Welcome to the 14th 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!
Starbucks Barista Earns Over $100,000 in Tips Because He Refused To Serve A Customer Not Wearing A Mask
A GoFundMe set up for the employee Lenin Gutierrez has raised over $100,000 as of Wednesday, shortly after being posted online. “Raising money for Lenin for his honorable effort standing his ground when faced with a Karen in the wild,” the creator of the fundraiser, Matt Cowan, wrote in the description of the page. The page was created after a customer posted a photo of Gutierrez in his masks at Starbucks complaining that she was not served because she did not have her mask, defying the country’s guidelines.
“Meet lenen from Starbucks who refused to serve me cause I’m not wearing a mask. Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption,” Amber Lynn Gilles wrote in a Facebook post that’s been shared over 50,000 times. Cowan told KGTV he has been surprised to see how many people are donating. “I set it at $1,000 thinking that was a reach but we would be lucky if we hit like $250, and when we hit $100 I was overwhelmed by that,” he told the outlet. Lenin posted a video on Facebook on the 24th of June thanking all his donors. In the video, he said that his dream is to become a dancer and he can use this money to pursue this goal.”With this donation I can make these dreams a reality. I can fuel my passion even better now,” he said.
Volunteer ‘Sewing Squad’ Has Made and Distributed Over 55K Masks To Vulnerable Communities in Three Months
Kristina Wong is an actress and comedian who is known for her one-woman shows. The artist was preparing for the debut for her new show just before the pandemic hit the US. “I was set to tour all over the country. The pandemic happened and I was like, ‘Oh, of course this happened.'” At the beginning of the lockdown, the material for masks was limited, and Kristina had old pieces of fabric laying around in her home since she sews her own stage props. “I was like ‘I can do this. I can sew.’ I just sort of refuse to believe that we’re powerless in these situations,” she said. “I made my first mask on March 20th. I posted on my Facebook page ‘If you are immunocompromised or don’t have access to masks, I’ll make you a mask. Just reimburse me $5 for postage.'”
Hundreds of requests poured in for masks, and Wong soon realized she couldn’t do all of it on her own, so she posted a plea for help. Others began volunteering so Wong launched a Facebook group called the “Auntie Sewing Squad.” What started as a group of 26 people has grown to have over 800 members. So far, the group has distributed more than 55,000 masks to communities in need. While Wong is frustrated that everyone has to pull sheets off their beds to make masks instead of the government providing, she is still proud of the group’s success.
After Viral Video, People Raised Over $62,000 For 70-Year-Old Paleta Vendor’s Retirement
On Father’s Day, Michaelangelo Mosqueda posted a video on TikTok that went viral. In the video (below), he bought all 70-year-old Don Rasario’s Paleta’s so that he could go home and spend Father’s Day with his family. Mosqueda decided to take his good deed a step forward and launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help Rosario retire.
They aimed to raise $10,000 and have currently raised over $62,000. “Millions of thanks to everyone that shared and donated to make this all possible!” Mosqueda wrote on GoFundMe. “We have met and surpassed our goal to raise Don Rosario’s donations. I am connected with the GoFundMe team and taking all the steps to get Don Rosario all of his Donations. Donations will be ending now, thank you all who contributed in any way! We can’t wait to present Don Rosario with his Donations, please be patient!”
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