Dolly asked a thief to return her stolen trike in the newspaper. Her community responded graciously.

79-year-old Dolly Juelke had a pretty sweet tricycle she rode everywhere.

It's always nice to hear about a nearly-80-year-old who enjoys life to the fullest and still goes out and about, getting exercise and doing her thing. And WDAY6 News reported that the trike was, in fact, her only mode of transportation.


Not Dolly's actual trike, 'cause someone stole it. But it's very similar. Image by Jennifer C./Flickr.

Unfortunately, Dolly's tricycle was stolen right out of her backyard. So she wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper, asking the person who took her bike to return it.

It was a simple two-sentence request, stating that she'd never learned to drive and really needed her three-wheeled bike back.

Image by WDAY6 News.

What kind of person steals a 79-year-old woman's tricycle? I don't know, but fortunately, this story isn't about the unkind among us. It's about the total opposite.

A community member saw her letter and jumped right in, devising a solution.

Cassandra Maland came across the post and started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money to replace Dolly's wheels.

Image by WDAY6 News.

Maland tried to minimize her actions, saying, "All I really did was get the ball rolling, and the great people of Fargo did the rest."

That was cool of her because being humble is a good quality, but the truth is that her initiative was the spark for a whole lot of kindness and generosity.

Community members ultimately donated $700 to replace Dolly's trike!

Even better, a local bike shop called Paramount Sports gave up the opportunity to make a profit and sold Maland the replacement trike at cost, which was $400.

From the extra money she'd raised, Maland bought a lock and water bottle for Dolly, and she plans on donating the rest of the money.

Dolly was beyond thrilled with her new bike. (And she looks rather slick riding it, doesn't she?!)

Image by WDAY6 News.

She appreciated everyone's generosity and was excited that it was just as great as her old bike. In fact, it's the exact same kind!

"I'm dumbfounded, believe me," Dolly told WDAY6 News. "I just couldn't believe it. It was really nice of everybody."

But that's the thing about humans. There are those who make poor choices, but there are far more of with good hearts who care about each other. It's wonderful that Dolly's community showed her that kindness is everywhere.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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