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14 Year Old Cheers Up the Elderly With Letters

14-year old Jacob Cramer wants to cheer up lonely elderly people and he’s chosen an old-fashioned way of doing it. He is writing letters.

Since July 2013, Jacob has recruited friends, and even organizations, to help compose personal letters for delivery to senior centers. So far, strangers have reached out in friendship from all over the world; some close to the Cleveland suburbs where the effort began and some as far away as Europe and Asia. Spain, Scotland, England, India... you name it! Cramer has received letters from all over the world! The feedback he has received from the senior centers and assisted living facilities is even more astounding.

"I absolutely LOVE what you are doing to bring joy to the elderly! Thank you... for doing such a wonderful thing." ~Ruth Lavery, (Founder of Engaging Seniors)

The enthusiastic response for his nonprofit group, Love For The Elderly, inspired him to launch a website and social media campaign to spur more letter writing. His Twitter account already has over 1,000 followers, and he has been written about in several blogs and newspapers, including Kara's Comments, Kindness Blog, Caged No More, CaregiversforHome Blog, and now on Good News Network!

”So many elderly citizens in our nation have no one to care for them, no one to look after them, no one to love them,” says Jacob. “I am here to change that.”

To help out, you can send a letter or card to the postal address below. They also have an online submission form. (Use this when writing from another country). If mailing your own personal card or letter, please make your handwriting legible so the seniors can read it. Typing is a good option too.
Send to:
Love For The Elderly
42 Pepper Creek Dr.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124

(LEARN more at lovefortheelderly.org)

Published in Random Good News

More than 300 people in developing countries who were in need of wheelchairs have all received them thanks to the efforts of one 11-year-old boy from Utah.  11-year-old Zack Francom proud owner of Zack’s Shack lemonade stand got the idea in 2010 when his school had a fundraiser to help get wheelchairs for a Morman church charity. 

 

 

 

"I thought, 'What if I couldn't walk or run or ride my bike? What would that be like?' " he says. "I wanted to help make life easier for somebody who couldn't walk or run and didn't have money for a wheelchair to help them get around." 

 

 

 

Recently, Zack sold 80 quarts of lemonade and 350 dozen cookies baked by his mom, which earned him $5,300, which bought him 37 wheelchairs that he shipped to Guatemala, Guam and 53 other countries. 

 

 

 

"Imagine if there were hundreds of Zack's Shacks," he says. "Nobody who needs a wheelchair should have to go without one just because they can't afford it." 

 

 

 

Thank you Zack for all you have done!!!!

 

 

 

Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

 

Jeremy

 

Published in Lifestyle

Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers asked for his coaches autograph after practice on August 6th.  Coach Jack Bolton got the chance to be the Carolina Panthers honorary coach for the day.  I forgot to mention…Coach Jack Bolton is only 8-years-old! 

 

Jack Bolton has spinal muscular atrophy, but that’s never deterred him from having the dream to be an NFL coach.  On this day, through the Make-A-Wish foundation, Coach Jack finally got his opportunity to be on the sidelines of an NFL team. 

 

 

Steve Smith, the Panthers wide receiver even went over to the 8-year-old coach and asked him if he could get the quarterbacks to throw more passes his way!   The star coach even had a touching speech that he read to the team before practice started.  He let the team know that he’d be “looking for mistakes when I’m on the field watching you guys”! 

 

Hopefully the Panthers listen to Coach Bolton’s advice and use it towards winning some games this year!

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy
Published in Sports

9 year old becomes youngest chess expert

Carissa Yip is not your typical chess expert.  While other children her age are playing video games, Carissa is dominating the chess game.  At 9 years old, she is already one of the best chess players in the world! 

How did she get so good?  Her father originally taught her and within a year she started beating him!  Then she took her skills outside the home, playing competitively at the MetroWest Chess Club and then the Wachusett Chess Club where she is currently the best player.  This December, she will play in the Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Carissa is said to be pretty intimidating when she plays.  She can even play without looking by calling out the moves and keeping track of the positions in her head!

The U.S. Chess Federation ranked her in the top 7% of all registered players, and the top 2% of female players.  Carissa's overall goal is to be the first female chess champion!

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57595858/carissa-yip-a-9-year-old-from-mass-becomes-youngest-u.s-chess-expert/

Published in Sports

Anala Beevers is a 4 year old prodigy

Imagine hearing a child recite their ABC’s at just 4 months old, and also count in Spanish and English by 1 ½! 

4-year-old Anala Beevers never leaves her home without her map of America, which she can also recite every State and State Capital.  She was invited to join MENSA which is an international organization for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. 

Her parents understand they have a little Einstein on their hands and say that “she’s a handful, and she needs a reality show”!  

Nala aspires to be a nurse when she grows up, but I have a hunch that we will be hearing of a lot more remarkable things out of her before then.  Keep up the good work Nala!

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

 

 

Published in Random Good News

Imagine being able to charge your phone in 20 seconds.  Or having a battery that can survive 10,000 charges compared to today's 1,000 charges per battery.

This is all a reality now because of 18 year old Eesha Khare, a high school student in Saratoga, CA.  She created her invention because her cell phone was always losing charge.  So Eesha created a supercapacitator which is incredibly small, fast charging, and as she says, "It is also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric."

Her invention earned her the "Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award" and $50,000.

 



And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Technology

Jack Hoffman, a 7 year old with cancer, was able to run with the big boys on Saturday.  Nebraska's football team was having their spring game and they asked the little man to suit up with them!

They arranged a play where he was handed the ball and was given an opening where he took down the field for a 69 yard touchdown!  The crowd of 60,000 went wild :)

“Jack is a fighter, a strong kid,” said star running back Rex Burkhead who is a friend of the little man and captain of Jack's support network, "Team Jack". “To see him run around and enjoy the Husker experience, it’s a dream come true, especially for kids in the state of Nebraska. For Jack to get down here and do it, I know it made his day.”



And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Sports

Child teaches the world how to be positive

Kids can have such a simple pure view of the world.  Watch this young girl talk about all the things that she appreciates in life.  All those adults out there can learn a thing or two from the youth.

And that's what's good,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Lifestyle

Now this is an amazing story!!  Favio Chavez, an ecological technician has discovered a brilliant use of the trash in a small impoverished community.  The town is Cateura, Paraguay and it is a village built on a landfill. 

Many families in the community recycle trash and sell it to make a living.  Favio once found a violin in the trash and decided that he could build many instruments out of recycled trash and teach the kids how to play.  He has made cellos, flutes, and violins out of old wood, oil drums, and metal.

"People realize we shouldn't throw away trash carelessly…well we shouldn't throw away people either." Favio states.

Favio's idea picked up and now the kids are learning the instruments…and they sound amazing!!  They are the stars in a new documentary titled:
Landfill Harmonic, "a film about people transforming trash into music; about love, courage and creativity."

Watch the trailer - it is incredibly heartwarming :)




Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

Published in Random Good News

Captain Planet, still our HERO

"Captain Planet, he's a hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!".  Who remembers that Saturday morning cartoon? 

That used to be one of my absolute favorite cartoons growing up.  I decided to search for it one day and I discovered something amazing.  It turns out that there is a Captain Planet Foundation that is actively doing great things in the world!!  Captain Planet is real!! :)

“Our children can inherit a legacy of wastefulness, or an action plan that can save our planet. That is why we created Captain Planet and the Planeteers.” - Ted Turner



The foundation is running strong today and educating kids about how to care for the Earth.  As of today, they have funded 1,502 projects, had 805,466 participate, and recycled 64 tons of material!

I am going to close with the moment you've been waiting for….Yes, it is THE catchy theme song of Captain Planet.  Goooooooo Planet!!!



Remember, The power is yours!!!

Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

Published in Environment
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