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Christian Bale Learns Something Shocking Following His Daughters Birth - This Inspires Him to Take Action
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Christian Bale Learns Something Shocking Following His Daughters Birth - This Inspires Him to Take Action

We often hear about actors’ high salaries and lavish lifestyles or follow them on social media as they hock brands and products they love. But celebrities can also give back in meaningful ways, using their money and platforms to inspire real change.That’s exactly what Batman, a.k.a. Christian Bale, decided to do with his privilege after he learned about the number of foster children living in California.A Big DreamFollowing the birth of his daughter Luka in 2005, Bale began to think about how her life would be affected if he and his wife, Sibi, weren’t around. It led him to learn more about the foster care system in California, and he was shocked to learn that the state has the largest number of foster kids in the country.Not only that, but Bale discovered that many siblings who go into the foster care system are forced to separate and are unable to grow up together. He and Sibi knew they wanted to create some good and inspire change, and learning about these circumstances inspired the couple.Bale decided to create a village where foster siblings could stay and grow up together.“Imagine the absolute pain and the trauma of losing your parents or being torn from your parents, and then losing your brothers and sisters on top of that. That’s no way to treat kids — and so, we will be the hub for that,” Bale told The Hollywood Reporter.A Plan in ActionBale decided to create this village 16 years ago, but crews finally broke ground on the location earlier this year. To get this far, Bale teamed with the non-profit Together California and found a location near McAdam Park in Palmdale, LA.“I had the very unrealistic idea that within one year I’d have created a miniature Sound of Music with kids singing on hills in an endlessly joyful environment,” Bale explained.“But I discovered no, it takes an awful long time and really well-motivated people. It’s complicated and tough to help kids,” he continued. “It should be a hell of a lot easier than it was, but I didn’t flinch for one second.”“I would have done it all if it was just me by myself here,” Bale added to The Associated Press. “It's way more complex. These are people's lives. And we need to be able to have them land on their feet when they age out. There's so much involved in this.”Once complete, the village will consist of 12 three-bedroom townhomes, each capable of housing six children. A full-time professionally trained foster parent will live in each one to offer care and support.There will also be a 7,000-square-foot community center for programs and services and studio apartments for family visits. The apartments will also serve as transitional housing for children who are aging out of foster care.“I hope that this village will be the first of many, and I hope that people, Californians and Angelenos, know to come join us in opening our eyes to what’s happening right under our noses,” Bale added to The Hollywood Reporter. “These are our children, and we must help our children.”Doing Our PartIt’s inspiring to hear about actors, sports stars, and other celebrities giving back, especially since they tend to have more money and followers who can make a big difference. However, their actions also remind us that anyone can — and should — give back when they can.Giving back doesn’t have to look like building a village for foster children. It can be volunteering at a center or with a cause that matters to you. Or, it can be even smaller acts, like donating extra food, making drop-offs at a local charity, or participating in a fundraiser.Or, if you are in a position to do more, consider fostering a child or getting involved. There are more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system who are in need of a loving parent, and plenty of organizations, like Foster America, that are committed to making a difference through education and volunteerism.No matter how you help out, giving back to the community enriches your life and allows you to connect with others in deep and meaningful ways.More from Goalcast:10-Year-Old Nobody Wanted to Adopt Is Sent to Live With Foster Family – This Would Completely Change Both Their Lives11-Year-Old Foster Girl Sent to Principal’s Office for Fighting – Little Did She Know What Was Going to Happen NextChristian Bale: Get More Satisfaction Out Of Your Work

16-Year-Old Becomes Homeless After Parents Ask Her to Move Out - Years Later, a Shocking Scene Changes Everything
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16-Year-Old Becomes Homeless After Parents Ask Her to Move Out - Years Later, a Shocking Scene Changes Everything

Jessica Pearce knows the hardship of being homeless. Three days shy of her 16th birthday, her parents asked her to move out. Alone and living on the streets, her math teacher came to her rescue, helping her secure a place at a home for teenagers who were working to finish their education.Years later, it's an experience that's stayed with her. And now? She's taking that experience and making a profound difference in the lives of others experiencing homelessness. Coming Face-To-Face With Her City’s HomelessBack in 2016, at the age of 38, Jessica and her partner came face-to-face with Melbourne, Australia's homeless. Literally.Staying at a hotel over Christmas, the couple was shocked to find the nearby streets "lined with people sleeping on mattresses or on the ground.""I guess we felt shocked and I suppose a bit guilty — we didn't realise how bad the housing situation in Melbourne was," Jessica told ABC Radio Melbourne."I guess it just touched me and I thought that maybe there was something that we could do."Jessica PearceSo, the duo spent two nights wandering the streets, handing out $20 and $50 bills and getting to know each person's story. They even went so far as to invite one of the men they met, an estranged father of two, to stay with them, before putting him up at a motel for a month.But Jessica felt convicted to do more. Having just paid off her mortgage, she was considering buying an investment property in Melbourne. But why just buy one when you could buy four?Former Homeless Teen Buys Four Houses — Provides Free Accommodation for Families in NeedA successful business owner and mother of four, Jessica, inspired by her own brush with homelessness, decided it was time to pay it forward. Not one to sit around, she bought four houses within two weeks with the intent of providing safe and affordable housing for young people and families in need. But what started as a solo operation quickly turned into an incredible joint venture. One of the brokerage firms that helped her find the homes was so inspired by her act of philanthropy that they donated furniture.Jessica also enlisted the help of both a youth organization and a women's shelter. In an amazing full-circle moment, two of her houses are now being used to help teenagers just like her, who need a place to stay while they finish their education.The third home is allocated specifically for single mothers and the fourth is being used as transitional housing for people with children who are on a waiting list for long-term accommodation.This collaborative effort has turned Jessica's vision into a sustainable and impactful program that continues to make a lasting difference in the lives of those less fortunate.For Jessica, it's all about giving something back. “I have had good times and difficult times, but most of the time, I’ve been more fortunate than others. So it's now that I feel I am really able to give something back.”Jessica PearceAnd she hopes that others will be inspired to follow in her footsteps. How We Can Help the HomelessThe reality is that not everyone has the financial means to buy homes for the homeless. But that doesn't mean we can't make a difference. As the number of people experiencing homelessness continues to skyrocket, there are several ways we can help.Joining the fight against homelessness can take various forms, and individuals can make a meaningful impact through both direct and indirect means, including donating food, money, and various necessities to shelters and organizations, volunteering, and supporting affordable housing initiatives. The more people who step up to help those who are struggling in their communities, the closer we are to becoming a society where everyone has a place to call home.More from Goalcast:Homeless Family of 5 Lives in a Broken-Down Bus – Then a Stranger Makes an Offer That Sounds Like a “Cruel Joke” to ThemTeens Witness Homeless Man Crying in a Chick-fil-A – So They Go ShoppingCouple Passes by Homeless Man Who Has Lived on the Streets for 3 Years – Decide to Give Him a Christmas He’ll Never Forget

Teens Witness Homeless Man Crying in a Chick-fil-A - So They Go Shopping
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Teens Witness Homeless Man Crying in a Chick-fil-A - So They Go Shopping

Teens sometimes have a bad reputation for being self-involved or uncaring. But every day, countless teens around the world remind us that they aren’t just kind, generous, and thoughtful — they’re also the world leaders of tomorrow.Perhaps that’s why a video of three teens helping out a homeless man down on his luck has inspired so many other people. Because when it comes to being socially aware and caring for fellow human beings, these teens could teach some adults a thing or two.A Man Down on His LuckOne night shortly after Christmas a few years ago, teens Ryan Cook, Joshua Mechell, and Alberto Montiel were hanging out and eating at a Chick-fil-A in Texas. As they enjoyed one another’s company, they noticed a man sitting in the restaurant by himself, counting change and crying.“He had a worn bible on the table with a picture of Jesus and some change he was counting,” Cook recalled in a Facebook post. “The staff said he came in all the time but didn’t bother anyone or ask for handouts except when he is looking for water for his dog, Sock.”It was that selfless act, a man who would only ask for something for his dog, that really resonated with the boys. They knew they wanted to help.”“People were telling us how he never asks for handouts,” Cook added to InsideEdition, as per Yahoo News. “We saw him crying, and we saw him struggling to buy a meal. So I decided to buy him a gift card.”Springing Into ActionThe boys purchased gift cards to Chick-fil-A but didn’t stop there. They ensured the man, Eddie, would wait at the restaurant, and then they headed over to Dick’s Sporting Goods. There, they pooled their money to buy a coat, three shirts, a beanie, and a first aid kit.Their action also inspired the store manager, who chipped in $20 toward the purchase and donated the display merchandise.“Once we got back, I took this video,” Cook explained, posting the video to Facebook. “After we gave him the stuff, he said, ‘This is almost like Christmas because I didn't get anything for Christmas this year.’ And I said, ‘Just think of it as a late Christmas present.’”To InsideEdition, Cook added that it felt really good to give.“It was an awesome experience. He quickly got out of his chair. He was so excited and happy to see something new in his life,” he said.Cook also revealed that he and his friends kept in touch with Eddie, and they were saving to get him a motel room and a nice meal for Super Bowl Sunday.Spreading the MessageInitially, the teens didn’t think about posting the video or the photo they took on social media. After all, they just wanted to help Eddie and to be good people. However, they also realized they had a powerful message to share, and maybe they could do more good by showing everyone how much their act had meant to the man.“Just setting an example for everyone else,” Cook wrote in his post. “Be selfless and do good for others, then the world would be a better place for everyone. Felt the need to post this to inform others to do better not to gain anything from it.”“We just want to make the world a better place to live in, and we want to inspire people to make a difference,” Mechell added to InsideEdition.Setting the Right ExampleThis story is so heartwarming because it sheds teens in a positive light while also inspiring us to do good, selfless things as well. Just because someone is struggling or doesn’t have a home doesn’t mean they aren’t people.Sometimes, doing your part means stopping and getting to know someone who seems alone. Perhaps it means donating to a food bank or giving your time to a worthy cause. Maybe it just means keeping an eye out to see how you can help others when given the opportunity. Or perhaps it means stopping and asking how you can give the next time you face a situation in which you may have previously walked away. As Cook himself said, being selfless and doing good for others just makes the world a better place.More from Goalcast:Teen Catches a Wallet Full of Money While Fishing — Instead of Keeping It, He Releases It to Farmer Who Lost ItTeens Notice Attractive Woman Whisper 2 Words From the Car Next to Them – Immediately Realize Something Is WrongTeens Approach Elderly Man When They Think No One Is Watching – Little Did They Know What Would Happen Next

Cracker Barrel Waitress Serves 12 Diners for Lunch - Is Taken Aback When She Reads the Card They Left for Her
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Cracker Barrel Waitress Serves 12 Diners for Lunch - Is Taken Aback When She Reads the Card They Left for Her

There are many mixed opinions when it comes to tipping. But the reality is that many servers rely on tips to make a decent living, working hard to ensure customer satisfaction with each and every meal.But even the best of servers don’t expect their patrons to go above and beyond like this group of diners did one day in Georgia.A Not-So Routine MealIn December 2019, Janet Ballard was working the lunch shift at Cracker Barrel. She had been at the chain for more than a decade, so it was business as usual for the server when a group of 12 came in to eat. It was not, however, a routine meal for the patrons who came in that day.You see, the group had come into the eatery with the intention of spreading generosity. They were a bunch of church-going friends who wanted to lift someone up ahead of the holidays, and they had hatched a plan.In what James Deal described in a Facebook post as the “1st Annual 100 dollar breakfast,” each of the 12 diners left Ballard a $100 tip at the end of the meal. In total, they pooled together $1,200 and put it in a card for their server.“I read the card, and it had scriptures on it, which let me know they were good people,” Ballard told Today. “They were very genuine individuals. They were total strangers.”An Uplifting SurpriseBallard was shocked as she counted the money and was choked up by the time she reached $400. She couldn’t believe that these strangers had been so generous, and she grew more and more emotional as someone filmed her. “I don’t really like to cry with a camera in my face, but I didn’t even care at this point,” she recalled. “I had 12 total strangers saying, ‘Hey, we care enough about you because of how you made us feel while we were dining and we want to be a blessing to you and your family.'”According to Ballard, the money was an answer to her prayers. She had needed help paying her taxes and was stressed out about her car payment. With this money, she was able to pay down both.Paying It ForwardDeal and the rest of the group wanted to share their moment of giving in order to inspire others to do the same. That’s why they posted it on Facebook, where many weighed in on how nice it was to see such generosity, especially so close to the holidays. But social media users weren’t the only ones who were inspired.Ballard was so touched that she decided to use some of the money to help uplift others as well. After work, she went out for lunch and “blessed” her server with a large tip. Then she treated herself to a pedicure and gave the manicurist a large tip before the appointment began.“Because of the gift of love and caring and sharing I’m able to not only be a better Janet, but I am able to be an example for people this time of year who don’t have hope,” she added to Today.Do the UnexpectedSometimes it’s just nice to see good people receive nice things, especially when it comes as a surprise. That’s one reason this story went viral and why so many people have responded to it. It’s an inspiring tale that reminds us to try and do something nice and unexpected for others in our own walks of life.It can be something small, like shoveling snow for a neighbor or baking someone you love a treat. Or it can be a larger, more organized thing, like a group of friends pooling extra money together for a life-changing gift to a stranger.Whatever you decide to do to uplift someone else, there’s no time like the present. With the holidays here, there are plenty of people out there who could use a little boost of joy.More from Goalcast:Shaq Visits His Favorite Restaurant With an Unusual Request – Then, He Shocks the Watchful Owner With a SurpriseExhausted Dad of 4 Doesn’t Notice a Stranger Watching Him Closely at Work – Is Shocked When He Finds This Note on a Bill Teen Waitress Loses Both Parents—Then She Gets a Surprise Tip That Changes Her Life

Man Gives His 6-Year-Old $600 to Go on a Shopping Spree - Little Did He Know His Son Had Other Plans With the Money
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Man Gives His 6-Year-Old $600 to Go on a Shopping Spree - Little Did He Know His Son Had Other Plans With the Money

Parents don’t always know what their kids are going to do when they get out there in the world by themselves. All they can do is hope that they did a good job instilling values and teaching their kids how to leave their corner of the world a better place.In that case, the parents of a six-year-old boy named Bailey must be especially proud after he traded in a bagful of toys for the chance to help someone else.A Wonderful SurpriseIn May 2020, popular social media stars Paul Klein and Paul Wood shared a remarkable video to their Facebook page, Woody & Kleiny. In it, they brought Wood’s six-year-old son, Bailey, to London and offered him $600 to buy anything he wanted from Hamleys, the city’s oldest toy store. They told the kid he had 30 minutes to pick out anything he wanted: Toys, games, sporting equipment. It was a dream come true for the child.“Let’s do this!” he shouted excitedly before running into the store and checking out all kinds of cool things.“He’s going to go for whatever’s the biggest,” the duo speculated, saying that kids have no concept of money and that they were curious what he would actually put in his bag.An Unexpected TwistAs Bailey filled his orange shopping bag with coveted items, a look came over his face. Suddenly he started putting things back.“I’m taking all this off,” he said, restocking shelves. “I don’t care.”Once everything was put back, Bailey headed outside and asked for some of the money, saying he knew what he wanted to spend it on. He then led the cameras down the streets and put the money in the cup of a homeless man with a sign."Daddy always buys me toys and he needed it more than I did because he hasn’t got a house."Bailey Wood“I feel happy,” he told the camera. “Lots of people don’t have that much money so like, I just want to give it all away… Daddy always buys me toys and he needed it more than I did because he hasn’t got a house.”Heartwarming ReactionsAs Bailey walked back toward the store, he explained that he realized all of a sudden that the money would be good for that man, plain and simple. Back in front of the store, Bailey told his dad what he did and why. Suddenly, his dad was fighting back tears.“Well this is going to be a good video,” Wood joked, choking back tears and hugging his son. “I’m proud of you.”Wood wasn’t the only one who was touched. The comments section quickly filled with people who were equally inspired by the actions of this little man.“You must have been the proudest parent ever that day. Absolutely wonderful, selfless thing to do,” wrote one person.“What an amazing young man you are raising! Total credit to how he is being raised, you should be so proud of him as he should be of himself. Just made my day watching this,” wrote someone else.Faith in the Next GenerationIf you’ve ever wondered whether the world will be in good hands with the next generation, this video is the only answer you need. Kids are capable of all kinds of great things, even when we least expect it.It’s a nice reminder that if we do our best and try to be good people, our kids will hopefully see our examples and follow suit. So donate that extra dollar to someone who needs it, give time to a charity or a worthy cause, and remember that we all have a story, no matter what our current circumstances may be.Children see everything, even when you think they’re not paying attention. By modeling the behavior we hope them to have, one day your kids may just surprise you the way Bailey surprised his dad.More from Goalcast:Parents Find Out Their 9-Year-Old Son Has Given $15 to His Teacher – The Reason Why Brings Them to Tears9-Year-Old Boy Gives $1000 Bike He Just Won To His Friend Who Didn’t Have One8-Year-Old Girl Visits Walmart With Her Mother – The Next Day, an Employee Calls Her an “Angel” for This Reason

Poor Student With Nothing to Give Surprises Teacher With an Unforgettable Christmas Gift
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Poor Student With Nothing to Give Surprises Teacher With an Unforgettable Christmas Gift

'Tis the season of giving and for a lot of kids that means gifting their teachers a little something special. (Because teachers are SUPERHEROES and deserve allllllll the gifts).While the classic standbys like chocolate and coffee mugs are appreciated and treasured, one poor student came up with a gift for her teacher that'll go down in history as one of the "sweetest" gifts ever. (Get ready for your heart to explode.)A Poor Student's Unforgettable GiftRachel Uretsky-Pratt is a third-grade teacher for the Kennewick School District in Washington State. On the last day of school before the holiday break, many of her students gifted her "chocolates, sweet handmade notes, and some jewelry." However, it was one gift in particular that had such a profound effect on her that she decided to share it on Facebook.Her post went viral...for all the right reasons. "With it being the day before break and Christmas right around the corner, most teachers bring their kiddos something such as books or little treats and occasionally in return receive something from their students,” Rachel wrote on Facebook.“Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry, but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most.”Rachel Uretsky-Pratt via FacebookA Student Sacrifices Her Lucky Charms MarshmallowsFor those of you who may not know, Lucky Charms are sugar-frosted oat cereal made palatable by chunks of dehydrated marshmallows.Rachel continued, "You see, 100% of my school is on free/reduced lunch. They also get free breakfast at school every day of the school week. This kiddo wanted to get me something so badly, but had nothing to give."So, rather than come to class empty-handed, the little girl decided to gift her teacher the most prized possession of the day, the marshmallows from her Lucky Charms (Because let's face it, when it comes to Lucky Charms being "magically delicious!" we all know they have the marshmallows to thank for that.)She painstakingly plucked each "pink heart, yellow moon, orange star, and green clover" out of her cereal one by one and wrapped them in the plastic packaging from her utensils. This child sacrificed something she loves to a teacher she most certainly loves. And her sweet sacrifice wasn't lost on Rachel."Everybody knows the marshmallows are the sweetest part," Rachel told the Washington Post.Those Who Have Little, Often Have the Most to GiveRachel ended her post with these words of wisdom, "Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you. It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts."Rachel wasn't the only one touched by her student's creative and kind gesture. So were the hundreds of thousands of people who reacted and shared her post. It quickly went viral, making the rounds on social media and by news outlets. And although the original post is no longer available, thanks to the power of social media, it lives on.Clearly the story resonated and people came out in droves to share their own touching stories.One fellow teacher wrote: "When I worked in an elementary school a few years ago a little girl gave me three rubber bracelets as my Christmas gift. One was red, one green and one white. I had found out later that week that the police had been to her house over the weekend and discovered the living conditions weren’t good. This family had nothing. No beds for the kids to sleep in, no gifts for Christmas. The police department banded together to buy the kids beds, clothes and Christmas Gifts, but this little girl had nothing and still gave me something. It was the most meaningful gift I’ve ever received."Another teacher shared: "Other teachers/staff planned a day of celebration at school on my 50th birthday. My fifth/sixth grade students were all asked to being me 50 of something. One young lady brought me 50 little pieces of gravel. She had spent days looking for pretty small rocks, and I kept them much longer than any other gift I received I treasured them and my eyes are a little teary writing this many years later."*Sobs*Sometimes Receiving Is Better Than the GivingThis little girl's gift may not have been the most beautiful or the most expensive, but it was undoubtedly, the most priceless. While they say it's better to give than to receive, I think, in this case, the profound effect that this simple gift had on her teacher will last a lifetime. It can be so easy to get caught up in the materialistic side of the holidays. The more the merrier! The bigger the better! Yet, as one little girl proves, it isn't about the glitz and glam, or how much money we spend. What is truly precious and what ultimately means the most, are the gifts given from the heart.More from Goalcast:11-Year-Old Returns All of His Christmas Presents – Surprises Everyone With What He Does With the $95Retiring Teacher Left Stunned When Her Students – Past and Present – Surprised Her at Disney, Her Favorite PlaceThree Desperate Foster Children Are Told to Open Their Christmas Presents — The News They Receive Will Warm Your Heart

11-Year-Old Returns All of His Christmas Presents - Surprises Everyone With What He Does With the $95
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11-Year-Old Returns All of His Christmas Presents - Surprises Everyone With What He Does With the $95

Ask any kid and they'll tell you, Christmas really IS the most wonderful time of the year. The lights! The tree! The food! And let's not forget about the presents.Kids spend hours pouring over their Christmas lists, curating the perfect gifts. After all, it's a chance for them to finally net the things they’ve been pining for all year long.But one young boy decided to give it all up, trading his gifts for cash. And prepare yourself, your heart is about to grow three sizes too big. Why an 11-Year-Old Boy Gave Up His Christmas GiftsPhoto by George DolgikhBack in 2015, just days before Christmas, 11-year-old Joseph Martin carefully packed up his presents underneath the Christmas tree and asked his grandmother, Kim Taylor, for help in returning them to the store. His reason? He wanted to give the money to her best friend's family."I wanted to help my grandma out and she's one of my friends." Joseph Martin via WKRC That friend was Katrina Luck. At just 48 years old, Luck suffered a massive heart attack on Thanksgiving day. After being in a coma for nearly a month, her family removed her from life support on December 22. Without life insurance and struggling to pay for funeral expenses, Luck's family set up a GoFundMe page. They hoped to raise $4,000 to give their mother a "beautiful homegoing.""Ms.Katrina was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She cherished her family," Lenikka Howell wrote. "Taking care of her mother was one of her top priorities. When you would see Katrina you would see her with a beautiful smile. Helping people and taking care of her family is what she loved to do most." Joseph was one of the very first people to donate — $95, the sum total of his Christmas gifts. How a Boy’s Selfless Act Inspired OthersInspired by her grandson's generosity, Taylor decided to get in on the action. She also returned a gift, a Coach purse from her daughter worth $150. Joseph's actions not only touched the heart of his grandmother but also gave comfort to the grieving family, including Luck's daughter, Kynisha Lewis."It was touching to me. It was something nice to do. Because he is 11. He's a child. You'll never know if some kids would have did that," Lewis said.After his story was featured on the local news, donations to the fund skyrocketed. Strangers came forward, wanting to repay the boy for his kindness. They offered to send him Christmas presents in lieu of the ones he gave up. An offer Joseph refused. In an update on the GoFundMe, Howell wrote:"Many people have contacted me wanting to send Joseph Martin Christmas presents...Joseph doesn't want any presents, for people just to make a donation." Despite insisting on no gifts, people sent them anyway. Howell added a further update a few days later, writing:"On behalf of Joseph Martins family, the family extends their appreciation of kind words and gifts. Joseph truly wanted to help his grandmother's best friend (Katrina Luck) and what better way to express his love, by doing what he did. Joseph will be donating the gifts he receives to children who are less fortunate." This kid is on Santa's nice list FOR LIFE.The Gift of GivingOftentimes, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We go to great lengths to make everything merry and bright. We trim the tree, deck the halls, and shop 'til we drop. But in all the chaos and commotion, one 11-year-old's quiet sacrifice reminds us all of the true spirit of the season. At a time in his life when receiving usually overrides giving, he willingly sacrificed his own joy in an incredible act of pure, selfless love. "I'm just proud of him. I am really touched by it," his grandmother said. "But he also wanted to let kids know that Christmas is not all about receiving. Christmas is also about giving."It's a reminder we can all carry with us, not just at Christmas time but throughout the entire year. More from Goalcast:10-Year-Old Doesn’t Have Any Money to Pay For His Beloved Uncle’s Funeral – So He Decides to Sell All His ToysHundreds of Jeep Enthusiasts Make 9-Year-Old’s Wish a Reality by Escorting Her Father’s Funeral ProcessionWoman Tragically Loses Her Grandson in Accident – But His Friends Start Showing Up at Her House Every Week for Breakfast

Man Spends His $400 Paycheck on Poor Nephew Who Had No Toys - 15 Years Later, He Has the Perfect Payback'
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Man Spends His $400 Paycheck on Poor Nephew Who Had No Toys - 15 Years Later, He Has the Perfect Payback'

As a parent, there's nothing you want more than to see your children happy and smiling. You want to give them the world — even if you're not in a financial position to do so. This is just one example of the ancient philosophy of "hoi sum" — the Cantonese word for "open heart." "Hoi Sum: the common phrase to describe being happy in Cantonese. But more literally it means 'open heart.'"Steven Elliot NgWhen a poor family could only provide for the essentials for their children growing up, one big hearted family member stepped in — and his efforts made all of the difference.His generosity was never forgotten. Little did he know, his selfless act of kindness would pay off in the most unimaginable way, 15 years later.In a heartwarming Facebook post, the Elliott Havok Founder recalled the harsh reality of his tough childhood; needless to say, this is one rags-to-riches story that will melt your heart. Growing Up Poor: He Never Had a Toy of His OwnBefore he was on the cover of Forbes 30 Under 30, Stephen Elliot Ng was just a young boy, with big dreams and no clear cut path to make them come true. Growing up in a poor town in China, Steven knew he wasn't in the same boat as the other kids his age. For one, Steven's parents had so little to offer their children financially, they could barely afford to keep their family afloat. While Steven never resented this and was grateful for all his parents provided, like any kid his age, he wished one day that he too could have a toy of his own to play with. When you're just a kid, even if you're smiling on the outside, that doesn't always reflect how you feel on the inside. It's easy to think you're fooling everyone into thinking you're okay even if you're not, but one close family member was paying more attention than Steven could have ever imagined.Steven's uncle struggled to find a job in the competitive and cutthroat economy, but he vowed when he did, his first order of business would be giving his two nephews a gift they'd never forget. Despite the incredible challenges, this uncle decided to take matters into his own hands — and it's an action that left a lasting impression on Steven and his brother. His Month’s Salary Was $400When Steven's uncle finally managed to nail a job down — it wasn't most people's idea of "success."After working a full time job, his monthly salary amounted to a meagre $400 dollars (that shakes out to a shocking $0.80 an hour). Yet, despite the horrific pay for the hard labor, Steven's uncle toiled day and night with one purpose in mind — and it's not the one you'd think.Instead of trying to save his pennies and put food on his own table, Steven's uncle had a bigger feeling put on his heart, and he was determined to make it happen one way or another.A Gesture He’d Never Forget — “It Was Pretty Much the Ultimate Gift”In the early 2000's, the PS2 was all the rage! Who could forget that glorious black gaming console every kid wanted to get their hands on? With hours and hours of endless on-screen fun, the state of the art gift was at the top of every kid's Christmas wish list — except Steven's.For Steven, a "playstation" was the kind of gift he could only dream of — he just had no idea that this was one of his dreams that would be coming true. The first of many, in fact."About 15 years ago, my uncle, who lives in China, sent my brother and I a gift— a PS2. It was pretty much the ultimate gift, especially considering we did not get any toys growing up. With an open heart, he spent a whole month's salary ($400, yeah we were poor as f**k) just to make us happy."Steven Elliott Ng, Founder of Elliot HavokThe cutting edge gadget was the highlight of Steven's childhood. For a kid growing up a modest environment like the one Steven did, toys aren't just a fun escape — they're a creative outlet too. When we play, our imagination grows and when our imagination grows, we can begin to plant the seeds for the impossible.Even though it may have seemed like just a toy — for Steven the gift his uncle gave him was so much more. It represented unconditional love and the sacrifice the goes along with it and when a child grows up feeling love like that? It can be the most powerful thing. In fact, for the future tech mogul, it may have been a "game changer" — literally.15 Years Later — He Gave Him the Payback of a LifetimeIn good times and in bad, a tight knit family that struggles together, stays together. As it turns out, hard work and dreaming big was genetic in this family! As he grew up, Steven would spend hundreds of hours studying and working tirelessly day and night to build a life he was proud of. He didn't know what that life would look like or when he would get there, but he knew one day he'd return the favor his uncle gave him all those years ago. It's easy to say, his 'payback' didn't disappoint. As he was starting to build a business brick by brick, before he even became "successful," Steven's first order of business was getting his uncle back in the best way! His first big pay day went to the perfect person!"We promised him we'd return the favour for many years and today we got him a new SUV."Steven Elliott NgIt may have taken 15 years, but boy did it feel good when Steven handed his uncle the keys to a brand new SUV! Steven's hard work just goes to show, while the good things in life are rarely instant, there's no question that rolling up our sleeves and paving our own way is far more rewarding than getting our whole life handed to us (it's why grandma's homemade cookie recipe handed down for generations is better than any old store bought biscuit).His Childhood Left a Lasting ImpressionIt's no coincidence that Steven's successful business model — which would later land him a coveted feature in Forbes magazine — would be retailing luxury watches and wallets at an affordable price.It's easy to see how Steven's upbringing influenced the vision he had behind his company. Growing up, all Steven wanted was to have access to the same things everyone else his age did. He didn't think that enjoying the finer things should come with such a high price tag. As an entrepreneur, his "affordable luxury" business model was informed by his childhood and wanting to be the change he wanted to see in the world. Steven wanted to make "nice things" accessible for everyone — and it clearly paid off! Living Life With an Open HeartThe art of hoi sum — living with an open heart — reminds us we don't need to wait for unimaginable riches to start giving back to those we love. It's easy to procrastinate generosity, especially when we're looking at how little we feel we have to give.It's no secret "it's better to give than to receive," is easier said than done. However giving generously can come in many forms. It's not all cash and prizes. Giving generously can look like sitting down with your little niece and nephew and listening to them talk about their favorite princess or taking them to the park on your day off.In fact, gifts (in the traditional sense) aren't necessarily the greatest thing we have to give. More often than not, it's our time. It's the most precious thing we have, it's always running out, but spending it with others is what we remember most."Whether it's friends or family, remember why you wake up in the morning. I strive to be hoi sum. I've come to learn that being happy and having an open heart are synonymous."Steven Elliot NgThis holiday season, this family's story is a meaningful reminder of why we all could benefit by practicing the art of hoi sum!More from Goalcast:Steve Harvey Realizes His Son Has Given Him a Gift He Didn’t Pay For – But That Wasn’t All, There Was More to ComeLawyer Helps Poor Mother Who Stole Pencil Case – 25 Years Later, He Never Thought Her Son Would Track Him DownPoor 84-Year-Old Street Vendor Has Had One Dream for Decades – Wakes Up at 4:30 A.M Every Day to Fulfill It

Elderly Man Passes Away - Then, His Daughter Shows Up Clutching a Bag at His Neigbors House
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Elderly Man Passes Away - Then, His Daughter Shows Up Clutching a Bag at His Neigbors House

As Christmas rolls around, the season of giving takes center stage. Yet, for Owen Williams, a simple knock on the door unveiled an extraordinary act of kindness that transcends even death.Why One Man Found His Neighbor Standing at His DoorPhoto by Tim DouglasPicture this: a young girl, standing on your doorstep holding a bag. A familiar scenario, perhaps she needs help with something mundane? For Owen, this was far from the ordinary.The girl at the door was none other than the daughter of his recently deceased elderly neighbor, Ken Watson. To Owen's surprise, the bag she held contained not garbage, but 14 beautifully wrapped Christmas presents.As the story unfolded, it became clear that Ken, in his affection for Owen's 2-year-old daughter, Cadi, had taken the spirit of giving to new heights — 14 years into the future, to be exact.In an emotional revelation, the daughter shared that these were gifts Ken had bought for Cadi, ensuring she would have a present from him every Christmas until her 16th birthday.The impact of this thoughtful gesture reverberated through the hearts of Cadi's parents and all who heard this touching tale. Even the mere sight of the unopened gifts stirred tears.Owen described the encounter on Twitter, "She said, 'These are presents for Cadi for the next few Christmases — it’s quite heavy.' She was quite emotional and I got a lump in my throat."Strangers on the Internet Weigh InThis unexpected act of kindness, reminiscent of Mary Poppins' magical bag, left Owen and his wife astounded. Ken, who had always said he'd live until 100, had meticulously prepared gifts to last until Cadi's 16th birthday.Overwhelmed by Ken's thoughtfulness, Owen pondered making it a Christmas tradition to give his daughter a "present from Ken" for the next 14 years. The only hiccup? The family faced the dilemma of whether to unwrap these gifts now or wait. To settle the quandary, Owen turned to Twitter, engaging over 60,000 people in a poll. The consensus? Allow Cadi the joy of unwrapping a gift each year, a sentiment echoed by most.Ken, who entered Owen's life at 83, was more than a neighbor; he was a man of many talents — a salvage marine diver, seaman, carpenter, engineer, and baker. Most importantly, he knew how to leave an indelible mark on hearts.How One Elderly Man’s Kindness Transcended Time As Owen recounted their first meeting on Twitter, "Ken was bouncing a 20-foot ladder across the face of his house... My dog came out to meet him, and he gave him some chocolate digestive cookies. The dog fell in love with him since then."This heartwarming tale isn't just about presents; it's a celebration of a life well-lived and the enduring warmth of a kind soul. While Ken may have left this world, his spirit lives on, touching the hearts of those he cared for and the thousands who now know his story. In a season often marked by the ordinary, Ken's extraordinary act of love reminds us all of the true magic of Christmas — kindness that transcends time.More from Goalcast:Steve Harvey Realizes His Son Has Given Him a Gift He Didn’t Pay For – But That Wasn’t All, There Was More to ComeMan Walks for 3 Months With Son in Search of a Better Life – Stranger Gifts Him a New Home, but That’s Not AllWoman Has a 30th Birthday Party – Decides to Give Her Stepfather a Gift He Would Never Forget Instead

Grandmother With Hungry Grandkids Asks to Speak to Manager - His Unexpected Reaction Is Recorded by a Stranger
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Grandmother With Hungry Grandkids Asks to Speak to Manager - His Unexpected Reaction Is Recorded by a Stranger

In the bustling heart of Houston, at Frenchy’s Chicken on Richmond Avenue, something extraordinary unfolded on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday night for the Petties family. Lowe and Andre Petties, accompanied by their daughter Journee, were savoring a family dinner when they became witnesses to a moment that warmed their hearts.Why One Grandmother Wanted to Speak to a Restaurant ManagerWednesday nights at Frenchy’s were abuzz with customers eager to indulge in the 2-piece chicken special. On this particular night, amid the long lines, stood a woman with a three-year-old girl. What transpired next was a testament to the compassion and humanity that often hides in plain sight.When it was the woman’s turn to order, she hesitated, requesting a private conversation with the manager, Ahmed Elmadhoun. The reason was as simple as it was profound — she couldn’t afford to pay for the meal until the next day when her Income Tax Return would come in.She presented her IDs, a social security card, and a driver’s license. Her explanation unfolded — more hungry grandchildren at home, no money for food, and an empty gas tank. Rather than accepting her IDs, Ahmed did something unexpected — he asked her to hold on to them and disappeared into the kitchen.“For someone to walk in and hand me her social security card and her driver’s license– and she had the little girl with her. I felt like she was really in need. She was really going through a tough time," Ahmed told KHOU 11.Ahmed emerged with not just a 2-piece chicken special but a banquet of compassion. He cooked 25 pieces of fried chicken, added sides, included bread, drinks, and whatever else he could gather. Remarkably, he paid for it all out of his own pocket.The woman received not just a bag of food but a gesture that transcended a simple transaction. Ahmed, unperturbed by her embarrassment, assured her that tough times touch everyone. He went further, telling her that if she ever found herself in a similar situation, she should return.How One Man Proved the Importance of Doing GoodLowe Petties, moved by this act of kindness, shared the story on her Facebook. The generosity didn’t stop with Ahmed. Lowe's husband and another regular customer filled the woman’s car with gas, extending the web of kindness.The story didn’t stay within the confines of Lowe's Facebook. Local news stations picked up on Ahmed’s act of kindness, turning a spotlight on an unsung hero in the heart of Houston.Ahmed, humbly responding to the attention, said, “That makes me really happy they went home and all ate. We all need a little help now and then.”In a world often saturated with disheartening news, this simple yet profound act of kindness serves as a beacon of hope. In an era where selflessness can seem rare, Ahmed's actions and the subsequent ripples of goodwill remind us that humanity's strength lies in the kindness we extend to others without expecting anything in return.The woman, initially hoping for some food for one grandchild, found her worries eased by Ahmed and the compassionate community around her. It's a beautiful reminder that doing good should not be contingent on what we hope to receive in return; instead, it should be a genuine expression of our shared humanity.More from Goalcast:Woman Loses Expensive Prada Wallet at Restaurant – The Next Day, Her Doorbell Camera Captures Something ExtraordinaryTrembling Homeless Man Begs Restaurant Manager for Leftovers – His Response Teaches Everyone a LessonBoy With Autism Walks Into Restaurant to Pick Up a Menu – When He Doesn’t Come Back, His Dad Finds Out What’s Going On