Here are a few good things that happened this week:
Last week, the Tim Tebow Foundation hosted proms for kids with special needs in 200 churches across the country. This was the second year for the event. called Night to Shine. Around 32,000 guests attended the events, and 70,000 people volunteered to make them happen.
The proms featured limos, red carpet entrances complete with photographers, hair and makeup stations, karaoke and dancing.
As a foundation, we are so passionate about people with special needs,” Tebow told People, “and this event is a great time to tell them how much they are loved by God and by all of us.
Along with taking home five Grammys and delivering the show’s most memorable performance, Kendrick Lamar also gave a group of teens a night they’ll never forget. Kendrick teamed with Reebok to bring a group of students from his former school, Compton’s Centennial High, to the ceremony and, of course, he gave them all free kicks.
“It just reminds me of where you come from, and I can see they’re full of energy the way I used to have it,” Lamar said, “just motivation to want to do something with yourselves. In the next 10 year from now, hopefully they’d be further from where I’m at.”
First there was Bat Kid, now there’s Iron Boy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed Domenic Pace, a 9-year-old from Australia, into a superhero this week. First, Domenic took a helicopter ride to the Sydney police station, then he rode in a police boat to save Make-A-Wish’s reporter from Ultron (Iron Man’s evil nemesis). Then he defeated Ultron on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, while a crowd cheered him on.
Robert Downey Jr.—who plays Domenic’s grown-up counterpart in the Marvel films—even posted a video welcoming Domenic to The Avengers.
When Cloe Woods heard the smoke alarm go off in her house on Wednesday morning and saw flames in the kitchen, she immediately ran to her grandma’s room. The 5-year-old had visited a fire department on a field trip with her pre-K class last fall, and she remembered the lesson to get out of the house as quickly as possible in the case of a fire. Cloe’s mother and siblings weren’t home, so Cloe told her grandma to hold onto her shoulder as she guided her grandma out of the house, away from a stove fire in the kitchen.
This weekend, Sofia Andrade won $200 from a scratch-off lottery ticket, but instead of keeping that money for herself, she decided to pay it forward. When she spotted a homeless man named Glenn Williams on a corner in Boston, she decided to take him for a cup of coffee. As they talked, Williams told Andrade that there was no space for him in local homeless shelters, even though the temperatures had dropped to record lows. So Andrade used the rest of her lottery winnings to get Williams a hotel room for the night. She also set up a GoFundMe to help get Williams back on his feet. So far, Boston locals have donated a free haircut, warm clothes and even Valentine’s Day cards. “There’s a lot of good people in this world,” Williams told a local news station. “I’m overwhelmed with all the help, and I just want to thank everybody.”
Dargan is a former RELEVANT editor turned freelancer. Find her online at darganthompson.com or follow her extremely random train of thought on Twitter @darganthompson.