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Good Stuff This Week | Vol. 17

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.

Soldier surprises his mom at her wedding

Get out the tissues for this heartwarming and unexpected reunion of this mom and her son.

Online friends come to rescue of two Americans critically injured in Bali scooter crash

Mikey Lythcott and his friend Stacey Eno were vacationing in Bali and had decided to rent a scooter in order to travel around the island. After visiting with locals, they got back on the scooter and rode off toward their hotel, through the twisty jungle roads, using Lythcott’s iPhone to navigate via GPS. It was around 2 a.m. and pitch dark. Suddenly, they hit a curve in the road. When Lythcott awoke, hours later, he found himself in a ravine, barely able to move. He suspected his back was broken. He found Eno lying nearby, the bones in her face crushed. She was hardly able to move as well. Seeing his phone, Lythcott got the idea to post a cry for help on Facebook. Fortuitously, the post was read by his friend Aimee Spevak just minutes later. “Aimee,” Lythcott said, “I’m in the woods. I don’t know where I am. I don’t know what’s happening.” Lythcott sent her his location using Facebooks GPS pin drop feature. Friends from all over the States and even abroad began rallying to the comment thread, eager to help. Christine Getzler-Vaughan, a public affairs officer at the U.S. Consulate General, answered a call from one of them informing her that Lythcott and Eno were gravely injured and in need of help. Getzler-Vaughan gathered as much information as she could and then passed it along to officials in Bali, and less than three hours after he posted his Facebook message she texted Lythcott, “Someone from our office in Bali has the info your friends have sent us.” A couple hours later, they were rescued. Lythcott posted about the ordeal on his Facebook page:

Man offers “Free Dad Hugs” at Pittsburgh Pride Parade and gets unexpectedly emotional response

Scott “Howie” Dittman of Karns City, Pennsylvania decided he’d go to the Pride parade in Pittsburgh wearing a t-shirt that read “Free Dad Hugs.” He had no idea the impact it would have on members of the LGBTQ community who took him up on the offer, many of them ostracized by their own parents. He wrote in the Facebook post below, “Imagine that, parents. Imagine that your child feels SO LOST FROM YOU that they sink into the arms of a complete stranger and sob endlessly just because that stranger is wearing a shirt offering hugs from a dad. Think of the depths of their pain. Try to imagine how deep those cuts must be. Please don’t be the parent of a child that has to shoulder that burden. I met WAY too many of them, of all ages, today.”

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