A Canada charity gave $7,500 to homeless people, here’s what happened

Good News Notes: “A Canadian project studying the impact of giving cash directly to homeless people told the CBC on Thursday their findings were ;beautifully surprising.’ The New Leaf Project, a program of Foundations for Social Change, a Vancouver-based charity, began in 2018, and awarded a group of Lower Mainland homeless people a cash payment of…

Woman shares backstory to her viral happy dance

Good News Notes: “It’s a moment captured on camera that speaks a thousand words and it’s given a world dealing with a pandemic something to smile about. The video shows a young woman leaving an interview, and thinking no one is around, does her own happy dance that was caught on surveillance cameras. ‘When I…

Charles Barkley donates $50,000 to Mom’s Pantry food bank in Phoenix

Good News Notes:  “Mom’s Pantry executive director Pam Trudeau expressed her gratitude for Barkley’s donation in a statement. ‘Words can’t express how excited we are to receive a gift of this magnitude from Mr. Barkley,’ Trudeau said in the statement. ‘Mr. Barkley’s donation will help provide food for thousands of people including veterans, retired folks,…

Reno actor overcomes addiction, succeeds in Hollywood

Good News Notes;  “Chris Browning has come a long way since his days in Reno. And so has the city itself. ‘You know, Plumb lane had cows on it,’ said Browning. He lived in Reno until he was 8, moving away with his mother. But he spent his summers here with his dad, and later…

Painter Uses His Art to Tell His Story of Addiction and Homelessness

Good News Notes: “For Lucas Joel Macauley, art has been a refuge. His life took a turn after seeing a successful career as a tattoo artist and shop owner come crashing down due to addiction. Macauley found himself living on the streets for several years after losing his most important relationships and all of his possessions….

Leading with kindness, one sandwich at a time

Good News Notes: “Sometimes just one thoughtful act can lead to a domino effect of positivity throughout the community. One local business is trying to do just that by leading with kindness, and encouraging others to do the same. Viannie Wu is the owner of Da J3rk Spot. She’s bringing the flavors of her home…

Jewel opens up about homelessness, mental health struggle

Good News Notes: “Jewel candidly recalled her terrifying days being homeless and shoplifting before she made it as a pop star. ‘There have been days where I was homeless for a year, when I was 18 and absolutely terrified,’ she said, ‘having panic attacks, shoplifting … days I thought I would just pass out. I…