The Good Stuff

October 15th, 2014
09:52 AM ET

She Hopes to Raise $100,000 to Help Kids Have Easier Stays in Hospitals

In today's "Good Stuff," a teenager shows us to think positively and dream big. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Fifteen-year-old Leanne Joyce spent time in the hospital when she was younger for a congenital heart problem - that's the bad stuff.

But Leanne did not let the issue kill her spirit.

Instead, she created "Positive Impact for Kids," a charity that helps hospitalized children with everything from get well cards to iPads - whatever they need to keep their spirits up.

"I just want kids to feel as normal as they can because I know what it's like and it's not fun otherwise," she told CNN affiliate WNCN.

So far, Leanne has raised some $30,000 and helped kids in hospitals in all fifty states.

Her next goal is to make it to $100,000 before she graduates from high school.

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October 8th, 2014
11:57 AM ET

These People Don't Let Traffic Get Them Down

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a musical group brings the party to a group of people stuck in traffic. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

The Trinidad North Steel Drum Band was stuck in traffic in Pennsylvania, but they wouldn't let the situation get them down.

Instead, they pulled out their musical instruments and lead a celebration on the highway.

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October 7th, 2014
11:38 AM ET

Cop Buys Mom Car Seat Instead of Ticket

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Michigan police officer buys a needy mom a booster seat instead of issuing her a ticket. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Officer Ben Hall recently made a traffic stop and spotted something that wasn't right in the back seat.

He noticed a small child in the car who was wearing a seat belt but was not in a child’s car seat.

Mom Alexis DeLorenzo had a booster seat ... but it was in her old car that had been repossessed.

Rather than give the mom a ticket, Officer Hall said "meet me at Walmart.”

"A ticket doesn't solve the situation," he said. "What solves it is the child being in a booster seat like she should be."

"He did his job and above and beyond that just to protect a little girl and to help a family that can't help themselves right now,"  DeLorenzo said.

See the full story at CNN affiliate WXMI.

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October 2nd, 2014
10:33 AM ET

They Left This Waiter $100 Tip ... For Awful Service

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a couple pays it forward and leaves a generous tip for their waiter, despite the fact they were given terrible service. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Makenzie and Steven Schultz recently left their waiter, Kyle Hanson, a $100 tip on a $66 check.

Was this generosity for glowing service and speed?

Just the opposite.

Though Hanson didn't mean to be awful, his restaurant was busy, and all of the other waiters called in sick, it still took more than an hour for the couple to get their food.

But since both have been servers themselves and they know how the restaurant business can be, they left the big reward.

On their bill, the couple wrote, “We’ve both been in your shoes. Paying it forward.”

The couple shared the story on Facebook to encourage others and  it's been shared more than a million times.

See the full story at CNN affiliate KCRG.

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