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Good News of the Week: August 26 – August 30, 2019

Published on August 30, 2019 1:51 PM EST
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Many of us are headed into a three-day weekend thanks to the Labor Day holiday on September, 2. That means you’ll have more time for self-care, reflection, and reading, starting with this latest collection of positive news stories to get you weekend ready!


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Most of us are familiar with Leonardo DiCaprio (hello, Titanic). The actor known for his famous feature films is now diving into philanthropy in a major way following the news of several massive fires ripping through the Amazon rainforest. DiCaprio started Earth Alliance, a new environmental organization aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the Amazon. Along with friends Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, the group has pledged to donate $5 million towards this massive preservation effort.

Many people across the globe have been following news coverage of the Amazon fires for more than a week. The Amazon is often referred to as ‘the earth’s lungs’ because it produces about 20% of the earth’s oxygen. The fire is so significant because it’s burning out of control with crews unable to stop it from spreading.

On Sunday, DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance organization took to Twitter to announce an emergency Amazon Forrest Fund with $5 million to focus “critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the biodiversity of the amazon against the surge of fires.”

Since news of this effort has gone vital, people and companies have donated an additional $1 million in funds to help protect the Amazon and it’s inhabitants from these unprecedented fires. 

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This week social media platforms have exploded with chicken sandwich memes and references, pitting popular food chains Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A in stiff competition. The conversation started on August 12th when Popeyes announced a new menu item. Chick-Fil-A posted a response on Twitter, reminding fast-food lovers that chicken sandwiches have always been a staple of their menu. Savvy social media users noticed the dig, and the internet was never the same.

The sandwich war that ensued resulted in outrageous attention for both food chains, and lines wrapping around the building at some locations. North Carolina teen David Ledbetter spent the better part of his Saturday, in line at a local Popeyes – but instead of waiting to buy food he was trying to get as many people as possible registered to vote

The 17-year-old high school senior is volunteering for Stephanie Sneed, who is running for a seat on a local school board in November. The pair thought the long lines would be a perfect place to engage people that were in no particular hurry and educate them about early voting and the importance of weighing in on this school board decision.

Former president Barack Obama got wind of the news and tweeted in support of the teen and his democratic efforts.

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Days before the start of the season, a group of college football players in Arkansas took a break from practice to completely revamp their look. A group of players on the Lyon Scots College football team in Batesville, Arkansas shaved their heads to support a coach who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Emotional video shows players with shaved heads walking into a team office and greeting recently diagnosed Offensive Coordinator Kris Sweet. Many players hugged the coach and shared words of support and affirmation. When interviewed by a local television station, coach Sweet could barely describe how touched he was by their compassion.

“I can’t speak enough of how special those kids are. There should be a lot of parents out there that should be proud of the way they act, not only my situation but how we see them everyday that let’s face it most of the people in town and campus don’t see. They’re good kids,” Sweet said.

In a statement the team says this gesture was done to show the world that they are #SweetStrong and more importantly, it’s not just about football.


Good Samaritans and celebrities alike are still pouring love and support into the rattled community of Dayton, Ohio weeks after a deadly mass shooting claimed the lives of nine people. On Sunday Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper and Teyana Taylor, among other artists visited the community to perform at a benefit concert hosted by Dave Chapelle.

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Residents of Dayton and surrounding cities were able to attend the concert for free. The event was held in the city’s Oregon District, which was the site of that recent shooting. 

“The best way we can honor our fallen is by getting up better than we were before,” Chappelle told the crowd. “We won’t let those people die in vain.” He later added, “We’re not just doing this for our city, we’re doing this for every victim of every mass shooting in our country.”

Although the event was free, there were plenty of opportunities for people to eat and drink at local businesses and donate to a fund to help the victim’s families.  

An estimated 20,000 people attended this event to support the cause and help the community heal.


Doug Baldwin played for the Seattle Seahawks for years, and now that his playing career is done, his first order of business is giving back to the local community. The ex-pro is working to fund and design a community center for children in the Seattle suburb of Renton.

Although Baldwin grew up in Pensacola, Florida, he moved to Washington to play for the Seahawks and lived in Renton during his rookie year. He says the community reminds him of his hometown, except for one glaring difference – there’s no safe gathering spot for local youth.

Baldwin intends to change that and has donated $1 million of his own dollars build a community center for children. He hopes to raise another $5 million to fund the project in collaboration with the city of Renton. When interviewed by reporters Baldwin says he can’t wait to see the impact this center will have on young children in the area. 

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“I think this center will be a portal where they can be seen, can be understood as human beings. [It] can be recognized that there are things they need that can stabilize their lives or further their lives, and this facility will present those resources,” Baldwin said.

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    Mary Simon

    August 30, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Awwwwwwwwww I’m so happy they did that for their coach!!!

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    August 30, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Gotta love Chappelle!!!

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    Juan LP

    August 30, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    3 weeks in a row! Thank you Shayla!

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      September 9, 2019 at 1:57 PM

      Thanks for reading Juan!

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    Angela F.

    August 30, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Not sure why the Brazilian government didn’t get involved sooner…

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    August 30, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Love the one about registering people to vote!!

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