Friday Good News Roundup: January 20, 2017
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Do you need some good news going into the weekend? Read Obama’s farewell—it’s a love letter to America. Also, three brothers made some beautiful sculptures out of snow to raise money for clean water, a six-year-old set up a free toy stand for the less fortunate, and a 101-year-old woman shares the secret to a long life.
1. Today: Obama’s farewell is a love letter to America.
Yesterday, President Obama wrote a heartfelt letter to America and said his time in office “made me a better man.” He also wrote that Americans have “been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength.”
2. MSN: Three brothers create giant snow sculptures to raise money for clean water.
Since 2012, Austin, Trevor, and Connor Bartz have been making elaborate snow sculptures outside their home in New Brighton—a small town near Minneapolis. When they realized how popular their creations had become, the brothers decided to use their artistry for good and began collecting donations for global clean water. This year, they’ve raised almost $18,000 with a goal to raise $25,000.
3. Huffington Post: Twitter is flooded with #ThankYouObama.
Thousands of people took to Twitter on Thursday to say farewell and thank you to President Barack Obama. The messages acknowledge Obama's eight years in office, highlighting his administration's accomplishments in promoting inclusivity and diversity.
4. Good News Network: Rather than selling lemonade, a 6-year-old boy set up a free toy stand for the less fortunate.
Blake Work became stressed out when he was cleaning up his toys, and his mom told him some kids don’t have any toys at all. He wanted to do something about it, so his mom advertised free toys on local garage sale sites, and Blake set up a distribution stand. The toys that weren’t given away were donated to his kindergarten teacher and used as prizes for good classroom behavior.
5. MSN: 101-year-old shares the secret to a long life: chocolate.
Eunice Modlin just celebrated her 101st birthday, and said the secret to longevity is eating lots of chocolate. She eats two dark chocolates every day and tries to stay busy even in her old age. It must be working, though her son also revealed that Modlin never drank alcohol or smoked cigarettes, and always ate healthy food straight from her garden.