Derrick Coleman Makes Deaf Twins’ Dream Come True

Here we go again!!  Since Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, we wanted to end the week with a news item tied to the Super Bowl.  And the one that got us the most was one about Derrick Coleman again (thank you to Phyllis C. for finding this for us).  I know we did one about him to start this week (the Duracell commercial).  I also know that today’s video post is also a bit of a plug for Duracell.  Now, before I go any farther, I want you to know that I am NOT trying to promote Duracell or the Seattle Seahawks.  But, I AM a fan of good news….and I am SURE that, after you see today’s video with Derrick Coleman, you will agree that this is REALLY good news!!  WARNING….”Kleenex Alert”.  I think this will get some of you (I’m not saying all of you, but some of you will get touched by it……go ahead and let me know if it gets you).  There are two 9 year old twin girls who are hearing impaired (Coleman, a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, is the first legally deaf player in the NFL) who are HUGE Derrick Coleman fans. They wrote him a letter, telling him how much they love him and encouraging him to do great.  Their dad posted their letter on the internet.  A film crew interviewed the girls (while they were both wearing their Derrick Coleman jerseys, of course) and asked them what they would do if they ever got to meet their hero, Coleman.  While they are giggling and saying what they would do, in walks Derrick Coleman, bigger than life.  They aren’t even sure it is really him.  But, then, after he ensures them that it really is him, Coleman has one more special surprise for the twin girls.  Cheer for whichever team you want in the Super Bowl.  That doesn’t matter to me.  But, please WATCH this video.  I know you are going to LOVE it!!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Derrick Coleman makes deaf twin dream come true

7 Year Old Calls 911 And Saves Family

Thank heavens for 911…and for a cool headed 7 year old!!  Today’s ALGN post is the recording of a 911 call that actually happened a couple of years back, but I came across it just today and it really is a great story for A Little Good News.  Three men, all armed with handguns, entered the home of a family through an unlocked door one morning.  They held the parents at bay with guns and said that they were going to take whatever they wanted.  But, what the intruders did not know was that Carlos, the 7 year old son of the parents, was there, too.  When Carlos saw what was going on, he quickly and quietly grabbed his little sister  and a home phone and locked themselves inside a bathroom in the house and began calling 911.  When the 911 dispatcher answered, he emotionally told her that some men were going to kill his mom and dad and that they needed to send police (and “soldiers”) right away.  Fortunately for Carlos, the 911 dispatcher was a mother of two and she was great with him, working to get help right away and trying to keep him calm and quiet.  The armed intruders DID hear him on the phone with 911, though (as scared as he was, I don’t blame him for being loud in asking for help), and broke down the bathroom door.   You actually hear that happen on the 911 recording and you can hear Carlos and his little sister screaming.  But, this story has a happy ending.  When the bad guys got inside the bathroom, they figured out that Carlos had been on the phone with 911 and they quickly left the home without taking anything or harming anyone.  So, in fact, little 7 year old Carlos truly SAVED THE DAY for his whole family with his quick thinking (of taking his little sister and a phone and locking themselves in the bathroom and calling 911).  What a SMART boy!!  WHAT A HERO!!!  Don’t you just love happy endings!!!?

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

7 year old calls 911 and saves family

High Schoolers’ Votes Will Amaze You!!

High School can be a very difficult time for many young men and women.  Some people say it was the hardest time in their life.  Generally speaking, when they do speak this way, it is not so much the academic challenges that they remember as being the hardest part of their high school years, but the social challenges (bullying, teasing, emotional harassment, etc.).  Today’s post for A Little Good News is about a group of high schoolers (the majority of the student body of the whole high school, in fact) who showed maturity beyond their years in making their high school’s football homecoming extremely special for a young woman with disabilities at their school.  Jessica Giddens will never forget this great night.  Her fellow students voted her to be their high school’s homecoming queen.  This video is great, as it lets you hear from her, her mother and father…and a few of her fellow students.  Her mother told the news team that, even days afterwards, Jessica still hadn’t taken off her crown.  She just didn’t want to be without it.  I want to thank Aubrey D. for sending me this great video.  It is a little over one year old, but it is so great, I felt that everyone needed to see this.  When the high school students at Lakeside High School are doing something like this (and feeling the way that they are about it — instead of the vanity and fragile egos that haunts many high school campuses), it gives me INCREDIBLE hope for our future!!  GO, LAKESIDE!!! You just got another fan of your school!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

High Schoolers votes will amaze you

Another Great Military Homecoming Surprise

I know we did a military homecoming surprise last week, but we found this one and hope you like it, as well.  Thank you, Denise S., for finding it for us.  Today’s post for “ALittleGoodNews.com” is about Master Sergeant Joseph Martell.  He had been serving in the military in Afghanistan for quite a while.  The military allowed him to return home a month early.  Master Sergeant Martell and his wife decided to keep it a secret from their son, who was one of the captains of his high school football team in Brussels, Belgium.  I’m sure that being able to come home early from the military and just being there would have been a big enough of a surprise, but Martell decided to do it one better.  He worked it out to get a uniform of the opposing team and he stood patiently on the sidelines, watching his son play the game for three quarters.  Then, after the 3rd quarter was over, the referees called a meeting with the captains of each team at the 50 yard line to discuss Sportsmanship (or, at least, that was what all of the players thought.  However, it was just a clever disguise set up between Martell, the coaches and the referees.  Once they get to the 50 yard line, Master Sergeant Martell removes his helmet and the reaction by his son is priceless.  Just seconds before, he thought his dad was with the military in Afghanistan.  But now he sees him, standing in front of him.  The reunion is a great one.  Thank you, Master Sergeant Martell…and every other person serving in the military / armed forces to protect our country!!  And, more importantly, thank you for being a great father and for taking that role as seriously as you do.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Another military reuinion

Deaf Super Bowl Player Tells His Story

Let’s get this Super Bowl week started off right.  Today’s post is about a deaf football player for the Seattle Seahawks.  Please don’t think I am trying to steer you towards one team over the other.  Today’s post has NOTHING to do with which team I like.  As a matter of fact, I don’t even have a “dog in this fight”.  But, I am VERY impressed with stories of people overcoming adversity to achieve great things.  Today’s post is about THAT.  Derrick Coleman is a running back for the Seattle Seahawks.  Derrick is also deaf.  I apologize that today’s post is also (at the very end) a commercial, but it is too good of a story to not share.  He says that, because he was deaf, life has been difficult for him.  He got picked on, ignored, not chosen for sports teams, etc.  But, every time someone told this determined deaf young man that he “couldn’t”, that only served to drive him harder to reach that goal.  After surprising many to even make the team, he succeeded (in spite of being deaf) and became a star for his high school team  He surprised many more people by becoming very successful in College.  But, nobody thought he could make it in the NFL.  He went undrafted. But, he said that one of the good things about being deaf was that he couldn’t hear all of the negativity.  Now, this deaf young man has grown up to be a very successful football player at the highest level (the NFL).  In fact, in just six more days, he will be playing in the game that most NFL players dream of playing in and never get a chance!!  It is VERY difficult to not root for a man like this, who overcame all kinds of odds to get where he is today.  I know he can’t hear me, but after watching this video, I can’t help but say, “GO, DERRICK, GO!!!!”

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

deaf football player tells his story

Biathlete Sacrifices Olympics For Her Twin

There is something special about twins. There is a bond between twins that others will never understand.  Twins have a connection that others don’t have.  They look out for each other and care for each other.  I should know…I AM a twin.  And I love it!!  But, the sacrifice of a twin in today’s ALGN post is even more amazing than most.  It truly is an incredible story.  The video doesn’t tell the whole story that I found online (thanks to Mindy C.).  Apparently, when it was confirmed that biathlete Tracy Barnes made the Winter Olympic team, she turned to her twin sister, Lanny and smiled and winked.  Lanny assumed that this meant that her (Lanny’s) Olympic dreams were over, but that Tracy would “race for her” at the Olympics.  Lanny was already a three-time Olympian.  She knew how it works.  They don’t care that the reason she didn’t perform well enough to make the cut for the Olympics was that she was very sick.  However, her twin, Tracy, had other ideas.  Later, on a walk, Tracy told her twin (Lanny) that Tracy was going to decline her invitation that she earned for the Olympics.  By so doing, the Olympic Committee would extend its invitation to the biathlete who finished with the next highest score.  That biathlete just happened to be Tracy’s twin, Lanny.  Lanny was BLOWN away.  She really wanted to make it for a fourth time, but got very sick during the trials and the best she could do this time around was to barely  miss the cut to her twin.  But, that twin knew that Lanny wanted it (and deserved it) more than her.  So, Tracy decided that Lanny should go in her stead.  WOW…now THAT is an AMAZING twin sister!!!  Oh, and one more thing…..GO, USA WINTER OLYMPIC TEAM, GO!!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

biathelete sacrifices olympics for twin sister

Mom’s Surprise Homecoming at Son’s B-Ball Game

One of the types of videos that never gets old for me are all of these wonderful military homecoming videos.  I have seen so many of them and yet, I can’t help but get touched each time I see them.  I can even see the same homecoming video a couple of times and it will still get me even though I know what is coming.  That is the case with today’s ALGN post.  It was suggested to us by Mindy C. and Denise S.  We want to thank them both sending it our way.  I watched it when Mindy sent it to us and loved it. Then, Denise sent it to me, saying it was a wonderful, touching homecoming reunion.  I watched it again.  Now, I just watched it a third time, getting ready for this post and gosh darn it…..this silly surprise homecoming got me again.   Lt. Colonel Cotina Jenkins-Sellers had been serving in Kuwait for 8 months.  Her son, Derek, is in 8th grade and plays for the school’s basketball team.  They had a neat idea to surprise him DURING the game for her homecoming. They called a fake technical on the opposing coach and put Derek at the free throw line.  His mom walked up behind him and as he missed his second shot, she said, “That’s all right, Derek.”  He hears his mother’s voice and turns around….and his response is ELECTRIC!!  It is so genuine.  You will want to watch this a couple of times!!  But, be careful…it may make your eyes leak a bit!!  THANK YOU to those who sacrifice so much, leaving their families to go and protect us.  And thank you, too, to their families who sacrifice so much having them be gone….that is part of what makes these homecoming videos so incredibly moving!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Mom's surprise homecoming

A Businessman Sat Next to Her Daughter

I know that when we hear the word “businessman”, it doesn’t always bring out the “warm and fuzzy” feelings.  But, today’s ALGN post will, I hope.  We have had so many people send this our way that we are finally giving in and sharing it. For those who sent it in to us, please forgive us for not using your name.  There were so many that I hesitate to try to thank you all for fear of not getting to all of you.  In fact, when it was first sent to us, it was only an article online. Later, it was a local tv station. But, now, a few people have sent us the clip as it made the “America Strong” segment on ABC News.  It is a neat story about a mom and her 3 year old autistic daughter on a plane heading to Philadelphia.  As they got on the plane and sat down, the Mom (Shanell Mouland) sat down with her 3 year old daughter (Kate) and began to offer a silent prayer.  She knew that plane rides were difficult for Kate.  It was very hard for her to sit still. So Mom prayed that a loving, patient grandmother type would sit down next to them.  She endured the stares from one stonefaced businessman after another as they shuttled by, the smiles that seemed to say “take better control of your daughter” from others, etc.  But, even when the grandmother types didn’t sit down next to her, she was getting nervous.  When a businessman in a suit sat down, she was mortified. This could not end well. She pictured her daughter spilling something on him.  But, this businessman surprised her.  Although it isn’t in this video, it was in a previous one that someone else sent us.  As he started to get out his papers, Kate started calling him “Daddy” and wanting to talk to him.  Instead of getting mad, he put his work aside and played with Kate, talked to her and treated her wonderfully, even allowing her to play with his Ipad (looking at his two dogs).  And, he did this for the entire two and a half hour plane ride.  Who would have thought.  The type of man that this mom LEAST wanted to sit down by her daughter (a businessman in a suit) turned out to be an “Angel in Disguise”.  This turned out to be her daughter’s favorite ride ever. She even played with her Ninja Turtles with the businessman.  But, Shanell never got his name. When the flight was over, he helped them get things, made sure they were okay and then he was off.  So, Shanell posted a message online to this anonymous businessman.  It went viral so quickly that the businessman (Eric Kunkel) found out about it in less than a day.  If you think about it, what Eric did wasn’t really a LOT…but it MEANT SO MUCH to that little girl (and to her worried, loving mother).  May each of us be just a little bit more like this businessman as we interact with others….let’s do a little that will mean a lot!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

A businessman sat next to her daughter

The Loyalty of a Pet Dog

Who or what is as loyal as a dog?  Today’s ALGN post (our “Pet Post of the Week”) is a touching one about a dog named Tommy and we want to thank Cara P. who found this wonderful piece and sent it to us.  Tommy is a 7 year old German Shepherd living in a town in Italy.  Years ago, he was adopted by an Italian woman as a stray.  They were always together.  Tommy accompanied her as she went shopping and to mass, etc.  He was as loyal as any dog could be.  This woman loved her Tommy…and Tommy loved her right back.  His loyalty to her was rewarded with her constant companionship.  But, was that a reward for him?  Or was it what she needed, too?  Then, a few months back, his owner passed away.  At her funeral, Tommy showed up (although nobody brought him there).  Since then, each day, when the Church bells ring, loyal Tommy comes to Mass.  He sits there quietly for the services.  The parishioners are not bothered by him at all.  In fact, they have all kind of “adopted” him and feed him, etc.  He has become the mascot of the church.  But, still…you can see the sadness in his eyes about how much he misses his owner.  His loyalty will not waver.  At the end of this clip, the news reporter talks about how Tommy’s story reminds us of a lot of other incredible stories of loyalty by other dogs for their owners and / or other animal friends.  It even shows some pictures.  God created a lot of wonderful animals for this earth, but it seems that He did something especially wonderful when he created dogs and filled them full of such love and loyalty.  If only more people could learn to live their lives in such a manner!!  Let’s also be loyal and full of love towards others.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

The loyalty of a pet dog

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good Morning.  Today’s ALGN post is a short one about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Since today is Martin Luther King Day, we decided it was appropriate for us to honor Martin Luther King with our post.  There were a number of different options on the internet, but we decided that, rather than just play his speech again, to post a video that gives people a little bit more background on Martin Luther King.  He truly was a courageous man, who sacrificed a lot in order that there could be equality of all men and women.  He ended up giving his life for this important cause, dying as a martyr, by an assassin’s bullet, for the cause of freedom everywhere.  Although Martin Luther King worked tirelessly for the cause of freedom and equality, he believed strongly that these efforts should be done in a peaceful manner and many times reminded his crowds and followers of the need to protest in peace.  I have read many wonderful quotes from Martin Luther King.  Besides the words that are most often quoted from his “I Have A Dream” speech (which have some incredible quotes, but most are very familiar with them), here are some others:

  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence of that by the good people.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
  • And on the night before he died, he said, “I just want to do God’s will.  And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.  And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.”

Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, for standing up for such a just cause, for fighting the good fight, even when it was not popular, simply because you knew it was the right thing to do.  In spite of death threats, you carried on.  As violence raised its ugly head on both sides of the issue, you preached peace and love and led by example.  May each of us take from some of the wise counsel given by Martin Luther King and work to treat others better each day.  There are still many people who are treated in an unjust manner.  Not only some because of race, but the homeless, those targeted by bullies, those with mental or physical challenges.  Let us follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King