Happy Headline of the Day Archives

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, November 30

Six years ago, Sam Sanchez of San Antonio, Texas, started helping kids living at a nearby homeless shelter. She wanted to make sure those kids felt safe and warm, even though they were dealing with difficult situations – and was able to help those kids by providing blankets to them.
Well, fast forward six years, and Sam continues on her mission with her charity group Sam’s Covers.
So far this year, Sam has donated more than 150 fleece blankets to children living in nearby shelters.
She has learned that just providing blankets is a big deal – but it’s not the most important thing she does. Instead, she’s realized that talking to them, being present and learning about their background has an even bigger impact on their happiness.
Her efforts in helping others with Sam’s Covers has inspired her to take next steps with her career. Sam will be attending Baylor University next year – and pursuing a degree in psychology, that she expects will be able to help even more kids in the future.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, November 23

In Los Angeles, 8-year-old Aaron Moreno made a big impact on the life of his family members by starting a business — that has allowed them all to move from a shed into an apartment.
When all this coronavirus stuff started, Aaron’s family was struggling. So, Aaron started his own business, calling it Aaron’s Garden. He raised money to start the business with a GoFundMe campaign — and then started selling plants.
It didn’t take long for his business to take off.
Thanks to his hard work, Aaron has made enough money to move his family into a nice apartment — and even buy his mom a car, the first car she’s owned in four years.
Even though Aaron has enjoyed big success, he says he’s not done. Now that they’re no longer living in a shed, Aaron plans to set aside space in their new garage to keep building his business.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, November 20

About a year ago, Kate Olson of Peterborough, New Hampshire, was in Missouri, visiting relatives for Thanksgiving when her golden retriever — Walter — slipped out of his collar and took off.
Kate stayed in Missouri for weeks searching for Walter. She printed and passed out flyers. She even created a “Where’s Walter?” Facebook page. Nothing worked. Walter was gone and Kate had to return home to New Hampshire.
Well, this Thanksgiving will be much happier for Kate … because Walter was recently found. He was still in Missouri and a group called Lost Paws Trapping was able to coax Walter to safety and reunite him with Kate — just in time to allow them to be together for THIS Thanksgiving. (KSDK-TV)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, November 19

Reuben McCartney of London, England, was out riding his bicycle, just getting some exercise — when his bike ride became a rescue mission.
Reuben noticed that a dog was on the loose in the streets. The dog, named Kiki, had a collar and a leash and seemed to have escaped from her home.
So — for an entire hour — Reuben followed Kiki wherever she went.
The chase unfolded all around central London.
Finally, Kiki got tired of being chased — and some bystanders stepped up to help. Reuben was finally able to get control of the pup — and deliver her back home.
Reuben admitted that Kiki wore him out as well. But in the end, it was worth it to reunite the adventurous dog with her family — and get a little extra exercise in along the way. (Times Now News)
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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, November 18

Rebecca Fralick of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, has built a catering company into a thriving business — and wanted to use that business to give a boost to local medical workers.
So, she created over 400 meals and delivered them to a hospital in the community. The workers enjoyed wraps, salads and soups — along with special cupcakes.
Rebecca said she noticed that over the past couple months support for the healthcare workers has faded. She heard stories of workers feeling discouraged and worn out — and wanted to do something to encourage them.
Now that this mission is completed, Rebecca has her sights set on the future. She’s making plans to provide Thanksgiving meals for healthcare workers as well. (Seehafter News)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, November 17

Six years ago, Victoria Kuzlik and her dad were cleaning out their house and found some old ski equipment. Victoria asked her dad what do to with the old coats and her dad told her that they’d “find someone who needs them.”
That memory stuck with Victoria — and she took action.
She’s now 16 years old and spends time each year collecting donations and delivering coats and clothes to domestic violence shelters in her community.
Her charity organization — Coats for Hope — now operates nearly two dozen donation boxes in Illinois and Wisconsin. And over the last six years, the group has delivered over 35,000 coats and $25,000 to five domestic violence shelters.
Victoria admits that being able to help so many people is “just mind blowing.” But, she continues to work and appreciates the bonds she is building with those who are turning their lives around. (WREX-TV)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, November 16

TV and Reality Star Donnie Wahlberg has been making a huge impact this year by leaving big tips for restaurant servers.
He recently left another big tip — $2,020 on a $35 food bill — to his server, Denise Andrews.
But instead of just accepting the tip for herself, Denise did something special with it.
First, she tipped out her fellow waitstaff and the workers in the kitchen, making sure that the entire staff was covered. Then, she donated two full turkey meals to other families in need to make sure that they were covered during the holidays.
So while Donnie left a big tip for a single waitress, Denise made sure that his generosity impacted many others — both at the restaurant and in the community. (Page Six)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, November 13

Just last month, World War II fighter pilot Harry Moyer turned 100 years old. And, he’s still flying.
Amazingly, Harry still flies every week. He might just be the oldest active pilot in the world. His family even sent in a video to Guinness World Records to see if he’s got the record.
But, Harry points out that he doesn’t care about the record.
He started flying in 1942 with the Army Air Corps and served as a combat pilot throughout the war. It’s something he’s good at and loves to do. So as long as he can get up in the air and put his hours in, it’s just a part of his life that brings him great joy and satisfaction. (CBS News)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, November 12

The Akron Marathon in Akron, Ohio, is an annual race that benefits the Akron Children’s Hospital. Like so many events this year, plans changed and the race became a virtual event — and not many runners signed up.
No runners meant no donations.
Kolt Codner didn’t want this fundraising opportunity to be missed this year — especially since his five-year-old son, Andrew, has been a patient at the hospital, battling leukemia.
So, Kolt made his own race. He ran 26.2 miles, doing laps around the hospital building — with Andrew joining him for some of the running.
Along the way, Kolt raised over $16,000 for the hospital, crushing his goal of $1,000.
So even though the Akron Marathon didn’t go exactly as planned, Kolt was still able to celebrate the hospital and the amazing caregivers who work there. (See more on this story from People)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, November 6

When Robert Carter of Cincinnati, Ohio, was 12 years old, he entered the foster system — and struggled as he was separated from his eight siblings.
Now 29 years old, Robert has been active in the foster system — this time as a parent. Back in 2018, he became a foster parent to three brothers. And, it didn’t take long to learn that these boys had two sisters.
That news inspired Robert to dedicate himself to reuniting the five siblings.
Well, he did it. After successfully bringing the five kids back together, Robert took the extra — important — step and adopted all of them as his own.
Because of Robert’s selflessness and sacrifice, Marionna, Robert Jr., Makayla, Giovanni and Kiontae — with ages ranging from four to 10 — will have a chance to grow up together and always be by each other’s sides.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, November 4

Cathy Herman-Harsh of Chester County, Pennsylvania, has become known in her community as the “pet finder” because she’s able to track down dogs and cats when they go missing.
She admits that finding a lost animal takes persistence. And, it requires doing things that don’t seem right. Instead of running through the woods, chasing a pet and calling its name — which seem to never work — Cathy has other tricks that include luring the pets with lots of food, not making eye contact and scattering clothing that has the owner’s or pet’s scent.
Cathy explains that “every search is different,” but the rewards are great as it’s “an incredible feeling being able to help a distraught pet owner get their baby back.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, October 29

Earlier this year, wildfires raged in Northern California, and affected nine-year-old Reese Osterberg in a big way. Her family lost their home in fire — and Reese lost her precious baseball card collection. She had collected 100 cards over the past three years.
When members of the fire department heard Reese’s story, they started spreading the word and asking for donations to replace her lost cards.
That’s when Kevin Ashford of San Jose, California, stepped up and offered to donate his baseball card collection to her.
Kevin didn’t just have a few cards in his garage. Instead, he had a massive collection of 25,000 cards that he’s been putting together since the late 1990s.
While the cards are definitely worth a lot of money, Kevin thought they would be worth far more to him if they would make the day of this little girl.
Explaining his decision, Kevin said he “would give anything to see the smile on her face when she receives them.”
See more on this story from KFSN-TV

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, October 26

In Mason City, Iowa, a hero police dog named Kilo was able to locate a two-year-old boy who had wandered away from home.
It seems the toddler went for a walk with the family dog — without telling his family.
The family called the Mason City Police Department for help, and K9 Kilo and Officer Duane Kemna started to track the scent. It all worked out.
Kilo was able to track the missing child along a creek to a neighbor’s property, where he was found sitting with the family dog by his side. He had removed his wet socks, shoes and coat.
The boy was safely returned home — thanks to the skills of K9 Kilo.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, October 23

14-year-old Anika Chebrolu of Frisco, Texas, was named the winner of the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition for middle school scientists.
She started her project two years ago, researching the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. And then, the coronavirus hit and Anika shifted her focus to the modern pandemic we’re facing.
Anika worked with a database of almost 698 million molecules and made a powerful discovery that could actually lead to a potential cure.
She was thrilled to win the $25,000 grand prize, but is also proud to be an example to other kids, showing them that they can accomplish anything they want.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, October 21

A teenager in Forsyth County, Georgia, has turned her passion for making jewelry into a charity effort that helps a hospital in India.
A few years ago, Dhriti Pentela visited India and volunteered at a hospital that runs entirely off donations.
She was so amazed by what she saw that she wanted make an impact after returning back home to Georgia.
So, she created a charity organization called Empathy Designs, which allows her to create and sell jewelry — and then send the profits to that hospital.
Her website, EmpathyDesigns.org, is now her online store and it features earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
The effort has been such a big success that she now donates to multiple organizations, both overseas and in her community.
Dhriti says it “feels amazing” to do something she loves — that also makes a difference in communities all around the world.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, October 20

In England, a 93-year-old woman called the police because her beloved dog, Toby, had gone missing. She hadn’t seen Toby in two days and was very worried.
The police took down the report — and followed up by visiting the woman to perform a wellness check.
While talking to the woman, the officer reached down on the floor to pick up something that had fallen over and — wouldn’t you know it? — the officer found the dog … stuck underneath the woman’s recliner.
Fortunately, Toby was in good health. He was a bit hungry and thirsty, but otherwise was totally fine.
After freeing the dog from beneath the chair, the officer fed him and gave him some water.
The woman, of course, was very thankful to be reunited with Toby and appreciative of the care the officer showed her. (Fox News)