Yes, I know today is Sunday, but I have something different for tomorrow and wanted to still share some good news with you.
You would think because I was off a week I would have a large list of news for you today. Not the case, I have been drowning in bad news for days now. Here’s the good news stories I found for this week, please add your good news to the list in the comments.
1. Have you seen the push to get you to buy during the summer months by advertising sales calling it “Christmas in July”? This has been going on for a few years now to fill that gap in sales before the back to school sales start off the largest profits of the year that doesn’t end until December with Christmas. One local business decided to take this marketing gimmick and turn it on its head. The local Christmas in July here involves free entertainment. The local golf course offered a special party where children could golf for free with a paid adult pass (the only cost and you could participate without golfing), there was free frozen hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. a coloring contest and Christmas music the event was free if you brought a canned food item for the food pantry. Other businesses joined in by having complementary buffets with Santa in attendance and more.
2. A feel good story caught my attention in the local area. A local a no-kill shelter has been run by a group of individuals for many years and had no facility for people to come and see pets up for adoption. It used a tight group of foster homes to put up the pets until placed in new homes. A facility was only a dream until recently. An elderly woman adopted a pet from this organization approximately ten years ago. She recently passed away and left her entire estate to the no-kill shelter shocking all involved. Today the facility is operated out of what had been this woman’s home allowing the animals to freely move around and those who visit hoping to adopt a cat or dog can see how the animal responds in a home environment. Not only are the animals free to wander the house, there is enough property to allow them to play with volunteers outside during business hours.
3. We’ve talked about tiny homes before and the reasons people choose to live in very small spaces, but until now I hadn’t heard of one making the move because of love. See why this grandmother moved into her backyard 8 by 10 shed.
4. Treehugger gets my vote for bringing me the most uplifting stories of the week. In a time when corporations are hell bent on only a profit margin, one company finds a way to reduce their environmental impact in it’s daily operations. To reduce their impact on a daily basis could have resulted in tons of materials ending up in the landfill, but for this company landfilling these materials was out of the question. It was a time-consuming process but they found new uses, see what they are here.
5. Baltimore, Maryland has combined solar with water. This solar powered water wheel can clean the harbor of 50,000 pounds of trash. If we aren’t going to change our ways and stop littering, a solar powered water wheel is the next best way of keeping the waterways debris free. Now I want to know how long before we can start using them in more lakes and rivers.