• Syrian refugees line up before boarding the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos at the port on the Greek island of Kos, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis KonstantinidisSyrian refugees line up before boarding the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos at the port on the Greek island of Kos, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
    In the wake of one the greatest challenges Europe is facing with millions of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, one country is taking matters into their own hands.

    Thousands in Iceland responded on Facebook saying they’ll welcome Syrians into their own homes after their government capped refugee numbers at 50, The Independent reports.

    On Sunday, Icelandic author, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir set up the Facebook group with an open letter to pressure the government to increase its intake of refugees.

    By Tuesday morning, more than 11,000 families have offered their homes, food and clothes to the refugees, in a country with a population of around 330,000 inhabitants, The Independent reports.

    “I think people have had enough of seeing news stories from the Mediterranean and refugee camps of dying people and they want something done now,” Bjorgvinsdottir told Icelandic public television RUV, Metro reports.

    In the letter to the country’s minister of welfare, Bjorgvinsdottir urged the government

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  • A 13-year-old boy saved his father’s life in a remote area of Idaho after a “refrigerator–sized” boulder crushed him while the two were rock climbing.

    Charlie Wilstead Finlayson and his dad, David, were backpacking and climbing near Ship Island Lake, also known as the “River of No Return Wilderness,” in Idaho when his father was badly injured.

    “The boulder fell on [David] and then he kind of tumbled down like 20 or 30 more feet,” Finlayson told KTVB.

    The 52-year-old tried to avoid it by jumping away but was knocked unconscious. He suffered a broken arm, leg and he also ended up with a gash on his shin so deep his bone was exposed.

    “At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after a few minutes I kind of calmed down and thought I have to help him out and get his sleeping bag and stuff,” the 13-year-old told KTVB.

    For two days, his scout skills helped keep his dad calm and hydrated. He cleaned and dressed his father’s wounds and brought food and water to him, ABC News reports.

    “He

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  • Cat in the US takes bullet to the head, saves toddlerCat in the US takes bullet to the head, saves toddler

    A mother in Pennsylvania is calling her cat a hero for saving her son’s life.

    Last Thursday, a stray bullet went through a front window in Angelica Sipe’s home in York, Pennsylvania. 

    “The first thing I did was check on my son and he was sound asleep,” Sipe told FOX 43. “Then I saw my cat on the floor and that’s when I realized my cat was shot.”

    Sipe said her ginger cat Opie ‘took a bullet’ for her three-year-old son, Daemire.

    Opie was laying on the couch when the bullet came through the window. He had blood on his head where the bullet entered before leaving through the bottom of his neck, it then re-entered into his shoulder and came out from his ribs, according to FOX 43.

    The bullet then ricocheted across the room and lodged itself in a pillow, “just inches” away from where her son was sleeping.

    “It could have been my son,” Sipe told KTLA 5.

    Amazingly, Opie survived the incident. Sipe had an option of putting him down due to his injuries but she chose to save him.

    “He’s my son’s

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  • Dentist gives once-homeless man a $50,000 smile

    "Now when I smile everyone smiles back.”

    Harvor Davis used to be homeless and has now dedicated his life to helping others living on the streets. 

    He has a lot to smile about, but after years of neglect, a large gap in the front of his mouth was stopping him.

    Dr. Lee Fitzgerald of Forte Implant Center in Plano, Texas, took in Davis as a patient and was able to save eight teeth through dental surgery. The rest aren’t real, USA TODAY reports.

    “He’s a very humble, kind, very appreciative person,” Fitzgerald told CBS News. “Some people you do something nice for, they have the sense ‘you should have done it for me’ – he’s not like that at all.”

    The dental work was worth almost $50,000, CBS News reports, but for Davis it was free of charge.

    “My smile used to be green and ugly, but now when I smile everyone smiles back,” Davis told Today.com.

    Davis first volunteered for SoupMobile, a non-profit service that feeds the homeless, after meeting the executive director while waiting in line to get food five years ago.

    Now he’s the senior

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  • (Photo: YouTube)(Photo: YouTube)

    Dr. Adnan Khera is an anesthesiology resident at Tufts Medical Center, but on the streets of Boston he might be better known as the “dancing doctor.”

    Throughout his work week, Khera often takes to the city streets with a boom box and a collection bucket in tow. And no, he is not trying to raise money to help pay for his residency; Dr. Khera dances for charity.

    Khera is raising money for his organization “DoctorBeDancing,” which supports “animals that need rescuing, children who are living in poverty and need school supplies, terminally ill children, and meals for people who have chronic illnesses,” CBS Boston reports.

    “One of the missions of this project is to show the value of individuality inside of medicine,” Khera told TODAY. “What I do on the streets allows me to communicate with the population at large, whereas I feel like normally in medicine, we have trouble communicating with patients.”

    So far, Khera has raised about $6,000 and plans on raising $10,000 by October, Good News

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  • Campaign to help Syrian refugee family start a new life tops $150K

    Photo shared by millions leads to generous crowdfunding campaign

    More than $150,000 has been raised after this photo quickly went viral. (Photo: IndieGoGo)More than $150,000 has been raised after this photo quickly went viral. (Photo: IndieGoGo)

    A Syrian refugee who was selling pens on the streets of Beirut to help support his family is feeling the power and love of the Internet, after his story touched countless people around the world. 

    A photo of the man was reposted on more than a million social media feeds last week, prompting a wave of interest in finding out more about him and his situation. The shot shows the man peddling pens while his daughter is hoisted over his shoulder, asleep.

    Icelandic designer Gissur Simonarson, who’s based in Oslo, launched a campaign to find the man, which led to him being interviewed on Sky News Arabia.

    Shortly after the report went to air, activists in Lebanon were able to locate the man, named Abul, and his children, nine-year-old Abdelillah and four-year-old Reem, at a refugee camp. The hashtag #buypens was launched,

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  • Four elderly bears were captured on video experiencing freedom for the first time after being confined to cages for 20 years.

    Fifi, Bruno, Pocahontas and Marsha were part of a roadside zoo in Pennsylvania that shut down in 1995, reports Inside Edition.

    When the attraction closed down, the animals were forced into tiny cages, where they suffered physical and mental ailments. Fifi appeared to have arthritis.

    Animal activist group PETA rescued the bears and drove them across the country to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. 

    There, they got to experience grass under their feet on the two 15-acre permanent habitats for the first time in two decades. There were also underground dens for when it’s time to hibernate.

    “These bears have been living in conditions … in which they’re deprived of everything that is natural and important for them,” Brittany Peet, PETA’s deputy director of captive animal law enforcement, told the Times-Tribune.

    The bears are said to be adjusting to their new

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  • Hugh Jackman surprises young Wolverine fan for Make-A-Wish Foundation

    “Hang on one sec, I’m going to find a really cool way to show you!”

    An Australian boy with Cystic Fibrosis was thrilled to get the chance to chat with his hero, Hugh Jackman, on live air while visiting a local radio station. But little did nine-year-old Domenic know that the Wolverine himself was actually waiting in another room at the station, preparing to surprise the young comic book fan.

    When the hosts of the “Kyle & Jackie O Show” got the Australian actor on the line, they informed him that one of his biggest fans was in the studio, eager to chat with him. The boy was told Jackman was on set, filming.

    “Hi Hugh Jackman,” said Domenic, bursting with excitement.

    “You can call me, Hugh,” the Wolverine replied. “You don’t have to call me by my full name.”

    Domenic, who had made a request to meet the actor through Make a Wish, then asked him what his favourite Wolverine action pose and line was. Jackman replied: “Hang on one sec, I’m going to find a really cool way to show you!” Seconds later the star burst into the studio and struck a fierce Wolverine

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  • Joseph Grant breathes a sigh of relief as he holds a bag containing some of the recovered cash. (Photo: GFL Environmental)Joseph Grant breathes a sigh of relief as he holds a bag containing some of the recovered cash. (Photo: GFL Environmental)

    It was an unlikely turn of events for newlywed Joseph Grant, who wasn’t expecting to sort through loads of reeking garbage shortly after his wedding.

    But when all of the wedding gift cash was accidentally thrown into the dumpster, Grant ditched his tuxedo to put on a pair of work boots and a hard hat in order to get it back.

    Grant and his wife, Paula Horatio, were packing up to leave after their wedding reception at Carmen’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, this past weekend. The newlywed couple didn’t realize they left behind a garbage bag containing envelopes and cards with cash and cheques from their guests, The Hamilton Spectator reports.

    So Grant returned on Monday to Carmen’s after getting into contact with the operations director, Matthew Abraham, the day before.

    From there, Abraham called the waste management company, GFL (Green for Life) Environmental, for help. They arranged for the garbage to be picked up earlier than usual on Tuesday and then dumped it at a disposal

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  • You can never predict how your kids are going to react when they learn that they are going to have a new baby brother or sister.  

    But one mother-to-be recorded her five-year-old son’s reaction to learning that she is pregnant. His reaction is priceless.

    In video shared on YouTube by Sarah Bromby, you can hear her as she explains to her son, Ethan, that she is pregnant. Bromby even gave Ethan a photo from her ultrasound as proof.

    Ethan is quite thrilled to hear the news, and asks: “That’s your baby? Is it growing? It’s in your belly just now? Is it!?”

    His excitement continues to grow as Bromby confirms the news. Ethan then adorably shouts out “I’m going to be a new big brother!”

    Ethan’s curiosity continues as he starts asking his mom how she made the baby and why. It’s enough to make anyone’s heart melt.  

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