Good News of the Week: December 9, 2016
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If you’re in need of some good news this weekend, a Muslim-owned restaurant announced it will serve free Christmas dinner to those in need, Mike Pence’s strong-legged doppelgänger is raising money for the LGBTQ community, and there’s a new invention that’s helping people with Parkinson’s Disease.
A sign outside their storefront reads, “No one eats alone on Christmas Day. We are here to sit with you.” The restaurant is offering free, three-course meals from noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas for those who need it.
Every December, millions of balikbayan—a gigantic box filled with presents for entire families—arrive at people’s homes as part of a Christmas tradition in the Philippines. Instead of fancy luxury gifts, many boxes are filled with thoughtful, if practical, items from tins of Spam to toothpaste.
A gay man who looks like Vice President-elect Mike Pence is hitting the pavement in New York City wearing short shorts and raising money and awareness about LGBTQ rights, the environment, and women’s health.
Earlier this week, Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway announced that working for Trump’s administration would be out of the question because she’s a mom of four. Women like Gina McCarthy, the Administrator of the EPA, and Jen Psaki, the White House Communications Director, may beg to differ.
An invention by computer scientist Haiyan Zhang created a device that counteracts the tremors caused by Parkinson’s by vibrating in opposition. The device is currently being tested and tried by people with the disease.