February 2021

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 MoreAddThisMoreAmerica’s only blind marching band is set to ring in 2010 as the first ensemble of its kind to march in the Tournament of Roses’ Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.Their journey to the 121st Rose Parade is a marvel even to the Ohio State School for the Blind’s marching band leader Dan Kelly.  (Continue reading in Pasadena Star-News)last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThree weeks ago in Nepal, 1,000 villagers gathered to mark a momentous day in the history of Room To Read, a charity that builds children’s libraries around the developing world. They celebrated the opening of the group’s 10,000th library.John Wood, founder and executive chairman, launched Room to Read 10 years ago after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools.  He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages in furthering the educating of young people.Wood wrote on his blog, “This achievement was not just an achievement for me but it was an achievement for all of us -– for our staff that has worked tirelessly over these past ten years to enable us to reach this point, and for our partners who have helped us to create a global movement to bring change to the world through education.”Room To Read boasts an astonishing average of 6 library openings every day in the developing world -– that’s 3,000 kids every day who gain access to a well-stocked library with the tools they need to further their education.Since 2000, the team has supplied more than seven million books to more than four million children in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. The non-profit organization has also built 1,000 schools, particularly empowering girls with increased access to high-quality educational opportunities – including 10,000 girls this year who are attending school on scholarship.“Marrying the best business practices John and I learned from the private sector with those from the nonprofit sector has allowed us to scale to the degree that we have with maximum efficiency and quality,” said Erin Ganju, Room to Read Co-Founder and CEO.WATCH the Room To Read Video below, Celebrating its 10,000th library:AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRap pioneer, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, better known as one of the founding members of Run-D.M.C., is all about giving back. The 46-year-old recently co-founded Camp Felix — a summer camp intended to provide a getaway for foster kids in upstate New York. With 171 campers from New York City currently attending, the camp has become a beacon for kids looking to establish a sense of family outside of their foster homes.“These kids say, ‘I am just a foster kid. I have nothing going for me other than just being miserable,” McDaniels told New York Daily News. “I tell them, ‘You are wrong. Your situation doesn’t define who you are.”(See the latest news from camp, via NY Daily News) Co-Founded with Sheila Jaffe, Emmy Award-winning Casting Director of “The Sopranos” and “Entourage”, the camp grows out of the fact that both were adopted and have searched for their birth families. They realized how fortunate they were, having been raised by loving families. Things could have gone very differently had they not been adopted. DMC and Sheila decided to start THE FELIX ORGANIZATION/ Adoptees For Children in February 2006. As adoptees, “We wanted to give back to those children who didn’t get adopted to a new home, who are growing up in the foster care system.” Since 2006, THE FELIX ORGANIZATION has sent over 500 children to CAMP FELIX for one or two week sessions. The goal is to send more kids to camp each year and to nurture and encourage them throughout the year with additional, inspiring opportunities. Located in Putnam Valley, New York, the camp provides basketball, swimming, softball, arts and crafts, drama, and yoga, to name a few. Because the two founders have seen such incredible success through the years, they have initiated a Counselor in Training program for campers who are no longer of age to attend FELIX but can still be part of the experience in a leadership role. “BEYOND CAMP” also addresses individual year round needs of some of these children. “As we expand our horizons, we hope that you will join us in our effort. You can help make a positive change or new beginning for these children,” they wrote on their website. “Many have no one to take them to the movies, to ball games, to check their homework, to help them make healthy life choices. We have the opportunity to mentor and guide this next generation to dream a bigger dream of a life they never imagined.” Any and all donations will make such a difference in these young lives. It takes $500 to send one child to camp for one week, but any amount of money would help to enrich and inspire a child in the foster care system. To Donate: Email at – [email protected] Call: 212.877.4025 Make checks payable to: THE FELIX ORGANIZATION Adoptees for Children 43 Oyster Bay Road Locust Valley, New York 11560 OR, Donate Online: http://www.adopteesforchildren.org/id5.htmlAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThree times a week, Robbie Norris, a lean, 50-year-old yoga teacher, hops into his 1992 Volvo and heads to his class in Richmond, Va. past barbed wire and armed guards to a windowless room where a dozen women, scarred and tattooed, are waiting on donated yoga mats.When many states have cut their wellness and education programs for inmates, citing cost and political pressure, some wardens are looking for a low-cost, low-risk way for inmates to reflect on their crimes, improve their fitness and cope with the stress of overcrowded prison life are turning toward yoga. (READ the story, w/ photos, in the New York Times)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHorns honking and engines roaring, more than 100 trucks rolled down an Arizona road, giving an emotional send-off to a three-year-old boy who loved big rigs.Elijah Steffen, who passed away August 21 from a rare disease, had been looking forward to his first monster truck show.Sassy 5-yo Sets Up Ice Cream Shop So He Can Buy Medicine for Sick KidsStrangers from around the southwest showed up for a impromptu tribute to the little boy, after a family friend put out an appeal on Facebook, asking for one big rig to show up for Elijah’s funeral. Word spread and the turnout turned into an hour-long procession to honor the little boy and comfort his parents.Fire departments and trucking companies sent trucks, and people who never knew little Elijah drove into the city of Mesa with anything from regular pick-up trucks to antique military vehicles.There was even a monster truck.Hospital Hosts “Wedding” for Tiny Cancer Patient and Her Favorite Nurse (WATCH) Scott Campagna brought his 18-wheeler and told KNXT News his own son loved sitting in the center of the big rig next to him.“I couldn’t imagine losing my child,” he said, choking up. “If we could make this family smile by being here, then it’s all worth it.”(WATCH the video below from KNXV)  Photo: KNVX videoSend This Story Down The Road To Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDonald Carter spent only about forty seconds talking to Shajuana Mays at a Popeyes drive-thru window when he decided that he wanted to help her achieve her lifelong dream.In March, the former Kansas City, Missouri police officer went to grab a bite to eat at the fast food restaurant when he struck up a conversation with 28-year-old Shajuana. Donald asked the employee if she did anything else other than working at Popeyes. Shajuana explained that she was constantly trying to attend nursing school, but it was too difficult to save the tuition money. When Donald then asked what kind of nurse she wanted to be, she “desperately said that it didn’t matter”.WATCH: Customer Admires Chick-fil-A Employee So Much, He Built Him a New Home“I could see she was so done with the fast food thing. Even still, she was polite and respectful – far from the typical employee at this same location,” says Carter.“I drive off and pull up to my house a few minutes later … I eat my chicken in front of the house … And as I messily crunch on some really untasty fried chicken, I get this idea. What if I got some friends together and we put this girl through school to get her CNA license?”Donald created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $1,500; enough to get Shajuana a CNA license. Within 24 hours, the campaign reached the goal and Donald was able to surprise the woman with the good news.RELATED: Mom Starts Packing 2 Lunches After Son Notices Student With Little Food Eating AloneThough she was totally overjoyed to attend the CNA course, the campaign has since raised $14,000 in total, which can help pay for her to become an LPN, followed by an RN, both of which make better salaries.“You kind people who are reading this helped it, made it happen,” Donald wrote on the GoFundMe page. “You are still making it happen. You are the ones who are changing the life of one young lady and the lives of others and your own life in the process. You are changing the world – your world.”“The feelings that you generate when you give, the kindness you inspire when you share, and the hope you infuse when you look for ways to be kind to the people around you… these are what have made these last few days incredible.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn celebration of International Cat Day today, these meowlennials grabbed their catnip, hit the club, and got lit on some purrrfect margaritas.But have no fear – no cats were intoxicated during the making of this meowvelous film.In fact, the video of these furry youngsters was created as a means of drawing attention to the work of Kitty Bungalow: a California-based organization that rescues and socializes feral cats. Evite, a digital invitation company, created the film. “This is an amazing experience with Evite and a great opportunity for the kittens at Kitty Bungalow,” the organization told Good News Network. “They have been studying really hard in their Drama Class to get ready for the national stage.”WATCH: These 5 Animal Videos Are Good For Nothing But Making You Smile“We hope our experiences and guidance can help others all across the country as our organization continues to grow and help the helpless street cats.“Plus the kittens think they may have a chance at an Oscar and we don’t want to let them down!”Evite Project Manager Julian Clark told Good News Network: “What else brings people together more than the love and companionship that comes from an animal – especially one you rescued?RELATED VIDEO: Bear Literally Can’t Stop Jumping For Joy After Being Rescued“With that in mind, we decided to craft videos that would make people laugh, warm their hearts and hopefully get them to support a great cause.”As for the cats themselves, they were more than happy to squad up for the film – and enjoy the ‘club’ atmosphere.“The cats loved the lights. Like laser pointers, cats are usually attracted to sparkly, bright things that moved. It was our easiest set-up of the day, actually!(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Pawesome Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA heartwarming photo that is being shared across social media proves that even Saint Nicholas is humbled in the presence of US veterans.Gina Wilbur had been sitting on a bench at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware last week when Santa Claus was greeting kids at his workshop.Though there were many kids who still wanted to sit on his lap, he briefly stepped away from his chair so he could walk over to 93-year-old Bob Smiley, a World War II veteran who was sitting nearby. As Wilbur looked on in astonishment, Santa got down on one knee and earnestly thanked Smiley for his service.WATCH: 48 Years After Reading the Christmas Card That Got Him Through the Vietnam War, He Finally Got to Meet the Sender“I hear Santa telling the gentleman, in a soft voice, of others he knew who served,” said Wilbur in a Facebook post. “He shakes his hand with genuine gratefulness thanking him for his service and returns to the children. Best moment of my day.”Wilbur quickly snapped a photo of the heartwarming moment and posted it to social media where it was later shared thousands of times.WTXF later managed to reunite Santa and Smiley and introduce them to Wilbur so they could discuss the emotional encounter in person.LOOK: 86-year-old With Dementia Snuggles Up to Mall Santa – and Makes Everybody CrySmiley, who has 10 children, 26 grandchildren, and over 26 great-grandchildren, says that he is always appreciative of when people thank him for his service.“I try to show my appreciation when they do thank me,” he told Fox News. “I thank them for thinking about us.”(WATCH the news coverage below)Watch the latest video at foxnews.comBe Sure And Share This Heartwarming Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Gina WilburAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of scientists in Kenya and the UK are hailing the “enormous potential” of a new strategy to control malaria, after discovering that a microbe completely protects mosquitoes from infection.“The data we have so far suggest it is 100% blockage,” Dr. Jeremy Herren of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology told BBC News. “Quite a surprise… I think people will find that a real big breakthrough.”Now, they are developing plans to spread the microbe through mosquito populations in infected regions, in an unprecedented effort to eliminate the 400,000 deaths that result from the disease each year. While studying mosquitoes near the waters of Kenya’s Lake Victoria, the researchers unexpectedly came across a protective fungus called ‘Microsporidia MB,’ which was already in the bodies of the insects.POPULAR: Researchers Develop Hospital Robot That Uses UV Light to Kill Viruses, Bacteria, and GermsNow, their goal is to disseminate the microbe in at least 40% of mosquitoes in malaria-infected regions.Two main methods are being considered: the mass release of spores of the microbe in areas where many mosquitoes live, or implanting the microbe in male mosquitoes (who don’t bite) in the lab, who would then spread it to female mosquitoes, who spread the disease through their bites.Equally important is the fact that neither of these approaches would kill the mosquitoes, thus preserving the delicate balance between ecosystems and food chains.RELATED: Mexican Students Devise Natural Mosquito Repellent to Avert Zika VirusTheir promising lab research was published in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature, where they wrote “These findings are significant in terms of regional malaria transmission and epidemiology as well as risk-mapping.”Such a program would be the biggest leap forward in the effort to eradicate malaria since infections had dropped by 40% leading up to 2014 due to mass mosquito net distribution by UNICEF and their partners such as the Global Fund.– Photo by Dean Calma / IAEA, CC licenseSHARE the Breakthrough With Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgMaryam placed first out of more than 5,600 other applicants from 124 countries.RELATED: New Mexico Girl Wins $250,000 Top Prize in Teen Science Fair For Inventing Tool That Could Prevent Starvation in AfricaShe won a $250,000 Post-secondary scholarship, a $50,000 prize for her science teacher, and a $100,000 science lab for her school.(WATCH Maryam’s brilliantly simple explainer in the video below.)SHARE News of This Inspiring Teen With Friends on Social Media… 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 MoreAddThisMoreA Canadian teenager just took first place in a global science competition for her brilliant explanation of quantum tunneling.Breakthrough Junior Challenge/YouTubeMaryam Tsegaye lives in Fort McMurray—a city that hit headlines for devastating reasons in 2016, when 88,000 people were forced from their homes due to wildfire.Now, thanks to her ability to explain tricky quantum physics theory with ease, this 17-year-old has taken top prize at the sixth annual international Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The challenge is a science video competition where young people showcase their knowledge of scientific principles in various fields.In a three-minute explainer, Maryam likened the behavior of electrons to how her brother cheats while playing games online:“So I was watching my brother play this video game and he used a cheat code that let his character do a walk-through-walls hack,” she says in the video. “He pushed himself against a barrier in the game, hit some buttons and boom, his character appeared on the other side,” she says in her video.“Imagine if you could walk through walls in real life—and it turns out you can, at a quantum level.”Alberta politician Rachel Notley spoke for many when she tweeted her congratulations to the teen.last_img read more