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                         WASTE MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES DONATE $5,000 FOUND AT WORK

Employees at a waste management facility in Arizona found some unexpected treasure amid the trash. While sorting through the boxes and bottles, they found $5,000 in cash on the conveyor belt.

Instead of just dividing the money up among the workers there, they decided to do the right thing and turn it into police. That way, the person who lost it could claim it again.

The money had a 30-day public notice and, amazingly, nobody claimed it, so it was released back to the employees.

But instead of spending it, they decided to donate it a local youth foundation.

The leader of the charity was thrilled to have extra money to help those in need – and the employees said they were just glad to find a way to help. (KNXV-TV)

    

VOLUNTEERS HELP HOMELESS TEENS GET FURNISHED HOME

A group of volunteers in San Antonio, Texas, spent their weekend decorating and furnishing homes for teenagers who don't have one.

The volunteers worked with the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives' Turning Point program, which provides housing for homeless teens who have gotten too old for foster care. The program also helps prepare the teens for adulthood, teaching them how to be productive members of society.

The volunteers had access to a bunch of unused furniture, so they delivered the furniture to five different houses – and redecorated the houses along the way.

Amazingly, the Roy Maas Youth Alternative programs have served nearly 80,000 troubled kids since being established in 1976 – and this recent donation will help the charity continue to doing good work in the years to come. (KSAT-TV)

   

GIRL DONATES BIRTHDAY MONEY TO LOCAL K-9 UNIT

Many kids have long wish lists for things they'd like to get for their birthday, but one little girl in Holmen, Wisconsin, had something else in mind for her big day.

When Emily Larson turned 10 years old, she asked her friends and family members not to give her gifts, but instead to donate money for a good cause – the local police department’s K-9 unit.

Those friends and family members stepped up and donated the money – and, as promised, Emily gave the money to the department.

Then, last week, the Holmen Police and a K-9 dog named Ori showed up at Emily's school to surprise her and thank her for the gift.

Emily says it was an easy decision to give away the money because she loves animals, wants to be a veterinarian, and thinks she already has enough toys.

The Holmen Police Department says the money will be used to replace old equipment and, of course, to buy food for Ori. (WEAU-TV)

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