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"The power of love is the most potent healing force available to all human beings." -Angeles Arrien

Kindness and compassion are alive and well in our world. Included in this week’s stories: student debts are paid off, strangers rush to help an unconscious driver, and hundreds of newborns receive much needed knitted hats. There are many good people doing many good works. Wishing you well!

EVERYDAY HEROES

Strangers Jump In To Save Unconscious Driver In Traffic

Strangers Jump In To Save Unconscious Driver In Traffic

Recently in Boynton Beach, Florida, US, strangers came together in a dangerous situation to take life-saving action. A car was drifting across lanes of traffic and through a busy intersection when another driver, Jeanette Rivera, recognized her coworker at the wheel of the vehicle in question. While stopped at a light, Rivera jumped out of her car and chased down her coworker's car as it slowly drifted through the intersection, the driver slumped over the steering wheel. Five other good Samaritans came out, helped get the car stopped, and broke into the car to check on the status of the driver, Laurie Rabor. Rabor, who has passed out from a combination of taking high blood pressure medicine and fasting for a medical procedure, was incredibly grateful for the selfless actions of strangers that that likely saved her life. Read Full Story.

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SPORTS

German Fans Root For Peace In Friendly Match With Ukraine

German Fans Root For Peace In Friendly Match With Ukraine

Michal Jarmoluk | Pixabay

Fans of German soccer club Borussia Mnchengladbach do not usually hope their team will lose. But they cheered as the Ukraine men's national squad, 2-1, won a friendly game that benefitted Ukrainian humanitarian causes. They chanted Ukrainian songs, had yellow-and-blue flags painted on their cheeks, and held up "Stop The War" signs. Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Petrakov said the game showed that life returns, even as the war grinds on. "The Ukrainian team is an emblem of the nation," said Ukrainian refugee Vitaliy Ogorodnik, 37, who fled the southern city of Kherson, now occupied by Russia. His 11-year-old son waved a Ukrainian flag with "Kherson is Ukraine" written on it. "Ukraine must win in football, and it must win the war," Ogorodnik said. The German fans agreed. "Today, I celebrate every goal, no matter which team," said longtime German fan Stefan Kupper. "I'm rooting for peace today." Read Full Story.

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SCHOOLS

Snapchat Co-founder Pays Off College Debt Of New Art School Graduates

Snapchat Co-founder Pays Off College Debt Of New Art School Graduates

Otis College of Art and Design

The founder of Snapchat and his wife have paid off the entire student debt of 284 graduates at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, who once took summer classes at the college, and his wife, Australian model Miranda Kerr, received honorary doctorates at the commencement ceremony. The donation, the largest single gift in the college's history, is worth about $10 million. Otis president Charles Hirschhorn said, "We want to empower your imagination, your creativity, and innovation." Spiegel, 31, became the world's youngest billionaire in 2015 with the creation of the popular instant messaging app, along with his former Stanford University classmates, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. Kerr, a highly successful model, founded the award-winning beauty company, Kora. Their Spiegel Family Fund helps fund the arts, education, housing and human rights causes in Los Angeles. Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

Greek Family Saved Them From Nazis. Now, They Found How To Thank Them.

Greek Family Saved Them From Nazis. Now, They Found How To Thank Them.

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Nearly 60,000 Greek Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. The Velelli family was among those spared,thanks to Elias Michalos, a non-Jewish man. Nine Velelli family members hid from the Nazis for over a year in the Michalos family's cottage, in a tiny mountain village. After both families moved to Baltimore, the Velellis tried to pay Elias Michalos for all he had done, but he always turned it down. Finally, almost 80 years later, the Velellis grabbed an opportunity to help: they pooled their funds to help Vasilios Kanaras, Michalos's grandson, open a new restaurant after he lost his former restaurant due to the pandemic. "We wanted to give back," said Velelli Becker's daughter, Yvonne Fishbein. If her parents were still alive, said Angela Kanaras, daughter of the late Elias Michalos, they "would have been very proud" of the families' continuing support of one another. Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

An Act Of Kindness Blossoms Into Hundreds Of Knitted Caps For Newborns

An Act Of Kindness Blossoms Into Hundreds Of Knitted Caps For Newborns

Horizon Health Network

When Gayle Steeves was handed $20 by a stranger in the grocery store for a small kindness she bestowed, she decided to use the cash to meet a need in her community. She knew that Moncton Hospital in her Canadian province of New Brunswick was experiencing a shortage of newborn knitted caps, so she bought some yarn and began knitting. As the story spread, so did the number of donors and knitters. Soon, she had hundreds of caps to bring to the hospital. She knew that these caps served a vital function: keeping a newborn's body heat stable, particularly crucial during its first 24 to 48 hours. "We were bombarded with hats, it was great," said Kelly Terris, who works in the maternal newborn unit. "Our supply is good now." For Terris, it was a heartwarming reminder about the power of community, and how good people will always come together for a good cause. Read Full Story.

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