A Big Wedding Alteration: 5 Great Things This Week
Including a father's talk to his young son after the Paris attacks
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2015 5:15 AM CST
Who needs a fancy wedding anyway?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A shift in wedding plans for the best of reasons and a stranger's kind act were among the good-news stories of the week:

  • Couple Downsizes Wedding to Lend a Hand: Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a big wedding, a Toronto couple downsized to a small gathering at city hall. Reason? Big hearts. In lieu of wedding gifts, they asked friends and family to help them raise the $27,000 needed to sponsor a Syrian refugee family of four. The inspiration came from a tragic photo.
  • 'World's Most Random Good Samaritan' Strikes: A kind stranger has created an alter ego as "the world's most random Good Samaritan" after an odd selfless act involving hubcaps. Reddit user ThatGuyBeezy explains he's been driving around with three hubcaps ever since losing one during a trip across the country. When he got off work recently, however, he found the missing one replaced. And a note.

  • Father, Son Have Poignant Talks About Paris Attacks: When a reporter in Paris asked a little boy if he understands why attackers terrorized the city, he answered, "because they're really mean" and added that his family will need to move away. His father then explained why that wouldn't be necessary, with a sweet message about the power of flowers that made the video go viral.
  • Once-Homeless Dad Is Paying It Forward: James Moss moved to Denver from New York because he wanted to raise his young son in a more "peaceful place." But when a job fell through at the last minute, he and his son were left homeless. That's when Leon Logothetis, a TV host, producer, and author, gave Moss $1,000 and a week at a hotel; when the video of their encounter went viral, a GoFundMe account was set up for Moss—and the overwhelming response has allowed Moss to begin helping other homeless people.
  • Landscaper Leaving Canada to Become a King in Ghana: A 32-year-old landscaper is leaving Canada to become the king of a 6,000-person tribe in Ghana. Eric Manu got the surprising phone call in July. “So I said, ‘OK. No problem. I will talk to my boss.’” Safe to say, his boss went above and beyond in her reaction to the news.
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