THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - There’s a lot of doom and gloom out there in the world, but these stories are a reminder that there’s an awful lot of kindness, compassion and happiness too.
From an old box of mystery keepsakes finding its way home, to a farmer using his turban to rescue a drowning woman, these stories are a testament to just how wonderful our communities, and the people who call them home, truly are.
These are stories about conquering odds, lending a hand to those in need, and spreading a little hope and inspiration one good deed at a time.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
There was the septic sucker from Salmon Arm who retrieved a woman’s engagement ring three years after her son flushed it down the toilet.
You can’t forget this spry Vernon senior who spends two hours a day picking up roadside garbage and waving to passersby.
We also heard about Kamloops skateboarder Brett Devloo who went blind at 16 but didn’t let it stop him from doing what he loved.
Speaking of conquering odds, this Vernon cashier touched all our hearts with her story of making customers smile without ever saying a word.
We all love a little mystery, and it’s even better when there’s a happy ending to go with it. This Vernon man wouldn’t rest until an old box of keepsakes was returned to its rightful owner.
Nothing warms the heart like a little romance, and the way this long distance love story from Kelowna plays out will have you reaching for a Kleenex.
On the topic of love, who doesn’t love a good proposal story? This story promises all kinds of warm feelings.
Like proposals, good deeds done by kids are pretty heartwarming too — particularly when they come with adorable handwritten notes.
There were a number of local heroes this year as well, like the Kamloops area farmer who used his turban to rescue a drowning woman.
There were people who went out of their way to help others, like this Vernon cop who pushed a woman’s car out of harm’s way.
Others rallied to help victims of a devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray in unique and heartfelt ways.
Finally, if you're looking for a little joy while at the hospital, just listen for the chimes.
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