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Feel good news: six reasons to feel good this week

A local man donates a large sum of money to Fairfield schools in honor of his late wife plus five more stories that will brighten your day.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

1. Fairfield schools gets large gift from local man, in honor of of his late wife

Ernie Sailor donated $50,000 to Fairfield Community Schools in honor of his late wife Maxine Sailor, who graduated from Fairfield High School. The donation will fund a $2,000 scholarship that will be awarded to one senior each year. Sailor's financial advisor, Matt Syznal, said the gift will keep on giving through "diligent investing". 

2. Santa's Pantry raises money for Cub Scout Pack 762 after $5,000 theft

Santa's Pantry, a local non-profit, and the Pay it Forward 4-H Club held a chili fundraiser for Club Scout Pack 762, whose former cubmaster stole $5,000 from them. The event, which was held at Eastwood Elementary School, raised $676 for the cub scouts. Local cub scouts, restaurants, businesses and community leaders helped out by donating chili ingredients, plates, cutleries and money donations.

The group previously received $1,775 in donations after The Elkhart Truth published an article about how their former cubmaster Nicole Taylor stole a year's worth of funds that the group had raised selling popcorn. The money would have been used to purchase uniforms and pay for camp.

3. South Bend Police officer praised for rescuing person from fire

Police officer Aaron Brick is being praised for going into a burning building in South Bend and pulling a person out. Brick had spotted the house on fire on Saturday during a patrol near the 100 block of Birdsell Street. Both he and the victim are being treated for smoke inhalation. Brick had been with the South Bend Police Department for 14 years.

4. Kindness can happen even on the side of the road

Kelly Stack posted this message to the Elkhart Pays It Forward Facebook page:

"Just witnessed an amazing random act of kindness...Driving home we saw a woman sitting on the side of the road on her suitcases crying so we turned around so see if we could help, another good Samaritan stopped as well..the woman was stranded here from KY and her friends had kicked her out she had no phone or money... before I could even offer my phone for her to call someone the gentleman who's name was Mark offered to take her to his church and then get her a bus ticket home....it warms my heart to no end to see there are selfless people out there ...Bless you Mark and safe travels Candy...."

5. Elkhart native wins trips to Mexico, Italy and China on ‘The Price is Right’

The friends and family of Jessica Hardy gathered at Concord Mall on Tuesday, April 8, to watch her compete in an episode of game show "The Price is Right". While she didn't have much luck at the beginning of the episode, Hardy went on to win a trip to Cancun, Mexico; Rome, Italy; and Beijing, China. The episode was originally taped in February.

Hardy is currently living and working as an actor in Los Angeles. She said she was comfortable in front of the cameras because of her experience as an actor. Hardy, who also runs the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, happened to be in town because she was judging the Comedy Criminals improve competition this past weekend at the Elkhart Civic Center.

6. Autistic children receive help living, learning through ABA therapy

An Elkhart County family shared a story with The Elkhart Truth about how a local center and ABA therapy helped their autistic son. Basel Adawi was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. He went to public school for a while, but his inability to communicate and socialize made it difficult for him to learn.

His parents, Molly and Abdel Adawi, considered moving. However, they were concerned about the economy and whether Abdel Adawi would be able to find a job. That's when the Behavioral Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) entered the picture.

Molly Adawi saw a flyer for the center. They were opening a branch in Elkhart County and provided applied behavioral analysis (ABA), a one-on-one therapeutic approach that identifies behavior, attempts to identify their causes and designs way to change those behaviors through positive reinforcement.

Although there are still tough moments for the Adawi family, Basel is improving.

Do you have a positive story to share? Tell us in the comments below.




 FILE - In thie April 11, 2014 file photo, Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven, Conn.   Rowland is due back in federal court as a criminal defendant, almost a decade after pleading guilty to political corruption. Rowland faces a conspiracy trial this time, accused of scheming to hide political consulting work for two campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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