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“Love is the fruit of sacrifice.
Wealth is the fruit of generosity.”

                        -- Anonymous

Hello! This week's stories offer examples of great love and generosity. A team of handlers and eight fluffy Golden Retrievers offer comfort to the community and survivors in Uvalde, Texas. A fifteen year-old girl makes history as the first female skater drafted by the Canadian Hockey League. And a community-driven project is restoring coral reefs in Belize after 2001 Hurricane Iris. May our hearts open to all the good in our world! Wishing you a week filled with love and generosity.

COMMUNITY

An Army Of Volunteers, And Eight Golden Retrievers, Help Uvalde Grieve And Heal

An Army Of Volunteers, And Eight Golden Retrievers, Help Uvalde Grieve And Heal

CNN

Robb Elementary School is just a mile from his restaurant, and after 19 children and two teachers were killed there, Carlos Hernandez couldn't fire up his grill at first. But within hours, he gave more than 60 family-sized platters of fried fish, mac and cheese, and other Texas favorites to bereaved families, holding, grieving, and listening as neighbors cried, ate and then cried again. As he has done before, Patrick Johnson drove more than seven hours to give toys to children, restocking at Walmart each time he ran out. El Progreso Memorial Library offered books and other resources on grief and mourning, hope, inspiration and guidance, and established the Los Angelitos de Robb Memorial Book Fund to fund programs to help families heal, and donations are pouring in from across the US. In the town square, eight golden retrievers with vests reading 'please pet me' offer emotional support. "After traumatic events people don't want to deal with people, sometimes they just want that thing that they can touch, talk to without being judged," says Bonnie Fear of Lutheran Church Charities. Read Full Story.

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ARTS

Music At Reopened Kyiv Opera Replaces Noise Of Russian Artillery

Music At Reopened Kyiv Opera Replaces Noise Of Russian Artillery

Gabriel Varaljay | Unsplash

In a city that, over the past three months, became used to wailing air-raid sirens and thuds of artillery from the suburbs, people were instead treated to the frothy melodies of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville." The reopening of the Kyiv Opera marked the first performance since the missiles and shells of Vladimir Putin's invasion interrupted the opera season and everything else in Ukraine in the early hours of February 24. The audience was a mix of couples enjoying their first opportunity in weeks to wear their most elegant outfits. Soldiers in military fatigues took a break from their army service for some high culture. The audience was smaller than normal to ensure an evacuation could take place quickly if needed. "I can't say opera is my usual entertainment, but it is an incredible feeling to hear this music and to be in a different world for a little while, before coming back to our reality," said Volodymyr, a soldier. Read Full Story.

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SPORTS

Teen Makes History As Being The First Female Draft In Canadian Hockey League

Teen Makes History As Being The First Female Draft In Canadian Hockey League

Justine Boulin | CBC

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Primerano, who has been on skates since she was three, has made history as being the first female skater ever drafted in the Canadian Hockey League. Primerano was drafted 268th overall in the 13th round of the 2022 Western Hockey League. The WHL, along with the Ontario and Quebec Junior Leagues, make up the Canadian Hockey LeagueCanada's highest level of junior hockey. While there have been appearances by female goaltenders in the league, Primerano is the only female skater to be drafted onto a team. She played last season with the Burnaby Winter Club's under-15 program, notching 2 goals and 17 assists. Hockey director Richard Matvichuk calls the club a "little hockey factory" where young players focus on fundamentals, with the goal of playing in the big leagues. Primerano joined the club's hockey academy two years ago. Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

Americans Are Stepping Off The 'Hamster Wheel' And Redefining What Success Looks Like

Americans Are Stepping Off The 'Hamster Wheel' And Redefining What Success Looks Like

Greg Rakozy | Unsplash

After two years of a life-altering pandemic, Americans are reevaluating their priorities when it comes to work and how it impacts their overall life satisfaction. Nearly two-thirds of Americans said their idea of a happy life shifted during the pandemic. The shift among younger workers was even more dramatic: 74% of millennials and 68% of Gen Z are reassessing their lives and goals. "There's a great reassessment happening," said Libby Rodney, chief strategy officers at The Harris Poll." There's this kind of "awakening" that Americans are having now where they're realizing that making money is no longer the most important thing for them she said. "We started to see a [new] set of expectations about how people want to work, and how they're willing to work now. It's really shifting the way that we think about energy, our personal wellbeing -- and managing that energy over money," Rodney said. Read Full Story.

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PLANET

How A Community Restored The Hurricane-Devastated Belize Barrier Reef

How A Community Restored The Hurricane-Devastated Belize Barrier Reef

Matteo Vella | Unsplash

In 2001, Hurricane Iris ravaged most of Belize's coral reefs. Now, a community-driven project is showing how to restore them. In the village of Placencia, guides, fishers, divers, and snorkelers were trained to nurse the coral back to life. Coral coverage has grown from 6% to 60%, making Placencia one of the world's most successful and long-standing coral regeneration sites. The decade-long project, coordinated by the nonprofit Fragments of Hope, rests on the fact that many coral species reproduce asexually and new colonies can be created by transplanting coral cuttings. Fragments of Hope is now expanding the model to other parts of Belize. Stretching for 190 miles, the reef is home to hundreds of species of marine life, including endangered corals, jellyfish, and turtles. The region contributes about 15% to the country's GDP through employing over 200,000 people in the tourism and fishing industries. Read Full Story.

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