Grand Gestures: 5 Most Uplifting Stories
'I don't want you to be mad, but I do not remember the wedding'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2015 4:30 AM CDT
Jeremy and Justice Stamper on their first wedding day.   (

(Newser) – Generous gestures, not necessarily involving money, highlight the week's list of uplifting stories:

  • Bride Loses Memory, Hubby Steps Up: When a car accident left newlywed Justice Stamper with a gap in her memory that wiped away all recollections of her wedding day, her husband came up with the perfect solution—one slated for Aug. 1, and made possible with the help of strangers.
  • Kids of Charleston Victims Receive Anonymous Gift: A group of donors has raised more than $3 million for a scholarship fund for families of victims of the Charleston church shooting. Two notable things: The donors are anonymous, and their name for the fund is especially poignant.

  • CEO Makes Surprise Gift to Workers: It was just another day at the office for 600 employees at Nashville health care company HealthStream—that is, until they received a surprise via a video message sent to their cellphones. Major hint: People were walking around afterward saying, "Hi, I'm an owner!' 'How are you, owner?'"
  • Girl Scouts Take a Stand, Are Rewarded: When a Girl Scouts group in Washington state got a $100,000 donation that stipulated the money could not be used for transgender Scouts, they returned it. When people heard about that, they more than made up for the money.
  • Mom Finds Long-Lost Son Thanks to Facebook Photo: An old Facebook photo has led to the reunion of a mother in California and the teenage son she hadn't seen in 15 years. And no wonder: He'd been taken to a different country at the age of 3 and not allowed to communicate with her.
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