There was plenty of feel-good news this week, including Alec Baldwin’s big donation to a local library, a man finding $98,000 hidden in a desk he bought on Craigslist and a baby born at 10 a.m. on 11/12/13.
Here are the week's best good news stories from Patch towns across the country. Click through for an instant boost:
TV and film star Alec Baldwin gave generously to one local library this week. The funds will go toward the new children's wing addition, which is nearing completion. “There's [sic] so many people who need money and so many people I'd love to be able to do things for," Baldwin said. "I like when you have a chance to finish something." Read the full story on East Hampton Patch.
A baby boy was born on the sequentially thrilling time and date of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12—or 10, 11/12/13—at a hospital in Illinois. Read the full story on Downer's Grove Patch.
And you'll never believe what he did with the money. What would you do? Read the full story at East Haven Patch.
Ted Jenkins was walking home from work when he spotted a wheelchair on the side of a busy road just a few feet away from railroad tracks that slice through the city of Riverside, CA. He looked down the tracks and saw a body, then heard the sound of the approaching train. What he did next was truly heroic. Read the full story on Murrieta Patch.
Talk about good service. An Illinois restaurant owner used his martial arts training to retrieve a customer's iPhone and keep the suspected thief at bay until police arrived. Read the full story on Lakeview Patch.
Ten high school freshmen went out to
dinner to celebrate homecoming and an anonymous couple made their evening extra
special by picking up the tab. Read the full story on Los
Fairfax City, children at Providence Day School in Virginia created homemade holiday cards to mail to soldiers overseas. The cards, in the shape of Christmas trees, each featured a special message from the child detailing one freedom they are thankful soldiers' sacrifices provide them every day. Read the full story and see photos on Fairfax City Patch.
Jane Clementi and her son, James, crossed the bridge where her other son, Tyler, a Rutgers University student, committed suicide in 2010. They joined the founders of the Friend Movement in a walk across the George Washington Bridge to raise awareness about bullying. Read the full story on Englewood Patch.
"If not for Alan, my entire family and I would not be alive today," Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder said. The two were reunited 70 years later. Read the full story on Peekskill-Cortland Patch.