Good News Friday: A 15-year-old creates an app to help people with dementia. An 11-year-old speed-crochets for charity. And a UPS driver goes above and beyond to hide a Christmas gift from kids

And a Happy Friday, the last one of 2019! Hope wherever you are you’re not working, as I know that the final week of the year is always the least productive, just about everywhere (except the gift returns department of Amazon, that place is always popping.)

Just a reminder before I start Good News Friday that next week, as per my tradition, my three blog posts will be the Best of Good News Friday 2019, where I pick my favorite (and usually the ones you all have liked the most) GNF stories of the year. Hope you enjoy.

But for today, three new ones to hopefully make you smile. First, this is definitely the first kid crochet story I’ve ever had in this space.

At 5 years old Jonah Larson taught himself to crotchet by watching YouTube videos.

By 11, the Wisconsin kid became known as a “crocheting prodigy,” mastering patterns even experienced grandmothers struggle with.

He has his own crochet business, called Jonah’s Hands, based out of his home in La Crosse, Wisc.

Crocheting has also made him a social media star — but he doesn’t do it for the fame. Jonah has more than 46,000 followers on Instagram, where he sells his goods.

“After a very hard, busy, chaotic day in this busy world with school, it’s just nice to know that I can come home and crochet in my little corner of the house while sitting by the one I love most: my mom,” Jonah tells NPR. (My note: He’s 11, should his day really be that busy and cho

Jonah regularly donates some of his goods and money to the Ethiopian orphanage from which he was adopted as an infant.

“I hope people gain from seeing my work is it makes them happy too,” Jonah says. “When I see my crochet work when it’s done, it blows my mind to know that I, an 11-year-old with a tiny hook and a ball of yarn, made this amazing afghan, scarf, cowl, you name it.”

After an article was published about him in a local paper last month, his story went viral. Jonah now has over 2,500 orders and has temporarily stopped taking new requests.

His next goals: attending a crochet summer camp, attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and then becoming a surgeon.

What a kid! The coordination and imagination it takes to do what he’s doing, at his age, is quite something.

**Next up today, another story of a young person doing something wonderful. A 15-year-old boy named Logan Wells loves his grandmother, Nannie, very much, and four years ago when she was suffering from dementia, he noticed that it was difficult for all of Nannie’s caregivers to be on the same page when it came to medical treatment, what Nannie’s issues were that day, etc.

So Logan created an app called CareZare, which keeps all her caregivers on the same page.

“I learned the coding and my dad helped me create the prototype, and then we contacted a father-son duo to help us with the development,” he said.

Very cool idea, and four years later the app is now in the App Store and everywhere else, helping so many who have the unenviable task of caring for someone with dementia.

 

**Finally today, one last Christmas story before the season is over. A UPS driver in Warwick, N.Y. named Josh Satkin went above and beyond the call of duty in trying to make sure one child got surprised by their gift this Christmas.

Watch the video above as Satkin, seeing that the present was visible through the packaging, tries his best to hide it from prying eyes. He leaned it up against the garage door and then moved two large trash bins in front of it before topping it off with cardboard to conceal the present.

The homeowners, Mike and Megan Delaney, posted the video on social media with a big thank you to the concerned driver. (Side note from me: This is like the fourth or fifth story I’ve read lately where a very good deed was captured on a Ring camera the homeowners had set up. I know they’re used for security purposes and to catch evildoers, but I think it’s awesome that they’re also a way for people to catch others doing nice things.)

When the Delaneys next saw Satkin and thanked him, he told them he didn’t even realize he was being recorded. He just wanted to make sure he didn’t spoil the Christmas surprise.

“It makes it even so much cooler that no one’s watching and he’s doing an act of kindness just because,” Megan said. “It’s amazing that he did that for us.”

Good job, Mr. Satkin.

 

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