It wasn’t all bad
▪ A Chicago Girl Scout is bringing joy to soldiers, one box of cookies at a time. Last year, Giada Gambatese, 9, sold 13,061 boxes of cookies for donation to the Gift of Caring Program, which puts together care packages for military families. This year, she was determined to beat that goal, and reached out to her veteran grandfather’s President’s Club for help. All told, the military organization helped her shift 30,120 boxes. “Giving is good,” says Giada, who hopes to up the ante to 100,000 boxes in 2018.
▪ When Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, every coastal community needed help—including Florida’s underwater inhabitants. At least two manatees were caught by surprise last week when the force of the Category 5 hurricane’s winds sucked the water away from Tampa’s shores, ed them back to the channel,” says citizen helper Marcelo Clavijo. “They both swam off.”
▪ Philip Osborn never knew he had a sister until he moved in next door to her. After living in Florida for years, Osborn recently moved back to a Michigan retirement home to be closer to his family. His new neighbor, Marilyn Meyers, adopted at birth, had spentve always wanted to be an older brother,” says Osborn. “It’s divine intervention.”