Feel Good Friday

By Admin on March 10, 2021

With all the negativity in the world right now, we want to bring you some good vibes as you’re heading into the weekend. So, we’re making every Friday a Feel Good Friday. Tune into MIX 96 on your radio and check out our social media pages (@mix96sac), where we’ll be sharing stories that will make you feel good, every Friday!

This is our feel-good story of the day:

A four-year-old boy in New Zealand recently called the cops, because he wanted to show them his cool toys.  So a cop, Constable Kurt, swung by his house . . . confirmed that his toys WERE indeed very cool . . . and had a chat with him about what 9-1-1 is for.  (Here’s the audio.)

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19-year-old cat named Gus got dropped off at a Humane Society in North Carolina last month. Even though he was in excellent healthy, they were pretty sure due to his age he would spend the rest of his life in the shelter. But then a family who was looking for an older cat called . . . because they needed a companion for their 101-year-old mother who had recently lost her cat companion.  The head of the shelter called it a “match made in Heaven.”

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There is an amazing man named Sway Garcia who will be running the California International Marathon (26.2 miles) BAREFOOT this year. He’s ditching his shoes to raise money to buy shoes for Sacramento’s homeless. He’s been practicing. He recently ran a half marathon without shoes and said it felt like he was running on hot coals by the end. You can help him by visiting shoesforsac.com and making a donation. The CIM is being held on Dec. 5, 2021.

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A fertility doctor in Irvine, California is going viral because of the way he delivers good news.  He calls each patient on the phone, and everyone in his office yells, “You’re PREGNANT!” Coastal Fertility Medical Center, located in Irvine, Calif., shared the touching footage on TikTok, which you can see HERE.

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 A woman recover from back surgery says “dad-jokes” helped her recovery.  Her doctor told her to go on walks every day, which was daunting at first.  But then she noticed a neighbor was posting dad jokes outside their house each morning to cheer people up.  Now she never skips a day, because she doesn’t want to miss the next joke.

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A guy in Reno got a note from his neighbor saying they wanted to talk about the music he’s been playing.  So he thought it was a noise complaint, but it was the opposite.  They wanted him to turn his music UP, so they could hear it better.

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A single mom in Oklahoma wanted to buy a stuffed toy manta ray, because her son asked for one for his fifth birthday.  She only had $2 in her bank account, so she grabbed a needle and thread and made one out of his old baby blanket, with buttons for eyes.  And she did a great job with it. She was so proud, she posted a photo on Reddit (Here’s a photo.) .  People asked if they could send her son MORE gifts . . . and he’s now gotten over 150 stuffed manta rays in the mail.  But he says the one his mom made is his favorite.  (There’s also aGoFundMethat’s raised thousands of dollars to help them out.)

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Maria Andrejczyk, a track-and-field star from Poland won a silver medal in javelin at the Olympics this year, and decided to auction it off to help a little boy she’s never even met. She heard about an eight-month-old in Poland who needed to travel to the U.S. for heart surgery.  She put her silver medal up for auction hoping to raise $190,000, and got MORE than that. But it doesn’t end there.  A company called Zabka owns a bunch of convenience stores in Poland won the auction.  After Maria announced the winner, they said they were happy to help . . . and told her to KEEP her silver medal. 

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Delta Airlines sent a 3-year-old girl named Delta a special care package to help here appreciate her name amid the surge of the COVID – 19 Delta variant. After her mother tweeted about it being particularly challenging for her daughter to be named Delta during this time, Delta Air Lines sent her an amazing care package to celebrate her name. “Our people saw this as an opportunity to send a message to little Deltas everywhere that the Delta name is amazing and no variant is going to change that,” the company tells PEOPLE. “We hope she knows how much we love her name and how special she should feel.”

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 A 14-year-old from Los Banos California named James Savage just became the youngest person to ever swim the entire length of Lake Tahoe . . . all 21.3 miles of it.  The trek which took 12 hours began at Camp Richardson and ended at Incline Village. He says he just loves the water.  He’s been swimming seven days a week since he was eight years old, but says pools are boring. When he was 8 he swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco.

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The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is coming up, and a 62-year-old former flight attendant named Paul Veneto wants to honor the victims in his own special way. He knew a lot of the crew members on the plane that hit the South Tower. Starting August 21, 2021, he’s pushing an airline beverage cart 220 miles from Boston to New York. You can find out more and donate at PauliesPush.com.

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A group of nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri crocheted a bunch of gold medals and tiny “USA” outfits for babies born during the Olympics. The nurses crocheted little-bitty outfits inspired by swimming, weightlifting, tennis, gymnastics basketball and more. They were going to do it last year before the Games got postponed, and held onto the idea until they were rescheduled. You can see the cute pics HERE.

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A Homeless man rushed into a burning animal shelter, saving every single animal. Keith Waker risked his life when he rushed into W-Underdogs shelter in Atlanta as it burned, saving 10 cats and six dogs. “I’m not going to lie,” Walker told CNN. “I was really scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to save those animals.” Victoria Stilwell, a shelter’s advisory board said, “Even the firefighters didn’t want to handle the dogs. They called animal control, but Keith was already in the building pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe.”

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Heavenly Pizza in Ohio held an Employee Appreciation Day last week.  You read that correctly. Not a Customer Appreciation Day, but an Employee Appreciation Day. After a tough year, the owner of Heavenly Pizza wanted to show the workers his gratitude for sticky by him during the pandemic. And ALL of the money they brought in went to his workers.  They did $6,300 in sales, and got another $1,200 in tips.  So each worker ended up making $78 an hour that day.

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About 700 people live on a small island off the coast of Maine.  The high school’s graduating class was only 13 students this year, who were SUPPOSED to go on a big senior trip.  But they couldn’t because of the pandemic.  So instead, they decided to take the $8,000 they raised for it, and give it all to charity.

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Make A Wish granted a twelve-year-old Roseville boy his wish of his very own car wash!  Elias Mirador loves anything to do with water, and especially car washes; from the bubbles, to the lights to the fans at the end. It took four years for everything to come together, but it paid off. Elias, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, now has his very own Quick Quack Car wash in his backyard! Check out the pictures on his mom, Jonah Mirador’s Instagram HERE.

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Sports teams, Olympians, and astronauts have all been honored with a ticker tape parade. On July 7th New York City is throwing a ticker tape parade for COVID heroes., those who kept the city going during the height of the pandemic. Heath care workers, first responders, essential workers, educators, grocery workers, food delivery, transportation…you name it, everyone who kept the city running during the crisis will be riding on floats along the Canyon of  Heroes. What do you think, could we do something like this for Sacramento’s COVID heroes?

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After learning his dog needed a pricey procedure to treat a deadly parvo infection, 8-year-old Bryson Kliemann from Lebanon, Virginia decided to do anything he could to save the pup, including selling his prized Pokémon card collection. The treatment cost around $700, money the family didn’t have, so Bryson set up a table outside along with a large sign that read: Pokemon 4 Sale. As word began to spread, along with purchasing his cards for $5 and $10, people also began to leave donations. Bryson’s mother created A GoFundMe after being overwhelmed with messages of support. Initially they set out to raise $800, but Bryson has earned more than $15,000 through his fundraiser. Bruce, the pup, received his treatment and is now on the mend. The extra money is going to be used to help other families and animals. 

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After 853 days in the shelter, Rutabaga, a pit bull mix was finally adopted. As their longest resident, Ruti lived patiently in the shelter for years. After being featured on the East Alabama Humane Society’s Facebook page she finally got noticed. “She’s endured coming to us from animal control, raising her 9 pups in the shelter, being treated for heartworms. She’s more than ready to start her life in a loving home,” the shelter wrote. Her new owners say, “She came and fit right in. She’s just the sweetest thing. So full of personality, and just great.” Ruti has been fully welcomed into her forever family.

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A Mom and her 10-year-old daughter, Ruby, granted $1.2 million in scholarships to people with Down syndrome. When Ruby was 6 months old, her mom, Liz Plachta, made a goal to create a $2,000 scholarship to help someone with Down syndrome go to college and over the years, they ended up granting $1.2 million in scholarships. The nonprofit called Ruby’s Rainbow is currently accepting applications from people with Down syndrome of all ages.

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Before their prom last weekend, a group of East Nicolaus High School students chose to eat at Kobe Teppanyaki & Sushi in Lincoln. The 16 students were sat with another couple at their table . Throughout the dinner the teens talked to the couple about how they were on their way to prom. When the couple went to leave they told the kids, “we hope you have a great prom and by the way we paid for your meal, you’ve been through enough this year.” They have no idea who the couple was and they left before they could even say ‘thank you.” A mother of the group estimated the dinner probably cost around $450 to $500.

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H&M has a new program letting you rent a suit for free for job interviews! The program is geared to help you make anyone make “powerful first impression” at their interview. You can rent a men’s suit for up to 24 hours at no cost if you return it in a prepaid return bag to one of the store’s dry-cleaning partners. Originally started in the United Kingdom, the One/Second/Suit program is currently being tested here in the U.S. The program is being given a three month trial before they decide to move forward with a long-term plan. You can request a suit on the H&M website

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A devoted 79-year-old husband made a trip to a local beauty school for help learning how to do hair and makeup to help his wife who can no longer get ready by herself. The school paired the man with a student who taught him how to safely use a curling iron and also gave him tips on how to apply her mascara. Pulling pictures from his wallet, he passed around photos of his “beautiful” wife, sharing that her appearance has always been something she has taken pride in and since it’s important to her it’s important to him. That’s what real love looks like.

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On Earth Day, Sacramento-based band, CAKE launched a movement to restore forests along the west coast impacted by last year’s forest fires. The band is partnering with non-profit One Tree Planted to plant 48,000 trees across the scorched areas.  Hailing from the City of Trees, “the band has been giving away trees at concerts for, I don’t know, maybe five or 10 years now,” John McCrea, guitarist and lead vocalist for CAKE, said. You can donate through this website. A tree will be planted for each dollar donated in one of three reforestation areas.  

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Shaquille O’Neal paid for young man’s engagement ring he was trying to buy for his girlfriend. Shaq was shopping at a Zales store in Atlanta, when he saw the guy putting the ring on layaway. He handed the salesperson his credit card and said he’d take care of it.  “I was like, ‘You know what? Tell your girlfriend I got it. I’ll take care of it,’” O’Neal said. “This is something that I do every day,” he said. “I’m into making people happy. Whenever I leave the house I try to do a good deed.”

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John Cena helped an 8 year old boy save his baby sister’s life! Little Leila Dempsey started choking on a chicken nugget while her dad was driving the family car. Her brother, Jaxon, remembered seeing John Cena perform CPR on an episode of “The Substitute”, a Nickelodeon prank series where celebrities pretend to be substitute teachers. Turns out….Jaxon has an excellent memory. He performed the Heimlich manuever and saved his sister’s life!

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Dick Van Dyke was spotted in Malibu handing out money to jobless individuals at a local non-profit. While running errands, Van Dyke stopped at an ATM before visiting the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, an organization that helps out-of-work people find local jobs. That’s when the 95-year-old actor began to hand out stacks of cash to the people waiting in line. It’s unknown how much money he gave out to those left unemployed by the pandemic. The man is a national treasure.

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A 14 year old boy in NJ saw news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and how many displaced pets were being moved to a shelter near his home. He wanted to do something to help so, he did what he does best…..sew bow ties!! He wanted to help dogs & cats stand out and look their best, so he made them custom bow ties. Each one takes 15 minutes to make and so far, Darius Brown has sewn over 1000 of them. He even gave one of his ties to President Biden’s dog, Major, who wore to the Inauguration in January. If you want to see Darius’ work, as well as the pets he is helping to find homes, check out his Instagram. @Sirdariusbrown 

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During the pandemic, medical supplies dropped so low that it became a nationwide crisis. You may have heard that several TV medical dramas like The Resident, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, New Amsterdam and The Good Doctor donated boxes of the production’s “prop supplies” like masks, gloves, and gowns to area hospitals. Even though there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, hospitals are still a dire need.  In the latest gestures Pose, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. all made the donations. Those TV medical dramas are helping save real lives.

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A woman in Wake Forest, NC recently celebrated her 100th birthday by doing something she hasn’t been able to do in over a year….HUG HER FAMILY!  She hadn’t even seen them since before the pandemic started. Last year, Irma Prevette got COVID-19 and beat it. She is now fully vaccinated. She said that seeing her family again, finally, brought her to tears. As far as her secret to a long life? Her family says she’s tough, has a great sense of humor, loves crossword puzzles and bingo, and tries to eat well.

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Members of the Reddit group that started the GameStop stock surge are using the cash from their investments to help protect endangered gorillas. After one Reddit user shared with the group that they used the extra money they made from their GameStop investments to benefit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, other members followed. In one weekend the organization received more than $265,000 in donations, and within six days Reddit investors symbolically adopted 3,500 wild gorillas. See what the President and CEO of the fund has to say about the support HEREAwesome work guys!

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If you need a feel good moment during the chaotic week, meet Sonya Karimi. Sonya has three elderly rescue pugs named George, Bodhi, and Sam who started struggle getting up and down the staircase. So, she built a custom stairlift to fix the problem! She calls it the “Doggie-vator”. One by one, each pug can ride the “Doggie-vator” up and down the stairs on take a custom made wooden ramp. The pugs like their tiny elevator so much that now, they sit and wait for their owner to push a button so they can ride up and down the stairs just for fun. You can see the adorable video HERE!

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Before COVID, we took the most simple things for granted, like a hug. People around the world haven’t been able to see or embrace loved ones since early last year and it’s been really hard on everyone, including this grandmother from New York. After finishing her COVID vaccines, she received a doctor’s note giving her permission to hug her granddaughter for the first time in a year, and it was caught on tape. Grab your tissues and see the heart warming video and doctor’s note HERE!

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