8 good news stories from around the world to brighten your day

Apr 22 2020, 4:00 pm

Sometimes catching up on daily news can be a daunting task; with a multitude of fear-inducing headlines, it’s enough to make anyone feel discouraged.

While staying informed on both local and international news is necessary, it’s essential to remind ourselves that it’s not all bad in this world.

To assure you that all is not doom and gloom, we’ve rounded up a few good news stories from around the world that are sure to put a smile on your face.

A bookstore in Colorado is delivering “mystery bags” of books to customers during lockdown

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Andrew Hyde/Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Right now, people are unable to visit their favourite bookstores to lose themselves in a blissful literary haze. However, one establishment found a creative way to give customers their fix. Trident Booksellers and Cafe, located in Boulder, Colorado, is taking online orders and delivering “Mystery Bags” of books right to their customers’ doors. Each bag costs $50 (CAD $71) and contains four to six used books based on the customer’s preferences. Along with the bag, customers also receive a bag of coffee beans or tea to add to the cozy experience.

Thousands of people are signing a petition to have this WWII veteran knighted

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You may remember Captain Tom Moore from another one of our good news roundups. For those who aren’t aware, 99-year-old Captain Moore set a goal to walk 100 lengths of his back garden (which is 25 metres in length) before he turned 100 to raise money for the National Health Service (NHS). His original goal was £500,000. However, he has since annihilated that number, having raised over £27 million, and the campaign isn’t even over yet! Moore’s endeavours have charmed millions of people into donating to his very worthy cause. According to his fundraising site, Moore has 1,315,005 supporters and counting. Now, nearly 890,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to have Moore be knighted for his efforts. If you would like to sign the petition, you can do so online.

This non-profit is donating devices to hospitals so patients can talk to their families

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Due to current safety precautions in hospitals, many families are unable to visit their loved ones in person. However, non-profit organization COVID Tech Connect is seeking to bridge the gap of communication by working to equip hospitals with various smart devices, including smartphones and tablets, to allow patients to communicate with their family members without compromising health protocols. The organization coordinates with manufacturers who wish to donate Wi-Fi-enabled devices and then matches those donated devices with hospitals and hospice centres in need. You can donate to the cause via the COVID Tech Connect’s GoFundMe page.

Michelle Obama is reading to kids in a limited online series

First Lady Michelle Obama is spreading her love of reading and knowledge in a new four-week storytime series in association with PBS Kids and Penguin Random House called Mondays With Michelle Obama. The program features Obama reading children’s books aloud to kids around the world every Monday at noon ET. Obama kicked off the series this week by reading beloved children’s book The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. “As a young parent, I found so much joy in rediscovering my favorite children’s books with my daughters,” Obama said in a Facebook post. “The time I spent reading with them, creating voices for our favorite characters and beaming with pride as they started to recognize words and read along, is something we all still cherish to this day.”

An airport in Wisconsin created a drive-thru light display to entertain locals


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Dane County Regional Airport (DCRA) near Madison, Wisconsin, created a program called Flight of Lights to entertain locals during quarantine. Flight of Lights is a free light display that residents can drive through along International Lane at DCRA. The beauty of this initiative, besides the twinkling lights, of course, is that Flight of Lights follows all the rules of physical distancing because it’s a drive-through only event. Flight of Lights features six different displays, all with their own theme: “Tropical Vacation,” “Spring is Blooming,” “Cheer on Wisconsin Sports,” “Fly Non-Stop,” “Our Heroic Healthcare Providers,” and “Tribute to our First Responders.”

A dog showed off its new set of grills in an adorable viral video

Ben Campbell’s cute-as-a-button pup, Thomas, was caught in the act of stealing a set of fake teeth. Luckily for us, the hilariously adorable crime was captured on video. “I got some fake teeth for some quarantine comic relief and well…Thomas stole them off of the table,” Campbell described in the description of the YouTube video. Viewers can see Thomas sporting a new set of grills, a sight that is sure to bring a smile to your face, mainly because of Thomas’ facial expressions, which appear as though he has no idea just what is so funny. To date, the video has over 1.8 million views.

A college student’s attempt to set up her mom with her professor went viral

@aly_oliverrsorry this was nothing but a virtual blind date prof but you really are my favorite… ##fyp ##professor ##boulder ##wingman♬ original sound – aly_oliverr

Aly Oliver attempted to play cupid by setting up her single mother with her favourite college professor and posted the sequence of events to TikTok. According to the video, Oliver’s mother began crushing on the professor during quarantine. Naturally, Oliver wanted the two to meet. So, she set up a virtual meeting during her professor’s office hours so that her mother could “accidentally” walk in on their Zoom call. The TikTok has garnered over two million views, with many people rooting for the pair. However, in another TikTok, Oliver updated viewers on the situation, explaining that the professor and her mom live in different states “and quarantine.” She proceeded to email her professor after realizing the video went viral, saying that she could take it down if he wished. Instead, he told her that she could keep it up as long as she wrote a paper on it for his class, to which Oliver stated to viewers that she would leave her mom’s number at the end of the essay because “what do I have to lose!”

Italy’s Pescara football club adopts a six-year-old’s jersey design

Pescara Club, an Italian professional Serie B soccer team, will be donning a new jersey next season designed by six-year-old Luigi D’Agostino. D’Agostino’s design was selected from hundreds of children’s drawings as the winner of a contest that the club was putting on for children to design a jersey that adheres to the motto “give a kick to COVID-19.” The jersey features a rainbow of hope along with the club’s signature dolphin. The club’s official website describes the design as “a perfect and exciting synthesis if only you think it was created by a 6-year-old and that now gives us all that hope and the desire to start again.”

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