Pinpricks of light amid the darkness

For some lucky drivers in Lowell, Michigan, a traffic stop turned out to be just an early Christmas surprise from the local police.

Veronika Scott designed a warm winter coat that transforms into a sleeping bag because she wanted to help homeless people survive the cold Michigan winters. But Veronika wasn’t satisfied with just keeping the homeless warm; she wanted to help them become independent. That’s why she created The Empowerment Plan, which employs homeless people to manufacture the coats, which are then distributed by homeless shelters and the American Red Cross.

Two Minnesota women started a choir — the Giving Voice Chorus — for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. “It’s a time for them to remember who they were before the disease came,” said one of the founders. “They don’t feel like they have Alzheimer’s when they’re singing.”

Cops in Kansas City, Missouri, handed out hundred dollar bills (supplied by an anonymous donor) to people who seemed as if they could use a little help.

A former United States president dressed up as Santa Claus to spread a little Christmas cheer to sick children at a Dallas hospital. (That’s his Secret Service guy in the elf costume in the background.)
The son of a terrorist tells how he chose peace.

When two cops in Boynton Beach, Florida, learned that a local family couldn’t afford to have a Christmas tree this year, they took matters into their own hands and saw to it that the family had a tree, complete with a stand, lights and ornaments. (And if that little girl’s smile doesn’t warm your heart, there’s just no hope for you.)

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