April 2012

Blind dog in Oklahoma gets seeing eye dog

Tanner and Blair are an unforgettable pair

Everyone loves a good dog story, but this one takes the cake. Tanner is a beautiful, two-year-old Golden Retriever who was born blind. Tanner also suffers from seizures. The poor pup wound up at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, animal hospital, where a rescue group hoped he could get the care he needed and (eventually) be adopted into a loving family. Nothing was working, and the future looked bleak for the sweet, loving dog.

That's where Blair comes into the picture. Blair, a one-year-old black Laborador mix was brought to the same animal hospital where Tanner was staying, after being shot while roaming the Tulsa city streets. One afternoon a few months ago, the two dogs wound up together outside, and the result is nothing short of incredible.

Six-year-old sells $10K worth of lemonade to help his sick dad

Money will help pay for Drew Cox's father's cancer treatments

When Drew Cox makes up his mind that he wants to help his family, boy does he ever! I love finding great stories, and little Drew's tale fits the bill. This enterprising six-year-old boy found a way to raise money for his father's cancer treatments: He sold lemonade. That in itself is touching, but it's how well this child did with his lemonade sales that will blow your mind.

Drew Cox sold his cups of lemonade for 25 cents each. He raised more than $10,000 in just one day. Yes, you read that correctly: over $10K. Sometimes it's just a matter of getting the story out to the public, isn't it? When people find out what others need, they step up to help. And that is exactly what happened on a recent, beautiful East Texas day.

Trent Richardson takes leukemia survivor to the prom

Football star steps up and makes Courtney Alvis' prom unforgettable

Sometimes, finding great news to write about is challenging. Sadly, it's a fact that the news headlines are dominated far too often by bad news. Occasionally though, I'll hear about a wonderfully positive news story that's unfolding in my own backyard. When that happens, it makes everything just seem better in the world.

That's exactly what happened here in Alabama: Over the past few weeks, I've heard whispers that the University of Alabama's former star running back, Trent Richardson, was going to take a seriously ill young lady to her high school prom. This past Saturday, Trent did exactly that. The story is a two-hanky one, I warn you -- but it's wonderfully inspiring.

Wallet with amazing amount of money in it found -- and returned

Incredible story of honest citizen doing the right thing

Every now and then, we hear stories about people who find wallets with small amounts of cash in them. They return them to the rightful owners, cash included. We say to ourselves, "Gee, that's a good deed." How about this one? In Laguna Beach, California, a person found a wallet with $10,000 in it -- and returned it to the (incredibly grateful) owner!

This has to be one of the best examples of being a Good Samaritan I've ever heard.

Hope amid the rubble: Tuscaloosa family gets new home

Countless volunteers work tirelessly to rebuild city devastated by tornado

It's April 2012. Nearly one year ago, a deadly tornado very nearly brought down my hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. April 27, 2011, is a day that will forever be etched in my memory. Even now, nearly one year later, I can recall the events of that day and the days that followed with terrible clarity. If you've lived through a disaster of this magnitude, you know that the experiences you have never leave you. It's very easy to give in to feelings of desperation and overwhelming sadness.

What helps me (and I suspect, many others) hope is volunteering. This story is just one of so many that have emerged in the wake of the Tuscaloosa tornado -- but it gives me hope. Sometimes good news is all we need. Volunteers continue their backbreaking work in my city today. This afternoon, in fact, I saw a group of volunteers working to rebuild several homes in a neighborhood very near my own. It's work like this that made it possible for Amie Hall and Keith Matthews (and their three young children) to have a new home today -- after the tornado ripped apart their old home and very nearly took their lives.