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Good Stuff This Week | Vol. 18

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.

Man travels country mowing lawns for those in need with Raising Men Lawn Care Service

29-year-old Rodney Smith Jr. is the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, an organization that describes itself as “…a platform where the younger members of the community can give back to the community. This includes veterans, the elderly, the disabled and even single mothers. They get the chance to offer services such as mowing lawns, shoveling snow, raking leaves and more, free of charge. The youths who we work with are able to experience a great sense of achievement while also developing their social skills and lawn care experience.” He’s traveled the United States five times, staying in donated hotel rooms and even traveling with complimentary airfare from Delta Airlines who sponsored Smith on the last leg of this tour by providing first class seats to Alaska and Hawaii. This round, Smith’s focus was veterans. He hopes to complete a seven continent tour in the future. In exchange for an RMCLS t-shirt, Smith challenges children to accept a 50 yard challenge, encouraging them to mow 50 lawns for community members. The goal is to teach youth that they can make a positive impact in their communities.

Tiny kitten plays drum solo in sleep; our hearts MELT

Everyone’s a sucker for an adorable cat video, right? Forget Twitter wars and Kardashians, this is the true purpose of the Internet. We challenge you to watch this video, originally posted by Reddit user u/RespectMyAuthoriteh, without squeeing.

Shelter finds lifetime homes for senior dogs; pays all vet bills for foster families

Zina and Mike Goodin were inspired to establish the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary after witnessing the high euthanasia rates at animal shelters in Middle Tennessee. The couple saw the need to find homes for senior pets, who are harder to place because of the medical issues that come with aging pets. The dogs may have been picked up on the streets, perhaps removed from homes for abuse or neglect by their owners, or surrendered by families going through personal or financial difficulties or who are deploying overseas. Sometimes, their owners are seniors themselves who are no longer able to care for a pet. No matter the circumstances, the Goodins believe every dog deserves a lifetime home, where they can live out their days in loving comfort. OFSDS finds foster families for these older dogs. As stated on their website: “Senior dogs, especially those with medical problems or disabilities, face a much greater chance of euthanasia at shelters than younger dogs because it is difficult to find adopters for them due to their shorter additional life expectancy and unknown veterinary costs. Most of these wonderful senior dogs will be able to live happily with a good quality of life if given a chance. They make wonderful companions because they are mature, calm and loving. It is more difficult for them to settle in, and once they do, it is difficult for them to move again. For this reason we strive to find them forever foster homes where they can live out their retirement years as a loved family member.” All of the shelter’s supplies and expenses are covered by donations. These donations also make it possible for them to pay veterinary bills for their foster families.

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