The week in uppers

Baby seals, charity robots and graduation -- here's the cheerful news you may have missed

Published May 15, 2011 5:30PM (EDT)

While flooding on the Mississippi looms large on the American consciousness this week, the news wasn't all bad. Check out these heartwarming stories:

  • Year-old northern fur seal PeeWee takes his first steps toward freedom after two months of rehabilitation at the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre in British Columbia. (CBS News)

  • After 22 years in college -- taking one class a semester while raising her family -- Carmen Gomez graduated from University of Southern California along with her son Allen on Friday. (KABC-TV)
  • Next month, Dave Wilfsen is set to start a 9,300-mile cross-country trip on a 74-year-old tractor to raise $200,000 for disaster relief and food services. (Huffington Post)
  • Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has introduced new legislation to Congress -- the "Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act" -- intended to help prevent homelessness among young LGBT people. (Center for American Progress)
  • Early last week, "NBC Nightly News" featured a story on Detroit Dog Rescue, a charity organization with only $40 left in its coffers. Within one day of the report, the group raised more than $30,000 in donations. (Huffington Post)

  • The much-discussed hat worn by Princess Beatrice at last month's royal wedding is hitting the eBay auction block to raise money for two charities, UNICEF and Children and Crisis. (Boston Globe)
  • As Japan continues its recovery in the aftermath of March's devastating earthquake and tsunami, one lingerie maker is trying to do its part -- producing garments with messages of encouragement printed on them. (Reuters)
  • Britney Spears emceed a charity event in Beverly Hills this week that raised $200,000 for New Orleans families. (AOL Music)
  • A Scottish university student has designed a unique new way to solicit donations -- using coin-powered robots. (Huffington Post)

By Peter Finocchiaro

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