Diverted 9/11 Passengers Raise More Than $1.5M for Students in the Canadian town that Housed Them

On September 11, 2001, passengers on board Delta Flight 15 were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, where they waited out the crisis and ensuing air traffic control nightmare in local high schools, community buildings, shelters, and private residences.

The passengers on this and 52 other planes grounded  in Gander were taken in for two days by the local residents and supported by local high school student volunteers.

When the passengers from Flight 15 got back together for the return flight, one of them got on the plane’s PA system to announce that he was starting a trust fund for the education of the high school students of the town and began collecting contributions.

The “Delta 15” fund now stands at more than $1.5 million and has already assisted 134 students in obtaining a college education.

To quote one of the flight attendants on Flight 15, “In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.”

The full account of this amazing story is available at www.thecoast.net.


Photo credit to CBC.CA

80 form human chain to rescue family of 9 in riptide at Panama City Beach, Florida

An obvious addition to the PositiveNewsOnline treasure trove, CNN and others report that strangers on a beach formed an 80-person human chain to successfully rescue nine members of a family who had been caught in a riptide.

This is amazing and emblematic of the human spirit and human ingenuity.

Photo credit to theguardian.com.