Welcome to the 13th 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!
‘Lasagna Lady’ Serves Thousands of Meals to Those In Need
After she lost her job at a menswear store at Gig Harbour, Michelle Brenner decided to make herself a huge pan of lasagna. She then wrote on her Facebook community page that frozen, store-bought lasagna could not compare to the real Italian homemade deal. She followed up with an offer: “If any of you want some fresh homemade, no calorie counting lasagna, please let me know and I will gladly prepare it.” Brenner used her $1,200 stimulus check to buy ingredients, and then requests began to come in. Soon many people started to show up, even strangers. Nearly 3 months and more than 1000 pans later, Michelle is still at it. 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping the struggling people in her community. “The world as we know it is falling apart, but my two little hands are capable of making a difference,” she said. “I can’t change the world, but I can make lasagna.” To help pay for ingredients, Brenner launched an online fundraiser that quickly reached her goal of $10,000. To date, she has raised $22,000. “I’ll bet I could continue this for the rest of my life. I love creating in the kitchen, but more importantly, I love the people I’ve met,” she said.
Garbage Men In Tears When Residents Surprise Them With ‘Thank You’ Party Attended By Mayor
When Keon and Saul’s huge garbage huge truck rolled down the street into the North Bay Community, they were surprised to find residents who had woken up early to line the road with signs and balloons, simply to say ‘we love you’. Resident Jennifer Elegant wanted to show the appreciation of her and her family, so she set up a socially-distancing surprise ‘thank you’ party to honor the workers she called “extraordinary”. Even the mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber showed up to honor them – because they do much more than just pick up trash. “They bring an incredible, positive energy to the entire neighborhood,” Jennifer said. “Simply put, they spread joy.” One day, Saul spent over 45 minutes sifting through garbage to help a woman look for her wedding ring. On another day, he waited an hour with another resident who was having heart problems and needed an ambulance. “Every day we are surrounded by heroes who bring us inspiration and joy but too often we are unable to recognize these special individuals for the impact they make on others. I wanted Saul and Keon to know that we are thankful from the bottom of our hearts.”
Teens Surprises Deputy With An Act of Kindness
Deputy Manuel Stone said he was getting a quick snack when 3 young teenagers walked up to him. “They walked up with a piece of paper and said, will you do us a favor, and I said sure. They said, don’t open this note until we leave, and I was like okay. So, they left, and I opened it. The note says: ‘We have paid for your meal. Thank you for your service to our community.’ It made me feel really good. I still get a little teary-eyed,” said Deputy Stone. Deputy Stone has kept the note in his patrol car since. Lee County Sheriff Jones told WRBL that everyday at least one person shows their appreciation for him or one of his deputies. “It means so much, more than anyone will ever know. It’s fascinating how a simple piece of paper can be transformed into what our peace officers consider a priceless document when the words of a youngster are applied in support of us,” Sheriff Jones said.
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