Sweetie of the Day

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Sweetie of the Day - February 17th, 2014

Today’s sweetie of the day is Clint Eastwood, of Dirty Harry fame.

At the ripe age of 83, Clint’s still got action in his bones, jumping to the task when Steve John, executive director of Pro-Am, started choking during a dinner at a golf tournament. 

Steve was astounded at the star’s quick response and surprising strength for his age, but Eastwood simply stated that Steve looked panicked and he went to help, dislodging the stuck food and then taking care of Steve afterwards.

For not even hesitating before saving a man’s life, especially at an age where one might expect him to have left it to someone more fit and spry, Clint Eastwood is our sweetie of the day.

For more on the story, click here.

Sweetie of the Day - February 16th, 2014

Who doesn’t want a little saving from time to time?

Our sweeties today are the Real Life Superheroes, originating in Chicago, Illinois. These are regular citizens who have decided to channel the fantastical costumes from comic books in order to do good in their communities, promoting charities and patrolling their neighbourhoods, and thus inspire others to become positive forces in the world. 

For their embracing of a fun idea and using it to spread activism and altruism, the Real Life Superheroes (and the Real Life Superhero Project conceived to exhibit them) are our sweeties of the day.

Visit their website here.

Sweetie of the Day - February 15th, 2014

Meet John Furniss, our sweetie of the day, and a blind man who rebuilds pianos.

Blind since a suicide attempt as a teenager, John has rebuilt his life over the years, and now he does the same to pianos, taking them from ragged, exhausted husks to beautifully sonorous pieces of craftsmanship with special tools and an immense amount of patience, impeccable skill, and dedication.

Furniss is currently mentored by a man named Rick Patten, who built his tools especially for Furniss, and hopes to raise $15,000 to take over Patten’s piano repair business when his mentor retires.

For his steady patience, hard work, and dedication to rebuilding the broken into masterpieces, John Furniss is our sweetie of the day.

Read more about his story here, and consider making a donation at his indiegogo here

Sweetie of the Day - February 14th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in all its wonderful chocolatey wonders. Today, our sweeties are the Esteban Barriga and the 17-year-old’s classmates.

Esteban had originally decided not to go to his school’s senior prom because he felt he had no friends. Eventually, however, he changed his mind and decided to go big or go home: he wants to ask Ellen DeGeneres to be his date.

After learning about his decision, his classmates decided to help him out, starting an Internet campaign and showering the love of a community who, despite what Esteban thought, turned out to value him and support him. Esteban went from feeling like he had no friends to being one of the most popular kids in school.

For Esteban’s courage and his classmates stepping up, they are our sweeties of the day.

Follow the story here or watch the YouTube video they made here

Sweetie of the Day - February 13th, 2014

Today’s sweetie is Laura Lavigne of Anacortes, Washington, founder of the Happiness Sprinkling Project.

Back in 2012, she noticed people standing on street corners wearing red and blue and shouting at other people to vote for their party. She decided that she also wanted to stand on the corner and wave a sign — but she decided that instead of red or blue, she’d wear yellow, and instead of a political agenda, she’d push the importance of happiness.

She’s organized a bunch of “happiness sprinklings”, where people gather, wearing yellow and carrying black and white signs with simple, encouraging messages on them. A particular sign was inspired by Susan Shields, who was battling cancer when she missed her town’s sprinkling, and they organized another one for her. Susan’s “Life is good” is now a permanent sign in the happiness arsenal.

Over the years, Lavigne’s inspired and organized numerous other happiness sprinklings and spread joy to over forty cities in Canada and the US, and she is currently working to get the signs to Italy.

For her happiness-spreading project and her belief in the power and importance of joy, Laura Lavigne is our sweetie of the day.

For more on the story, go here, or check out the Happiness Sprinkling Project.

Sweetie of the Day - February 12th, 2014

In Sochi, the government is doing all they can to make the city presentable, including killing off stray dogs. Many people were incensed by this decision, and as a result there have been efforts springing up all over the city to save these stray dogs.

Today, our sweeties are the people who are doing this good work, trying to find good homes for any stray dogs they can.

Vlada Provotorova, a local dentist, has enlisted the help of her friends and they have been going around, rounding up whatever dogs they can, and placing them in a shelter they’ve built, providing for them and trying to find them homes. She estimates that their efforts have saved the lives of about a hundred dogs.

Another individual, Igor Ayrapetyan, is taking what dogs he can and transporting them to Moscow, where they’ll be kept safe, documenting his journey on Facebook.

It’s an uphill battle, to be sure, but these volunteers are fighting valiantly to help as many of the thousands of stray dogs as they can, and for their bravery in the face of an immense task, they are our sweeties of the day.

Best of luck to them!

For more on Vlada’s efforts, click here, or take a look at Igor’s Facebook page.

Sweetie of the Day - February 11th, 2014
I don’t know about you, but when it gets cold out, I hardly want to do anything but stay inside where it’s warm. If I have to go outside at all, it’d be in layers and layers of toasty clothing.
Not so for this Birmingham neurosurgeon — Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw walked six miles in a snow storm in order to perform a life-saving surgery, protected only by a coat over his scrubs, and operating room slip-ons over his shoes.
The doctor’s journey was hard: he fell and rolled down a hill, he helped drivers who were stuck on the road, and he still made it to the operating room and successfully operated on his patient. Even now, Dr. Hrynkiw insists that any doctor would have done it, and downplays the sheer toughness and audacity of his journey.
For his incredible commitment, achievement, and humility, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw is our sweetie of the day.
For more on this story, click here.

Sweetie of the Day - February 11th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but when it gets cold out, I hardly want to do anything but stay inside where it’s warm. If I have to go outside at all, it’d be in layers and layers of toasty clothing.

Not so for this Birmingham neurosurgeon — Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw walked six miles in a snow storm in order to perform a life-saving surgery, protected only by a coat over his scrubs, and operating room slip-ons over his shoes.

The doctor’s journey was hard: he fell and rolled down a hill, he helped drivers who were stuck on the road, and he still made it to the operating room and successfully operated on his patient. Even now, Dr. Hrynkiw insists that any doctor would have done it, and downplays the sheer toughness and audacity of his journey.

For his incredible commitment, achievement, and humility, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw is our sweetie of the day.

For more on this story, click here.

200 Followers!

Just noticed that we’ve hit 200 here at Sweetie of the Day!

*does a little jig*

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Sweetie of the Day - February 10th, 2014

Today’s sweetie is 10-year-old Danny DiPietro, who saved the life of 80-year-old neighbour Kathleen St. Onge with his persistence.

On the way home from a hockey game, Danny thought he saw a dog lying in an open garage. Concerned for its well-being in the freezing night air, it troubled Danny all the way home. Once home, Danny began asking his mother if they could go check on the dog. He was rebuffed and told that there was no way anyone would leave their pets outside in such freezing cold, but he insisted, feeling that there was something wrong.

Danny’s mother finally relented and took the dog out for a walk to check out the garage. Upon arrival, they discovered the fallen body of Kathleen St. Onge, who had slipped when getting out of her car and was lying, exposed, in her garage. Another hour and Kathleen wouldn’t have made it, but thanks to Danny, she is recovering well from hypothermia and dehydration.

For his persistence and insistence on compassion, Danny DiPietro is our sweetie of the day.

Read more about this story here.