Something to smile about

Something to smile about

Kaia Denhof


   When the light of the TV flickers on, the bad news floods your ears. It can feel like the world is drowning in a pool of hatred. You hear about the awful things humanity is capable of. When in reality, people are making a positive impact every day. 


Hotel for the homeless

   Similar to the rest of the world, in mid-March, England went into lockdown in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown closed hotels. While most hotels locked their doors, a hotel in Worcester, Fownes, opened its doors to the homeless. They provided both food and shelter free of charge. To show their appreciation, many of the guests did odd jobs around the hotel. They did chores such as weeding, cleaning, and assisting in the kitchen. A few months later, as the country began to open, hotels were allowed to be open again. While Fownes was allowed to host the public again, they did not want to just send the homeless back to the streets instead they gradually found a home for each person. 


Homeless man rescues 16 animals from burning building

   Kieth Walker has been homeless since age thirteen. In Atlanta, Georgia, on December 18, Walker was on his way to W-Underdog animal shelter to walk his dog. When Walker arrived at the shelter it was in flames; he knew he needed to rescue the animals. He ran into the burning building and rescued all ten cats and six dogs. 


Two 12-year-olds donate to their local animal shelter

   12-year-old brothers Ayaan and Mickey Naqvi were decorating their Christmas tree when one of their favorite ornaments fell to the floor and shattered. That’s when their company Ornament Anchor was born. The boys have sold over 400,000 anchors and made over $250,000. The boys decided to donate 10% of all of their profits to their local animal shelters. They got their dog from the shelter, and they felt it would be most fitting to donate 10% of all their profits to animals in need of loving homes.


93-year-old man whittles walking sticks raising over $16,000 for food pantry

John Hobson, a 93-year-old veteran, had a considerable amount of spare time in 2020. Hobson decided to take on a new hobby- whittling. Hobson whittled over 200 walking sticks and sold them on the side of the road. He charged $3 per stick or a donation to the Xenia Area Fish Food Pantry. He raised an overwhelming amount of money from the stick sales, so he decided to start a GoFundMe page for the pantry. Between the whittled stick donations and the GoFundMe, Hobson has raised over $16,000 for the pantry.