Australian Man With Rare Blood Type Saves Over 2 Million Babies By Donating More Than 1,000 Times In 60 Years
They say that when you give of yourself, a part of you will live on in the person you have helped.
That is quite literally the case for James Harrison, a 78-year-old from Australia’s central coast, who has saved 2 million Australian babies by donating his blood plasma.
In 1951, at 14 years old, Harrison had a chest operation during which one of his lungs was removed. After the surgery, his father told him that while on the operating table, Harrison had received 13 liters of blood from a total stranger, saving his life. He vowed to become a blood donor himself when he came of age.
Aged 18, Harrison began donating blood every few weeks and over the course of 60 years he has donated more than 1,000 times. But that’s not all.
When this dying dog rescued from the streets of India was originally found he looked like a lost cause, as well as the saddest creature you’ve ever seen. The organization Animal Aid Unlimited came to the dog’s rescue just two-months ago in hopes of saving his life and making it worth living again.
When he was first found on the side of the road, the poor pup was starving, dehydrated, suffering from mange and had not experienced any human contact in a long time. A spokesperson for Animal Aid Unlimited said, “He was so exhausted and inward.”
As soon as the dog arrived at the rescue facility they hooked him up to an IV and began treating his many infections. It took 10 days for the dog’s skin to heal, at which point the real transformation began to take place.
The results of his transformation are unbelievable. To think this is the same dying dog rescued from the streets only two months before is not only shocking but also inspirational.
Believe it or not, there are about 150,000 stray cats and dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. That’s 150,000 animals that are left to roam the streets with 14 million human beings. Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are so many people in the city of Istanbul, no one is willing to give these animals food, water and shelter. Luckily, a Turkish company called Pugedon decided to create a few awesome vending machines that feed the stray animals and double as recycling receptacles, keeping trash and litter off the streets.
These vending machines have the ability to store and dispense food for stray cats and dogs.
Leaving any abusive situation is emotional and traumatic, but imagine how difficult of an ordeal it might be when one has to pack and move, too. Thanks to a moving company in California, women – or men – seeking to leave an abusive living situation no longer need to face the daunting task alone.
Aaron and Evan Steed, the owners of Meathead Movers, have helped hundreds of women leave homes in which they were abused by a partner. The two first started their business in 1997 as high school athletes seeking to make a bit of extra cash.
Back then, their fee was about $20 and a pizza. But since then, their business has grown, and with it, the type of clientele they work with.
When the pair began getting occasional, frantic phone calls from women with little or no money who needed to move out before their abusers returned home, they decided to get involved and assist those in need – free of charge.
An animal is euthanized every 11 seconds in US shelters. But instead of accepting this without thought, one 9-year-old boy from the Philippines, Ken, did the unthinkable: he started a “no-kill” shelter in his parent’s garage.
Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn’t too stoked on the practice. Then some shit happened to me that changed me and I am back to offering rides habitually. If you would indulge me, it is long story and has almost nothing to do with hitch hiking other than happening on a road.
This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation. All of them were while driving other people’s cars which, for some reason, makes it worse on an emotional level. It makes it worse on a practical level as well, what with the fact that I carry things like a jack and extra fuses in my car, and know enough not to park, facing downhill, on a steep incline with less than a gallon of fuel.
Anyway, each of these times this shit happened I was DISGUSTED with how people would not bother to help me. I spent hours on the side of the freeway waiting, watching roadside assistance vehicles blow past me, for AAA to show. The 4 gas stations I asked for a gas can at told me that they couldn’t loan them out “for my safety” but I could buy a really shitty 1-gallon one with no cap for $15. It was enough, each time, to make you say shit like “this country is going to hell in a handbasket.”
Since the founding of Make-A-Wish in 1980, no other celebrity has granted as many wishes as Cena. In addition to wish granting, Cena regularly goes above and beyond to support the mission of Make-A-Wish. He has personally donated more than 6 million airline miles for wishes involving travel, hosted parties for wish kids at WrestleMania and served as a Wish Ambassador at speaking engagements.
“John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give Up,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.”
One-third of all food produced in the world goes to waste – a travesty when 795 million people still go to bed hungry and are malnourished.
One way the Basque town of Galdakao, Spain is remedying this crisis is by urging local citizens to put their leftovers in a refrigerator on the streets.
The city of about 30,000 people created the country’s first communal refrigerator to provide for the hungry. No questions asked and no judgment, it’s a way for those in need to receive, and for those with enough to give.
99-year-old Lillian Weber has made a hobby out of making a difference for children in Africa.Weber has been sewing dresses for a charity organization called “Little Dresses for Africa” that also helps build schools and dig wells for drinking water. Weber was hoping to sew 1,000 dresses by her 100th birthday. Not only did she meet her goal, but she actually finished ahead of schedule.
“Nine times out of ten, they always say, “Well old people don’t do anything,” but they do,” Lillian told reporters.
“And as soon as I get this one done, I’ll probably go to the next one,” she said of her 1000th dress.