I’ll Take the Good News First, Please

AngelicView: Oh, and there isn’t any bad news. Not here. Check out these three good news stories 🙂

 

Boy Uses Money Saved for PS4 to Buy Smoke Detectors

From KTLA 5

A 9-year-old boy in Texas had been saving his money for months to buy a PlayStation 4, but then Hector Montoya saw something that changed his priorities, according to KTVT.

It turned out, their home didn’t have a smoke detector.Montoya almost had enough money to buy his dream toy, when he saw a sad story on the news about a mother and daughter who died in a house fire, the television station reported.

“It really hurts my heart to see people die in fires,” Montoya said.

So, the Grand Prairie boy took all of the money he’d saved and bought almost a hundred smoke detectors, the station reported.

According to KTVT, the local fire department helped Montoya install the devices in the homes of seniors and others in need.

Word of the boy’s generosity inspired others to donate to the cause.

Click here if you would like to contribute to “Hectors Detectors.”

The Man Who Left Hollywood to Save Children Rooting in Cambodia’s Garbage Dumps

From Daily Good

Scott Neeson’s final epiphany came one day in June 2004. The high-powered Hollywood executive stood, ankle deep in trash, at the sprawling landfill of Stung Meanchey, a poor shantytown in Cambodia‘s capital.

Scott Neeson, a former head of 20th Century Fox International, cares for more than 1,000 Cambodian children and their families.

In a haze of toxic fumes and burning waste, swarms of Phnom Penh’s most destitute were rooting through refuse, jostling for scraps of recyclables in newly dumped loads of rubbish. They earned 4,000 riel ($1) a day – if they were lucky.

Many of the garbage sorters were young children. Covered in filthy rags, they were scruffy, sickly, and sad.

Clasped to Mr. Neeson’s ear was his cellphone. Calling the movie mogul from a US airport, a Hollywood superstar’s agent was complaining bitterly about inadequate in-flight entertainment on a private jet that Sony Pictures Entertainment, where Neeson was head of overseas theatrical releases, had provided for his client.

Neeson overheard the actor griping in the background. ” ‘My life wasn’t meant to be this difficult.’ Those were his exact words,” Neeson says. “I was standing there in that humid, stinking garbage dump with children sick with typhoid, and this guy was refusing to get on a Gulfstream IV because he couldn’t find a specific item onboard,” he recalls. “If I ever wanted validation I was doing the right thing, this was it.”

Doing the right thing meant turning his back on a successful career in the movie business, with his $1 million salary. Instead, he would dedicate himself full time to a new mission: to save hundreds of the poorest children in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Much to everyone’s surprise, within months the Australian native, who as president of 20th Century Fox International had overseen the global success of block-busters like “Titanic,” “Braveheart,” and “Die Another Day,” quit Hollywood. He sold his mansion in Los Angeles and held a garage sale for “all the useless stuff I owned.” He sold off his Porsche and yacht, too.

His sole focus would now be his charity, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, which he had set up the previous year after coming face to face, while on vacation in Cambodia, with children living at the garbage dump.

“The perks in Hollywood were good – limos, private jets, gorgeous girlfriends, going to the Academy Awards,” says Neeson, an affable man with careworn features and a toothy smile. “But it’s not about what lifestyle I’d enjoy more when I can make life better for hundreds of children.”

He sits at his desk barefoot, Cambodian-style, in white canvas pants and a T-shirt. At times he even sounds like a Buddhist monk. “You’ve got to take the ego out of it,” he says. “One person’s self-indulgence versus the needs of hundreds of children, that’s the moral equation.”

 

Man Lets Elderly Woman Sit on Him in Kind Act of Chair-ity

From Huffington Post

One company went above and beyond (or, more like below and beyond) to help out a woman in need.

The College Hunks moving company, based out of Tampa, Fla., gained some attention over the weekend for the kind action of one of its employees.

It all started when an elderly woman became stuck in an elevator with the moving team.

The woman told her elevator companions that she was unable to stand for long periods of time, so College Hunks employee Cesar Larios sprang into action and became a human chair for the woman to rest on while they waited for the elevator problems to be fixed, Nick Friedman, co-founder and president of the moving company, told The Huffington Post in an email.

college hunks hauling junk

“The response to the picture is mind blowing. Thousands of people are sharing it and posting it on social media,” Friedman told HuffPost. “I think what’s great about it is that it’s a genuine moment caught on camera. A lot of people say the younger generation has lost certain values. But one small picture shows that chivalry and hard work are still very much alive in our youth.”



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