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Good News: Half of Us Have Experienced a “Random Act of Kindness” During the Pandemic

Here are a few more good news stories making the rounds . . .

1.  An eagle-eyed snowplow driver in Wisconsin recently saved a little kid’s life.  David Gehrke was plowing the streets in West Bend around 4:00 A.M. last Friday when he spotted a five-year-old kid walking in his pajamas in the freezing cold.  It turned out he’d wandered off and was trying to get to his grandfather’s house.

2.  A 62-year-old guy who’s spent half of his life in jail just graduated college with honors.  Joseph Valadez made the dean’s list at Cal State Long Beach and now hopes to get his master’s in social work.  He got pretty emotional talking about how his mom never gave up on him and would have been so proud.

3.  Speaking of students, there’s been a huge surge in people applying to become nurses since the pandemic hit.  A new report in the U.K. says applications are up 32% there.  And there’s been a big surge here too.

4.  A guy in Austin has been driving around in his truck, looking for cars stuck in the snow, and helping people get them out.  In just two days, he helped over 140 people . . . 98 on Monday, and another 47 on Tuesday.

5.  Have you been on the receiving end of any “random acts of kindness” in the past year?  Over half of us say YES, including 38% who’ve experienced more than one.


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