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Feel good news: five reasons to smile this week

Cold weather got you down? Perk up with these feel good stories.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

1. Elkhart students launch a food drive for Church Community Services

Students from Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial teamed up this week to launch a food drive that will benefit the Food Bank of Elkhart County, run by CCS.

The students started the Northern Indiana Student Hunger Drive by enjoying a breakfast that cost just $1.44 per student. The cost is equivalent to what each person receives from S.N.A.P. (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits for breakfast.

You can help by donating nonperishable food and other supplies. Donations can be dropped off at any Elkhart school until May 8. Then the Central and Memorial students will deliver the food 

2. Goshen High School special needs student gets asked to prom by four friends

Four students at Goshen High School went to Alaina Witmer's house on Saturday and held up signs asking her to go to prom with them.

Alaina has been their classmate since third grade. She'll attend prom with the four boys and their dates.

3. Notre Dame's star basketball players get drafted into the WNBA

On Monday night, April 14, Kayla McBride was drafted third overall by the San Antonio Stars. Her teammate, Natalie Achonwa, was drafted ninth overall by the Phoenix Mercury.

4. Two young girls demonstrate the power of being your own cheerleader

Two young girls in Ghana showed community blogger Monica Murphy why it's so important to be your own biggest cheerleader.

The girls have big dreams of being a doctor and a lawyer, despite being in grade six, know that education is incredibly important and they're very focused on doing whatever they can to achieve their dreams. Murphy has faith that they will continue to overcome poverty and unfair treatment from their classmates and reach their goals.

Murphy's entire blog post about the girls is pretty inspiring, so give it a read if you have the chance.

5. More than 50 people gather to march and pray for peace in Elkhart

The Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice hosted its fourth annual Palm Sunday Peace Parade last weekend.

More than 50 people gathered to walk 2.5 miles in Elkhart. They then listened to Angela and Adrian Turner, the mother and uncle of homicide victim Devonte Patrick, read the names of every homicide victim in Elkhart since 2009. The group also prayed during the event.


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 In this Oct. 28, 2014 photo provided by Pete Stachowicz of Paradise Helicopters, a house burns to the ground as lava flows around it near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Guard is deploying troops to the rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heyday. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, the National Guard is deploying 83 troops to Pahoa to help provide security. The troops will help with a roadblock and with other safety issues. (AP Photo/Pete Stachowicz, Paradise Helicopters)

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