RI nonprofit helps 27K+ families put food on the table throughout pandemic

Good News Notes: “The founder of local nonprofit organization tells 12 News that they’ve helped a record number of families put food on the table since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last March. Project Hand Up, created several years ago by Coreen St. Jean, is a food supplement program that offers a variety of products in…

Retired Italian teacher leaves fortune to hospitals, charities

Good News Notes: “A retired Italian teacher has bequeathed more than 25 million euros ($30 million) to hospitals and charities, stunning residents of the northern city of Genoa where she lived who had no inkling of her wealth. Marisa Cavanna died in December aged 96. She was described as a reserved woman who never got…

8-year-old starts charity to help homeless children

Good News Notes: “She recently donated $500 to Joy House, a women’s shelter in Milwaukee. For her birthday and at Christmas, she asked for toy donations to the shelter instead of gifts as well. ‘To have someone so young, excited to be giving to individuals that are less fortunate than she is is awesome. I’m…

Twin Cities nonprofit opens new kind of tiny home village — and it’s all indoors

Good News Notes: “In a massive North Loop warehouse in Minneapolis, a unique tiny home shelter space is taking shape.  It’s called the Avivo Village — a shelter within a shelter.  ‘We’re calling them tiny homes, they really are rooms,’ says Emily Bastian, Avivo’s vice president of ending homelessness. ‘Something COVID-safe, something that they could…

Sen. Warren to donate proceeds of book to Berkshires nonprofit

Good News Notes: “Senator Elizabeth Warren will donate a portion of the proceeds from her new children’s book debuting this fall to Girls Inc. of the Berkshires. The Massachusetts Democrat will debut her picture book, ‘Pinkie Promises,’ in honor of a favorite campaign ritual. The book will feature illustrations by Charlene Chua. Warren is donating…

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate $1 million to food charities in US, Canada

Good News Notes: “Ryan Reynolds  and Blake Lively donated $500,000 each to two organizations fighting hunger in the U.S. and Canada amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The couple made the donations to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. In a statement released by Feeding America on Twitter, the couple said that they are ‘honored and privileged’ to…

100 Lowcountry musicians join voices for charity

Good News Notes: “One song, 100 musicians all for a great cause. The Hilton Head Music and Arts Coalition created this musical online event, bringing in 100 different local musicians during the pandemic to sing and play ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’. Anna Doyle came up with the idea last Summer. She made…

Drive challenge grows into fundraiser to benefit dog charity

Good News Notes: “Winter is always testing us here in the Red River Valley. If it isn’t snow, its cold or wind and maybe, all three together. A local man has decided that this winter’s challenges were enough to stop him. Nick Adamski drives a Jeep Gladiator. The vehicle allows you to remove the doors…