Hurricane Irma: Lowe’s customer gives last generator to fellow shopper

by: Jason Kelly, WFTV ABC Channel 9 Orlando

>>>ORLANDO, Fla. – Natural disasters often cause death and destruction, but the looming threat of Hurricane Irma has brought out the best in some Central Florida residents.

Customers have gone store-to-store searching for plywood, drinking water, gas cans and generators, many leaving empty-handed.

Managers at the Lowe’s store at South Semoran Boulevard and Lake Margaret Drive near Orlando’s Conway neighborhood said they received a surprise shipment of 216 generators at about 7 a.m. Thursday. All were sold within two hours.

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Pam Brekke, who traveled almost 30 miles from her Sanford home to the Orlando store, was next in line to purchase a generator when she watched workers load the final unit onto a cart for the customer who was standing before her in line.

Brekke said she spent days staring at empty store shelves.

“My father’s on oxygen, and I’m worried about this storm,” she said while wiping tears from her eyes.

Customer Ramon Santiago randomly approached Brekke and gave her the generator he was going to buy without knowing why she was in tears.

“She need the generator,” said Santiago, whose first language isn’t English. “It’s OK. No worry for them.”

The two embraced and Santiago continued his shopping.

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© 2017 Cox Media Group.

“I’m very overwhelmed by that man,” a tearful Brekke said. “That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man.”

Brekke said it’s encouraging to see people help one another during such a stressful time.

Store managers said they’re unsure if they’ll receive another shipment of generators since each store in the state needs more.

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Calls To Suicide Prevention Hotlines Increased By 50 Percent After Logic’s VMA Performance Of “1-800-273-8255”



Towards the end of the 2017 MTV VMAs last Sunday, Logic took the stage with Khalid and Alessia Cara to perform “1-800-273-8255,” his track about his own struggles with severe depression and suicide prevention.

The rapper was also joined by suicide attempt survivors, who wore t-shirts with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number. As CNN reports, calls to the lifeline increased by 50 percent following the performance.

“It’s not just about the calls; it’s about increasing awareness about suicide, and suicide prevention in particular,” John Draper, director of the lifeline, told CNN. “The calls don’t even begin to count the number of people who, just by listening to the song and hearing the lyrics, feel more hopeful and less alone.”

Watch Logic’s performance with Khalid and Alessia Cara below.

10 Hurricane Harvey Stories That Will Give You Hope For America


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by Tyler Durden,

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

While it’s true there are a lot of stories about division and heartlessnessthere are many stories coming out of storm-torn Texas that will give you hope for humanity again.

Kindness and love for our neighbors isn’t dead, despite a politically divided country. This is proof that we can work together and give selflessly.

This isn’t to underplay the death and destruction, but to highlight our humanity in the face of disaster.

Below, you can find 10 of my favorite heart-warming stories so far.

1. Four teenage boys rescued more than 50 people in Houston.  After waking up to discover his beloved truck was under water, a 17-year-old Texas boy enlisted his younger brother and two other teens to get on a fishing boat and rescue more than 50 people – and their pets – and bring them to the safety of a local shelter. (source)

2. Members of the Cajun Navy resuscitated an elderly woman found floating face-down in the flood water.As they were guiding their boat down a waterway that was formerly a road, three volunteers realized that what they initially thought was debris was an elderly woman. They jumped in and began resuscitating her in the water, saving her life. They were able to reunite her with her family and say she is doing well. This isn’t the first time that the Cajun Navy has thrown themselves wholeheartedly into a rescue effort, and Houston is welcoming their contributions. (source)

3. When a stranded woman went into labor, a human chain, a fire department, and a dump truck got her to the hospital. Luckily for a woman who went into labor early, the neighborhood worked together to get her to the hospital in time to give birth. As her new baby girl required intensive care immediately after she was born, it was a good thing that she was not born at home. (source)


They used a human chain to get her safely to the truck!! (Video shot by my roommate) Happy thoughts & prayers to the new parents!

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4.  Some employees who were stranded at a bakery by the flood made bread for hungry survivors. The bakers were stuck at the bakery for two days, but instead of being idle, they worked all night long to make hundreds of loaves of pan dulce bread to help nourish fellow flood victims. (source)

5. Bass Pro provided 80 boats for search and rescue efforts. When Houston officials ran out of boats, they asked for volunteers with boats to come and help out. Bass Pro answered the call with the use of 80 of their boats and $40,000 in emergency supplies. (source)

6. Two furniture stores turned their locations into pet-friendly shelters. Mattress Mac welcomed displaced residents, their children, and their pets into their stores to provide them with a comfortable place to stay. (source)

7. A storm chaser rescued a lost dog. A storm chaser stopping for gas on his way home was surprised when a bedraggled dog hopped into his Jeep. After he posted a photo on social media, he was able to connect with the dog’s owner and return him. (source)

8A reporter and camera crew in a boat rescued a stranded family shouting for help. As the crew went past a home, they heard people calling for a help. The family’s home was being flooded with waist-high water. Their elderly mother suffered from Alzheimer’s. They were helped onto the boat and taken to shelter. (source)

9Not one to let a disaster get him down, this man caught a fish in his living room. Watch these three videos…

10. Anheiser Busch stopped producing beer to can water. The Georgia brewery stopped production to provide 155,000 cans of safe drinking water for flood victims.

We’re sending more than 155,000 cans of emergency drinking water to those affected by . Stay safe everyone.

These stories go to show you that we can all look past race, politics, and religious disagreements to help our neighbors, keep our spirits up, and perform acts of kindness. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could continue acting like neighbors after the disaster has passed?

10-year-old boy delivers his baby brother and saves his life


Jayden rushed to grab a nasal aspirator that was normally used by his 11-month-old sister, Remi (above), to help save Daxx’s life. (Credit: Ashly Moreau)

by Scott Stump, TODAY

Once his little brother, Daxx, is old enough to understand, Jayden Fontenot, 10, will have an amazing story to tell him about saving his life on the day he was born.

Fontenot not only helped his mother, Ashly Moreau, deliver his baby brother on the bathroom floor of the family’s home in Sulphur, Louisiana, his swift actions to grab a nasal aspirator saved the boy’s life when the infant initially wasn’t breathing.


Jayden Fontenot, 10, helped save the life of his baby brother, Daxx, and his mother, Ashly Moreau, when she prematurely went into labor and started bleeding profusely (Credit: Ashly Moreau)

“I said to Jayden, ‘You’ll always have a special bond with your brother,”’ Moreau told TODAY. “I’m just so proud of him. He saved our lives.”

Making the story, which was first reported by NBC affiliate KPLC, even more remarkable was the fact that Moreau was also bleeding profusely during the birth, and the baby was initially in the breech position.

The 36-year-old had gotten up to go to the bathroom on the morning of Aug. 11 when her water broke well ahead of the baby’s due date of Sept. 20.

She was then incredulous as she looked down and saw the baby’s feet sticking out of her, which meant the boy was in the breech position that increases the risk of complications.

Her fiance, Kelsey Richard, had already left for his job as a mechanical engineer, so Moreau called for Jayden and sent him next door to get his grandmother, Francis Soileau. However, Soileau had just undergone back surgery and wasn’t able to walk, so she called 911 as Jayden sprinted back to help his mother.

“I said (to Jayden), ‘You’re going to have to deliver your brother, and we have to do it fast because the baby’s feet are turning blue and he can’t breathe,” Moreau said. “He said, ‘Tell me what I need to do and I’ll do it.”’


Jayden rushed to grab a nasal aspirator that was normally used by his 11-month-old sister, Remi (above), to help save Daxx’s life. (Credit: Ashly Moreau)

Moreau was also bleeding profusely from what doctors later told her was most likely her placenta detaching from the wall of her uterus because of the premature birth.

“I was crying, but I just tried to stay calm and collected,” she said. “Jayden was so calm that it made me more calm. I could see he was scared, but he knew he had to do it.”

Jayden helped move Daxx out of the breech position by gently rotating him when his mother instructed him.

14 Years Later: Larry Nance Jr., Soldier Pen Pal Reconnect




When serving in the United States military in 2003, Bianca Snow couldn’t have predicted that her 10-year-old pen pal would grow up to become a Los Angeles Laker.

Then again, with the way little Larry Nance Jr. wrote about his NBA-player father and his fandom of the Lakers, maybe she could have.

On Sunday, Snow reached out to Nance on Twitter, posting two letters that the now-24-year-old wrote to her while she was overseas.

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Snow told Nance that she kept the letters he sent and that she is glad his dream of playing in the NBA came true.

In a 2014 Facebook status that she also tweeted, she wrote about how the letters helped her and that she intended to thank the person who sent them.

Three years later she did, and Nance responded with an invitation to watch him play.

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Snow accepted her pen pal’s offer.

Later she tweeted her thanks from support that poured in from those that saw her exchange with Nance.

Below are the contents of Nance’s letters.

Dear U.S. Soldier,

My name is Larry Nance. I have 1 sister, 1 brother that annoy me all the time. My dad played in the N.B.A.

Thank you for fighting for us in the war. You must be brave and miss your family.

I hope you get home soon and see your family soon.

Good luck.

Sincerly [sic],
Larry Nance

Dear U.S. Soldier,

Is the war almost over? Where is Saddam? How are you? I’m fine. Thank you for writing back. Where are you?

Are you good at basketball? I like the Lakers too they are wining there [sic] series with the Timberwolves. Who is your favorite player? Mine is Shaq. Who do you want to get LeBron James? I want the Cavs to get LeBron, that is because my dad played for the Cavs. His number is retired in the Gund Arena.

And Again Thank you!!

Larry Nance


Good Samaritans Jump In Canal To Rescue Elderly Man Trapped In Truck


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Norman LaBarge, 79, of Tremonton, Utah, is grateful for the three good Samaritans that came to his aid Wednesday after he drove his truck into a canal on state Route 30.

LaBarge is diabetic and said his blood sugar had gotten a little low, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

“I remember bouncing off the guard rails, and I remember going over toward the canal, and then the next thing I knew is there was water coming in,” LaBarge said.

Several people stopped to help, including Adam Blanchard, a Fire Department volunteer who was about a mile away when he heard there was a vehicle that had gone off the road into the canal. He, along with Utah Highway Patrol trooper Justin Zilles and a third man ran into the canal.

The good Samaritans were able to pull him out of the truck through the passenger side.

“As soon as we got him out, the vehicle went submerged and went up against the bank into the bridge,” Blanchard said.



Blanchard and Zilles walked LaBarge to an ambulance, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Had the good Samaritans arrived a few seconds later, LaBarge said he could have drowned.

“It could have been much, much worse, yes, especially if when the truck went under, I was still in the truck,” he said. “Of course, it would have been catastrophically worse, but they got me out before that happened, so those good Samaritans really saved the day.”


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VIDEO: Man spreads positivity across the U.S.


“Big Dave” Sylvester hugs a woman on his tour across America. (Credit: Brittainy Hall and Brianna Rohlehr)

by Sheeka Sanahori, USA Today: July 21, 2017



JACKSON, Miss. — His sign says, “Hi my name is Big Dave.” He scours coffee shops, beaches, and anywhere else there will likely be a crowd. He’s looking for three things: A hug, a high five, or small talk.

This is Dave Sylvester’s mission in America: to spread positivity through simple interactions.

“I’m just here to make people smile,” Sylvester said. “I think if we can at least have a base of communication via a smile and a hug and high 5 then we can communicate on other issues, and maybe make a difference in the world.”

Sylvester began spreading love worldwide after his friend died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He biked across three continents, volunteering at charities along the way.

Now he’s driving across the United States. “Big Dave” started in Delaware, then drove south, making stops in North Carolina, Georgia, and more. He’s now heading west through Texas.

He keeps track of every person he hugs and high fives with a counter. He’s met interacted with thousands of people.

When Dave Sylvester was getting ready to leave his hotel in Jackson, Mississippi to head to New Orleans, he heard that an airplane crashed in Leflore County, Mississippi. He knew a detour was in order.

“I figured why go hug a bunch of people that probably are drunk, and come here and embrace some people that probably really really need it.”

Going to the scene of a plane crash was one of the more somber stops on “Big Dave’s” trek across America. But he’s willing to make an impact on anyone, no matter what they may be going through.

‘I missed my nap for this’: 101-year-old sprinter breaks 100-meter dash record


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 July 15, 2017


Watch your back, Usain Bolt — there’s a new 100-meter dash superstar and she looks unstoppable.

Meet 101-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, who on Saturday became the oldest female athlete to ever compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships. Not only that, but by running the 100 meters in 40.12 seconds, she shaved more than six seconds off the current certified world record for women aged 100 or older.

Astonishingly, that wasn’t even a personal best. This month, at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., Hawkins ran the dash in 39.62 seconds. If either of those times get certified in December, she will become the official world-record holder.

And to think, she may have missed her shot at making track and field history if she opted to follow her original plans for the day.

“[I] missed my nap for this,” she said (via USATF) on Saturday at the event at Louisiana State University, not far from where Hawkins lives in Baton Rouge.

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Hawkins is a natural talent. An avid bicyclist,
she said she only began training for track
and field last year.
“I’m always outside and the phone always rings, and I come running in is how I knew I could run,” she told The Post last month:

Hawkins, who was born in Wisconsin in 1916, said she likes “the feeling of being independent,” as well as the challenge. She also likes impressing her family, which includes the four children she had with her late husband, Murray, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“Having a momma that can do this pleases them, and it pleases me to please them,” the former schoolteacher said.

Today, Hawkins spends most of her waking hours being active (no surprise). Along with running and cycling, she’s an avid gardener.

She’s also humble.

Asked about how she thought her race went on Saturday, she told the Advocate, “This time I wasn’t feeling like I was going that fast.”

Strangers step up after man with Down syndrome loses home, movie collection


Strangers from across the country are donating movies to Mark Orsillo, a 34-year-old with Down syndrome, who lost his collection in a California wildfire. (Credit: DANIELLE DEVINE)


As a raging wildfire closed in on their Oroville, California, home on Saturday, Steve and Vicki Orsillo knew they only had about 20 minutes to evacuate.

They quickly gathered their valuables — photographs, important documents and a small suitcase full of clothes. But Mark Orsillo, their 34-year-old son with Down syndrome, was only concerned about saving one thing: his movie collection.

Mark’s sister, Danielle Devine, grabbed two garbage bags and began stuffing them full of movies. She only ended up saving about 20 DVDs out of his collection of about 300.

“He has all the movies from the ’90s. He’s been collecting them for years,” Devine told CBS News. “That’s Mark’s life. He’s a movie guy.”

One Monday, Devine broke the news to Mark that the wildfire burned down around 100 buildings in their neighborhood. When she explained that their childhood home was “incinerated” and nothing was salvageable — not even a single movie — Mark began to cry.

“He was really struggling,” Devine explained. “He’s usually so happy all the time. I felt bad I didn’t grab more.”


Danielle Devine and her brother, Mark Orsillo. (Credit: DANIELLE DEVINE)

So, Devine took to Facebook, where she asked friends and family members if they would consider donating a movie or two. Within hours, her post went viral with more than 1,300 shares and 200 comments.

“I have a box of close to 500 DVDs in my basement,” one Facebook user replied. “I’ll try and look through for these tonight.”

“Little Mermaid, Madagascar 2 and Spy Kids 2 coming your way! They will be shipped from Amazon,” another added.

Twenty-four hours later, Devine received about 400 videos addressed to her brother.

“He’s probably going to have more movies than he had before,” Devine joked.

On Tuesday, Devine told her brother what strangers from across the country had done for him, and he couldn’t help but smile.

“Are you kidding me? Are you serious?” Mark repeated.

But the generosity doesn’t end there.

Dozens of people have also chipped in, raising $10,000 to help the family rebuild their house.

“[My parents] are not going to be able to build a house for 6 to 7 months. They’re rebuilding on that same lot,” Devine explained. “After all, it’s Mark’s forever home.”


Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem – An Optimist’s View of the World


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A WONDERFUL piece from Kaia Roman from the Huffington Post about rising above the bad news in today’s world! This is what Some Positive Space is all about.

By Kaia Roman, Huffington Post

Bad news abounds these days. Violence. Hate. War. Terrorism. Environmental destruction. Political insanity. It all seems so…bad. And I don’t know about you, but when my social media feed is filled with the news it has been of late, each story more disturbing than the last, I start to lose hope.

I start to wonder if we’re going to make it as a civilization, or if we’ll soon be handing the planet over to the cockroaches and mosquitoes (nothing seems to wipe them out).

But what if things aren’t actually as bad as they seem? What if our view about what’s happening in the world is distorted by the very means by which we learn about it? In fact, violence of all types has been on the decline for thousands of years.

According to Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, we’re actually living in the most peaceful era since the existence of our species. Pinker crunched the numbers in his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, and displayed the facts in cold, hard diagrams.

Homicide, war-related deaths, genocide, rape, violence against children, direct deaths from political violence (including terrorism)—have all been steadily declining for decades. Seems inconceivable, right? The thing is, we usually don’t see it this way because of both the nature of news and the function of our brains.

As Pinker says,

“News is about things that happen, not about things that don’t happen. If you base your beliefs about the state of the world on what you read in the news, your beliefs will be incorrect. You never see a reporter standing on the streets of Angola, Sri Lanka, or Vietnam saying ‘I’m here reporting that a war has not broken out today.’ It’s only by looking at data on the world as a whole that you get an accurate picture of the trends.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. Our ability to be in constant contact with each other has created a web of support, connection, informed action, and entertainment that I truly appreciate. But our capacity to hear about atrocities in real-time, coupled with our frequent exposure to bad news, activates an inborn cognitive bias in our brains that predisposes us to remember negative input more readily than positive.

This can quickly create a formula for hopelessness.

Our brains have a built in “negativity bias,” which means we pay far more attention to and are much more strongly influenced by negative than by positive information. Our brains are set up this way on purpose—being cautious keeps us safe.

But this negativity bias can override our perception of reality to the point that we see the world as much worse than it really is. And the sooner we realize that, the faster we can turn our attention toward solutions rather than problems.

We’re more empowered to make a difference for positive change when we’re feeling hopeful rather than fearful. In a state of fear, our brain’s amygdala is activated—triggering the instincts of fight, flight, or freeze—which hinders the ability of the prefrontal cortex to do its best thinking.

Look, I’m not suggesting that we all go bury our heads in the sand. But each act of optimism, each morsel of good news, in this day and age, is a powerful act to help to turn the tide.

There is violence, there is hatred, there is darkness in the world, to be sure. But there is also immeasurable love, incalculable kindness, and infinite light. Look for small ways to spread optimism where you can—this can be as simple as a smile.

Every act of love, kindness, and hope—even each positive thought—counterbalances the opposite forces that are also present in the world.

As the song goes, Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.

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