We Can all Agree that 2017 was a Rough Year, but if you Look Hard Enough you will find the Best of the Year

 

2017 was a rough year for everyone, but there is always some good news. What better way to end the year than to share the good that happened. From local to national and even worldwide news a lot of good came out of 2017, and here are just a few of the many heartwarming stories of the year. Let’s start with something local.

San Tan Valley Can Vote

Now whether you are for or against San Tan Valley incorporating I think we can all agree that the right to vote is a fundamental part of being American, yet for so long we could not. That all changed on August 9, 2017 when Governor Ducey signed HB2088 into law. HB2088 eliminated what has been referred to as the 6-mile rule, that rule gave other smaller communities the right to decide whether San Tan Valley could become its own municipality. With this now out of the way San Tan Valley residents could now get the chance to vote on incorporation.

 

A group of residents have (at the time of this writing) filed a petition with the county, and are currently collecting signatures to try and get this initiative on the November 2018 ballot. Incorporation could be what you want or it could be the last thing you want for San Tan Valley, either way having the right to vote is one of the values our country was founded on, and now San Tan Valley residents have that right.

Harvey Brings out the best in Americans

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th everyone knew the devastation would be significant, with 130 mph winds and over 4 feet of rain predicted how could it not be.

What nobody could have fully anticipated is the resolve, dedication and heroism of the American people. Everyone in the direct area that could help did; they were dubbed the cajun navy as boats and 4 wheel drive vehicles came from every inch of the Houston area to help evacuate residents trapped in their homes.

If that was not enough JJ Watt of the Houston Texans sprang into action raising over $35 million to aid in the recovery effort.

Zappos Covers Funeral Costs of Las Vegas Victims

On the evening of October 1st as Jason Aldean was on the main stage of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Vegas Strip, Stephen Paddock opened fire leaving 58 dead and 546 injured. This incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in The United States.

Zappos a Las Vegas based online retailer stepped in to do what they could for the families of the victims by covering all expenses related the the fallen’s funerals. Zappos did not stop there though, they also started a seperate online fund to help other victims of the tragedy pledging to donate dollar for dollar up to $1 million.

Woman Raises $400,000 for a Homeless Man that gave her his Last $20

When Kate McClure of New Jersey ran out of gas on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia late one night she could have never expected what came next. As she got out of her car to start walking towards a gas station, that’s when she met Johnny. Johnny was a homeless man that sits on the side of the road with a sign everyday. When he realized something was wrong he told her to get back into her car and lock the doors. A few minutes later he came walking back with a gas can full of gas. Kate kept going back to see Johnny, re-paying him for the gas, bringing clothing and food as well as gift cards.

One day Kate had an idea “ I am raising money for Johnny. With the money, I would like to get him first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses. He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal.”

That go fund me campaign took off quick raising over $400,000 from 14,350 people in one month. Johnny was able to buy his own home, his dream truck, and set up two trusts in his name giving him the chance to make a “salary”.

Dog Rescued from Well in Turkey

People of Beykoz, Istanbul rescued a small dog trapped at the bottom of a 200- foot-deep well in February. Around 15 rescue workers took shifts to manage the situation, shielded the well from rain and also made sure that the dog was fed properly for the next 11 days until it was pulled out.

Nations Join Together to curb Ocean Waste

Over 200 countries signed a resolution in December to collectively eliminate plastic waste in the oceans. At an environment summit in Kenya, Norway initiated the resolution in which these nations monitor their country’s packaging methods and also explore how to make such activities illegal.

Saudi Arabia Lets Women Drive

The only country left in the world that did not allow women to drive finally changed. On September 26th the Saudi Foreign Ministry called it “A historic big day in our kingdom.”

After Months of Waiting April Finally Gives Birth

It seemed like this giraffe wanted to stay pregnant forever! For 65 days the world watched online as Adventure Park of Harpursville, New York live stream April the giraffe giving birth. Once April finally let the little guy out there were over 1.2 million people watching the live stream, and if reports are correct we could see April trying again towards the end of 2018.

An Illinois Wife tracks down her Husbands old “friend” on Facebook

We all have that first love, for some of us it is a pet, a toy, maybe a person, for one Illinois man it was his Chevrolet S-10. Kevin spent 12 years of blood, sweat and tears turning his truck into a show winning ride.

In 2006 with his family growing he decided that it was time to let the truck go, hoping to never see it back in his home town again. When you have spent that time and effort the last thing you want to see is someone else driving around your work of art.

His wife never wanted to see the truck go in the first place, and had been on what felt like a doomed mission for years to bring it back home when one day a Facebook Miracle happened.

“This guy from Indy went to look at it to buy for his son and he posted a pic of it on his Facebook Friday night asking if anyone knew about it. We happened to have a mutual friend who tagged me in the post. I commented back asking if it was a recent picture and where it was and how I would love to buy it back,”

After that it was a matter of hours before the truck was back where it belonged. Stephanie and a friend of Kevin’s devised a plan to get her out of the house for the day while they took the 3 hour drive to pick it up and surprise Kevin with his baby.

One of the more amazing parts of this story is that after all of those years it was almost exactly the same as the day he sold it 11 years before. After one week, some serious cleaning, TLC, and a few new goodies Kevin had it back on the road again.

“We had said for many years if we could find it we would buy it back. Blood, sweat, time, and tears went into building this truck beginning in 1994,” Stephanie wrote in a Facebook post. “We honestly never thought we would see it again and to have it home is just awesome.”

You can view the video of the reveal below, but be warned there is some suggestive language in this video.

Do you have any great stories that we should add to our list? Leave us a comment below!

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