Good News To Me: Dec. 28, 2011


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Having cut my teeth in the newspaper business, when people say “there’s only bad news in the paper,” I know it’s simply not true. Today’s Mercury News is a good case in point.Mercury News

Police Officer Raises Money For Family That Lost Home Before Christmas

The front page of the local section features three stories of people giving of themselves for others. Like the story about San Jose Police Officer Christian Camarillo, who was moved to help a family that lost their home in a fire just two days before Christmas. In just the last few days, Camarillo has raised $2,500 from other officers and friends to help the children have the Christmas they lost, and to begin rebuilding their lives. Other people and organizations have also stepped up to help; a list of how to participate accompanies the article.

Organ Donor Provides Gift Of New Life

A bittersweet story about Charles Butler Jr. is also featured. Butler was shot and killed last week in a North Oakland neighborhood, but the 23-year-old was an organ donor, and now two men have new life thanks to Butler’s gift. One man received a new liver on Christmas Day at UCSF Medical Center. Butler’s family said the fact that others have a chance at life makes dealing with Butler’s death a little easier.

Arts Program, Volunteers Teach Teens About Movie Business

A third story details how volunteers are giving of their time to teach young teens about the movie business. It’s part of an in-school and after-school arts program run by a nonprofit, Starting Arts. The group partners with a San Francisco film production company, Dawnrunner Productions, which provided the experienced volunteers to teach the students the ins and outs of how to make a film.

Public Donates Nearly Four Times What Nonprofit Loses To Thieves

Also in today’s paper, a story of how the public rushed in to help the South Bay Blue Star Moms with $11,000 in donations, after the organization realized it had been victimized by a sophisticated credit card and debit card skimming operation at Bay Area Lucky supermarkets. The moms lost $3,000 before the holidays, right at the time they were planning on using the money to send care packages to soldiers overseas. An executive from Save Mart, Lucky’s parent company, personally delivered a check from Modesto to San Jose to help make things right.

That’s good news to me.