Restaurant owners pay it forward during KC Restaurant Week

Good News Notes: “When diners go out to eat for KC Restaurant Week, they’ll be helping one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Don Bosco Centers are among the beneficiaries and will receive some of the proceeds from restaurant owners. While it includes a community center and an ESL school, it also…

More than One Third of Brazilians Are Buying Less Meat During COVID-19

Good News Notes: “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than one third (34 percent) of Brazilians are actively buying less meat, according to data compiled by market research firm GlobalData. The data also showed that 14 percent of Brazlians are purchasing more meat replacements. A similar trend is emerging in China, where GlobalData found that…

Local community members make special hats for newborns

Good News Notes: “No matter what may be going on in the world, few things embody hope like welcoming a baby. Despite hospital volunteer groups not meeting in person like they used to because of the pandemic, one group is still helping parents celebrate one of life’s most precious gifts. Members of Alamance Presbyterian Church’s Knit,…

Despite the times, Hokies give back to NRV community

Good News Notes: “Though the Hokies wished it could have been in person, they had to adjust to the times due to Covid-19 protocols and change their annual event with the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley that takes place around the holiday season. After hosting the event inside the Hahn Hurst Basketball…

Petting zoo animals bringing holiday cheer to seniors

Good News Notes: “In Las Vegas, petting zoo animals are spreading holiday cheer. Video being shared throughout social media shows a camel going into a Bath & Body Works store. ‘Most people are not used to seeing camels and any time we take him anywhere, it’s always a big reaction,’ Nancy Rouas, owner of Petting…

The Vermont Foodbank receives $9 million donation

Good News Notes:  “The Vermont Foodbank has received a $9 million donation — the largest gift amount seen by the nonprofit — from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. Scott divorced Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in July 2019. As part of the divorce settlement, Scott received $38 billion of Bezos’ estate, making her the world’s wealthiest woman. Since…

Wildlife Safari introduces ‘Zoomfari’ virtual tours

Good News Notes:  “Wildlife Safari is bringing their animals to your computer screen with their new “Zoomfari” program. The program is an animal encounter, but it is done virtually over Zoom. Wildlife Safari staff said they started the program a few months ago when they wanted to find a way for visitors to keep enjoying…

Grand Rapids men’s housing charity gets creative with rooftop fundraiser

Good News Notes: “Exodus Place, a local men’s housing charity, took its fundraiser to the next level with a rooftop sit-in. As the weather gets colder and public amenities limit capacity or shut down due to COVID-19, it is a trying time for those experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids. In solidarity, Exodus Place is holding…

Zoom’s Branded Act Of Kindness

Good News Notes: “This Thanksgiving, instead of families gathering around a kitchen table, many will congregate around a webcam, smartphone or tablet.  And Zoom is making sure they can do it free of charge. Earlier this month, the videoconferencing company – which has experienced explosive growth during the pandemic – announced that on Thanksgiving it…