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When Technology and Hobbies Save Lives – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.


Rene Compean was an experienced hiker, but that did not mean the elements could not conspire against him. After venturing out on a solo hike in the Angeles National Forest, he took a new trail. After spending several hours trying to find his way, he got scared. He was lost. The wind was fierce and the temperatures were dropping. He found his way to a high peak and took two photos and sent them with an SOS message to his friend. Only one photo went through – a photo of his soot covered legs on an overlook.

The Los Angeles Search and rescue teams spent hours trying to locate him before they sent a plea for the public’s help on Social Media. Fortunately Ben Kuo saw the message and put his hobby and technology to work to see if he could help locate him. He was able to pinpoint the lost hiker’s location allowing search teams to locate and rescue Compean after a harrowing 30+ hours lost in the wilderness.

Read their stories here at Not All News Is Bad (which links to The Washington Post.(Hopefully you will not hit the paywall – if you do here is an alternate link – Inside Edition.)

I love it when strangers help strangers!


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Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.


How do you help kids that grow up surrounded by gang violence? It is horrifying to think that a gun is more accessible than a camera.

Enter stand-up comedian, actor and producer Rodney “Red” Grant. In conjunction with Yasmin Salina, he founded the program, Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras. This program teaches the fundamentals of film making and story telling using film to find their voice.

The program is open to inner city youth between the ages of 12 and 17 enrolled in a Washington, D.C. school.

Grant lost a family member to gun violence and he hopes to help kids find a healthy way in which to express themselves and learn valuable interpersonal and decision-making skills. From the DSGSC website:

DSGSC introduces students (ages 12 to 17) to the fundamentals of film making while incorporating SEL principles  of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills. Students will complete DSGSC having gained technical skills to creatively express themselves through film, as well as valuable emotional skills to positively impact their everyday lives.

You can read the news story here.


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A Hot Meal (Paying it Forward) – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.


The rare snow and ice storm that recently hit Texas left millions without heat, power, and water. Some families resorted to burning furniture to stay warm.

Ari Isufaj came to Texas in 1999 as a teenager as a war refugee from Kosovo. He opened a restaurant just a year before the pandemic hit. He thought his family would lose the restaurant and all they had worked for, but the community stepped up and bought gift cards and helped them through that difficult time.

As a way to ‘pay it forward’, Isufaj opened his restaurant and gave away over 500 free meals of spaghetti and lasagna to the community that had helped him survive the pandemic. For many it was the first hot meal they had in days.

You can read the entire story here.


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Animal Kindness – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.

It is always nice to read stories about people who extend kindness to animals. Especially animals that have been treated poorly by others.

Such is this story coming out of Ohio of a waste truck driver, Mr. Aaron Kinsel, who rescued an animal in distress. He noticed a backpack on the side of the road that was moving. He stopped to investigate and discovered a 10 week old pup with a broken leg in the backpack.

The dog was rescued, taken to the vet, and later adopted by Mr. Kinsel. He was given the name Tipper after the device in the back of the truck that picks up trash cans allowing them to be emptied.

Tipper has now become an honorary member of the team.

You can read their story here.


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Thanksgiving – #WATWB

Image that says we are the worldIt is the last Friday of the month of November and the day after Thanksgiving in America – a perfect  time to share the good news happening throughout the world.

We all know 2020 has been difficult. So much loss. So many companies and businesses going out of business and so many personal celebrations cancelled.

So where’s the good news? Well, some of it lies with a couple that decided to cancel their plans for a lovely wedding reception because of the pandemic. They married without the normal hoopla but the deposit for the caterer was non-refundable.

That’s when they decided to use that money to purchase 200 meals to help a local non-profit provide a nice Thanksgiving meal for their clients.

Read their story here.


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