In honor of the new limited series PEOPLE's List, we've gathered this week's happiest stories

By Lydia Price
July 01, 2016 03:50 PM
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Want an extra reason to smile as you head into your Fourth of July weekend? We’ve got you covered.

To celebrate PEOPLE and ABC’s new series PEOPLE’s List, we rounded up seven stories from the past week that are impossible to get through without a smile.

1. San Antonio man gifts kiddie pools to families in need
After seeing a photo on Facebook that mocked kids for using the back of a truck as a swimming pool, San Antonio resident https://www.people.com/article/man-buys-pools-for-west-side-san-antonio-families.

Using social media to locate the family, Arredondo bought them an inflatable swimming pool and personally delivered it to their home. “They were making good with what they had,” he told . “It was an amazing experience to see the kiddos so happy and thankful.”

The Texan’s generosity didn’t stop there. He’s since committed himself to providing pools for dozens of kids who need help cooling-off this summer, even deciding to spend three weeks of his vacation working on the project. “I had to take a step away and humble myself,” said Arredondo. “I’ve met some amazing families and heard heartbreaking stories. But at the end of the day, if you can put a smile on a kid’s face – it’s priceless.”

2. Dame Judi Dench gets her first tattoo at 81-years-old
It’s never too late to get in on the ink game.

Actress Dame Judi Dench recently revealed that she got her first tattoo back in December in honor of turning 81.

Dame Judi Dench
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The legendary talent told Surrey Life magazine that the wrist tat, which reads “carpe diem,” was a gift from her daughter Tara “Finty” Williams. “That’s my motto: Seize the day,” she said. “Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday – she’s wonderful with surprises.”

3. French bulldog and Koi fish have a heartwarming friendship
A pooch named Daisy from Washington state has a very special friend in her backyard in the form of a Koi fish named Frank. The pair’s owner Carrie Bredy says the twosome always make time to share a few kisses. “Daisy just started begging to go to the pond – and every single time, Frank comes straight to her,” she told KOMO News. “She ignores the other fish. She goes straight to him. If he’s all the way at the other end, he comes flying across from the water.”

“Daisy licks and Frank has his own special fishy way of kissing – you know, ‘bloop bloop bloop.’ [He] comes right out of the water and their mouths meet,” Bredy added. “They kiss and they kiss and they kiss.”

4. A cereal restaurant is coming to New York City
Now you have an even better excuse to enjoy breakfast for dinner. Kellogg’s is opening a standalone eatery featuring dishes based around their classic cereals this Fourth of July.

The recipes come courtesy of Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi. “Since I was a kid, I have always had a hilarious long standing love affair with cereal,” Tosi told PEOPLE. “Growing up in the suburbs of Virginia my access to gourmet ingredients was limited so I learned to get really creative with every day ingredients including cereal.”

Among Tosi’s favorite meals from the new menu are the Berry Au Lait (Frosted Mini Wheats, fresh raspberries, ground coffee); the You’re Cracklin’ Me Up (Cracklin’ Oat Bran, dried cranberries, white chocolate, toasted coconut); and the Life in Color (Froot Loops, lime zest, marshmallows, passion fruit jam).

5. Daniel Radcliffe is interviewed by children
PEOPLE let eager young fans submit questions for Daniel Radcliffe, who graciously answered their mostly-Harry Potter related queries in a sweet video while promoting his new film Swiss Army Man.

6. Dogs calm hopefuls at U.S. Olympic swimming trials
Pets and licks can be just the thing to take care of an over-active set of nerves. USA Swimming partnered with a Lincoln, Nebraska, nonprofit called Domesti-PUPS to help the over-1,700 hopefuls cope with the pressure of tryouts in Omaha.

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“There’s a lot of pressure,” York YMCA swimmer Leah Braswell told The Columbus Dispatch. “Having the dogs here is a great distraction, a way to take a break from all of that. They’re happy all the time. It just makes you happier. You can forget about whatever race you just had.”

Man donates kidney to woman after 4 dates – and then marries her
No one has a love story quite like Natalie Russo and Mike Frias. The pair met on an dating site in 2014 and instantly felt a connection. But just as the new romance was blossoming, Russo was rushed to the hospital for kidney failure.

Following an unsuccessful months-long search for a donor, Frias decided to get tested for compatibility and turned out to be a perfect kidney match for his new love.

“I would have done anything for her,” Frias told PEOPLE about agreeing to the transplant, which was performed in March 2016 just before their June wedding. “We met at the right time, and that’s just a testament that it was meant to be.”

Mike Frias and Natalie Russo
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“The beginning years of our relationship made us so strong,” Frias continued. “But now, we can start enjoying our future.”

Tune into PEOPLE’s List Saturday night, June 25, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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