The Good Stuff

July 24th, 2014
10:02 AM ET

See What Fido Might Look Like by Your New Sofa

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," we look at a brilliant plan to get deserving pets out of shelters and into your home. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

What would go well with that new bedroom set you're thinking of buying? A throw pillow? A rug?

How about a dog who needs a family?

A group of shelters has teamed up with home goods behemoth Ikea for a noble cause.

They're putting life-sized cutouts of their shelter dogs and cats into the Ikea displays.

Now you can actually see what the pet would look like if you brought him home.

The cutouts have codes on them, enabling Ikea customers to scan them with smartphones and get the information they need about adopting the animals.

So far, Ikea has tried the project in Singapore, and in a store in Tempe, Arizona.

In Tempe, all six dogs on display were adopted almost immediately.

The company plans to expand the program to other cities to get more animals adopted.

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July 17th, 2014
10:25 AM ET

Lowe's Employees Come Through in a Big Way for Wheelchair-Bound Veteran

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," generous employees go above and beyond for an American veteran helpless on the floor. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Michael Solsona lost his legs in Vietnam when he was 20-years-old, and has since used a wheelchair to get around.

Yet Michael's current wheelchair is old and in poor condition; he has been asking and waiting for a new wheelchair from the VA for years.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given recent revelations, his requests to the VA have fallen on deaf ears.

When Michael visited a Lowe's on Staten Island last week, his wheelchair finally fell apart, right under him.

Michael and his wife, Frieda, were stuck - or so they thought.

"I said, 'Oh no Michael, what are we going to do? We don't have any tools. And he said, 'Hello are you crazy? We're in Lowe's. We're in the tool capitol of the world!'" Frieda recalled.

The Solsonas planned to take the wrecked wheelchair home and fix it themselves, but three employees weren't having it.

Over the course of 45 minutes, they repaired Michael's wheelchair.

The good news, though, doesn't end there.

Michael's story went viral, garnering enough attention for the VA to take notice.

They finally sent Michael a new wheelchair.

The wheelchair fixed by the employees will now be his trusted backup.

See the full story at CNN affiliate WABC, and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

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July 14th, 2014
09:34 AM ET

Thankfully He Knew How to Use FaceTime

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," an Indiana mom is alive today thanks to her 4-year-old boy ... and a little assist from technology. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

When Kalah Riley was in the middle of a diabetic seizure that could have killed her, her son Elijah tried to call 911, but he couldn't find the phone.

So he jumped into action, grabbed his mother's iPad instead, and used the FaceTime application to contact his grandparents by video conferencing in Florida.

Elijah's grandfather picked up, heard the story and sent the paramedics to his daughter's home.

Kalah was saved.

"I was a hero," the boy exclaimed later.  "A G.I. Joe hero."

See the full story at CNN affiliate WLS, and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

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July 11th, 2014
01:10 PM ET

Mystery Man Purchases Groceries for Strangers

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a mystery man strolls into a grocery store, and makes the day of many unsuspecting shoppers. CNN's Michaela Pereira reports.

Typically, when someone walks up to the register at a grocery store, he or she seeking the whereabouts of the dairy aisle, or maybe where one can find the organic apples.

But an enigmatic shopper at a grocery outlet Concord, California is anything but average.

He waited patiently at the register while the clerk scanned every item from a random customer, according to store supervisor Jaime Flores.

And then pulled out a wad of cash to pay.

He did this not once, twice or even three times.

Half a dozen customers were the beneficiaries of his good will, and this Zorro of Aisle 7 spent over $600 on strangers by day's end.

"We had people hugging him," Flores said. "People were asking him if he won the lottery, if he had a good job, but he didn't really want to give out any information."

While store surveillance cameras captured the likeness of the man in action, the store is committed to honoring his anonymity.

Concord resident Josh Breams missed the anonymous grocery giver by two hours.

But despite pulling out his own wallet for groceries, Bream remained touched by this random act of kindness.

"Of course it breaks my heart that I wasn't here and didn't reap the rewards, but it's pretty amazing," Breams said.

"It kind of makes you have faith in humanity again. I wish there were more people with that kind of joy."

See the full story at CNN affiliate KTVU, and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

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