Never Give Up

10 year old Saves Self by Singing

Another amazing kid story.  Thanks to Sarah M for letting us know about this brave boy.  Almost 10 year old Willie Myrick said he was in his front yard and bent down to pick up money when somebody grabbed him and threw him in a car.  When asked what happened, Willie told authorities,  ” He grabbed me and then he told me he didn’t want to hear a word from me.”   That’s when Willie began singing a gospel song called “Every Praise”.   And he sang and he sang and he sang.   He was singing  the song for about three hours until the kidnapper let him out of the car.  What a brave little man he was.  What courage that took.  Once he was released the little boy ran to a nearby home and asked the resident to call his guardian.  So far there are no leads to the man who tried to take little Willie Myrick.

I believe that God gives us the courage and strength we need during difficult times if we call on him.  Willie is certainly a believer and he knew how to call on the Lord for help during this horrible ordeal.   We all need to have faith like Willie in our own situations.

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10 year old saves self by singing

15 Year Old Saves Horses from Burning Barn

Today’s post was brought to us by Davilyn F.  Thank you for bringing us this story.  So far it seems that this week our stories are all about young heroes.  This story is from a while ago.  It is a story of 15 year old Madison Wallraf who loves horses.   One day the barn that holds the horses caught fire.  Disregarding the warning from her grandfather, she runs into the burning barn many times to release the horses from their stalls and to lead them to safety.  The smoke was so bad at one point that she had to crawl into the barn to get to the horses.  She was able to save many with no regard to her own safety.  Running into a burning building in hopes of saving someone  or something is hard.  Imagine the courage it takes to return to the smoke and flames time and time again to save more.  She did everything she could.  What an amazing young woman.

Have you seen a great story that you would like us to share?  Please send me a private message or email me at alittlegoodnewsmail@gmail.com. We all need A Little Good News each day.

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Unbelievable Reunion after 7 years

Our story today is about a pet reunion.  Well not just a pet but a member of the family.  I am sure many of you think of your pets as a member of the family. Thanks to Tim M for bringing us this wonderful reunion story.

This family had a tragedy 7 years ago that separated the Hartmans from their beloved pet Buddy.  About 7 years ago there were some wildfires in the San Diego area.  The Hartmans lost their home and pretty much everything in the Ramona wildfire.  But they still had Buddy.  Then they went to stay with some friends in El Cajon after the fire.  While staying there Buddy jumped the fence and ran away.  They searched everywhere but no sign of Buddy.  Now Buddy had been implanted with a microchip, so they were sure he would be found.  They searched and searched in hopes of a reunion.   The family has since relocated to Oklahoma but still thought about Buddy often.  Recently on a return visit to the San Diego area they got a call the very day they arrived that Buddy had been found.  Now 7 years late,r with the help of the microchip, they were able to identify Buddy as their dog and got the reunion they had so long awaited.  San Diego County animal service was able to reunite the family once again.

The Hartmans will tell you that if you can, please get a microchip for your pet so you too can have a reunion if you get separated.  The San Diego County animal services offers this for only $10.  Check with a County animal service department near you.

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Your friends at A Little Good News

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Adoption Success Surprises Reporter

Thank you to Aubrey D. who brought us this story  about adoption which originates from Dallas/Fort Worth Channel WFAA channel 8. Recently this local station was honoring one of their own reporters for 30 years of service.  As one of the many stories that Gloria Campos reports on is Wednesday’s Child (children looking for adoption).  During these reports she tells the story of young children in the foster care system that are looking to families for adoption.  This story is about Ke’onte.  His story began with Gloria about 6 years ago when she first reported on him.  After the report his first adoption failed.  She then did another report two years later on this remarkable young man.  Scott and Carol Cook saw the report and knew that this young man should be their son. Two years ago Ke’onte even spoke before Congress to address the foster care system.

Now 14 years old Ke’onte surprises the reporter during the live celebration  report.  It is amazing what this one woman did to help many young children find the families they really belonged with through adoption.

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Soccer Champions From a Floating Village

Soccer and Hockey have never been sports that I really understand very well.  However, today’s ALGN post is a soccer story that I really like.  Thank you to Diane K. for sending it to us.  Our post today is a true story about a group of youth from a little floating island south of Thailand called “Koh Panyee”.  This floating village in the middle of the sea doesn’t have an inch of soil.  Yet, the youth on that island had watched a lot of soccer. They really wanted to form their own soccer team.  Even their own villagers thought they were crazy.  But, that did not stop them.  They were determined.  Since they didn’t have a soccer field to play on, they built their own makeshift soccer field out of old wood pieces that they found.  It was dangerous (with nails sticking out everywhere) and slippery (from the soccer ball constantly going into the sea  and them having to go get it), but it was THEIR VERY OWN soccer field. They practiced and played on it and, as it turned out, when they finally had a chance to play on a real soccer field, they discovered that by having practiced on their soccer field, a real soccer field seemed much easier (with much larger goal areas, etc.).  They did very well in their first tournament and went on to become soccer champions year after year.   The youth soccer champs from the floating island of “Koh Panyee” should be an inspiration to all of us.  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  Just don’t stop believing!!  Nothing is impossible for someone who really believes.  Their desire, belief and determination made a big difference and has served as inspiration for others on their little island.

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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See What Wife Finds When Searching for Husband

How long would you have kept searching?  Today’s ALGN post was sent to me by two friends, Mark B. and Bill B. It is about a woman named Peggy Harris and her 68 year search for her husband.  Peggy was a brand new newlywed (married for only six weeks) when when her husband, Billie D. Harris, was shipped off for war.  Billie was a fighter pilot in World War II.  His last mission was July 17th, 1944 over Nazi-occupied Northern France.  He never made it back from that mission. Peggy was very worried about her husband.  She kept getting different messages about what happened to him. First, they said he was missing. Then, Peggy got much better news.  She was told that he was alive and would be coming home.  But, later, she was told he was dead and buried in a certain cemetery.  Then, another communication that also said he was dead, but buried in a different cemetery.  Finally, she heard that those may not be his remains at all. So Peggy waited and searched for her husband.  She waited for months, then years….then decades.  She wrote to her Congressman many times, searching for answers.  Her last letter was written to Representative Mack Thornberry of Texas in 2005.  She was hopeful (as he was also Vice-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee).  She got a response from him, stating that her husband, Billie, was still listed as Missing in Action in the National Archives.  This was such disappointing news.  Peggy kept waiting and searching.  But, she didn’t know where to search, so she got some help from her husband’s cousin, Alton Harvey.  He was committed to keep searching until he got to the bottom of it for Peggy.  He started out by requesting Billie’s military records.  And that is ALL IT TOOK.  The search was over!!  It showed that Billie was buried in the world’s most famous cemetery in Normandy, France.  And sure enough, there was a white marble cross that had been there for years, with his name on it.  It appears that nobody from Thornberry’s office had ever tried to find out anything.  Had they tried, they would have found an answer right away.  Since then, Peggy sends flowers to the grave 10 times a year.  But, guess what…the story doesn’t end there.  I won’t even tell you the rest of the story.  I want you to see it for yourself on the video.  But, suffice it to say that there were people in France (close by) who not only knew Billie had died, but witnessed it and were thankful for what a hero he was, even in death.  Watch it and see for yourself.  It is GREAT!!  The search for Billie D. Harris may finally be over.  But, the memories of a husband and hero will live on forever!

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Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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See what wife finds when searching for husband

This Principal Used to be the Janitor

Happy Monday Morning, everyone.  I think you will love today’s ALGN post.  Thank you, Colette D., for sending in this great story.  It is about a principal at an elementary school in Louisiana.  There are a few things that make him different than other principals.  The first thing that is pointed out in the video post is his incredible smile that never stops.  He says he just can’t keep from smiling.  A smile always just wants to break out.  And that is how he has always been.  He is new to the principal position, but he has been working at the same school for more than 30 years.  This man’s name is Gabe Sonnier.  His first position at the school was much different than the first job most principals have.  Instead of starting his road to becoming principal in a teacher position, Gabe Sonnier began as a janitor.   He tells us that, way back in 1985, the man who was principal at the time came up to his always happy janitor (Gabe) and told him that he would rather see him grading papers than picking them up!!  This message from the principal sunk deep into Gabe.  Gabe said that nobody ever had believed in him that much.  He felt as though, if his principal felt he could do it, than he could do it.  So, when he wasn’t cleaning classrooms, he began studying in them.  And, even though it took a long time, he kept at it.  He eventually got his degree. After that, he kept at it and got his Master’s Degree.  He says that his story (of going from janitor to principal in the same school) has a message for EVERYONE.  He says that NOBODY should ever allow their current position to define them.  They can always be more if they are willing to work for it.  He points out that it doesn’t matter where you start, but where you finish!!  What an inspiring story.  I can’t help but believe that his students have an extra bit of help with an inspiring and positive man such as Gabe as their principal.  Another couple of lessons that weren’t explicitly shared in the video, but I think are important to point out are:  1)  He had someone who believed in him — which gave him the ability to believe in himself that much.  Sometimes, you can be the difference in someone’s life just by letting them know that you believe in them!  Be that person for someone.  2)  His always positive, smiling attitude was PROBABLY what made him stand out to the principal.  It was more than likely that happiness that made the principal see more in Gabe than the average principal would see in their average janitor.  So, make sure that you always stay positive and happy. That will oftentimes help create the opportunities that you are praying for!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

This principal used to be a janitor

 

Thank You, Moms…From All Of Us!!

THANK YOU, MOMS!!!  Every now and then, I come across a video that makes me not care if a whole bunch of people have already seen it because the message is so darn good, that it deserves to be played over and over again.  Today’s post is one of those videos.  I know that it is probably sweeping the internet over the past couple of days, so I “kind of” apologize if you have seen it (but, only kind of).  I am aware that it is a commercial for P&G.  And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I am a P&G Almnus.  However, the reason I love this video is because of the two great messages that it gives us:  1)  That we should never give up.  We just need to keep getting up each time we fall.  2)  We need to recognize and thank our Moms more (for all of the sacrifices that they put forth for us our whole lives).  I love this message.  Hats off to P&G for creating a wonderful tribute to Moms everywhere.  This video shows a number of different moms during all of the different “growing up” stages of their winter olympic children (from babies to Olympic glory…and all of the tough breaks and falls in between).  It shows how our moms have been with us every step of the way.  It shows how they have been there to encourage us, to feel for us, to clean us up, to patch us up and to make us feel better.  One mom after another, providing the same saintly service, sacrificing so much so that their children could succeed.  We have often talked about “Angels in Disguise”  and “EveryDay Heroes”.  I think the real heroes and the real angels are our Moms!!  I hope you enjoy today’s video.  And, PLEASE pick up the phone (or, if you are close enough, do it in person) and tell your Mom how much you love and appreciate her….DO IT NOW!!  If she has passed on, then give your thanks to God for blessing you with such an Angel Mother for the time that you had her!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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Do Teachers Make A Difference? YES!!!

Teachers are HEROES!!  Too often, they don’t get the recognition and thanks that they deserve.  Today’s ALGN post is just one example of many of what kind of a difference a good teacher can make in the life of his or her students.  It is a great way to start out the week. My father was in education all of his career.  When he was Superintendent of Schools, he always had a sign in his office that said, “What is best for the children?”.  He would refer people (administrators, teachers and others) back to that sign when they had decisions to make.  The best teachers live their lives this way. The miraculous job they do could never be compensated appropriately.  But, we can at least thank them and let them know just how much they are appreciated.  Watch today’s post and see for yourself what can happen when a teacher, using his patience, caring and creativity helps a student overcome a severe challenge that he faces.  It is a very moving video!!  It also touches a little bit on the importance of not bullying (we have heard much in the news lately about the devastating effects that bullying is having in schools across our country).  Today’s post will help teach us what can be done when the right people do the right things.

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)


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Survival Story That You Won’t Believe

Even after watching this video, you may still not believe this survival story could have really happened.  WOW.  I know that this is two days in a row that Diane Sawyer has a news piece we use on A Little Good News, but these are great stories.  We hope that you like them as much as we do.  We weren’t sure what to make of this survival story when we watched it.  Could someone really survive like that for that long?  What must have been going through his mind.  And, I know that there are challenges you have to be careful of to survive even when using an oxygen tank at certain depths.  Yet, somehow, Harrison O’Keene (the cook on a tug that sunk to the ocean floor) survived.  He had been in the bathroom onboard the tug just before 5 am when a massive rogue swell capsized the ship.  As the ship sank, Harrison scrambled into a cabin and found an air pocket (just a few feet of precious air).  The video says that he survived on just six sodas in the total darkness in the cabin of his ship on the ocean floor just off the coast of Nigeria for 60 hours.  The search and rescue team was not even looking for any survivors. They were there, looking for bodies.  They had already brought back four bodies of the 12 men who had been on board, when one rescuer saw his hand and reached for it and was totally shocked to have his hand grab him!!  60 hours after capsizing, Harrison was rescued.  He had survived what surely must have seemed an unsurvivable situation.  After being rescued, he said that he was looking forward to returning to being a cook in a hotel (FAR from the terrors that he had survived).  What an amazing story.  And what a MIRACLE that he lived through it all.

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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