Dad Makes Floating Suit for Family from Thousands of Corks

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We begin with a story about a man debuting something he’s been working on for years to his family.  Family are the people that will tell you the truth about stuff, so he was nervous.   Kerry Haulotte spent three years building a floating suit made from 1,150 corks, telling only his wife what he was up to.  He was making it for the family to have fun with during their boat outings.  The video the dad debuting the creation into Lake Michigan has gone viral and fiends and family were each trying on the cork suit so they could float in the water during a fun day out.   The suit was constructed by drilling 3,450 holes through hundreds of corks, and the finished product ended up weighing over 13 lbs.   The project was shrouded in secrecy due to Kerry’s anxiety about the project failing.  He was overjoyed that his family loved it!  His daughter said it was the coolest thing ever!

A man wins a charity auction, then donates the it back the same night.  The 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage edition raised over a million dollars for charity despite having a sticker price of just a fraction of that. $112,385.   The limited-edition Brittany blue was first sold to a collector and he immediately donated it back to the event.   Additional donations were made by Kathie Lee Gifford, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and others.  It went towards the Florida Disaster Fund and Samaritans’ Purse organizations.

A boy in Iowa has wanted to help cure cancer since he was 8 years old.  He started by using his artistic talents and began painting and selling his creations.  He said he wasn’t taken seriously until he his first $1,000.  At age 12, Arsh Pal has raised over $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.