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CC1
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I'm hoping for this to just be a list of good things that pps are doing to make our world a better place. Save the tit for tat, cynical responses for plenty other threads in the News/Political pages. (Please ignore the Obama pic, and just enjoy the good stories?) Thx.

Airline Ambassadors International, was started by an American Airlines stew, who originally jumped on an opportunity to fill up empty seats and cargo space, with anything she could, to deliver goods to orphanages around the world....

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Good stuff CC1. The founder Nancy Rivard is a very remarkable lady.

Nancy Rivard
President and Founder

Employed by American Airlines since 1976, Nancy founded Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) to provide humanitarian aid to children in need and international development and relief to under-privileged communities around the world. AAI is the only non-profit in the world leveraging connections with the airline industry to facilitate humanitarian efforts, and is recognized by the US Congress and the United Nations.

Prompted by the sudden death of her father, Nancy left a career management track with American Airlines, returned to a position as a flight attendant, to begin a profound search for meaning. During extensive travel over the next seven years, she saw the glaring inequities between the developed and developing world, and potential for the travel industry to play a more fundamental role building sharing, understanding and goodwill between peoples and cultures. She founded Airline Ambassadors in 1996 to provide a way for individuals to match their unique interests and skills to actual world need. It began with airline personnel and now has expanded to 6000 members, including medical and business professionals, students and retirees. AAI provides humanitarian assistance to local communities and at the same time creates a context for compassion, giving ordinary individuals the opportunity to be of extra-ordinary service to one another.

Airline Ambassadors has hand-delivered over $41 million of aid to children in 51 countries in orphanages, clinics and remote communities. Members have started schools, clinics, housing projects and vocational training programs, impacting over 500,000 children.

Nancy was honored with the 1999 Woman of Peace Award, the 2000 Ambassador of Peace Award , in 2001 as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and the Islamic Cultural Center in 2002 , in 2003 she received the National Caring Award, and 2004 the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. She received honors from the Governor of Mississippi as well as the Foreign Ministry of El Salvador in 2006.
Nancy has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Southern Methodist University and recently signed a contract for her life rights and a book and movie on her life story. She is married to San Francisco contractor and environmentalist Dave Rivard.


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9-year-old girl wins Boston's schools "Absolutely Incredible Kid" award:

Not even homelessness deterred 9-year-old's devotion to her school

  
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Southside Chicago kids marching to the beat of different drums:

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Australian company developes skinny solar panels that cost 60% less!:

http://abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2006/1805365.htm



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Sit-in on classes at MIT, Cal Berkeley, Tufts, Princeton, University of Utah...for FREE! Using opencourseware, you can hear inter-active lectures, access course study materials, etc. Learn about a variety of subjects from Architecture, to German Literature, to courses in Planetary Physics & Space Science....for FREE!:

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/index.htm?gclid=CNDsmKjYj4sCFQ3ZYAodP0JCSA



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(So there's no confusion, I deleted several posts for the reasons spectre outlined. CC specifically asked for folks to please save the cynical responses for other threads, so it would be nice if that could be honored. 'Nuff said - or, if not, email me.)

Anyway...........I like the idea of this thread, CC and I've been reading the links even though I've not had time to post lately. I bookmarked the one about sitting in on classes to dig through later this week when I'm off work...looking forward to seeing what all exactly is available.

I've got a couple of stories I've seen over the weekend to post and I'll do those individually, but just wanted to say thanks for starting the thread. :smile:

  
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Bet you never thought I could find a way to work Harry Potter into this theme, eh? Actually, it'd be fairly easy as JK Rowling and various movie cast members frequently use Potter for charitable causes and actively support several fantastic UK organizations. This bit of good news is from Scholastic itself though:

New Harry Potter Book Friendly To Forests

The printing for the final Harry Potter book will not only be the biggest, but also the greenest. For the initial US printing of 12 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the publisher, Scholastic, has committed to making sure 65 percent of the 16,700 tons of paper used is FSC-certified, which means the paper comes from forestlands that are managed in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Totaling nearly 22 million pounds, this is the largest purchase of FSC-certified paper to be used in a single book printing to date. Moreover, all the paper used in the printing will contain at least 30 percent recycled post-consumer waste fiber, with much of that verified by FSC standards as well. "This is a major milestone for environmental and social responsibility in the publishing industry," said Tensie Whelan, executive director of the Rainforest Alliance. "Using wood products from well-managed forests has a global impact in conserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods in local communities."

The Rainforest Alliance worked with Scholastic to develop its plan to buy FSC-certified paper and will continue helping the company refine its responsible paper procurement policies.

In addition this week, Scholastic announced that the deluxe edition of the book (100,000 copies) will be printed on FSC-certified paper that contains 100% post-consumer waste fiber. Wind power will be used to generate the energy needed to manufacture the book jackets.

The vast amount of paper needed to print 12 million copies of the 784-page best-seller makes the choice to invest in environmentally-friendly paper good news for whomping willows everywhere.

The seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful series will be released at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007 and undoubtedly become the fastest-selling book in history.

  
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Mom Donates Laptops To Wounded Soldiers

WASHINGTON — Laura Brown, a mother with a son who fought in the Iraq war, is trying to improve conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center — one laptop computer at a time.

The 50-year-old from Cody, Wyo., was chatting on the Internet with the mother of a wounded soldier two years ago when the mother mentioned she had to print out her son's e-mails and take them to him at Walter Reed because there weren't enough laptop computers to go around.

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Thx Genie...well, for everything.

Kewl news about the 22Million pounds of paper too!

Laptops for Wounded Soldiers was going to be put up today. Glad ya beat me to the punch, lol!



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Have ya's ever had a chance to hear about the great organization gasbag belongs to? It's all about giving the best that life has to offer, to retired racetrack pooches. Rescue/adoption of those puppies to loving homes, where they can live out the rest of their lives:

www.greyhoundpetsinc.org

So glad there are pps out there, like M&M gas...to help these puppies enjoy



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I'm glad to see this thread, we need more good news..too much bad stuff out there. Thanks CC for starting it. I'm gonna look around for some good news to post.

  
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Helping the needy get nerdy, lol. pps can volunteer their time, learning how to rebuild a computer, and it's theirs...or just rebuild them to give to the needy. everyone wins. getting connected, one old puter at a time!:

http://freegeek.org/



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A couple kids in Massachusetts heard a soldier from their area had run up a huge phone bill, calling home. They "just did it". Started up Cell Phones for Soldiers:

http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/



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I really like that one!

After hearing a news report about a local soldier who ran up a massive phone bill calling home from Iraq, they decided they wanted to do something to help. Brittany and Robbie donated their piggy bank money, collected snack money from their friends at school, and with $21.00, they went to the bank to open an account. The South Shore Savings Bank of Hanover, Massachusetts donated $500.00 to help them get started.

FYI. I'm going to "sticky" this thread so it won't get buried amongst the others. Genie, CC1, let me know if you have any objections.




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No objections from me, spec...just thx! and could you add this to that thread too?:


I've known about "Cell Phones for Soldiers" for some time now. I was prompted to post the link when maddie shared a story, that didn't seem so "It's a good thing". I was wrong.

Joey Finn was a friend of maddie's Donald. On Sunday, March 25th, he was driving to a fund-raising campaign, for "Cell Phones for Soldiers", that Joey had founded in the Richmond area. Witnesses say a "green car" may have been the reason Joey swerved off the highway. His truck flipped, and he was killed.

from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
FINN Joseph "Joey" Dennis Finn Jr., 23, of Colonial Heights, died on Sunday, March 25, 2007.....contributions may be made to Cell Phone for Soldiers, c/o Southshore Savings Bank, P.O. Box 151, Weymouth, Mass. 02188. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.
God bless you, Joey Finn, Jr, 23, of Virginia.

You did your best, good and loyal servant.



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A site for caring for animals around the world, including "no homeless pets" goals:

http://network.bestfriends.org/



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US Military Personnel "giving back" in Afghanistan:

KABUL, Afghanistan (2/7/2007) – In addition to caring for vision needs of the Warriors of Task Force Phoenix, Lt. Col. James Randolph, Petty Officer 2nd Class Conward Bundrick, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Khalil Weaver, give the gift of sight to the people of Afghanistan.

A villager in his mid-fifties sat down in the exam chair. His look was very serious as he concentrated on the eye chart Weaver, pointed to. Randolph used an antique skiaoscopy rack to determine the correction the man needed, and Bundrick located a pair of glasses with the appropriate prescription and passed them to the doctor.

Randolph placed the glasses on the man; the change was immediate. He looked at the eye chart and his face transformed. The once stern look was replaced with a bright smile. The man laughed and told the interpreter that he could see. He pointed and said that he could clearly make out the eye chart that was barely visible without the glasses.

"When you get a smile like that, you know you have really helped someone who couldn't see," Randolph stated.

Together, the team has experienced the smiles of children and adults who have been given the gift of sight.

"People here have so little," Bundrick said. "To give them something we take for granted, it is the best thing."

Bundrick and Weaver, both active duty Navy personnel, usually work in a clinical environment. The mission at Task Force Phoenix has given them an opportunity to see the immediate reaction of their patients when they see clearly for the first time.

Although they have only worked together for a short time, Randolph, Bundrick and Weaver have formed a precision team. From setting up for a Cooperative Medical Assistance (CMA) mission to routine exams, each knows their role.

During CMA missions, the team loads up several pairs of glasses, made in different prescriptions, and boxes of equipment to conduct eye exams. Bundrick and Weaver make up over 100 pairs of glasses from frames that have been donated by various organizations and businesses. During a CMA the team can fit anywhere from 40 to 150 people with glasses.

Local villagers line up outside the makeshift exam room waiting for their chance to visit the eye doctor and improve their vision. Eye problems range from normal, age-related vision problems which are easily corrected with reading glasses, to more severe problems and loss of sight. The most common ailment Randolph treats is allergic conjunctivitis which is due to soot, dust, pollen and other pollutants in the air.

Randolph and his team have participated in six CMAs. Each patient is different, but the end result is usually the same, most walk away with a new pair of glasses or medicated eye drops and the smile that reassures the team of their success.

Unfortunately, there are patients that have damage beyond the immediate help of eyeglasses. Some require cataract surgery that is available in Afghanistan. Others require more extensive surgery that is not available in this country. Still others have irreversible conditions that cause permanent loss of sight.

One common cause of blindness in Afghanistan is corneal scarring. The scarring is the result of a simple injury that is left untreated. The cornea becomes scarred causing permanent damage and loss of sight. Some cases leave the individual with a noticeably disfigured eye.

Nazanin, a young girl with a disfigured eye, came to Randolph for care. Although nothing could be done to restore her sight, Randolph is fitting her for a cosmetic contact that will give her eye a more normal appearance.

The feeling of making a difference has been rewarding and unforgettable for the team. After 37 years in the Army, and 28 years as an optometrist, Randolph still smiles each time someone leaves his office better then they came in.

"This deployment has been the highlight of my career," Randolph said.

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Airmen donate money for heating fuel for Afghans:

by Stephanie Bemrose
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3/23/2007 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNEWS) -- Thanks to a donation by two Airmen from here, Afghan women received 1,500 liters of heating fuel critical to help them through the winter.

The donation was made by Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Melahn and Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Melahn, who is deployed as the Afghan National Army Embedded Training Team S4 mentor from the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron here. Chief Melahn is the 2nd Security Forces Squadron command chief.

"A lot of the women are widowed and poor, and a lot of them have young children," Sergeant Melahn said. "It broke my heart because I'm a grandmother with two grandchildren. I told Gen. (Myhammadzai) Khatul that I would try to find the money to help, somehow."

General Khatul is the only female general in the Afghani military.
At first, Sergeant Melahn tried to go through Commanders Emergency Response Program and the funds obligation officer with no success.

"That's when I decided to call my husband and ask him if we could make a donation of $1,200 to purchase 1,500 liters of fuel," the sergeant said.

According to her Afghani interpreter, Massa Mayanzai, 1,500 liters of fuel would provide 10 liters for 150 homes for a month.

"Sergeant Melahn is the greatest person I have met ever," Mr. Mayanzai said. "I have been working with the United States Army and Air Force for about five years. Sergeant Melahn is spending money from her own pocket to help Afghan people."

General Khatul was near tears after learning about Sergeant Melahn's contribution to Afghani women.

"My interpreters said General Khatul was so grateful and she blessed me," Sergeant Melahn said. "She kept saying 'thank you, thank you,' and 'God bless you.'"

"All the women and (Mr. Mayanzai) were very appreciative -- a lot of people are praying for me now," the sergeant said.

After Sergeant Melahn returned to Afghanistan after her rest and relaxation leave, she said all the women asked her if she and her husband were going to buy fuel again.

"I don't think that's possible, but we're looking at other ways to get more fuel if the weather takes a turn for the worse," Sergeant Melahn said.

At Barksdale Air Force Base, La., leadership is proud that the donation came from a local couple. The deeper and longer-lasting impact of the donation may be that the Afghan people understand the United States cares about their well-being and that there is hope for a better life, said Col. Michael Myers, the 2nd Mission Support Group commander.

Colonel Myers said the Melahns are special people who represent the best of the Air Force and Americans.

"Their selfless act of kindness no doubt won hearts and minds in Afghanistan and furthered U.S. efforts to promote democracy in this part of the world," the group commander said.

Their generous donation has caught the attention of others. Since her return to Afghanistan, Barksdale's Chapter 615 of the Air Force Sergeants Association has donated $2000 for heating fuel. A $500 donation also was made by Carole Barton of Langley, Va., and Kevin and Lisa Wright of Texas also contributed to Sergeant Melahn's efforts. The fuel was distributed earlier this month at the Ministry of Defense Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of Women's National Day.


Gen. Myhammadzai Khatul hugs Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Melahn in Afghanistan after learning about the sergeant's donation of heating fuel for Afghani civilians.



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PERU, Ind. — An 11-year-old girl stopped a van that went out of control when her diabetic mother became ill, police said.

Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Joe Swisher said Abigail Parker's actions were "nothing short of heroic."

Besides stopping the van, Abigail kept her mother and 8-year-old brother calm and informed paramedics about her mother's condition, Swisher said.

State police dispatched an ambulance and troopers to U.S. 31 south of Peru on Saturday after the girl called 911 and another person reported a reckless driver.

Officers found the van stopped, partially blocking the southbound lane of the highway. Deborah Parker, 36, of Muncie, who had been driving, was unaware of her surroundings. She was treated for low blood sugar.

Abigail told police her mother had started driving erratically at about 80 mph. The girl said she climbed from the rear seat of the van onto the woman's lap and managed to stop the vehicle before calling 911.

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