Weekly Creative Cardio – 12/21/17

That’s what storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again.” – Walt Disney

When you share a news story, think about how you can point your listeners toward hope. Think about the conflict. Think about the healing. Think about how the characters actually overcame adversity. Apply this plan to the way you tell a simple news story. Every single one has characters, and you can narrate most stories toward a point of light. Here’s a few encouraging news stories you can experiment with by focusing on the characters and what they’ve overcome.

A 9 yr old named Mikah gave up a $300 Xbox to buy blankets for homeless people he saw in his city. Microsoft heard about his story and sent him a new Xbox for free! Mikah’s family has experienced poverty in the past, so he has a heart for those who don’t have a warm bed to sleep in. Mikah noticed a handful of homeless people out in the cold, he did some quick math. He realized that the $300 Xbox he was getting for Christmas divided up by $10 blankets could get him 30 different blankets to giveaway instead!  Mikah asked instead for 30 blankets in place of the original Xbox on his list. Here’s the full story:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/9-year-old-gives-300-xbox-buy-blankets-homeless-microsoft-sends-one-free/

An 8 year old boy named Jayden personally saved Christmas for hundreds children in Puerto Rico! Jayden lives in New Jersey and he’s has collected more than 1,000 toys for children displaced by the hurricane! Jayden mentioned to his mother Ana that he wanted to donate his Christmas gifts to the children who lost so much after the hurricanes. His mom Ana challenged him to think about it even more deeply, and she helped him build his own toy drive this month!  Jayden told his mom he wanted to make a video to share with people on Facebook believing they would give if they heard about the need- Jayden’s heart for Puerto Rico really seemed to connect!Over 1000 toys have been donated so far! Here’s Jayden’s story:

https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2538/8-Year-Old-Boy-Saves-Christmas-For-Kids-In-Puerto-Rico

Eleven year old Lexi noticed some of her classmates weren’t eating lunch at school, so she wondered why. She realized that some families didn’t have enough money to provide a hot lunch and after asking some questions, realized that many of her classmates don’t even get one full meal per day! She was not cool with that! Maybe I can help one? Maybe I can help a few? Lexi started making handmade “fidget toys” and sold them to friends for $50 cents or a dollar depending on the size. Lexi was inspired by a story she saw on the news about another student helping raise money for students who were going hungry after school. Lexi’s mom Sarah took the idea to the internet and created a Go Fund Me page to help  show case Lexi’s “fidget toys” – now she has a lot more money for supplies!  With you help, she’ll be able to feed even more students in her city!

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/fourth-grader-makes-fidget-toys-pay-classmates-hot-lunches/

A former St. Jude’s patient grows up after a long hard fight with cancer. The brave children at St Jude’s Children’s Hospital challenged her to want to give back now that she’s an adult! Kadie’s been rasing money and collecting thousands of toys for children who are fighting life threatening illness. Katie was told she wouldn’t live past her 5th birthday, but the team at St Jude always challenged her to fight. This year she’s raised over $10,000 and collected a giant trailer full of new toys for the kids!

Last month, when her boyfriend took her for a carriage ride around Memphis, Tennessee. The trip concluded on the grounds of St. Jude, where, with some help from her family, Kadie’s boyfriend proposed to her on bended knee in front of the hospital that holds a place so close to her heart. Here’s the full story:

https://www.today.com/news/former-st-jude-patient-gets-engagement-surprise-hospital-saved-her-t119208

Restaurants with great food and passion always stand out! Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shop in Wilmington, NC stands out because of it’s food, it’s service  – but it’s fully staffed by people with disabilities. When Amy and her husband discovered that nearly 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have jobs, they resolved to do something about it. They started a restaurant that primarily hires people with disabilities. All the profits go to Amy Wright’s non profit  – Able to Work USA. They love to serve! Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shop employs 40 people with disabilities, as well as two managers who have degrees in special education.

http://goodnewsstories.org/american-coffee-shop-only-hires-disabled/

When your husband is deployed, how do you include him in your family Christmas card in a memorable way? Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith is stationed just a fraction of an inch away from his wife Andrea & daughter Charlotte in this year’s Christmas card!  A photographer friend took pics of Andrea &Charlotte in their favorite place – Target by Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. They incorporated dad into the picture through Photoshop and the Christmas card has gone viral. This makes all my Pinterest ideas look second rate!

https://www.today.com/parents/marine-s-wife-ensures-deployed-hubby-gets-christmas-card-t120079

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