Donations, Big and Small, Make Waves

5 most uplifting stories of the week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2014 2:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A church windfall and a plea from a man's two young daughters to save his life highlight the week's list of most uplifting stories:

  • Church Hands Each Member $500, With Instructions: After landing big money in a real estate transaction, a Chicago church opted to give a tenth of it ($160,000) to attendees—to the tune of $500 each. The money came with a catch, but one which congregants have embraced.
  • Stranger Sees Girls' Plea, Saves Dad's Life: A Texas man decided to step up and save the life of a total stranger hundreds of miles away after seeing the man's two young daughters plead that "Our Daddy needs a kidney." Both are doing well after surgery this week.

  • Kids Get Drug Dealer's Custom Shoes Collection: A convicted drug dealer in El Campo, Texas, won't need his custom sneakers and hat collection in prison—so they're going to the Boys & Girls Club. The haul includes 22 pairs of a particularly high-flying brand.
  • Injured Biker Saved by .. Mike Tyson?: A Las Vegas man injured in a motorcycle crash last week had to take a photo to make sure he wasn't hallucinating the person who came to his aid. He wasn't. It was indeed Mike Tyson.
  • Bridesmaids Brave Mud for Bride Killed in Crash: A group of would-be bridesmaids took part in a mud run and wore their bridesmaid dresses through every inch of muck. It was all to honor the bride-to-be, Shannon Hall, who died in a car accident earlier this month. "We thought it would be a good 'in memory of Shannon' thing to do," explains her sister.
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