Feel-Good Friday: Tents for Refugees, a Hostel for the Homeless, Stray Dog Living Large and more

There is always plenty to worry about in this world — no shortage of bad news, mean people, disasters, violence and political outrages. And while it’s important to know what’s going on in the world, to be aware of these things (for how else will we be able to change them?) — I think we need the feel-good stories, too. As many as possible.

Because in the midst of all the terrible things that we are deluged with every day, there are rays of sunshine always. Incredible stories of people doing generous things for others. Heroes and kind-hearted folks; strangers who lend a helping hand; young people who take a stand for what’s right; people who rise out of difficult circumstances to do something amazing.

Those are the stories we need to hear, too. Those are the voices that need to be amplified.

Starving Stray Dog Is Rescued and Taken to Pet-Friendly Restaurants All Over LA

While most dogs happily chomp on crunchy kibble and typical canine treats, Popeye—a starving stray turned furry foodie—drools over LA’s trendiest chow. Ivy Diep found the homeless pup wandering the streets in January 2014. Matted, skinny, and alone, Diep decided to take Popeye home with her, where he instantly hit it off with her husband and other canine companions.

One day, she allowed the now 3-4-year-old pooch to tag along on one of her “Instagram dates”—outings in which she and a friend try new restaurants and document their meals on the social media site—and realized that Popeye makes a surprisingly polite dinner date. “I would bring Popeye to any of the pet-friendly places, and we realized how good he was around food,” she told ABC News. “He would sit still for photos.”

Popeye then began making regular appearances in Diep’s restaurant snapshots, prompting her to create Popeye the Foodie Dog, an Instagram account dedicated to his culinary adventures. The page features photographs of Popeye—often clad in adorable themed costumes—patiently posing with plates of food, from steak and sushi to fast food and donuts. While he may look like he’s about to sink his teeth into each delicious meal, Diep confesses that is not quite the case: “We’ll give him nibbles of anything that’s safe for him,” she explains. “We always carry a bag of his favorite treats as well. He’s usually not really into the food anyway. He just likes to be out and about—people watching and to bark at any other dog that walks by.”

Source: My Modern Met

Steve Irwin’s 14-Year-Old Son Is Now An Award-Winning Photographer

Robert Irwin, son of the late Steve Irwin, has inherited his father’s talent in photography and love for the wild.
At 14 years old, Robert Irwin is already an award-winning nature photographer, and at such a young age, he has been a part of several conservation initiatives and his photos will definitely make you appreciate wildlife even more.
According to his website, Robert has been interested in nature since he was a little kid, and you can definitely see it in his work. He aims to encourage people to protect nature and animals through capturing their beauty.
Keep up with Robert’s life and check out some of his stunning works on his Instagram, and take a look at some of his best pictures here.

Source: Just Something

Seth Stewart and his brothers deliver hundreds of roses to widows, single women, and military spouses on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day may be a day of romance for some, but for others, it might just be a reminder of loneliness. That’s why Seth Stewart has spent the last seven years making sure that local widows, single women, and military spouses in Spokane, Washington are not forgotten during the holiday.

Every morning on Valentine’s Day, Stewart and his brothers deliver single red roses to the homes of women who have lost their spouses or had their significant others deployed overseas. 28-year-old Stewart keeps a list of all the women and mothers in his area who he delivers to every year. In the weeks leading up to the holiday, Stewart asks Facebook readers to send him the additional names of women who might need a pick-me-up so he can add them to the list.

Stewart says that he and his brothers generally deliver between 400 to 500 free roses every year with the help of a delivery driving team – but they are hoping to deliver many more roses in the years to come, especially after witnessing the emotional impact that it has had on the recipients.

“Every single year we do this, there are always one or two women who break down sobbing because it means so much to them,” Stewart told CNN.

Source: Good News Network

Woman Invents Refugee Tents That Collect Rainwater and Store Solar Energy

Since 2011, the Syrian Civil War created one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters in the world, with an estimated number of 13.5 million Syrians internally displaced or are refugees outside Syria, according to the United Nations. Facing the difficulty of finding basic shelter and a home to live in, award-winning Jordanian-Canadian architect Abeer Seikaly was inspired to come up with a solution to help transform the lives of these refugees.

Named ‘Weaving a Home’, this design uses a unique structural fabric composed of high-strength plastic tubing molded into sine-wave curves that can expand and enclose during different weather conditions, and also be broken down to allow an ease in mobility and transport.

The tent can also collect rainwater and provide basic sanitation like showering, as the rainwater is collected from the top of the tent and and filters down the sides to storage pockets. Through its innovative engineering design, the tent can also absorb solar energy and transform it into electric energy, which is stored in special batteries.

Source: EgyptianStreets.com

Pret a Manger is Opening Homeless Hostel That Will Provide Jobs and Housing to City’s Rough Sleepers

Pret a Manger will soon be providing dozens of homeless people with housing and employment thanks to a new hostel that they will be opening in London this week.

The café chain’s charity, the Pret Foundation, is opening up the homeless hostel in partnership with West London Mission, a nonprofit that provides assistance and resources to people living in poverty. Located in Kennington, the hostel will be able to house 13 people for up to one year. The company’s CEO, Clive Schlee, says that he hopes to expand the hostel so that it can accommodate 26 people by the end of the year.

He also says that the spacious building is equipped with shared bathroom facilities, kitchen space, and entertainment areas so that it can feel “feel like a home and not a hostel.”

The hostel will also work in conjunction with the company’s Rising Stars project which offers employment in their cafés to formerly homeless people. Over the course of the last 10 years, the program has employed over 450 people; although many participants have still had difficulty finding affordable housing and saving up money for deposits.

That’s why the new hostel will also be offering discounted rent that is proportional to their employee wages – and they won’t be required to put down a deposit.

Source: Good News Network

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