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A woman on a bank note, a Notebook-style love story, and an Autistic kid who nailed English class. We’ve rounded up all the heartwarmingly fuzzy good-news stories of the week.

A woman is now on US currency.

This week the US Treasury announced the faces of their new currency, due to be released into circulation by 2020. Harriet Tubman, a former slave who became prominent in the Abolitionist movement, who was an armed scout and spy during the American Civil War, and rescued approx. 70 people from slavery, is to be featured on the new $20 bill. She will be the first African-American honoured on the currency, and also the first woman to be featured in over a century. Martin Luther King Jr. is also to be honoured on the reverse of a new $5 bill, alongside Eleanor Roosevelt, and a new $10 bill will feature five female leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, including Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

 Chris Hemsworth loses his wallet. Teen finds it and returns it. Teen gets $10K.

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When Chris Hemsworth left his wallet on a table in a restaurant in “a rough part of town,” he didn’t expect to get it back – let alone with all the cash left inside it – but that’s exactly what happened. When 17 year-old Tristin Budzyn-Barker realised he’d stumbled upon Hemsworth’s wallet, he made it his personal mission to get it back to the actor: “I looked up at my mom and was like, ‘ma, do you know who this is?'” he recounted Monday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, “We found Thor’s wallet.” Hemsworth rewarded the teen by giving him all the cash in said returned wallet, and Ellen topped this gesture by presenting a giant $10,000 cheque to go towards his college fund, proving it does pay to be a good citizen.

Teacher in Afghanistan uses his bike to deliver books to children in remote villages.

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In what seems to be the best educational experience on wheels since Healthy Harold, a teacher in Afghanistan spends his weekends delivering books to children in remote villages who don't have access to them.

Armed with a huge collection of books and a push bike, Saber Hosseini travels to nearby communities to teach kids how to read and write. He brings them new books to borrow every week, and his determination has seen this mobile library grow from just 200 books to a collection of over 3500.

100 year-old woman who was evicted from her home has been given a place to live, thanks to the help of a stranger.

When 100 year-old Evelyn Heller received an eviction notice and was forced to pay over $1500 in legal fees, she didn't have anyone to turn to. Luckily, when her story was run by local newspaper in Palm Desert, California, it was seen by Tony Robbins, a famous motivational speaker and philanthropist, and he was moved to act as a Good Samaritan.

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Robbins, a millionaire whose charity The Anthony Robbins Foundation runs programs to help the homeless, was inspired to reach out and make a difference, committing to pay $24,000 for Heller's rent over the next two years. ""I've seen things like this before and wanted to spontaneously help out," Robbins said. "Since she has no one, I wanted to step in and take care of her -- that was the main reason. Sometimes it's just about helping somebody."

High school sweethearts are reunited after more than 70 years apart - and in love again.

Straight out of a scene from The Notebook, two high school sweethearts have been reunited after spending more than seven decades apart. Bob Berry and Marjorie Webster both attended Bogota High School in New Jersey in the 1940s, even going to prom together twice. The pair lost touch after Berry enlisted in the Navy and fought in World War II, and both went off to have happy, loving marriages and children with other people. In a twist of fate, both widowers moved to the same town and ran into each other almost 75 years later at a mutual friend's wake. The pair have been inseparable ever since, proving that love is timeless.

Austitic kid writes poem that rivals Dr Seuss in brilliance.

It started out as a simple class assignment, but it transformed into something much more than that for little Benjamin Giroux and his loving family. Students were asked to write a poem, and were provided the first two words for every line. What 10-year-old Benjamin, who is on the autism spectrum, wrote has since captured the hearts of people right around the world.

On the latest episode of Mamamia Out Loud, Monique Bowley, Kate de Brito and Susan Carland talk about the beautiful poem. 
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