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Good Stuff This Week | Vol. 19

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.

NYPD officers catch shoplifter; pay for her groceries

On July 4th, police officers responded to a reported shoplifting in Times Square. When they saw that the items this woman had attempted to steal were simply groceries, they opted to pay for her food. Twitter user Paul Bozymowski captured the act of kindness on camera.

South African Uber driver rockets to fame when video of him singing opera goes viral

27-year-old Menzi Mngoma of Durban, South Africa, became an Uber driver in order to support his fiancee, children, and parents. But his true passion is opera. As he was driving passenger Kim Davey, who was traveling from Johannesburg on business, the two got to chatting. When she learned of his love of opera, Davey asked Mngoma to sing something. The video she captured has since gone viral and has made Mngoma something of a celebrity. He’s given radio interviews, auditioned for the opera in Capetown, and has just released his first single, which you can preview here. Though the song is not opera, Mngoma is happy to be able to sing for an international audience.

Couple, aged 100 and 102, have spontaneous wedding at courthouse

Newlyweds John and Phyllis Cook of Sylvania, Ohio met in an assisted living facility. Both were single, having lost two previous spouses each, and both were ready to find love again. They did the responsible thing and dated for a year before deciding to tie the knot. When they went to the courthouse to get their marriage license and were told they could be married right there, they decided to go for it. Though John and Phyllis spend their days together, eating meals, enjoying the sunshine, and riding around on their mobility scooters, they have decided to maintain their own apartments, perhaps to preserve some of the mystery in their relationship.

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