The VA Is Testing an Implant That Could Allow Paralyzed Veterans to Walk Again

Good News Notes: “Five years ago, Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Burch became the first paralyzed service member to walk to his own promotion ceremony, wearing an exoskeleton that helped him walk and stand to receive his corporal chevrons. Now medically retired, Burch, 26, hopes again to be a trailblazer — the first Department of Veterans Affairs patient…

Nonprofit builds beds for NRV kids in need

Good News Notes: “Across our hometowns, it’s estimated three to four percent of children ages three through 17 do not have beds to sleep in each night. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an international nonprofit dedicated to filling that need, and Saturday, one of its newer chapters was hard at work building beds for children in the…

Tazo Shows How Reforestation Can Make a Difference in Cities, Too

Good News Notes: “Reforestation has become the new best friend of companies seeking to burnish their sustainability profiles, but follow-on studies are beginning to demonstrate that an effective tree planting initiative is more complicated than it may seem. The Tazo Tea Company seeks to avoid the pitfalls and make a strong impact, through a carefully…

RACC Credits Pandemic For Empty Cages

Good News Notes:  “Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) is reporting a staggering decrease in the amount of animals they’ve taken in and high adoption rates at the same time. In turn, cages that normally would be full are empty. The city-run organization will use the extra space to save animals from around the country….

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…

New mother gives birth to LewisGale Medical Center’s 1,000th baby

Good News Notes: “LewisGale Medical Center hit a milestone this week—delivering its 1,000th baby of the year. A baby boy just made his debut as LewisGale Medical Center’s 1,000th baby. Jovan Hash smiled for the camera – unaware of exactly how special he is. His mother, Renee Hash, was delivering her first child Tuesday night,…

Random acts of kindness through Christmas Jars –

Good News Notes: “A Charlottesville native is spreading joy during the holiday season with random acts of kindness. ‘Fifteen years, my family and I experimented with a little jar on the counter that we fill up with spare change. During the holidays, we picked a family to give it away to anonymously. We had no…