Boy buys smoke detectors for neighbors, man gives away shoes, gospel music saves boy, cat cafe opens in NYC.
UNDATED (KTHV) - From ?? to a Texas boy using his savings to buy smoke detectors, there are plenty of positive stories from the past week that are definitely on the 'brighter side'.
An 8-year-old Texas boy had been saving for months to buy a new PlayStation 4, but a local tragedy changed his mind. A mother and her 6-year-old child were killed by a fire nearby, and the story had a real impact on Hector Montoya. So he took the $300 he had saved and spent the money on smoke detectors. "Saving a life is more important," Montoya said. With the help of the Grand Prarie Fire Department, he installed more than 100 smoke detectors, mostly in the homes of elderly residents and people who reminded him of the tragedy he saw on the news.
Surjit Singh Virk has been driving buses for sixteen years and has seen it all. But what he witnessed on Saturday on the No. 341 route touched his soul in a way that he's never experienced before. A man sat alone on the bus with two plastic hairnets covering his feet instead of shoes. Another passenger, upon noticing his footwear, promptly took off his shoes and socks and gave them to the stranger, hopping off the bus barefoot, reports the Toronto Sun.
A young boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life. Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point. But Willie's actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song Every Praise until the man let him go.
The Cat Cafe by Purina One opens its kitty door (and its human-size doors) to New Yorkers on April 24, and will remain open for four days. Curious cat lovers will have the chance to sip complimentary "cat'achinos" with 16 adoptable and adorable cats. North Shore Animal League (NSAL) partnered with Purina to supply the cafe with rescue cats from across the country. Matthew Carroll, offsite coordinator at NSAL, says that the pets have been "evaluated behaviorally, medically and socially" to ensure that they will make perfect companions for the right owners.