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Feel-good stories of humanity

Give yourself a lift with these heart-warming tales from around the globe.

Every day, people around the world are helping each other. It’s an instinct that shines through humanity time and time again. If you need a little reminder about the good in the world, check out these feel-good stories. You can also submit your own.

Truckload of donations reaches flood affected Townsville

Photo: ABC North Queensland/Nathalie Fernbach

When Brisbane business owner Wendy Cox saw the devastation the Townsville floods had caused, she knew she had to do something. She put a call out on social media for donations of food, clothing and household goods – and was so overwhelmed by the response she had to close down her deli business temporarily to make room for all the donations. Everything has now reached Townsville thanks to truck driver Allan Hughes, who offered to drive everything north. The delivery included a large teddy bear for a young hospital patient whose bear was lost in the floods. See more

Global search finds blood donor for toddler with rare blood type

Photo: OneBlood

Three-year-old Zainab Mughal is currently receiving treatment for cancer, and part of her treatment includes regular blood transfusions. Zainab has a rare blood type that only occurs within Indian, Pakistani and Iranian communities – and even within those communities only about 4% of people have that blood type. Following a global search, helped by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, a fifth donor has now been found in Australia. Their blood donation has been sent to Florida where it will be used in Zainab’s upcoming stem cell transplant operation. See more

Darwin local gives back by feeding hundreds of homeless people

Photo: ABC Radio Darwin/Jesse Thompson

Darwin resident Leah Potter knows what it’s like to be homeless. After getting back on her feet, she was determined to repay the kindness shown to her by the local community, and began driving around Darwin handing out food to the homeless and hungry. She started out microwaving hot dogs in her motel, and has now expanded to a permanent location which not only provides food, but also basic and much needed health services. See more

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Mentoring program helps get more girls into STEM

Photo: The Guardian/Teri Pengilley 

Globally, women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and maths). In the UK, women make up 14.4% of STEM professionals. A new program is aiming to change this, providing mentoring and tutoring to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve their confidence and skills. 15-year-old Linah wants to be a forensic psychologist, and says that she “…used to think boys were just better at maths. But now, it’s like, we go to the same school, we do the same subjects – so if you can do it, I can do it.” See more

Making sure no one is forgotten on Valentine’s Day

Photo: Seth Stweart

Valentine’s Day is meant to be a celebration of love, but it can sometimes be lonely for those whose loved ones are away. But thanks to a simple act from Seth Stewart, the community in Spokane, Washington enjoy a Valentine’s to remember each year. Seth spends his Valentine’s Day delivering over 500 roses to women who have been widowed or whose partners are deployed on military service. See More

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