Incredible Good News: In 1988 there were about 350,000 new cases of polio (infantile paralysis) world-wide.
In 2015, there were 100!
For those of us who remember our fears of the dreaded Poliomyelitis and the brave President of the United States, Frankin Delano Roosevelt, who suffered from the devastating effects of this scourge, the idea that we may live to see the complete end of this horror is incredibly joyful!
When U.S. airspace was closed on 9-11, Delta flight 15 and 52 other airplanes from all over the world were diverted to New Foundland where, under the direction of the Red Cross, the small town of Gander and surrounding communities sent convoys of school buses to ferry 10,500 stranded passengers to high schools, meeting halls, and lodges where they found cots, or mats with sleeping bags and pillows.
Families were kept together. The elderly were taken to private homes. Women's-only facilities were made available.
Man Wins on Lottery Ticket
High school kids worked overtime to take care of the "plane people".
Stranded passengers were offered phone calls and e-mails once a day.
All were offered a choice of excursions to boat on lakes and harbors, or to visit forests. Bakeries baked fresh bread. Food was either delivered, or eateries served it up. Tokens to laundromats were offered. Every need was met. The Red Cross knew where each person was and when to shuttle them back for re-boarding.
A flight attendant recalls, "When passengers reboarded, it was like they had been on a cruise. They were swapping stories, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight to Atlanta looked like a party. The passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers and addresses.
"Then, one of our business passengers stood up and stated he would like to do something for the town of Lewisporte. He wanted to set up a trust fund under the name DELTA 15 to provide college scholarships for their high school students. He asked for donations. When the paper came back with names, phone numbers, and addresses, it totaled $14,500!"
The gentleman, who was a Virginia doctor, said he would ask Delta headquarters to donate. He promised to match each donation and start the fund's administration.
The choreographed care the Red Cross provided for the 10,000 stranded airline travelers reportedly was a plan some 40 years old constructed in case of nuclear attack against New York City.
Given as Wedding Gift
Andreas Schmitz, a German man, received a lottery ticket as a wedding gift. It turned out to be a winner, worth a million marks.
Instead of keeping the money, spending it on a fancy honeymoon, he donated it all to a dance company that was in financial straits. The dancers had performed at his wedding.
The 40-year-old businessman said he was giving the lottery win to the dance troupe -- who had disbanded -- to help reestablish a resident company in Cologne. Mr. Schmitz says he's already been lucky in life and he felt his new fortune came with an obligation. "If I win again, I'll donate that money too."
Garden of Eatin'
Marshall Levit of Houston, Texas, was 14 years old and seeking an Eagle Scout project. He looked at the large parcel of land next to his synagogue. Where others saw only a vacant lot filled with weeds, Levit imagined a lush, organic garden whose yield would feed the poor, hungry, and homeless.
Undaunted by the fact that he knew nothing about gardening, and undeterred by the scope of the task, Levit persuaded the synagogue to donate the land. This 14-year-old took seriously his religion's dictum to feed the hungry, and he insisted that his synagogue take it seriously. Levit reports that, "Adults did not embrace this issue or support it. There were doubts and skepticism. But I had a vision of what could happen."
Levit solicited donations of expertise, money, seeds, tools, and labor from the community. His vision and enthusiasm persuaded dozens of volunteers to help him create five 40' x 5' beds on the vacant lot, which he dubbed The Garden of Eatin.' Levit pressed particularly hard to get volunteers from his synagogue to join him in planting, weeding, and watering under the hot Texas sun.
Levit kept the garden productive throughout his high school years, working there at least two days a week. Before he left for college, he organized volunteers to provide leadership in his absence. During summer breaks, he still works in the garden that he started as a teenager. His work has generated thousands of servings of organic produce each year delivered to the food pantry at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Houston.
For over eight years, the garden has meant more than simply having additional items available at the food pantry. Food banks-and the poor they serve-typically cannot afford fresh produce. One family wrote to the garden's volunteers, "May God bless you for your generosity toward the needy of this parish."
Marshall Levit says, "We're giving not just food, but time and love."
Most gardens grow only fruits and vegetables. The Garden of Eatin' yields a harvest of love, compassion, and sharing.
Department Of Jokes That Are Horrible But Funny !
A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: "That's the ugliest baby that I've ever seen."
The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming.
She says to a man next to her, "That driver just insulted me!"
The man says, "Well, you go right up there and tell him off!
"Go ahead, I'll hold your monkey for you."