5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including one about a town throwing Christmas early for sick boy

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 3, 2013 5:13 AM CST

(Newser) – An Ohio town's moving Christmas gesture and some thoughtful 8th-grade football players make the cut this week:

  • Entire Town Throws Early Christmas for Dying Boy: Port Clinton, Ohio, sounds like a pretty incredible town. Devin Kohlman, one of its own, is dying of brain cancer, and he may not live long enough to see Christmas this year. So the 13-year-old's hometown has come together to start the holiday season early for him.
  • 8th-Graders Devise Secret, Inspiring Touchdown Play: Talk about a touching touchdown: Sheridan Hedrick was about to hit the end zone at an Olivet Middle School football game in Michigan on Oct. 5 when he stopped at the one-yard line. Why? He and his teammates then executed a play that resulted in a TD for a classmate with learning disabilities.
  • Bus Driver Stops, Pulls Woman Off Ledge: A Buffalo bus driver is getting the hero's treatment after stopping his bus to get a suicidal young woman off a bridge overpass. Darnell Barton spotted the woman on the wrong side of the ledge, seemingly about to jump into traffic, and did what other passersby wouldn't: He helped her down.
  • Kind Gesture by Fellow Diner Surprises Single Mom: It's not uncommon to hear about someone picking up the check for a total stranger in a restaurant, but this one's a little unusual because it also involves a three-page letter that moved the recipient to tears. It happened in North Carolina, when a Raleigh single mom took her 4-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son out for pizza, and a fellow diner showed how much he appreciated her parenting skills.
  • Lou Reed's Wife Places Tender Obit in Local Paper: Not so uplifting this week was news that rocker Lou Reed died. But the obituary by wife Laurie Anderson added some perspective with lines like this: "Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life."
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In this Oct. 28 photo, a sign in front of the Christmas tree in Adams Park in Port Clinton, Ohio, wishes Devin Kohlman a "Merry Christmas."   (AP Photo/News Herald, Jonathon Bird)
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