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Make Your Week: 2 heartwarming stories

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 9:35am

At, we strive to share uplifting stories with our readers. Each Monday, our Make Your Week column highlights people who have experienced goodness in their lives.

'It's a whole new world': Utah centenarians celebrate life at governor's gala

Ashley Stilson  |  Posted  Aug 21st - 9:04pm

Fifty-four of Utah's 140 statewide centenarians attended the Centenarian Celebration on Friday. The luncheon hosted by Gov. Gary Herbert was held at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan.

Waiter tipped $500 for act of kindness

Ben Burnstein, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 20th - 9:37am

Kasey Simmons loves to make people smile. But Tuesday, the 32-year-old waiter was the one beaming.

In Louisiana, acts of kindness flourish amid the misery

Doug Criss, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 19th - 9:13am

It's said that the worst of times can bring out the best in people.

Man, daughter killed in I-15 doghouse accident honored with moonlight bike ride

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 18th - 2:32pm

Friday night, adults and children will ride their bikes under the moonlight and launch balloons in memory of a Utah father and his daughter who were killed in a car accident nearly one year ago.

Taylor Swift donates $1M to Louisiana flood relief

Chloe Melas, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 17th - 9:02am

Taylor Swift has donated $1 million toward Louisiana flood relief efforts after torrential rains have displaced 20,000 residents and left at least 11 people dead.

Make Your Week: Uplifting stories to start the week

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 15th - 9:27am

Even though there is a lot of bad in the world, there is a lot of goodness too.'s weekly "Make Your Week" column includes stories of kindness from around our community.

14 local volunteer opportunities to check out

Carlos Baquerizo  |  Posted  Aug 12th - 11:35am

Are you wanting to give back to your community, but don't know where to start? Check out these volunteer opportunities throughout Utah.

Fort Worth 8th grader gives more than 200K meals

Eric Gonzales, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 12th - 9:05am

While most kids spend the summer in front of their Playstation 4, that's not where you'll find Will Lourcey. It was six years ago that Lourcey talked his friends into taking up a bigger challenge.

Utah native living in NYC makes it big in the modeling industry

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 11th - 11:01am

Though many people try to succeed in the entertainment industry, not everyone does. Utah native Spencer Burhoe, however, is one of the lucky ones.

Police rescue birthday party for boy with autism

Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 10th - 9:02am

When Brayden Hubbard turned 3, his mom knew one thing for certain: there'd be cars. The boy with round cheeks and spiky hair loves them so much, it was a no-brainer that his party would have this theme.

150 Springville High alumni surprise retired orchestra teacher with concert

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 9th - 3:03pm

Saturday evening, a man who taught orchestra for the Nebo School District for more than 27 years listened as about 150 of his former students played a surprise concert for him.

Bride is walked down the aisle by man who received her dad's heart

Christopher Dawson, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 8th - 4:13pm

A father's heart races for his daughter, especially on her wedding day. But Michael Stepien didn't live to see his daughter get married. The father, and organ donor, was murdered 10 years ago — but his heart was there.

Make Your Week: 2 stories of kindness

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 8th - 9:08am

To send in the stories that have made your day better, email them in 100 words or less to Photos and videos are encouraged.

Hospital's Angel Garden is back for the benefit of children

Ashley Stilson, Contributor  |  Posted  Aug 6th - 7:00pm

For children undergoing medical treatment, simple pleasures like going outside in the sun is often not possible. But Primary Children's Hospital is taking steps to bring nature to kids at the hospital.

'Bucket List Family' trying to build school in Nepal to fight against sex trafficking

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 5th - 12:54pm

After selling his company to Snapchat for $54 million as a Brigham Young University student, Garrett Gee and his wife, Jessica, sold their possessions and embarked on a lengthy trip around the world with their two young children.

South Jordan woman adopts 26 children with special needs

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 9:57am

Christie Jameson has 37 children. She adopted 35 of them, and only 11 of her children have not had special needs.

Have You Seen This? Cop issues ice cream instead of tickets

Angie H. Treasure  |  Posted  Aug 1st - 1:12pm

In Halifax, Virginia, a few officers turned the usually an unpleasant experience of being pulled over into a more delicious delay than usual. Luckily for us, they also got it all on this delightful video.

Make Your Week: Stories that uplift

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Aug 1st - 10:16am

Reading about bad news can be really discouraging. To send in the stories that have made your day better, email them in 100 words or less to Photos and videos are encouraged.

Logan correctional facility breaks ground on youth interfaith chapel

Ashley Stilson  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 11:55am

The Cache Valley Youth Center broke ground for a new interfaith chapel Wednesday. The 1,000-square-foot chapel will provide a designated place for worship for youths at the correctional facility.