Welcome to the 11th volume of Some Good News: Deetox Edition. Our main goal is to show you stories that will put a smile on your face and distract you from all the negative things going on in the world! We release SGN: Deetox Edition every Tuesday and Thursday of the week. If you have any positive news that you would like to share with us, make sure you send it to us via social media platforms @deetoxtoday!
A 9-Year-Old and Her Friends Have Raised Around $100,000 Selling Bracelets To Help Black-Owned Businesses
Wanting to try something new, Kamryn Jhonson and 5 of her friends from Minneapolis neighbouring city Chanhassen decided to open a friendship bracelet stand to help black-owned businesses affected by protests after the death of George Floyd. Led by Kamryn, the group named their stand “Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets For Unity & Justice.” Since setting up the stand on May 30, the kids have raised over $90,000 through sales of the bracelets, donations, and online fundraising. Kamryn’s dad, former NFL player Ron Johnson told CNN, “She has a huge heart and simply wanted to be of help in whatever way she could. She and her friends are finding ways to feed the families of Minneapolis and give back to their community in the way they know how.”
Man Known for His Bad Dad Jokes is Looking for the Worst One of All – For a Good Cause
Tom started posting jokes during the lockdown to help improve his mood, which was getting a little crabby being a self-employed worker in the environmental field. It was his wife who suggested it, saying he loves all things corny. His jokes – which he usually picks with his 11-year-old daughter Darcy – became viral, and the Washington Post wrote an article, the Schrubens began noticing a lot more people in front of their home, and also started hearing from people around the country. One of Tom’s favorites: If two vegans get into an argument, is it still considered a beef? With the surplus of jokes he was getting, Tom decided to pay it forward. He’s holding a Father’s Day Bad Dad Joke contest, with entries costing a suggested donation of at least $5. He plans to send all money he collects to Martha’s Table, a nonprofit that supports children and their families.
Billy Flannigan has Pedaled 3,000 Miles To Give Others a Smile
Billy Flannigan, who has been working at Disney for almost 40 years has ridden his bicycle thousands of miles in the past few months with one simple mission in mind: to give others a little cheer. “This is my way to be social and be safe at the same time,” Flanigan said. “I ding-dong the doorbell, back up and do my song and dance.” The surprise visits have been named: A “Flannigram,” and social media is filled with posts captioned “I’ve been Flannigram-ed!” According to Billy, he has pedaled over 3000 miles and said hello to over 265 friends and colleagues. “He just honors the special connection the people in the community have created for each other,” one person said. “It’s really incredible to see him make everybody feel so good.” “It’s just a short visit, a little song, it’s silly,” he said. “But I love to make people smile. If I can brighten someone’s day, I want to do it.”