"She had a 25-minute conversation with him about filling wagons full of food and going door to door to present them to folks who didn’t have enough food," Welch said. "He was immediately on board. He thought it was great."
Lilly and her classmates worked hard to iron out the details, eventually choosing to donate food to Beyond Homeless and later deciding to wheel the red wagons from the school all the way to Beyond Homeless.
"Lilly toured the homeless shelter this summer and met with Tanis (Monday). She saw the pantry and talked about her ideas with her," Amy explained. "Seeing it made it all become very tangible for her. It was a pretty amazing thing."
Makosinski used Peltier tiles to create the flashlight. These tiles produce electricity when they are heated on one side and cooled on the other. A temperature difference of just five degrees is enough to power the LED bulb on the Hollow Flashlight. When the ambient temperature is colder, the flashlight will receive more power from the user’s body heat and provide more light. The average amount of electricity generated by palm heat was about 57 milliwatts in tests, and only about half a milliwatt is required to light the LED.
Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise - they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.
"I was just in disbelief," said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city’s near north side. "The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in."
"I’d had five operations on my uterus, and after the last one, the doctor sat me down and told me that I would never have a child. He scheduled a surgery to have my uterus completely removed. I wanted a baby so much, so it was almost like hearing that my life was over. One week later, I started feeling strange. I started craving bread and falling asleep early, but I’ve always had problems with my hormone levels, so I thought it was nothing. My friends would joke that I was pregnant, but it was too hurtful for me to even joke about. Then after three months, I felt so bad that I had to spend a day in bed, and after that my friend drove me to the pharmacy and forced me to take a pregnancy test. I came home and laid the test on the counter without even looking at it. I didn’t want to be let down again. Then right before I went to bed, I finally looked, and there it was. After all these years, I still have that test. One month before they were going to remove my uterus, I’d finally gotten pregnant."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
A custodian is being hailed a hero after rushing to help a fourth-grader who was choking on a nacho chip at Avondale’s Woodland Elementary school in Troy.
Tens of thousands of volunteers from coast to coast fanned out along our shores Saturday to clean up our waterways for the 21st annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
The event has come a long way since it was first organized by the Vancouver Aquarium in 1994 where a group of employees and volunteers decided to clean up a local beach in Stanley Park. In 2002, the cleanup emerged as a national program. The number of supporters has also grown over the years.
The boss of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, is offering his personal staff as much holiday as they want.
On his website, he said that his staff of 170 could “take off whenever they want for as long as they want”.
"It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off," wrote the billionaire.
"The assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel 100% comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business - or, for that matter, their careers!"
—I think a lot of people would like that policy (or lack of policy)!