Rallying Around a Refugee: 5 Great Things This Week
Including a young arson survivor's Christmas surprise
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2015 5:22 AM CST
Syrian refugee Refaai Hamo addresses the media during a news conference Thursday on Romulus, Mich. It's his family being helped by Edward Norton's fundraiser.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – Good Samaritans and examples of generosity highlight the week's list:

  • Restaurant Worker Returns $32K in Cash: A California woman is thankful for an honest Applebee's worker after leaving a pouch with $32,000 in cash behind at the restaurant. It was her dad's life savings, and, yes, there's a good explanation for why she and her mom were lugging it around.
  • Edward Norton Raises $450K for Refugee: Lots of people are moved by the stories featured on Humans of New York—but not all of us are actor Edward Norton, who helped raise more than $450,000 as of Saturday for a Syrian refugee family headed to Michigan from Turkey. Norton says he was moved to launch the fundraiser after reading their story, and it is indeed incredible.

  • This Princess Is Going to Disney World: The story of Safyre Terry, an 8-year-old who lost her family in an arson fire more than two years ago, touched the world. After the little girl's request for Christmas cards went viral, she got another surprise: a trip to Disney World. How Safyre survived the fire is especially poignant.
  • Good Samaritan Pays Off $106K at 2 Walmarts: There's a secret Santa in Ohio who likes to celebrate the season every year in a special way. This year, he put up $106,000 to pay for toys and other goods on layaway, and earned himself a nickname in the process.
  • Wife Battling Depression Comes Home to Epic Note: Molly Murphy wasn't having a good day—or general go of it, in fact—when she decided to hop on a plane from San Francisco to Los Angeles to see her new husband, who'd recently moved there for a job. Battling both depression and anxiety, not to mention the recent loss of a friend, she felt she was "falling apart at the seams." And then she looked at the bedroom mirror.
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