Welcome aboard the Mood Elevator. Commitments at the day job kept me away from you yesterday, so sorry for turning up late. Anyway, let's get going.
Yogscast is a group of gamers who get together and live-stream their games. They're quite well known for their Minecraft mods, and if none of this means anything to you, this will. They're holding their annual Jingle Jam, a month-long festival of gaming, to raise money for a variety of charities. So far they've raised over $1.2 million to help fight caner, save dolphins, tackle mental health issues and more. You can find out more, watch the streams and pop a few dollars into the pot yourself, by tapping in the link in the show notes.
The Kansas City Community Kitchen in Missouri has been working on a way to serve the local homeless population in a way that preserves their dignity. The kitchen has been running for 30 years serving food to people sleeping rough and on low incomes, but in February they started hiring volunteer staff so they could serve their guests in restaurant-style. "Our diners will not only get delicious, beautiful meals created by our amazing culinary team" said the CEO Beau Heyen, "but they will have the dignity of being able to choose what they want to eat.”
When trolls posted a photo of a Bangladeshi cleaner looking wistfully at a collection of gold chains, the better half of the Internet swooped in to try and find the guy and shower him with gifts. The photo of 65 year-old looking through a jeweller's shop window held a caption that is translated as "This man deserves to only look at rubbish", but after the Internet tracked him down he was given two smartphones, return flights to his home country, and bags of food. Well done, Internet.
There is a school in Mumbai that's helping to keep kids from begging or selling small items to feed their families. It's called Signal Shala - or Signal School - and you can find it in a shipping container under a flyover. It was started in June and has 22 pupils, taught by 28-year-old Aarti Parab , and the name comes from the traffic signals the kids used to stand at, in order to make money from passing cars. "If they are able to learn a few things, become good human beings, and change the way they have been living so far, no one can stop this country from growing,” she says.
And finally, Emma Lawton is an illustrator, but at the age of 29 was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which manifests as a tremor in her hands. She enlisted the help of engineer Haiyan Zhang, who put months of work into a device that would distract Emma's brain and allow her to hold a pencil and draw straight lines again. And it's not the bulky contraption you might be imagining; it looks like a device the size of a smartwatch, and you have to see the video to understand the impact.
And that is all the show I have for you today. I shall be with you again next week, so until then, have a fantastic weekend.