today's "feel good" story


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Jan 23, 2004
'But Who Are They?'

My husband gave my 6 year old son a $10 bill. This $10 bill went with my son everywhere, from one pair of jeans to another, one hoodie to the other. My son would even sleep soundly with the $10 bill under his head. You see, he was holding out to buy something special. One day my son and I go to the local grocery store where a man was singing carols and ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.

My son asks me "what is he doing?"

I told my son "he's singing to get our attention in hopes of collecting money for the poor or for children who don't have toys."

I proceeded to keep walking but my son wasn't next to me. I turned around to see his little hand digging in his pocket, pulling out his $10 bill. He slides the bill into the slot, says Merry Christmas and walks over to me.

I said "you made mommy very happy."

He told me "I heard a voice say go, give him the money." Then he says "I heard another voice say "no, keep the money, you want a toy."

I told my son "you listened to the right voice…… He looks up at me with his hands in the air and asks "but who are they"

I laughed and said "they're you." how do you feel to know you helped out someone out there he said I never felt better.

We all have two voices which one will you listen too



May 5, 2004
The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery was unable to locate any family members to attend services for a Vietnam Air Force veteran named Joseph Walker — so staff members charged with organizing his funeral made a public plea for attendance.

“We do not leave veterans behind,” they said.

We have the distinct honor to provide a full military burial for unaccompanied United States Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker on MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. If you have the opportunity, please come out and attend. We do NOT leave Veterans behind ??

Local reporters helped to raise awareness — and quickly caught the attention of some nationally-known figures as well. All of them had one simple goal: don’t let this veteran be buried alone.

Texas did not disappoint. Pictures poured in on Monday from people who attended Walker’s funeral, showing long lines of cars and crowds waiting to pay their respects to a hero.

Killeen, Texas: A line of cars stretching for miles to attend the funeral of an Air Force Veteran with no family ... after fears he would be buried with no one attending.

Thank you to the Wind Therapy Freedom Riders that have gathered to ride to #AirForce #Veteran Joseph Walker’s funeral this morning. Mr. Walker was expected to be buried without family or friends present, but the community has stepped up and will be with him as he’s laid to rest.

Incredible turnout at @usairforce veteran Joseph Walker’s funeral this morning in Killeen.

Central Texas is awesome.

Walker, who served in the Air Force from 1964-1968, including service in Vietnam, was buried with full military honors on Monday. By all accounts, his service was very well attended.

God bless Texas ♥


May 5, 2004
Crazy coincidence or divine intervention?

Two Florida teenagers who became stranded at sea were rescued by a man traveling to New Jersey, and the name of his boat has them saying their savior must have been heaven-sent — literally.

Longtime best friends Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17-year-old soccer players at Christ's Church Academy, decided to skip class on April 18 and go swimming at Vilano Beach near St. Augustine, WJAX reports.

The high school seniors drifted from the shore and eventually lost track of their location, leaving them stranded and exhausted more than two miles off the coastline for two hours.

Fearing they may not survive, the terrified students told the station they began to pray.

"I cried out, 'If you really do have a plan for us, like, come on. Just bring something,'" Smith recalled.

Just in the nick of time, Captain Eric Wagner and his crew, who were en route from Delray Beach to New Jersey at the time, noticed the struggling teens and sailed over to rescue them — on their boat named "The Amen."

"Over all the wind, waves, and engines, we thought we heard a desperate scream," Wagner told WJAX. "Exhausted and near the end, the boy told me he called out for God's help. Then we showed up."

"I told them the name of the vessel, that's when they started to cry," he continued. "The young couple was gracious and grateful to us and to God. It was the latter all along."

The crew proceeded to help the teens — and their renewed sense of faith — on board and brought them safely back to shore.

"There’s no other reason, no other explanation in the world other than God," Smith asserted.

In a statement to Fox News, Christ's Church Academy expressed gratitude for the students' safe returns.

"The staff, students and families of Christ’s Church Academy are incredibly grateful for God‘s protection over Heather and Tyler," said Jeanie Collins, the school's director of marketing and development. "Thank you to Mr. Eric Wagner, captain of the 'Amen' vessel that rescued our students, for your action and compassion!"


Super Moderator
Jan 7, 2009
Posted on facebook in 2015 (Part 1)

Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant named Nazim on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .

All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta's main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination."

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland.

He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately -- no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.

We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander .. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that's nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM .... that's 11:00 AM EST.

There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the US.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason."

Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the US. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.

The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane.

In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were US commercial jets.

Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC.

People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.

Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm.

We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.

We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.

Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing.

And they were true to their word.

Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.

About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander!

We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the US airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.

We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.

Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the "plane people." We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days.

What we found out was incredible.....


Super Moderator
Jan 7, 2009
(Part 2)

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers.

Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer theirtime to take care of the "guests."

Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged.

Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.

Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility.There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered "Excursion" trips.
Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests.

Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.

Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft.

In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.

Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about thewhereabouts of each and every passenger and knew
which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said "of course" and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days.
He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers.

He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

"He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte.

He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

"The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.

As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

"I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.

It reminds me how much good there is in the world."

In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today's world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.


May 5, 2004

A Tennesee teacher went viral after posting about a hungry student earlier this month, and now her kindness is spreading far beyond one classroom.
Brooke Goins, a teacher at Jacksboro Elementary School, took to Facebook to share a story about a jarring question she recently received from a student.

"He asked when the lady that puts food in his backpack was coming," Goins wrote. "It caught me off guard, because it is our guidance counselor and I wasn’t sure what he needed. I told him I wasn’t sure about this week since it is a short week. He told me he was out of it at home and needed more."

The teacher realized her student often relied on food distributed by the school's counselor, but that this week, those supplies had run out. It was an incident that immediately left her feeling emotional.

"I lost it, I cried in front of 20 little people. No kid should ever be hungry, ever," her post read.

Goins knew she had to do something, so she texted a group of her fellow teachers, who decided to pool their money together and go shopping for the child, buying soup, applesauce and SpaghettiOs.

"I did not write this for anyone to get praise, nobody did it for the praise," Goins wrote. "I want people to know that teachers are humans, we love your kids and want the very best for them."

The Facebook post has now been shared more than 18,000 times, but Goins' story has now spread far beyond social media. The teacher updated her post a few days later to announce that her school is starting a food pantry to help other students in need.

"Students will be able to get food whenever needed! If you would like to help, we are accepting food donations as well as hygiene products," Goins wrote.

Anyone who would like to donate can send supplies to 164 Jacksboro Elementary School Road, Jacksboro, TN 37757, using FOOD PANTRY as the package description. As for the original student, Goins assured Facebook users that he won't have to worry about going hungry any time soon.
"Our principal also made sure to let me know that if he needed anything from the snack closet at school, that I could go in and grab it for him! I work at an amazing school with awesome people who truly love what they do!" she wrote.


May 5, 2004
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been attacked and mocked before by his political opponents for being in a wheelchair, so it’s no surprise he had the perfect response this week when someone suggested his disability was caused by God.
Abbott, 62, was left paralyzed from the waist down after a 1984 freak accident involving an oak tree falling on him during a jog in Houston. He has used a wheelchair ever since.

On Friday, he tweeted an inspirational video of a young man in a wheelchair climbing up an indoor wall with the caption: “Never quit. Never give up. Overcome any challenge.”

One person replied: “So great to see but if I ever end up in a wheelchair I’m just ending it.”

Abbott responded by reflecting on his own experiences: “That’s what I thought before I ended up in a wheelchair. I’ve done more AFTER the accident that left me paralyzed than before that accident. With God all things are possible.”

But then someone tweeted back to the governor: “God put you in a wheelchair Greg.”

Not one to shy away from his Christian faith — or an argument — Abbott explained: “God didn’t cause the accident that left me paralyzed, but He did help me persevere over that enormous challenge.”

He added: “I’m a testament that the glory of God is revealed by a young man’s back being broken in half and still rising up to be Governor of Texas. With God all is possible.”

When he ran for governor in 2014, his opponent, Wendy Davis, launched a political ad using his wheelchair and citing the multi-million dollar settlement he made in 1986 suing the homeowner and tree service company that inspected the tree before it fell on him.

In September a Democratic judge in Texas apologized after joking Abbott “hates trees because one fell on him,” while discussing overriding local ordinances at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

that's my governor! ♥


May 5, 2004
A mail carrier answered a letter from Santa that asked for “food and clothing” and brightened one family’s Christmas.
Melissa Stinsman, a mail carrier for the Bloomsburg Post Office in Pennsylvania, delights in answering children’s letters to Santa Claus, which her station collects in a special mailbox. During the holiday season after her work shift, Stinsman voluntarily spends four hours a night answering the letters from her home, a.k.a., the “North Pole.”

“I usually tell the kids to keep up their grades and to listen to their parents,” Stinsman, 26, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “One asked for a science kit so I told him that one day, he could become a scientist. “

But a letter that Stinsman received on Monday, broke her heart. Among the typical requests — Roblox toys, Legos — were “Food for family” and “Clothing for family.” The 9-year-old child had written, “Dear Santa, I am going to star the top three items I really want.” Both necessities, including a trampoline, were marked.

Also in the envelope were two other letters. One from the same boy read, “Dear Santa, last year you didn’t notice me, so I hope this year you notice me, and this year I will be good. I pinkie promise...” Another was a list from his 5-year-old brother.

“When I read the letter, I cried,” Stinsman tells Yahoo Lifestyle. She wanted to help, but the letter had no return address. However, the child had provided his full name, so Stinsman asked around, and finally, another mail carrier recognized the last name from the route.

On Tuesday, Stinsman hesitantly knocked on the family’s door. “I said, ‘Hi, this sounds weird but I work for the post office and I got your son’s letter. I’d like to help you guys this year,’” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The mom said, ‘Is this real?’”

Stinsman had planned to buy the family a $50 gift card, but instead started a money pool. Soon, the community was donating gift cards, toys, and clothing. “We raised about $500 and people dropped off food at the post office,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

She will deliver gift cards to a local grocery store early enough to allow the family time to prepare a Christmas dinner. The rest of the packages will be brought over on Christmas Eve. “I hope the kids will be distracted when I come,” says Stinsman. “I want them to believe they came from Santa.”


May 5, 2004

An 18-month-old girl from Beaufort, South Carolina named Kenley has been reunited with her doll after losing it. What makes it all the more special is this doll is a "daddy doll," and plays a recorded message from her father, who is deployed with the United States Marine Corps.

Bradley International Airport in Connecticut shared a post from Kenley's mother Friday morning, saying Kenley brings the doll everywhere she goes -- but the doll seemed to get lost somewhere between airports in Hartford, Connecticut, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Later that day, Delta Air Lines stepped in: they found the doll. Delta shared a picture of the doll safely buckled in on an airplane, ready to be reunited with Kenley.

A representative with Delta said after they became aware of the missing doll, they reached out to people across the company all over the country to help track the doll down.

Along with Kenley's doll, they flew a few gifts from Delta -- including a plush Delta plane.

Arielle Britton, Kenley's mom, said when she first made the post on Facebook, she was just hoping family and friends would share it.

"This is so much crazier than I ever thought was possible," Britton said.

Britton said the response on social media was unpredictable.

"This is so much crazier than I ever thought was possible," she said.

One woman messaged her within two hours of the post, saying she made little Kenley a second "daddy doll" to take when they travel.

"He’s missed you, but don’t worry," A tweet from Delta said, in part. "We’re bringing him home."

Saturday afternoon, Kenley and her doll reunited at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia.

Kenley wasn't quite sure what was going on when Delta brought her back her doll, Britton said, but that night she was happy to have her doll back home -- and to hear her dad's voice once again.

WCNC/Emma Korynta