August 21, 2017

Some feel-good news

Toronto police officer buys would-be thief the outfit he was trying to steal

 Niran Jeyanesan Toronto Cop

When the officer learned the young man had tried to steal a shirt, tie, and socks for a job interview, he decided to help him out. Not only did Const. Niran Jeyanesan let the man go, he used his own money to pay for the clothes the man had tried to steal.

Meet The Man Who Built A $51 Million Theme Park For His Special-Needs Daughter

 Gordon Harman+Daughter
Gordon Hartman with his daughter Meghan

He then worked with a team of doctors, engineers, and special needs experts to create Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park tailored to accommodate visitors with special needs. More than one million people have visited the $34 million park since its opening in 2010. Last month, Gordon opened an adjacent waterpark, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, to the tune of $17 million. Morgan’s Inspirational Island is the first handicap-accessible waterpark in the world. The park provides waterproof wheelchairs that run on compressed air for all visitors who need it and many of the attractions feature warm water to soothe pain or calm kids down.

To make the park financially accessible for visitors, admission for individuals with disabilities is free. Tickets for adults and children older than 2 range from $11-$27. Gordon keeps admission prices low even though it means losing about $1 million per year. The park relies on donations to stay afloat.

Retired judge, 94, builds swimming pool for neighborhood kids in his backyard

After his wife passed away last year, a retired district court judge decided to do something about the silence at his home. Keith Davison, 94, installed an in-ground pool in his backyard in Morris, Minnesota, for the neighborhood kids to swim in. He had been lonely after his wife of 66 years, Evy, died from cancer in April 2016.

 Judge 94 Builds Pool Neighborhood

'I'm not sitting by myself looking at the walls,' he said. 'What else would you think of doing where you could have a whole bunch of kids over every afternoon?' The kids aren't the only ones who will enjoy the pool. Davison said he still enjoys swimming when all the kids have gone home.

Neighborhood mom Jessice Huebner said, 'It's him spreading joy throughout our neighborhood for these kids'.  She told Davison: "You kind of adopted our whole neighborhood of kids. These are your grandchildren." Davison has three adult children, but no grandchildren.

Remember that kid who invented a way to clean up ocean plastic? He's back, and it's happening

Boyan Slat was just a regular Dutch high-school student when he went on a diving trip to Greece. Once underwater, he was surrounded by plastic waste. “There were more plastic bags than fish.”...He put off college and his social life to work full time on his idea. ... Now, Boyan Slat's solar-powered booms will soon be in the Pacific Ocean. The design works via massive floating booms that sit on top of the water and act like a mini-coastline. Just like beaches collect our plastic waste, the boom can passively gather plastic waste and pull it to its center. Once a month or so, a boat would go collect the garbage....According to Slat's current estimates, his booms will collect about 50 percent of the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch in just five years.

 Ocean-Cleanup-Project

Georgia Family Adopts 7 Siblings and ‘Prays’ Their Baby Sister Still in Foster Care Can Join Them

After spending three years in foster care, seven Georgia foster siblings found their forever home together. Jessaka and Joshua Clark of Rincon, Georgia, adopted Maria, 14, Elizabet, 11, Guillermo, 10, Jason, 8, Kristina, 7, Katerin, 7, and James, 5. The Clarks are also parents to their 3-year-old biological son, Noah.

Jessaka and Joshua began considering adoption “years ago” after being told by doctors they couldn’t conceive on their own.  “There was a huge need, especially for larger sibling groups,” says Joshua. “They are normally split up and that’s detrimental — it was in our hearts to open our home to them.”
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It was only after the adoption was finalized on May 9, that Jessaka and Joshua found out about the eighth sibling, a baby girl, still in foster care. “So our new goal is to bring her into our family, that’s our hope.”

 Clark Family Adopts 7

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