Friday Good News Roundup: March 31, 2017
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This good news roundup is just what you need to start the weekend off right.
1. SoulPancake: Watch This Video and Think About Who You'd Thank If You Could
SoulPancake partnered with Vitamix to give chefs an opportunity to show their gratitude for an important person in their life. Nick Liberato, executive chef at the Venice Whaler, wanted to show thanks to the person who fired him from a surf shack. His reason will make you cry.
2. HuffPo: Art supplies are getting huge boosts in sales thanks to Donald Trump.
Thanks to all of the marches and demonstrations protesting Trump’s presidency, art supply sales are at a high. The Women’s March that took place in nearly 600 cities around the world caused a huge boost in sales of poster boards, markers, glue, and other materials used to create protest signs.
3. Slate: A 94-year-old woman worked at McDonalds in Indiana for 44 years.
Loraine Maurer celebrated her 44 years of working at McDonalds in Evansville, Indiana. She took the job in 1973 after he husband retired on disability, and over 40 years later, she’s still showing up for her shift. Customers describe her as a “role model” and “the sunshine of this place.” The manager wishes he had “50 more just like her.” Maurer's story is a nice reminder of all the hard-working people in our neighborhoods.
4. Wired: Pornhub goes all in on encryption.
For those that don’t know, the HTTPS encryption in front of URLs on some sites is to protect your privacy as your browsing their pages. Now more sites than ever have jumped onboard, including Pornhub, the world’s largest porn site, following Congress’s affirmation that internet providers will be able to sell user data like browsing history.
5. Today: An inspiring teacher raised money to buy bikes for every student in the school.
Last September, Pepperhill Elementary teacher Katie Blomquist started a campaign called “Every Kid Deserves a Bike!” and set their GoFundMe goal at $65,000—enough to buy bikes and helmets for the 650 students at the North Charleston school. She raised over $82,000 in three months for some sweet Radio Flyer rides as well as customized bikes for bigger kids adorned with the phrases "The Future" and "Let's Go Places." Now, Blomquist hopes to continue her success by founding a new non-profit to provide kids with "forms of joy" like bikes, holiday costumes, summer camp, and other fun things too many children don't get to experience.