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Widow Learns About Her Late Husbands Huge Debt - Then She Gets a Message From a Stranger
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Widow Learns About Her Late Husbands Huge Debt - Then She Gets a Message From a Stranger

In April 2020, Meng Rui's husband, a fisherman, tragically drowned at sea. He left behind two children, aged 8 and 7 months...and a huge boatload of debt.Meng wasn't just devasted by his death, she was terrified. A stay-at-home mom with no income, the sudden loss of her husband left her not only grieving but also struggling to make ends meet for her family.To make matters worse, the compensation she received from his employer (the equivalent of $150,000) was completely used up, paying down the debt he had accrued years before to treat his father's serious illness. The family was left destitute...until a stranger contacted Meng on WeChat.Money From Mysterious Stranger Starts Arriving Every MonthTo put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads, Meng, 29, found a job in a supermarket earning a paltry $280 a month. While something, it wasn't enough to cover all of their expenses.Meng was drowning under the weight of financial insecurity.But then, one day out of the blue, Meng received a message from a stranger on WeChat. The person, who refused to reveal their true identity, had heard about her family's plight from a social worker and wanted to help.Shortly afterward, Meng received a money transfer of $200. Then again the next month and the next...And every month for the past four years. Extra cash arrives for important festivals and holidays, like the Lunar New Year. The money, which nearly doubles her monthly income, has been life-changing. Anonymous Benefactor RevealedFor four years, Meng's mysterious benefactor remained anonymous. However, with the help of the Chinese media, the single mom of two finally uncovered her fairy godmother — or in this case, godfather.He lived 20 hours away, in Zhoushan, China.Last month, Meng, along with her mother-in-law and her four-year-old daughter, hopped aboard a coach and a train to make the long trek to thank Yu Xiaolong in person."To thank this benefactor face-to-face has been a wish in my heart for a few years," Meng said.Her wish finally came true. Meng and her entourage met Yu in person at his company, a marine technology enterprise business."Thank you so much. Without your help, we could not live. Your monthly donation gives us hope." Meng Rui to Yu XiaolongIn addition to their heartfelt gratitude, the family also came bearing gifts, a silk appreciation banner and a bag of peanuts. "We do not have precious things to give you. These peanuts were planted by us. We hope you like them," Meng told Yu.Despite his significant impact on the Meng family, Yu remains humble telling them that his generosity is "not a big deal." It also isn't stopping any time soon. He plans to continue funding the family until the kids are 18 years old. Paying It ForwardYu's monthly donations don't just positively impact the family financially, they also have a profound side effect, one that can't be measured in dollars and cents.They instill a sense of hope and security for their future. And that? Is priceless.Meng hopes to pay his kindness forward someday and is teaching her kids to follow in their benefactor's footsteps."I will regard Mr. Yu as a family member. I will educate my kids to remember his kindness and make their own contribution to society in the future," she said.Yu heard about a stranger in need and decided to do something about it. And his recurring act of kindness is the difference between making it and not for one young family. Not all of us can afford to keep another family afloat financially, but we can all commit to spreading a different kind of wealth — kindness.More from Goalcast:Widowed Veteran Comes Up With an Incredible Idea to Combat His Depression – And He’s Doing It for FreeFirefighter Tragically Kills Pastor’s Pregnant Wife – Instead of Getting Revenge, the Widower Befriends HimRich Widower Shocks Relatives by Leaving $276,000 to Hotel Bellboy After His Death – Has a Heartwarming Reason Why

Stranger Learns 70-Year-Old Is Raising Grandkids by Herself - Then a Familiar Man Shows Up at Her Doorstep
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Stranger Learns 70-Year-Old Is Raising Grandkids by Herself - Then a Familiar Man Shows Up at Her Doorstep

No matter how much we may plan for the future, we never really know what life is going to throw at us. Sometimes, we end up far from where we thought we’d be, and we do the best we can to get by. That’s the situation a 70-year-old grandmother named Meri found herself in after she became the main caregiver to her two grandchildren.When Meri and her family stumbled upon hard times, however, the kindness of a stranger lifted her right back up.An Exemplary HumanMeri is one of those people that just wants to do right by others. According to East Idaho News, she has spent countless hours volunteering and helping others in her community, particularly the youth.Over the years, she has received awards for community service and volunteerism, including being named Idaho Falls Citizen of the Year and one of the Eight Who Make a Difference. She has also won the JC Penney Golden Rule award and been named Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade.At home, the 70-year-old widow is also the primary caregiver to her seven and 13-year-old granddaughters due to difficult family circumstances. Meri loves her grandkids and wants to provide for them, but it isn't always easy since Meri is retired and lives on a fixed income.A Rough WinterThings got especially rough one year when the timing chain on Meri’s car went. It ruined the engine, and as a result, the car was toast. The grandmother had no way to fix it, and her income didn’t allow her to buy another one, which put the family in a tough spot.No car meant Meri had to either borrow one or walk everywhere with the girls: the store, school, and their counseling appointments. At one point, her youngest granddaughter was ill, and Meri walked to the store at 11 p.m. to get her some supplies.To make things worse, Meri had relied on her car to bring in extra income: when she needed to make ends meet, she put in hours as a DoorDash driver. Without her car, that revenue source disappeared.A Kind StrangerWhen a stranger heard about Meri’s plight, they decided to anonymously help. They contacted East Idaho News and asked for their help in gifting Meri a new car for her family. Through the outlet’s Secret Santa program, they put a plan in place.In a video shared on the outlet’s site, host Nate Eaton knocked on Meri's door.Immediately, Meri began tearing up, wondering why the familiar host was there. “There’s nothing special about me,” she said, adding that she wished the girls were there for the big moment.“You know, it was not what my retirement was supposed to look like, but sometimes things need to get broken before they can get fixed,” she explained as Eaton handed her a box with a check in it. Then, Eaton made the big reveal: Meri was the owner of a new Honda CR-V.“Oh my gosh you guys,” Meri said, fighting back tears and covering her face. “My gosh, you’re really amazing. You don’t know how ecstatic my girls are going to be… you’re totally incredible. Thank you so much. I don’t even know what to say.”We’re All Just Doing Our BestAs Meri’s story proves, sometimes our lives don’t work out exactly the way we thought they would, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. Sometimes, just by pushing through and being the best people we can be no matter what life throws at us, we can inspire others on their journeys, too.Sometimes, it’s also just nice to be seen. That’s why a stranger gifting Meri a car is so powerful: someone saw her and her struggles and did what they could to help. It’s a good takeaway for our own lives and a reminder that sometimes helping people feel seen is a strong motivator for them (and us) to keep going.We may not all be able to gift cars, but kind words are free. Offering small financial support, used items, some baked treats, or even just an ear to someone going through a hard time can be a big game changer.At the end of the day, we’re all just doing our best. And by doing our best together, we can help create the sense of community that we all need deep down. More from Goalcast:Man Walks for 3 Months With Son in Search of a Better Life – Stranger Gifts Him a New Home, but That’s Not AllSingle Mom Gives Stranger $7 for Christmas – Then, He Leads Her to the Parking Lot Where His “Special Friend” Was WaitingParents of 12 Kids Work Multiple Jobs to Make Ends Meet – So a Stranger Gives Them a New Van and $1,000 for Christmas

Friend Confides in Librarian About Her Abusive Relationship - So She Uses a Book to Come up With an Ingenious Plan
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Friend Confides in Librarian About Her Abusive Relationship - So She Uses a Book to Come up With an Ingenious Plan

*If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence please call 9-1-1 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233)*Domestic violence is cloaked in secrecy. On the outside, it's disguised as a happy, picture-perfect home. But inside, the reality is shocking. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women and one in nine men have been the victim of physical brutality at the hands of their partner. Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten.The statistics are staggering, not to mention incredibly disturbing. But one librarian in Westwood, Massachusetts is working to change it, one book at a time.How One Librarian Is Using Books to Help Save Victims of Domestic ViolenceMolly Riportella, 36, isn't just a librarian, she's also a domestic abuse survivor. She understands being abused, trapped, manipulated, silenced, and controlled by someone who claims to love her. And she knows just how hard it is to escape... She's done it. So when a friend in an abusive relationship confided in her and reached out for help, Riportella didn't hesitate. Knowing that abusers often closely monitor their victims' communications and movements, Riportella bought her friend a burner phone.She also created a new email account, added DV/social services contacts, and left notes on the phone to help her make a plan to escape. But they still had to come up with a way for her friend to conceal it. And that's where the books came in. "After realizing they couldn’t bring home the phone, and a meandering conversation that included Nancy Drew and spy novels, we decided I would make a book safe," Riportella said. Using a discarded book from the library, she cut out the pages and created a hidden compartment — just the right size to hold a phone.Her friend used it to connect with domestic abuse advocates who helped her get out. It was just the beginning.Book-It 2 FreedomNow, Riportella has created a "grassroots library and social justice movement." She calls it the BiblioUnderground; an underground network with the sole purpose of "checking people out of bad situations."She buys pre-paid burner phones with her own money and loads them up with resources such as safety planning, pro bono legal action, and how to get a restraining order. All the things she wish she'd known when she was trapped in an abusive relationship in her 20s. She says that working in a library is a perfect place to meet women looking for resources to help them leave dangerous situations. Her vision is to eventually "establish a network of resourceful book nerds from across the country who create Book-it 2 Freedom Kits (Bi2Fks) and pass them onto local experts," like abuse advocacy groups, OBGYNs, and health and human services departments. She's also created a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds. So far, it's sitting at almost $15,000.Riportella knows that having access to a phone isn't the be-all, end-all solution to ending domestic violence. But having unfettered access to people and organizations who can help is a good place to start.Doing the Right Thing, Even if It’s HardAs for what motivated Riportella to take this leap despite the risk that her abuser, who stalked her for years, would show up in her life again?"I can't live in fear anymore. People have to do the right thing, even if it's hard, even if it's scary. You just have to do it anyway." Molly RiportellaMore from Goalcast:Struggling Student Hangs Up the Phone in Tears – Then Receives a Strange Note From Someone She Didn’t KnowDomino’s Manager Gets a Phone Call From Dejected Mother – Decides to Go the Extra “Mile” When He Hears the Reason WhyHigh School Sweethearts Break Up After Graduation – 63 Years Later, One Phone Call Leads to Their Marriage

Toddler Cant Stop Screaming in Packed Dollar Tree - Cashier Surprises Mom by Doing This
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Toddler Cant Stop Screaming in Packed Dollar Tree - Cashier Surprises Mom by Doing This

A toddler's laugh can light up a room, but their cries make can clear one! It's not their fault, but the thing is, with a fussy toddler? No one's happy. Most strangers can't help but stare and most parents can't help but feel ashamed for not being able to get their little one to "behave."Which is exactly what happened to one woman, when she was living a mom's nightmare — a crying toddler in the massive check out line. Thankfully one cashier saved the day in the cutest way possible.When Things Go Wrong at the Worst TimeMary-Ann Byrnes, 38, was just trying to get out of the house and get her nagging errands done when the chore took a turn for the worst.It's no secret that taking your toddler out for a day of adult fun (errands, errands, and more errands) is a gamble. You're always forced to do two things at once. Trying to put a cheque through at the bank? Whatever you do, don't stop bouncing that baby. When Byrnes went to the local Dollar Tree with little Mary-Ann — yes the two Byrnes Girls are twinning with their names — she was trying get in and out as quick as possible.Little Mary-Ann was growing restless and Byrnes was trying keep everything together before she threw a tantrum.The mother made it all the way to the check out counter unscathed! If only it ended there.Of course, it didn't.She Threw a Temper Tantrum at the Checkout CounterBecause life loves to throw a wrench our way every once in a while, this wasn't just a regular Dollar Tree.No. It was a jam-packed Dollar Tree with a line the size of the Great Wall of China trailing behind Byrnes!She was flush with embarrassment as she tried to shush her little girl who was screaming bloody murder because, duh — that's the unofficial job of toddlers everywhere.This was the one time Byrnes couldn't manage to do two things at once. She couldn't soothe her little girl and unload her groceries at the same time. Thankfully, someone with a little more experience stepped in. This Amazing Cashier Had the Magic TouchMary Ann Byrnes (@maryannbyrnes), TikTok Fatimah Leftwich was one Dollar Tree cashier who knew the power of "staying in her lane" — in the best way.At the first signs of struggle, this incredible cashier asked Byrnes if she had her permission to take over. Without even thinking, Byrnes said yes.Instantly, Leftwich got creative. She used the tools she had at her disposal and the results couldn't have been better!This definitely wasn't Leftwich's first rodeo. She knew all this toddler needed was a little stimulation. Something to distract her from her out-of-control nerves.With total control and confidence, she picked Miss Mary-Ann up, rested her on her side, and gave this little girl a big girl job.In the sweetest moment captured on video, Leftwich and Little Miss Byrnes scan the grocery items together while Byrnes loads the conveyor belt — talk about team work!Watch Mary-Ann Byrnes' Video: Byrnes' video amassed over 314K views on TikTok. The sweet moment went viral and TikTokers couldn't get enough! One user @cherlaluna even gave a shout out to Leftwich who quickly became her new hometown hero, "This is my Dollar Tree and she needs to be protected at all costs!"It's safe to say, Leftwich definitely has the maternal touch! They Were Both Having a Long Day — But They Ended It With a Round of SmilesByrnes' story seems like such a simple problem on the surface with a fairly easy solution, but a closer look proves there's more than meets the eye. Chances are, a lot of us would have clammed up in Byrnes' position. Yes, we would have gotten through it, but it definitely would have put a kink in our day. In the same breath, many of us in Fatimah Leftwich's position may not have thought to act in the same way. Sometimes we may think we're being respectful by "staying out of it," but that often does more harm than good.A situation as silly as a temper tantrum can make being a parent feel like the most impossible job in the world; a job that we can literally never retire from?!If nothing else, Leftwich let Byrnes know — it wasn't that serious. Toddlers cry one minute and they're giggling the next.When she needed it most, Leftwich reminded this mom she wasn't alone. Sometimes that's all we can do — and it's more than enough.More from Goalcast:Couple Shops at Target When Their Toddler Yells at an Elderly Man Passing By – His Response Wasn’t What They Were ExpectingTechnician Notices Woman’s Fussy Toddler When He Goes to Set Up Their Internet – His Response to Her Child Overwhelms HerLittle Boys Notice Their Neighbor’s House Is on Fire – Rush to Rescue Toddlers Stuck Inside Despite Being “Really Scared”

Customers Give New Foster Mom a Hard Time at Walmart Check-Out - The Cashiers Response Goes Viral
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Customers Give New Foster Mom a Hard Time at Walmart Check-Out - The Cashiers Response Goes Viral

Late on a Friday night, as most were eager to conclude their day, 20-year-old Walmart cashier Nicholas Tate found himself in a moment that would define the essence of human kindness.How a Walmart Cashier Reacted to a Flustered CustomerPhoto by Kampus ProductionThe checkout line grew longer, and Nicholas, with a patient smile, continued scanning items. Then came a woman with three children, apologizing for the apparent complexity of her purchase. She was fostering a baby and needed to use WIC, a federal program for low-income families, for some items. It was her first time using WIC, and complications arose.As grumbles and impatient looks filled the air, the woman felt the weight of frustration, on the verge of tears. A bystander questioned why she was causing delays, exacerbating the situation.Amidst this tension, Nicholas, with a calm demeanor, called a manager for assistance, prepared to try the transaction again. Sensing an overwhelming urge, he decided to pay for the $60 worth of groceries when the transaction failed."What are you doing?" the woman asked, her eyes welling up.In that moment, Nicholas wasn't just a cashier; he was a conduit of kindness, an unexpected hero. His simple act of compassion transformed a challenging night into a beautiful story of human connection.The woman, moved by this stranger's generosity, shared her experience on Facebook, hoping to find and personally thank Nicholas. The post gained traction, and the two eventually connected."I wasn't failing, and what we were doing was an amazing thing," the woman recounted Nicholas's comforting words.Nicholas, a humble young man, wasn't seeking recognition. For him, it was a moment guided by something beyond himself, a call to do the right thing when presented with an opportunity to make a difference.How a Walmart Employee Proved the Importance of KindnessThe story went viral, resonating with hundreds and confirming that acts of kindness, even in the mundane setting of a supermarket checkout, hold profound significance. Nicholas's selfless act not only touched a foster mom and her children but sent ripples of hope through the community.In the world's hustle and bustle, where indifference often prevails, Nicholas Tate stood as a reminder that a single act of kindness can create a chain reaction. His story affirms that compassion and empathy are forces powerful enough to cut through the noise of our busy lives.The unexpected hero in aisle seven of Walmart reminds us that, sometimes, the simplest gestures can be the most impactful. In a world that could use more moments of humanity, Nicholas Tate's story inspires us to listen to that inner voice urging us to do good, even in the smallest of ways.In the end, Nicholas's reflection on the viral story captures the essence of his actions: "It made my heart really happy. It confirmed that I'm doing what God wants me to do."More from Goalcast:Boy Suddenly Goes Missing During Routine Walmart Trip – His Mom Finds Him in an Unlikely PlaceMom Has Controversial Response After Mean Girls Bullied Her Daughter Over $10 Water Bottle From Walmart8-Year-Old Girl Visits Walmart With Her Mother – The Next Day, an Employee Calls Her an “Angel” for This Reason

Driver Notices First Grader Crying at the Bus Stop - Jumps Into Action When He Learns the Reason Why
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Driver Notices First Grader Crying at the Bus Stop - Jumps Into Action When He Learns the Reason Why

When you’re a kid, theme days at school are a big deal. They’re a chance to dress up in something special and break from your regular routine, all while showing your classmates a side of your personality that you might not always bring to school. So when you aren’t able to participate in one, it can also be a big deal. That happened to one kid in Kentucky recently, but luckily, his bus driver stepped in to save the day.A Disappointed StudentOne day, a first-grade student named Levi was waiting for the school bus. As the driver, Larry Farrish Jr., approached the stop, he noticed something was different about the boy. “I pulled up to the bus stop, and I saw Levi sitting down by himself with his head down, and it dawned on me, something is wrong,” Farrish told Jefferson County Public School in a blog post. “He’s always happy, but this particular day, he was not happy.”When Farrish asked what was wrong, he noticed Levi was crying. The boy explained that he didn’t have pajamas for pajama day.“It hurt me so bad,” Farrish added. “That just wasn’t my Levi, and I wanted him to have a good day. No child should have to miss out on something as small as pajama day.”Determined to Do Some KindnessFarrish knew he had to do something, so after he dropped Levi off at school and finished the morning bus run, he headed over to the nearby dollar store. There, he grabbed several pairs of pajamas in different sizes and drove back to the school.He asked the office if they could call Levi down, and that’s when both his and Farrish’s days took a major turn.“I saw Levi coming down the hall, and he had a face just as happy as could be,” Farrish recalled. “It really turned the whole Friday around, for him and for me.”As for the first-grader, he was over the moon.“I can tell Mr. Larry is nice and his heart is filled with joy,” Levi said. “I’m usually really happy, but not on pajama day… When he got me the pajamas, I did a happy cry.”More Than a DriverFarris has been a bus driver for about seven years now, but he sees himself as more than a driver. He feels that his position allows him to connect with kids and make a real difference in their lives, and he takes the job pretty seriously.“They become my kids after they leave their parents,” Farrish continued in the blog post. “I make sure they get to and from school safe, but I also try to bring some type of joy to their lives.”That could mean playing games or telling jokes or something like a special handshake between him and the students. Or, in the case of Levi, grabbing some extra pajamas so that all kids have the chance to participate in a theme day.“It feels good knowing I made an impact on a child’s life,” he added.Little Acts of KindnessOne reason this story is so touching is because it reminds us what a big difference a small act can make in someone else’s life. It also reminds us that while we often think of teachers as the ones who impact our children while they’re at school, there is a whole village looking out for them.Lastly, this story reminds us that we’re an essential part of that village, too. Whether we have kids or not, remember to practice kindness and lead with empathy, especially when it comes to kids. Doing so can make a big difference in how they grow up. Not only do kids learn by example, but when they know they’re loved they really do thrive.So make the goofy faces, practice the secret handshakes, or just be a safe space for anyone who needs it. You never know how much it may mean to someone down the line.More from Goalcast:Bus Driver Yanks Boy’s Backpack as He Is Getting off the Bus – Now She’s Hailed as a HeroBus Driver Suddenly Stops While on Her Usual Route – Surprised Passengers Witness the Exchange She Has With an Elderly WomanMom Finds Out Her Son Constantly Gets Into Trouble and Has Befriended the Bus Driver – So She Writes a Letter to the School Board

Police Officer Catches Single Dad Shoplifting for His Son - Decides on a Surprising Punishment
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Police Officer Catches Single Dad Shoplifting for His Son - Decides on a Surprising Punishment

*Featured image contains photo by nappyMany people are going through a tough time right now. Grocery prices and the general cost of living are on the rise, and it can be hard to make ends meet. It’s a relatable feeling for many, but for some, the current market has them feeling downright desperate.Sometimes, when you’re backed into a corner, you’re forced to do things you wouldn’t otherwise do. That’s where compassion, understanding, and empathy can make a big difference. And that’s exactly what one man was met with when he was caught shoplifting one day in London, Kentucky.Responding to the SceneOne day, police officer Justin Roby was called to a supermarket where a man had been caught shoplifting. According to the officer, the suspect was a single dad who had been trying to pocket some formula for his six-month-old son.At that moment, Roby knew it wouldn’t feel right to arrest the man. Taking him away from his livelihood and his child by arresting him wouldn’t do anything to correct the problem. If anything, it might make it worse. Roby knew he couldn’t approach the situation in a rigid manner.“As a police officer, it's not black and white for us,” Roby told a CBS affiliate, as per CBS News. “There's a lot of gray. And you have to cipher through everything, and you really need to figure out the whole story.”Finding the Gray AreaAt that moment, Roby decided to put himself in the father’s shoes. “What if me and my son, what if this was us,” he explained. So, he bought the formula himself and handed it to the man.However, Roby also had a chat with the father and explained that he had help and options. He cited several organizations and people, including the police department, that were there to help if he had trouble getting food for his family again.“I think when [a lot of people] look at us, they see just the uniform and just the car, just the tools that we have on our belt,” Roby continued. “But behind the uniform, I'm a human being, and I'm a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I'm a father just like that gentleman was.”Helping One Another When Things Get ToughRoby himself reiterated that there are humans behind the badges, but this story is also a great reminder to all of us that there are real people struggling behind these stories. Many people are working hard to put food on the table for themselves and their families.A study released just last year revealed that 25% of U.S. adults sometimes don’t get enough to eat, a number that has increased from only a year earlier. Grocery bills have increased 20% in the past two years, and rents have increased 13%. That means that many of us need help.So, if you’re in a position to give it, perhaps this story will inspire you to make a difference in your community. Call up your local food bank and see what items they need. Ask if they need volunteers. Or start your own food drive in your neighborhood for others who may be struggling.At the end of the day no one should go hungry. So, if we can make a small difference by buying an extra bag of formula or a few boxes of pasta, now’s the time to do so.More from Goalcast:Police Officer Spots Woman and Her Kids in Jail – Does Something Without Informing His Own PrecinctLonely 87-Year-Old Woman Calls for Help While Cooking Dinner – Police Officers Respond in the Best WayPoor 12-Year-Old Is Caught Shoplifting Shoes at Store – Police Officer Has a Unique Response to the Situation

Stranger Gives Taco Stand Owner $1,000 Tip - But That Wasnt All, There Was More Up the Mans Sleeve
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Stranger Gives Taco Stand Owner $1,000 Tip - But That Wasnt All, There Was More Up the Mans Sleeve

Having a dream is important, but it can be hard to realize that dream without the proper funds. We all know that eventually, hard work and determination will pay off, but sometimes we need a little help from an unexpected source to really manifest those dreams into reality. And that’s exactly what this taco-dreaming cook received one day when he came across a social media influencer.A Viral TikTokThere are plenty of places to eat in San Diego, but it was Blue Fire Bliss that attracted a social media influencer named Jesus Morales one day. The taco stand was owned by a man named Teodoro Jimenez. One day, Morales offered to pay Jimenez for all the tacos he could sell in an hour.This was all captured in a now-viral video on TikTok, of course. Within 60 minutes, Jimenez managed to sell $600 worth of tacos. It was a great little sum for the stand, but Morales had another trick up his sleeve. After paying for the tacos, he also gave Jimenez a hefty, $1,000 tip.Jimenez immediately started to cry. The gesture was so unexpected, and it touched his heart. What Morales didn’t realize was that Jimenez was also crying because the money put him just a little bit closer to making his dream of owning a food truck a reality.Another TwistMorales was touched by the taco stand owner, but he wasn’t the only one. As the video continued to go viral, many wanted to help the cook purchase his taco truck. So they began seeking out the stand and giving Jimenez and his family their business.Meanwhile, Morales began a GoFundMe campaign to gather donations towards the cause as well. Eventually, he pulled together $50,000, which he gave to the touched owner.“Believe me, I didn't expect it; my dreams, I thought were never going to come true, that they were never going to be realized,” Jimenez told an NBC News affiliate. “Thank you for blessing me. I feel very blessed, and I also want to bless you.”The money was enough for Jimenez to purchase his food truck, from which he now serves tacos along with a variety of other handheld items. Even Morales wasn’t sure they would get there, but he was happy to help make it happen.“It gives me great joy because seeing Teodoro, his family, and the business moving forward is a blessing, and I hope it continues like this,” he added.Supporting LocalJimenez is a great example of how, with some hard work and a little luck, dreams do come true. He also reminds us how much we rely on our communities in order for those dreams to happen.Meanwhile, this heartwarming story inspires us to support local shops and vendors whenever we can. When we do, we are helping others to continue to fulfill their dreams. So the next time you can frequent a local restaurant or shop or pick up your groceries at a farmer’s market, remember that doing so isn't just helping out a local business. You may also be investing in someone else’s dream.More from Goalcast:TikToker Raises Over $180K to Help 81-Year-Old Walmart Employee Pay Off MortgageDaughter Posts TikTok to Help Dad’s Slow-Selling Book – Now It’s An Amazon BestsellerThis Influencer Is On A Powerful Mission To Reveal The Truth Behind Instagram Pictures

Overwhelmed Workers Sob After Manager Abandons Them - The Host Gives Two Customers an Idea
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Overwhelmed Workers Sob After Manager Abandons Them - The Host Gives Two Customers an Idea

We all know on a practical level that waitressing is a tough gig. But the truth is — at least for most of us, when we're being served a plate of cold eggs — our 'understanding' nature goes right out the window.The person we want to be (someone who understands it's not the 17-year-old server's fault our eggs are cold) is not the person we are in the moment (someone who's giving the 17-year-old server a bad tip).Honestly, it's only human.But one Texas mother and daughter duo are proving they may be superhuman — or at least, just really empathetic. The Local Denny's Diner Was SwampedSugarlandSylvia Arredondo and her mother Idalia Merkel did the coolest thing possible when they arrived at a Denny's that was short staffed. Like, really short staffed.Two college students were left to fend for themselves when their manager had all but abandoned them at the busy restaurant.Arredondo and Merkel had come from a concert to grab a bite to eat and it seemed like a lot of other people had the same idea because the place was packed.Arredondo was confused when an older gentleman sat them at a table. It seemed like the "host" didn't really know what he was doing — because it turns out he didn't!The “Host” Gave Them a Great IdeaArredondo would soon learn the "host" was actually just a customer who was trying to help organize the chaos. He shared that his wife used to serve at a Denny's. He understood first hand how low the federal minimum wage was ($2.13) — and how dependent those two college staffers were on tips.As it turned out, only two college kids were working the late night shift. One girl was waitressing and one young man was cooking. They called their manager and co-workers for back up...but nobody picked up the phone.Understandably, the tag-team had been so overwhelmed by the crowd, the waitress broke down in tears. The cook comforted her, until he broke down in tears and she had to comfort him!"All we knew was this sweet young lady and young man showed up to earn a paycheck, and we were all determined to not let them sink!"Sylvia Arredondo, FacebookWell, this was all the ammunition this one mother-daughter team needed to jump in a do their part. Arredondo waited tables and her mother got to flipping burgers!Read Sylvia Arredondo's Story Here:Arredondo managed to snap a picture of her mother behind the counter and shared the post to her social media page with a detailed caption sharing the unexpected twist their night took.They Rolled up Their Sleeves and Got to WorkThis one crazy night was reminiscent of the old saying, "When the doctor thinks, the patient dies." Instead of trying to get everything right — Arredondo and Merkel didn't think — they just jumped right into action."I think at one point we even told someone, 'I know this is not what you ordered but it’s food, and if you’re hungry you’ll eat it!' No one had the audacity to argue with us!"Sylvia Arredondo, FacebookArredondo continued, "My mom instantly became a cook's helper and I became a waitress. Another couple started bussing and cleaning tables, another gentleman started washing dishes." It seems their work ethic inspired others to get up and do what they could — even if it wasn't perfect.One Person Can Change the Mood of a Whole RoomIdalia Merkel/FacebookIt sounds like a scene out of a movie. The whole restaurant was working together to make the night a success! Many of them were inspired by Arredondo and her mother leading the charge."Once it was all said and done, strangers were hugging strangers and thanking each other for coming together and for their helping hand. It literally took a village. It was so heartwarming to see others pitch in to help and Do The Right Thing!!"Sylvia Arredondo, FacebookGoing out of your way to be help clean up a mess you didn't create can be really hard most of the time because it requires patience. And when we're "hangry"? Patience can definitely be in short supply.But this mother-daughter duo put their grumbling stomachs on the back burner and got scrambling eggs on the front!This was one situation where there wasn't a silver lining. So these two incredible women made their own!More from Goalcast:

Single Mom of 5 Texts the Thief Who Stole Her Car to Return It - And She Actually Succeeded!
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Single Mom of 5 Texts the Thief Who Stole Her Car to Return It - And She Actually Succeeded!

When we face hard times, we can become desperate and make bad decisions. Sometimes, a person will do something wrong because they’re backed up against a wall, but that doesn’t make them a bad person. When given the opportunity, they may do the right thing.A single mom proved that point one day when a thief stole her car, and she appealed to his humanity to get it back.A Horrible ShockMegan Bratten was shopping at a department store in Kansas City when she walked out to find her parking spot empty. Her van was gone, and she began to panic. Bratten is a single mother to five kids, and she relied on that van to transport them around. She also used the vehicle to run her business and provide for her family. So losing it was a really big deal.She was desperate so she did the first thing she could think of: she texted her estranged husband’s cell phone, which was still in the van. At first, she was salty over the discovery and fired off a series of explicit messages, according to KCTV5 (as per Daily Mail). Then she tried appealing to the thief’s humanity.“Hey, you just stole a single mother of five’s work van,” she texted. “You’re ruining my life here.”Bratten continued texting the thief for the next three hours, growing more desperate each time. “OMG, car thief people, can you just give me my van back!” she wrote at one point. “It would be epic, the miracle I need right now.”The Thief RespondsFinally, when she was just about to give up hope, Bratten received a response.“I do feel bad,” the thief wrote back. “My kids needed a meal on the table so that's what their dad did [to get] them food. I know it’s wrong, but it's been so hard since I lost my job.”The man then gave Bratten detailed instructions on how to retrieve her van. She immediately went to the indicated spot with her mother and her dog to find it. When she got there, she discovered the van was in even better shape than she’d left it: The thief had topped up her transmission fluid after one of her texts explained the car leaked and he didn’t want it anyway.In the end, Bratten decided not to report the theft and told the news outlet that even if the man was found she wouldn’t press charges.“I can really relate on the human level of the struggle of feeling desperate and making poor choices,” she explained. “I can understand how people act out of fear, making poor choices. What matters in the end, he really did the right thing.”The Power of ForgivenessThis story is so incredible because it goes to show you that sometimes, when given a chance, people can surprise you and do the right thing. The thief in this story was desperate and just trying to provide for his family, the same way the victim was. In the end, that relatable thread made the thief realize what he was doing, and he returned the van.We never know what we’ll do or how much of ourselves we will sacrifice if we’re backed into a corner. Knowing that there’s a way out can make a huge difference in how we work to rectify any wrongdoings we may have committed.Even more importantly, being able to forgive someone who has wronged us by putting ourselves in their shoes and trying to understand their actions is a powerful thing. That doesn’t mean excusing what they’ve done or becoming friends with them, it simply releases you from the control of that person and allows you to move on with your life.More from Goalcast:Man Finds Out a Thief Has Broken Into and Stolen From His Restaurant – His Unexpected Reaction Goes ViralThieves Find Out They Stole From a Sick Child – Immediately Send a 4 Page Apology LetterPoor 12-Year-Old Is Caught Shoplifting Shoes at Store – Police Officer Has a Unique Response to the Situation