Restaurant's Class Act: 5 Most Uplifting Stories
Also: an unusual mother-daughter reunion
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2015 5:19 AM CDT
The sign.   (Facebook / P.B. Jams)

(Newser) – A pair of memorable messages highlight the week's most uplifting stories:

  • Restaurant Owner's Reply to Dumpster Diver Is Praised: When Ashley Jiron realized someone had been going through her recently opened Oklahoma eatery's trash in search of food, the owner of P.B. Jams reacted in unique fashion. She posted notes inviting the person to come inside for a free lunch. Diners can now help out.
  • Astronaut Can See Daughter's Love—From Space: A 13-year-old girl has managed to send a message to her dad ... one that he could see from space. Sure, it's a publicity stunt executed by Hyundai, but it's heartwarming nonetheless. And it even caught the attention of the folks at Guinness.

  • Florida Orphan Finally Finds Home: A Florida orphan who became an Internet sensation is being adopted by his longtime caseworker. Davion Only moved the world with his pitch for a family at age 15, but one poorly timed fight nearly wrecked everything.
  • Woman on Hunt for Birth Mom Finds Her at Work: When Ohio's health department released birth records for those adopted over a period of more than three decades, a spokesman called it a chance for people to "possibly reconnect with some siblings or their birth parents." For one Youngstown woman, both her birth mom and sister were much closer than anyone could have guessed.
  • Hero of Virginia Tech Massacre Receives Highest Honor: On April 16, 2007, Matthew La Porte was in a Virginia Tech classroom as Seung Hui Cho attempted to force his way inside. La Porte's teacher told the students to hide at the back of the classroom, but the 20-year-old Air Force cadet ran to help barricade the door. When Cho got inside, La Porte charged him and was fatally shot. Eight years later, that act has earned La Porte the Airman's Medal, the Air Force's highest award for heroism outside of enemy combat.
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