Category Archives: Wally Wednesday’s

Wally Wednesday: Man Is Reunited With Life Savings, Thanks To Workers At Recycling Facility

Photo credit: Recology

A man in Oregon who accidentally threw away a shoebox containing his life savings has been reunited with the cash thanks to honest workers at the recycling facility.

When the man realized he had accidentally thrown away a shoebox containing $23,000 into the recycling bin outside his home, he called to alert Recology in Ashland, in hopes they could find it.

But by the time he called, the load had already been shipped to the Samoa Resource Recovery Center, in California, and was somewhere among more than 22 tons of recycling.

“We take quite a bit of material every day so the odds of finding that are not much better than a needle in a haystack,” said Linda Wise, general manager of the Samoa Resource Recovery Center.

However, Wise told her staff to be on the lookout for the shoebox.

“But then the box showed up and came down the sorting line and we were all excited to see it,” she said.

The man who lost the cash was ecstatic when Wise called to tell him the money had been found, she said. He, along with his family, made the five-hour drive to Humboldt County to claim it.

Wise said it was a bonding moment for her team to come together and do something nice for someone.

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Wally Wednesday: Firefighters Set Up A Ladder To Help Raccoons Escape Warehouse Fire

Photos by Paul Bierwagen / Facebook

Firefighters in Indiana helped two raccoons safely escape a warehouse fire and it was all captured on video.

The South Bend Fire Department was busy putting out a large warehouse fire when they noticed two raccoons trapped on top of the building.

A couple of quick-thinking firefighters set up a ladder in hopes that the raccoons would use them to escape.

Paul Bierwagen captured footage of the raccoons climbing down the ladder to safety as people cheered in the background.

Watch the video at: SunnySkyz- Raccoon Rescue

Wally Wednesday: Police Department Helps Animal Shelter That’s Overrun With Cats

A police department in Indiana partnered with an animal shelter to help homeless pets in need.

The Muncie Police Department recently teamed up with Muncie Animal Care & Services to allow residents to pay their parking tickets in the form of cat supplies.

“We’re in dire need of supplies for the large volume of cats/kittens being cared for here at MACS, and they keep pouring in our doors,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

The shelter currently cares for more than 350 cats and kittens at its facility.

“The Muncie ACS is overrun with cats and kittens,” the police department wrote on Twitter. “We want to help!”

The campaign, which ran through July 19, proved to be a success.

“This room was almost empty before we started!” the police department wrote. “Most of the folks that donated didn’t even have parking tickets.”

Read More: Sunny Skyz-Animal Shelter

Wally Wednesday: 24-Year-Old Biochemist Wins Miss Virginia, Performs Science Experiment On Stage


Photo credit: John Herzog/Miss Virginia

Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old biochemist, won the 2019 Miss Virginia pageant after performing an explosive chemistry experiment during the talent portion of the competition.

Schrier, a doctor of pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University, was awarded the statewide title in Lynchburg on June 22.

Schrier’s winning talent presentation featured her in a white lab coat and safety goggles mixing chemicals to create spouts of colorful foam, known as the “elephant toothpaste” reaction.

Schrier told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that she knew her unconventional talent was a risk but was thrilled that it paid off.
“We are typically an organization that sees people that are fabulous dancers and really talented singers use that as their talent, and so for me to come out there and take a risk and do a science demonstration was very different,” she told the local newspaper. “As someone who is breaking the boundaries and breaking stereotypes for what talent looks like at Miss America, I wanted to be a little out of the box, and it really worked out.”
“I’m trying to be like Bill Nye,” she said. “That’s what I’m going for. I want to get kids excited, but I don’t want it to be boring.”

Schrier plans to use her platform as Miss Virginia to promote the work of “Mind Your Meds”, a drug-safety and abuse-prevention program.

She will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

Read More: SunnySkyz-Miss Virginia

Wally Wednesday: 13-Year-Old Philanthropist/Bakery Owner

Credit: Michael’s Desserts

A 13-year-old boy in Maryland runs his own bakery and matches every sale with a donation to the homeless.

Meet Michael Platt.

From a young age, Michael loved cupcakes. He spent many afternoons at his computer watching YouTube bakers.

At just 11 years old, he founded Michael’s Desserts which operates on a unique business model.

For every cupcake sold he donates one to the homeless.

“I knew that I wanted to make a business, but I knew I didn’t just want to make money, I also wanted to help people at the same time,” he told WJLA.

Michael partnered with No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that provides meals and hosts educational programming for children.

And while he’s been told by many that his business model is not sustainable, his business has continued to grow.

He told the Washington Post that he sells about 12 cookies, 75 cupcakes, and 12 rotating “chef’s choice” items every month.

“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?'”

You can follow Michael’s Desserts on Facebook and Instagram.

Read more: SunnySkyz

Wally Wednesday: School Gives Students PE Credits For Helping Elderly With Yard Work

A high school in Iowa is allowing students to earn physical education credits by helping the elderly.


Credit: KWWL

While most students across the country earn PE credits with extracurricular activities like athletics and marching band, the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa, is giving students the option to do yard work for people unable to do the physical labor on their own.

“Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need,” teacher Tim Hitzler told KWWL.

Hitzler says he wanted to add the yard work as an option for the students to receive credit because it is not only a way for the school to help out the community, but it is beneficial to the students as well.

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” he said. “What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

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Wally Wednesday: Teens Rushed Into A Burning Home To Rescue Their Elderly Neighbor

A 90-year-old woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was rescued by four young heroes after a fire consumed her bedroom and she was unable to escape on her own.

teen rush into building on fire to save elderly woman
Credit: KTUL.com

Catherine Ritchie said she was in the bathroom getting ready for bed when she turned around and saw her bed on fire. She attempted to put out the fire but quickly gave up, called 911 and hit her emergency call button.

“The smoke was so bad, I couldn’t see to get out of my room,” she said.

That’s where her heroes come in.

Four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 were in a nearby home when they noticed the smell.

“It smelled kind of like burning rubber,” 16-year-old Dylan Wick told the KTUL. “Then we heard the house alarm go off.”

Nick Byrd, 14, managed to get through the back door and ran inside, finding Ritchie in the hall, lost in the smoke.

“This young boy was right there,” she said. “He picked me up, and I said, ‘I can walk’, and he said, ‘We’re getting out of here’.”

Ritchie made it out safe. So did the boys, and firefighters stopped the flames before they spread.

Ritchie’s daughter, Missy Ritchie Nicholas, wrote an open letter thanking the four boys.

“Kids who are told about all the things they aren’t old enough to do saved the life of the most precious and beloved woman we know,” Nicholas wrote on her blog Sunset and Snowflakes. “Courageous young men. Young men who risked their own lives, their own safety, perhaps their good standing with their parents who might have chosen for them to do otherwise, and they carried my mother out of her burning home into the street, where firetrucks and ambulances would soon arrive.”

“Thank you for not allowing this to be the tragic end to our mother’s amazing life. Thank you for staying with her, hugging her, and helping her feel less alone until we could get to her. Thank you for being the kind of young men who thought about another person above yourselves.”

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Wally Wednesday: Single Mom’s NASA Internship Gets Funded By Strangers

The 32-year-old physics PHD student at Georgia State University was worried she would not be able to afford the cost of flights for her and her daughter, accommodations, and a car rental.

So, India’s cousin Dasha Fuller launched a GoFundMe page on her behalf.

“This is a lifelong dream of hers, and a long time coming, and I am very proud of her. Unfortunately, she is unable to attend. India is a single mother and a struggling graduate student, so money is tight,” Dasha wrote on the page.

Dasha did the math and came up with an $8,000 goal which included costs for an Airbnb for 10 weeks, two round-trip plane tickets, a car rental and various minor expenses.

India Jackson was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime. The single mother had been selected to be a NASA Intern at the Johnson Space Center.

There was just one problem: She couldn’t afford to move to Houston for 10 weeks.

The heartfelt plea caught the attention of generous donors, and within 24 hours the GoFundMe page had reached its goal.

“It was overwhelming, no words can describe it,” India told the BBC. “Someone donated $1,000, and another just $1, but it doesn’t matter how much. People believed in me, they had my best interests at heart.”

Although people are still trying to donate, India shut it down and refuses to accept more donations.

“I’m very grateful but I don’t need any more,” India said. “You don’t do science to make money, You do science to make history.”

Read More: NASA Mom