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Abc23 Feel Good Friday

It’s time for some feel good stories in this week’s Feel Good Friday.

Starting this off right here in Pennsylvania where 14 year old girl scout Ella D’Amato collected over 1300 homemade newborn hats to donate to a hospital.

At the start of her work. Ella had a goal of donating 500 to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazelton.

At the end she surpassed her goal collecting 1,319 hats.

Ella’s mother explained that the project has a special meaning for their family.

“She was born severely premature at 24 weeks, and she was a triplet. So, we are donating the hats in memory of her sister and brother Giovanni and Giada. They all would have been 15 years old this year. So, the project is also special because it is in their memory.”

“This is going to supply the babies that are born at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazelton for the next three years with their caps. So, she is going to put a smile on people throughout the whole region.”

During Ella’s hat drive she gathered 33 volunteers from all over the country to knit and donate the caps.

She took the entire Summer to complete her hat project.

Some local officials in Virginia suited up to help put smiles on the faces of kids in the hospital.

With rappel ropes anchored to the roof the heroes dropped in at Inova Children’s Hospital.

For some being able to do this was something very personal to them.

“When I was 14 years old, I had bone cancer, childhood cancer and I treated for my cancer here in this hospital. I’ve been on the other side of the glass so to be able to be on this side of the
glass today and connect with them and just show them that they’re not alone and were here.”

“The whole reason firefighters become firefighters is to do something for their community and the kids are always the ones closest to our heart and this is best about.”

The firefighters say they want to make this at least an annual event.

On the other side of the country California resident Ashlee Smith passed out nearly 20 thousand toys to children displaced by the Caldor fire.

She says she knows full well what it’s like to lose everything

Ashlee’s families’ home burnt down twice as she grew up and now she’s gifted over 3 million toys to kids just like her.

“I understand what these kids are going through and that’s why we give them toys.”

Founding the nonprofit Ashlee’s Toy Closet, they travel to natural disasters to help put smiles on faces.

Ashlee chose this elementary school because more than 80 children there were displaced by the Caldor fire.


Earlier this month, a bass player named Darin Wall risked his own life to save others when he stopped a gunman in an Ohio bar where he was playing.

Wall was shot in the leg, but police were able to arrest the shooter.

Last weekend was his band’s first return to the stage since the incident and the event included some help from rock legend Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters.

That help came in the form of a special seat since Wall’s leg was still injured with the bullet still inside it.

“What he did in Boise was absolutely in character and an extension of how he lives his life every day.”

“It got to the Foo Fighter’s management who asked me what’s going on. I sent them your news story. They showed it to Dave Grohl he called me from the VMA awards and said I’ll ship that throne up to you at my expense.”

The Throne belongs to Grohl, and he used it on tour after he broke his leg.

Until next time, remember to Smile.

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