This weather is about as fussy as our moods this week. Some days we’re up and some days we’re down, but it’s important to end every week on a high note. Our feel-good stories of the week are the perfect remedy to renew your hope in the world and well…feel good!
Returning home after participating in Hurricane Florence relief efforts, 24-year old army medic Luis Ocampo and his longtime girlfriend Kailey were sad to find their home had been burglarized. A colleague and friend was so upset by the news, she started a GoFundMe campaign to help the couple replace their stolen property. The page quickly raised $15,000, well above the original $5,000 goal. Luis and Kailey were so thankful for their community’s response but knew they did not need that much money to replace what they had lost. They kept what they needed and decided to donate the remainder to the Soldier and Airman Assistance Fund and other servicemen who had been affected by the hurricane.
Home Sweet Hotel
Via CBS Evening News
Jaret Hucks owns the Midtown Inn and Cottages in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since Hurricane Florence hit a few weeks ago, Hucks has been offering free lodgings to evacuees. He has given away over 1,000 free nights to families and pets of all kinds, even breaking his own pet policy. He may have lost about $50,000 in profit, but many families have offered to help out with housekeeping and chores, while others have provided supplies to ease the burden. When asked why he chose to open his doors, Hucks replied, “Love thy neighbor, right? That’s what you’re supposed to do.” He hopes that his efforts will inspire generosity in others.
Via The Irish Sun
An entire community has come together to be officially named Ireland’s first autism-friendly town. Over 212 organizations in the town of Clonakilty worked with the As I Am charity to be accredited as Autism-Friendly. Businesses had to agree to implement four measures: erect maps and visual guides of their facilities, make sure buildings are open to service dogs, set up relaxation zones for patrons who may become overwhelmed and establish quiet time periods. All employees and community members have also been given autism-friendly training. We hope that more towns around the world commit to rejecting the stigma of Autism. Great work people of Clonakilty!
Let’s keep these good vibes going and remember to accept, inspire and be generous!