A Hero Gets His Due

5 most uplifting stories of the week

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 8, 2014 5:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Reddit-style thank-you to a Seattle hero and a sweet gesture by a New York City woman toward a homeless man make the list of this week's most uplifting stories:

  • Internet Pays for Shooting Hero's Wedding Gifts: Jon Meis became a hero when he stopped a gunman at Seattle Pacific University this week, and now the world is showing its gratitude online. Meis is getting married this month, and someone put his gift registry on Reddit. Need we say more?
  • When Homeless Pal Dies, Woman Pays to Bury Him: His name was Smokey, and Juanita Vega woke him up every day for 11 years. In return, he called her "sis" and gave her tchotchkes that he found—a sweet friendship between a homeless man and an employee at the New York City bank where he slept in the vestibule. So when Smokey, aka Richard Coleman, died in April at age 62, Vega stepped in to stop him from being buried in New York City's Potter's Field.
  • Teen Carries Brother 40 Miles for Charity: Hunter Gandee, 14, has been carrying around his little brother Braden, 7, for years now. But this weekend, he outdid himself. Braden has cerebral palsy, and Hunter walked 40 miles yesterday with his little brother on his back to raise awareness about the condition.

Click to read about more uplifting stories.

Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday. He stopped the shooter.
Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday. He stopped the shooter.   (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)
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