A community filled with Black Lives Matter activists and police officers gathered together at McAdams Park in Wichita, Kansas, to have productive one-on-one discussions over burgers, hot dogs and barbeque.
The “First Steps Cookout” was suggested by Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. It was very well received by the community and organizers, who cancelled another scheduled protest for the cookout.
About 400 people RSVP’d, but nearly 1,000 people attended the event.
“Especially after what happened in Baton Rouge, just makes it all the more painful,” said Margaret, one of the residents that attended the cookout. “But I just feel very proud of my city that there’s so many people here. It’s wonderful.”
Photos from the successful event were posted on the Wichita Police Department’s official Facebook page
In an act of true sportsmanship, U.S. runner Abbey D’Agostino helped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin to her feet during a women’s 5,000 meter preliminary heat Wednesday, after Hamblin tripped and took D’Agostino down with her.
During the race, it appeared that D’Agostino accidentally clipped Hamblin from behind, causing her to trip and both runners to go down together. The injured Hamblin lay curled in a ball until D’Agostino picked her back up, urging her to finish the race.
A pair of Italian police officers have been praised after helping out an elderly couple in their time of need. Officers in Rome headed to the home of Michele, 94, and Jole, 89, after neighbours had reported hearing cries of distress in the home. After arriving at the scene, the cops discovered the pair in tears. However, they had not been burgled or attacked, they were simply in despair at the state of the world.
The couple, who have been together for 70 years, told officers that they rarely get visitors. The police also noticed that there was little food in the house, and the pair looked like they hadn’t eaten properly in days. So, as they waited for paramedics to come over to check the couple, the cops decided to cook a slap up meal of spaghetti, butter and parmesan for the hungry pair.
Rome’s state police wrote on Facebook:
“Jole and Michele are not victims of scams and no thief entered the house – there is no one to save. This time, for the boys, here is a more daunting task – two lonely souls who need reassuring.”
What a lovely gesture!
By Amanda Froeli
On July 4th, a crusty, maggot-infested puppy turned up at the Speranza Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania.
Reportedly, the young pup – named Libre – had been given up in by an unnamed breeder. When the staff got to him, Libre was so weak he couldn’t stand, and his skin so infected he gave off a rotting smell.
Some might have given up on the dog, resigned to believe that he would eventually die. But thankfully, the owner of the rescue center, Janine Guido, believed he could recover.
“He was emaciated, dehydrated, and limp. I have never in my life seen a dog this close to death. He was literally clinging to life the first time I laid eyes on him.”
Immediately, the abused dog was transferred into the care of the Dillsburg Veterinary Center. He received antibiotics, laser treatments, and had to endure maggots being removed from his skin.
Jason Haney knows all too well what it’s like for kids to be stuck in a hospital. Haney’s daughter had a stroke while she was still in the womb. At the age of 3, she was diagnosed with brain damage that doctors said might permanently hinder her ability to learn beyond a third-grade level.
Haney remembers those extended stays in the hospital with his family and how hard it was to stay positive. So when he was hired to work on the construction project at Memorial Children’s Hospital, in South Bend, Indiana, the construction foreman did what he could to brighten the days of the children staying in the hospital.
It started with a snowman that Haney dressed up with a construction vest and hardhat.
“It was a huge hit,” Haney told ABC News.
But they didn’t get much snow after that, so Haney set up some inflatable snowmen and an inflatable Sponge Bob. As he was tying them down, one of the electricians joked that it would be funny if they had a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ on the site. When Haney got home, he immediately got to work on making a real-life Waldo character out of plywood and paint.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 6 of the world’s worst 10 cities in terms of air pollution, including the top 3 most polluted — Delhi, Patna, and Gwalior, respectively.
But just last week, the nation — which boasts the world’s second largest population at over 1.2 billion — decided to band together and work to combat the problem.
An astounding 800,000+ volunteers supported their country by participating in a nationwide tree plant. Designed to break the world record for the most number of trees planted in a 24 hour period, the organized event far exceeded even these expectations.
While the official number is still yet to be released by Guinness, early projections suggest that the volunteers planted approximately 50 million trees, completely smashing the previous record of 847,275 planted by Pakistan in 2013. Pakistan, like India, was in desperate need of the community effort, as they hold 3 of the remaining 4 spots on the previously mentioned list released by the WHO.
This initiative was largely funded by the Indian government, which has dedicated $6 billion to the creation of new forests over the coming years.
Whether the potential Guinness World Record played a key role in motivating volunteers or not, this feat is an incredible reminder of our power as a collective. In just 24 hours, a nation was able to substantially increase their total tree count, hopefully improving their air quality, and their citizens’ health, for many years to come.
Even if you don’t have the power or connections to organize such a massive event, let this inspire you to take action on one of your community’s needs.
Meet Jake Austin, he’s awesome! He’s been helping homeless people in St. Louis by joining volunteer groups to give out stuff like food and clothes for years. He was giving out things like soap and sanitation goods but realised there was no place for the people to use them. Enter ‘shower the people’, a mobile shower unit that gives homeless people the safe place they need.
Chinese Student Carries Disabled Friend To School Every Day For Three Years So He Doesn’t Miss Class
Every day for the last 3 years, Xie Xu has been carrying his disabled classmate to school on his back
His friend suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disease that results in a potentially a shortened lifespan for Zhang Chi
The canines at Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California have found comfort and companionship in 6-year-old Jacob Tumalan, who visits every Thursday after school to soothe the animals with his storytelling. Jacob, who has autism, sits on a mat before the cages and reads to the abandoned dogs, who grow calmer in his presence.
The weekly ritual began when Jacob’s aunt, an animal rescue worker, first brought him to visit the shelter six months ago and saw the special bond he formed with the four-legged, furry friends. Though his autism means he’s often uncomfortable around loud noises and hectic activity, he’s easily relaxed and focused while engaging with the pups, who also give him a sense of purpose.
Jacob explains, “If I read to the dogs they will come out of their cages and find homes…They have to find new homes because they are alone.” His volunteer work and gentle, generous presence help to socialize the dogs in preparation for eventual adoption by fur-ever families. Jacob, too, benefits from the project: he’s improving his language skills and now reads at a third-grade level. It’s a win-win for kid and canine, a reminder that both tales and tails can truly change lives.