Many are cold, but few are frozen

February 21, 2015

In case you missed it, the police department of Harlan City, Kentucky, has issued an arrest warrant for Queen Elsa, whom they are blaming for the unseasonably cold weather.

In other news, the most recent Gallup poll finds that approval for global warming has risen to 63%.

Pinpricks of light amid the darkness

December 24, 2014

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.)

Pinpricks of light amid the darkness

November 28, 2014

A former army paratrooper who is now a police officer took in two young victims of neglect and abuse. First he became their foster father, then he became their real father.

Two engineering students in Brisbane, Australia turned their van into a free mobile laundry service for homeless people.

A navy veteran in Florida came to the rescue of an elderly assault victim, and taught a valuable lesson to the punk who’d assaulted and robbed her.

A hard-working single mom in Cleveland got the surprise of a lifetime one day when she thought she was just going to work.

A couple in Omaha, Nebraska became foster parents to two little boys, whom they promptly fell in love with and adopted… and eventually ended up adopting all six of their sons’ biological brothers as well.

Two cops in Aurora, Colorado came to the aid of an elderly lady whose wallet was stolen while she was shopping for groceries, making sure she got everything that was on her shopping list and paying for it out of their own pockets.

A military couple in Newport News, Virginia responded to a lonely homeless man’s plea for a family to spend Thanksgiving with.

Pinpricks of light amid the darkness

December 25, 2012

Sometimes — not often, but sometimes — I stumble across a story that makes me think humanity may not be a completely lost cause after all. Buzzfeed recently published a collection of such stories under the title 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity This Year. Here are a few examples.

The parents who made their son’s wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever…

People who still had power after Hurricane Sandy sharing with those who had none…

The police officers who made a blind boy’s dream of being a cop come true…

The famous rugby player who visited his biggest fan in the hospital…

(See the rest here. Have the kleenex handy.)

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