Good News Thursday: Dog rescued from 30-foot-deep cave, inventor of hand-cranked washing machines donates to refugees

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Dog rescued from 30-foot-deep cave after two weeks

Dog nicknamed “Dewey” rescued and returned to owners after being stuck in a 30-foot-deep cave. (Good News Network)

Experienced caver Tray Heinke was trying to locate the perfect spot for their group member Sean to propose to his partner when they noticed a dog stuck in a 30-foot-deep cave. They immediately grabbed their ropes, helmets and harnesses and freed the dog, nicknamed “Dewey,” in 30 minutes.

“We firmly believe that if he had been in the pit only a few more days, he’d be gone. Everything depended on the outcome of the rescue so once he was safe and given a bite to eat, Sean popped the question and she said yes! You could hear the cheers a mile away,” Tray said.

Within two days of finding Dewey, the group was able to connect with his owners via social media and made arrangements to meet.

Inventor of hand-cranked washing machinesdonates them to refugees

Navjot Sawhney created and donated hand-cranked washing machines to those living in poverty. (Good News Network)

The inventor of hand-cranked washing machines,Navjot Sawhney, has traveled to Iraq to help those living in poverty be able to wash their clothes more easily.Some of the women in the affected families have suffered major trauma and abuse, and hand washing clothes is a restrictive and painful job. The washing machines, called “Divya,” allows women, who are usually the primary washers, to have time to rest.

“To give them the dignity of clean clothes is very fulfilling,” Sawhney said.

Sawhney set up the Washing Machine Project in 2018 and it has only been growing. He now has orders from Uganda, India, Lebanon and Jordan.

Series of events led to man finding wallet, clothing drive

Laurie Fenby set up a clothing drive for Jamaican migrant workers after finding a wallet. (Good News Network)

While shopping at a garage sale in Rochester, New York, Laurie Fenby found a wallet with a Jamaican driver’s license and went through great measures to get it returned. After she could not find him through Google, Facebook, and community website Nextdoor, someone suggested she try a little store known to have Jamaican migrant workers as clients. She found the man, George, and after conversation found out migrant workers need warm clothes.

Fenby contacted the Nextdoor community and set up a successful clothing drive where t-shirts, sweatshirts, shoes and other supplies were donated.

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