In trending news this morning, a Houston man pays it forward with an extreme act of generosity, a basketball team gets a spongy makeover and marathoners in China ran on a frozen river.
First up, the day after Christmas, a Houston man presented his favorite waiter with a car. Edward Pollard says the man, James, serves him frequently at the restaurant across from his office. He described him as the kind of person who can "instantly put a smile on your face." And when pollard leaves work, he often sees the gentleman sitting at the bus stop.
So he decided to get his extra car detailed like new and gift it to the waiter. Now he is sharing the story, hoping to inspire people to do simple things every day as this new year unfolds.
Also trending, the Delaware 87ers G League squad will be donning SpongeBob uniforms for Wednesday's Nickelodeon night. According to the team's twitter, proceeds from ticket sales and a jersey auction will go to Child Inc, a local organization helping abused and neglected children.
Lastly, about 2,000 bundled-up runners ran a marathon on a frozen river doubled as a race course. The Amur Ice Marathon was part of the new year celebrations in northeast China. It was the first in a series of ice marathons to be held in the Heilongjiang Province.
Those taking part faced temperatures as low as 15 degrees below zero. That didn't stop runners from China, Russia and other countries from participating. A mini-marathon was also organized to get even more runners involved. The frozen runway is now recognized by the Chinese Athletics Association.