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Inspiring Woman Spends Isolation Cooking 80 Meals a Day for Vulnerable People

Not all superhero’s wear cloaks—and in Sophie’s case, an apron will do just fine.

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(TMU) — We can only imagine that there’s some surprising things people do while on lockdown at home. Take Sophie Mears for example, a mum of four living in Bridport in Dorset, UK. Sophie has been cooking up a storm and preparing free food parcels for people unable to leave home during the pandemic.

However, local council officials were ready to strip the cloak from the shoulders of the 33-year-old hero because she needed a food hygiene certificate to continue operations, and due to the lock down they were unable to visit her home for an inspection.

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Sophie refused to hang her cloak in the dark wardrobe just yet. Instead, she pleaded with authorities and by putting their heads together they agreed on a plan to do a “virtual inspection.” Not only did Sophie’s kitchen pass with flying colors, she earned a five-star food rating and is able to continue cooking and preparing food for the vulnerable and elderly members of her community.

Sophie works in the administration at a local school and started working at home when the lockdown came into force. But she realized that many people would be in need and she wanted to help.

She first joined her local Facebook community support group and volunteered to help when a member of the group mentioned a family in need of a meal. Before long, Sophie had a team to support her including someone dedicated to checking the messages on social media to ensure everyone needing meals would get them. Gary, her partner, is tasked with bagging the meals and organizing delivery by a team of up to eight volunteers.

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Sophie explained:

‘’It started a few weeks ago, somebody said there was a family in need of a meal so I provided a few bits for them and it just grew from there. Now I’m cooking a roast dinner for 80!

My kitchen is not massive, it’s just a normal family kitchen. I’ve got several slow cookers so I have those going through the night and then in the mornings I do the bits I can’t do in the slow cookers.

My garage has turned into a storage area with a couple of fridges and a chest freezer; people have just been amazing with donating all sorts.’’

The community rallied together with donations of food and money to help cover Sophie’s costs for making healthy, hearty meals like soups, stews, chilly, lamb hotpot, and cottage pie.

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According to Sophie, her children, Charlie and Connor (age 9), Jacob (age 8), and Evelyn (age 4), have been really good at allowing her to do so much cooking while they do schoolwork or play quietly.

Sophie continued:

‘’I have worked in catering in pubs and restaurants before and I’ve always enjoyed cooking.

I’ve quite enjoyed finding new things to cook and I’ve learnt to do vegan and vegetarian too.

The support has just been unbelievable and it just fills my heart with joy to know when I sit down at night for a meal with my family, I’ve been able to help somebody else have that too.’’

Sophie spends up to 10 hours in her kitchen cooking and preparing between 60 and 80 meals daily for around 30 deliveries with the help of family and the support and donations from members of the community.

Not all superhero’s wear cloaks—and in Sophie’s case, an apron will do just fine.

“I don’t feel like I’m doing anything special, just cooking,” she said modestly.

We reckon the recipients of her hearty meals may beg to differ and see the hero’s cloak disguised as an apron!

By Jade Small | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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