In a chaotic and uncertain world, it helps to remember that good things are happening around us all the time. We think it’s important to pay attention to the good stuff. Here’s a roundup of uplifting stories to cheer your heart.

20-year-old who is raising her five siblings receives car from sheriff’s department

After both her parents died of cancer within the past five years, Samantha Rodriguez, currently aged 20, realized that her younger siblings were in danger of being placed in foster care. Her brothers and sisters range in age from five to 17 years, and Samantha has been caring for them on her own, including taking them to school, without a car. She moved her family to Orange County, Florida to be nearer their grandmother, but it was still challenging being both parent and sister and bearing that financial burden. When the Orange County Sheriff’s Department aviation unit heard of their situation, they invited them come visit around Christmas, surprising them with clothes and toys. Four months later, Lieutenant Antorrio Wright invited Samantha back to his office for what she thought was a meeting. Instead, Wright told her that a group of anonymous donors had contributed enough money to buy her family a car. “I was so in shock!” Rodriguez said. “This is so crazy!”

Young men notice older woman eating alone in diner, invite her to join them

When Jamario Howard and his friends JaMychol Baker and Tae Knight were out having dinner, Jamario noticed an older lady eating by herself. He decided to talk to her and he and his friends ended up asking her to join them. As it turned out, the woman had lost her husband the next day would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. As seen in this picture posted to Facebook, everyone’s evening was brightened by this moment of kindness and connection.

Oil rig workers rescue dog found swimming 135 miles off shore

Workers on an oil rig located in the Gulf of Thailand were surprised to spot a dog paddling in the waves, some 135 miles from shore. They called to the exhausted pup and he began swimming toward them until he was between the rig’s metal bars. The workers were then able to lower a rope and pull her aboard, where the staff fed and cared for him. Khon Vitisak, the worker who rescued the dog, has no idea how he ended up in the middle of the ocean. He is estimated to be between three and five years old, and was taken to a vet in Songkhla for treatment. The workers named the pup Boonrod which means “survivor.”


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