest in the country.These two from Southern California, Goatee and Pismo, fit the bill: The goats have taken to surfing with their owner, Dana McGregor, who takes the pets everywhere--even into the Pacific Ocean.

The goat whisperer told the Associated Press he "taught his goats to surf because he loves to ride the waves and thought they would like it, too."

The video shows beachgoers watching as the four-legged creatures catch waves on a calm day at San Onofre State Beach. Pismo and Goatee even ride tandem on the board. In another run, McGregor shares the board with one of the goats and a two-legged friend as the three catch a wave.

The famously sturdy legs of the animals certainly seem to be a natural for gnarly surf: The two goats hang loose--but not quite hang 10--and keep their balance as they ride.

McGregor, who originally acquired the nanny goat Goatee to eat unwanted plants on his property, began taking the goat to the beach with him, and eventually got her up on the board. Pismo has been a surfer goat for almost as long as he's been alive. He was born in March.

 

 

 

Zap, Claudine.  "Surfing goats make waves". Yahoo News. 13 July 2012. Web. 

View original good news article at news.yahoo.com:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/surfing-goats-ride-waves-192003301.html?_esi=1

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