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"Money is but one venue for generosity. Kindness is an even more valuable currency." --Alan Cohen

Our hearts are fed when we care for others -- and from that comes joy! At 96, George Litton, sings with joy, to nursing home residents in Canada. In Italy, US soldiers return a birthday cake that was taken 77 years earlier from a 13 year-old. And in Spain, on his 12th birthday, Jorge, handicapped and wheelchair-bound for most of his life, walks with the aid of an exoskeleton. He is able to play upright, for the first time, with his friends. We face many challenges in our world these days and yet, there is great strength available through small acts of caring. May your heart be fed this day, as you read these stories of kindness and generosity!

And we look forward to embarking on a 7-Day Compassion Challenge with many of you this weekend!

ELDERS

96-year-old Has Been Singing To Hospital Patients For 30 Years

96-year-old Has Been Singing To Hospital Patients For 30 Years

Blair McKay

George Linton, now 96, has been singing for in Toronto hospitals for the last three decades. Last month, the Governor General gave him an award to recognize his work. Linton started playing for people in nursing homes and hospitals with his late first wife, Peggy, while he was still a Globe and Mail reporter. The gig became full time after he retired. "Not only is he a wonderful musician, he has a very kind and gentle manner with people," said Susan Bertoldi, a volunteer services employee at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Linton says he hopes his award inspires others to use their talents to spread joy. "If you can find something you not only like doing, but other people are going to enjoy," he says, "why not keep at it if you can?" Read Full Story.

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SPORTS

Toronto Blue Jays Fan Catches Home-Run Ball And Gives It To Young Yankees Fan

Toronto Blue Jays Fan Catches Home-Run Ball And Gives It To Young Yankees Fan

MLB/Sportsnet

It's a moment that 9-year-old Yankees fan Derek Rodriguez will probably never forget. While attending a Blue Jays vs. Yankees ball game with his dad, Derek met Mike Lanzillota, who promised him, "One way or another, we're getting you a ball." Before the game was over, Lanzillota, an avid Blue Jays fan, had caught the home-run ball off the bat of Yankee Aaron Judge, Derek's favorite player. Without thinking twice, he handed it to Derek, who burst into tears and hugged him. Lanzillota told him, "When you're my age, you're going to have a chance to do this for some kid as well. So you promise me that." The story went viral, and Lanzillota has been amazed at its impact on people: "I'm hearing, 'Proud to be Canadian' and 'We need more kindness in the world.'" Read Full Story.

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NEWS

U.S. Soldiers 'Return' Cake To Italian Woman For 90th Birthday

U.S. Soldiers 'Return' Cake To Italian Woman For 90th Birthday

With a round of "Happy Birthday" in Italian and English, the U.S. Army toasted an Italian woman with a birthday cake to replace one that soldiers had eaten as they entered her hometown in World War II. Meri Mion, who turns 90 this week, wiped away tears as she was presented with the cake during a ceremony in Vicenza, northwest of Venice. The event marked the anniversary of the day the 88th Infantry Division fought its way into the city on April 28, 1945. Mion seemed genuinely surprised that U.S. soldiers returned her birthday cake 77 years later. She turned 13 the time soldiers gobbled it up.She marveled "Mama mia" and "Grazie" as a small crowd of U.S. commanders and Italian officials sang Happy Birthday. "Tomorrow, we will eat that dessert, with my family all remembering this wonderful day that I will never forget," Mion said. Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

Three-legged Dog With Cancer Saves Baby Otter In Minnesota River

Three-legged Dog With Cancer Saves Baby Otter In Minnesota River

S. Hermann & F. Richter | Pixabay

Gus, a six-year-old Goldendoodle, had one of his back legs amputated earlier this year because of tumors. After surgery and chemotherapy,Gus' owner, Cleo Young, feared he was "not going to be able run like he used to."Apparently, there was nothing to fear: he saw him rescue a drowning baby otter from the near-freezing St. Croix River in Lakeland, Minnesota. "He came to shore and he had something in his mouth, and it turned out to be a very tiny otter," Young said. The family took the otter to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, and then sent it to another facility for more intense treatment. Read Full Story.

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TECHNOLOGY

Madrid 12 Year-old With Cerebral Palsy Walks, Thanks To Technology

Madrid 12 Year-old With Cerebral Palsy Walks, Thanks To Technology

Pablo García | The Guardian

On his twelfth birthday, surrounded by friends and teachers, and Spain's prime minister, Jorge Alejo fulfilled the biggest ambition of his life so far by standing up, walking over to his classmates, and playing with them. Jorge has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but a state-of-the-art exoskeleton has changed his life. Marsi Bionics, the company that designed the new technology, says its uniqueness lies in the elastic technology that adapts to the user's body. Jorge's mother, Eva Muoz-Torrero, says it's not right that the exoskeleton "should only be available to families who can arrange crowdfunding and a massive investment." Still, she is overjoyed. "[Jorge] wanted to have his friends at his side as he stood up and walked. And he's fulfilled that dream." Read Full Story.

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