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Stranger Finds Poor Child Selling Gum - Tests Him With 2 Choices

The young boy is weaving through people, leading the man behind the camera a couple of short blocks away. "Hey buddy, are we there yet?" asks the man impatiently."Yes, it's here," replies the boy.What the boy reveals is so shocking, his father soon gets involved and the lives of all three are forever changed.

Retired Man Learns About Hungry Kids in a Report - Immediately Goes to School and Asks for the Principal
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Retired Man Learns About Hungry Kids in a Report - Immediately Goes to School and Asks for the Principal

More than 13 million children faced hunger in 2022, and according to the USDA, one in every five children doesn’t know where they will get their next meal. It’s a big problem that can be easy to ignore when it doesn’t directly impact us. But when one retired man heard just how close to home the problem was, he decided to do something about it.A Disturbing DiscoveryAn 84-year-old man named Don Douglas raised his children and his grandchildren in Mesquite, Nevada. There, he and his wife of 50 years saw those kids go to the same elementary school, Florence Elementary. However, after Douglas’ grandkids grew up and his wife passed away, he found a new connection to the school.It all started one day when he read a report that said nearly all of the 580 children at the school couldn’t afford to eat lunch. Some ate for free, while others were able to string together the $0.40 per meal. Many kids couldn’t even afford that small amount of money, though.“It kinda upset me a little. Or maybe a lot,” Douglas told an ABC News outlet.Douglas is legally blind and read the report with the help of a projector — the same device he uses to read his daily newspaper. After he was done, he went straight to the school and asked to see the principal.Putting Retirement Money to Good UseAccording to the principal, Ladonna Gulley, Douglas was quite concerned that the kids weren’t getting enough to eat.“He went into his billfold, pulled out $100, and said, ‘I’m giving you this money, and this is to make sure that every single student in your building has the opportunity to eat,’” she recalled, adding that Douglas has been donating monthly ever since.Douglas’ donations don't come from impressive life savings or wealth. In fact, the man doesn’t have much and uses his retirement money to help those kids. He himself lives off social security for the most part. He says it’s worth it if it means kids can have a nourishing meal.When people began recognizing Douglas for his donations, he didn’t want the extra attention. But then he reconsidered, knowing that it might inspire others to donate to the school or to hungry kids in their own communities. It worked, and people did donate. Eventually, the city honored Douglas with his own day.“It’s not about me, it’s about our kids,” Douglas told Star Local Media. “I haven’t given up anything, and I’m not asking anyone to give up anything, but if you want to help, you have the opportunity.”Paying It ForwardA man named Steve Harris, who works for a company called Seeboost, heard about Douglas’ generosity and he too wanted to help by gifting Douglas a device to help him see more clearly. The first thing Douglas wanted to see was the kids, of course.Florence Elementary was happy to have him, and the staff arranged a visit in which Douglas got to sit down and read to the kids.“You’re a beautiful bunch of kids,” he said. “When I think about the future, I’m not worried because I know you kids are gonna have a great future for all of us. And I thank you for letting me read to you.”Every Action MattersDouglas and his actions are a great example of the idea that when it comes to helping others, there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Although the amount of money Douglas had to give was small, it was a big give for him, and it made a great difference in the lives of those children.His kindness inspires all of us to do what we can to ensure that people within our own communities are also comfortable and taken care of. That can mean grabbing a few extra cans to donate to the food bank the next time you’re grocery shopping. It can mean volunteering your time at a shelter or donating old clothes. Or it could mean donating a small sum, based on what you’re able to afford.Whatever act of kindness this story may inspire you to take, remember that small things can make a big difference in someone else’s life. Just the act of caring enough to do what you can to help others in need is a monumental thing on its own. More from Goalcast:Teacher Cries at Work When She Realizes Her Student Is Going to Bed Hungry – Then Jennifer Lopez Gets InvolvedWoman Notices a Long Line of Hungry Customers at Whataburger – Their Interaction With Deaf Cashier Goes ViralCustomer Reports Hungry Homeless Man at Hardee’s to the Police – One Officer’s Response Is Caught on Video

Stranger Leaves Bewildering Note on University Students Broken Car in Dead of Winter
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Stranger Leaves Bewildering Note on University Students Broken Car in Dead of Winter

In the heart of Edmonton, Alberta a not-so-simple act became breaking news! In one cold Canadian city a chilling incident unfolded — literally. One stranger's uninvited note, on a cold night quickly became a hot topic after going viral on Reddit.The Shocking NoteIt all started when university student, Derek Murray returned to his car after a long day, on a chilly night. He saw a note tucked under his wiper blades and groaned anticipating it was a bad omen.The good news was it wasn't a parking ticket...the bad news? It was a note from a complete stranger and it looked long — never a good sign. Murray braced himself for an angry pedestrian complaining about his parking or other hateful words. He had no idea what he was going to read was much more complicated.The Unsolicited Note Began With, “I Noticed You Left Your Lights On…”Reddit/fuzzn0yRead the Full Message Below:"I noticed you left your lights on. The battery will probably not have enough charge to start your vehicle. I left a blue extension cord on the fence and a battery charger beside the fence in the cardboard box. If you know how to hook it up, use it to start your car. It is simple: Hook the red clip to the positive terminal of your battery and the black clip to the negative terminal. Do not touch the black and red clips together while the charger is still plugged in. The charger is already set on 12 volts and start mode. You might have to wait a few minutes to let the battery charge. Good luck."Sharing Your ResourcesWhen one Good Samaritan noticed that a fellow Edmontonian had left their car lights on, rather than passing by, indifferent to the situation, this anonymous do-gooder took the time to craft a handwritten note and leave it on the car.Not only that, he also left him a pair of free jumper cables and a car battery too!The instructions continued with clear steps, showcasing the altruistic nature of this helpful stranger: "Hook the red clip to the positive terminal of your battery and the black clip to the negative terminal. Do not touch the black and red clips together while the charger is still plugged in. The charger is already set on 12 volts and start mode. You might have to wait a few minutes to let the battery charge."The stranger's note, which has since become the talk of the town after being shared on Reddit, outlined a thoughtful solution to a potentially expensive and time consuming problem! Sometimes a miracle looks like a blue extension cord and a battery charger left neatly beside a fence.Good Samaritan’s Gesture Sparked Wave of Goodwill in the City — LiterallyCBCThe photo of the note spread rapidly across the internet, gaining over 1,500 comments and gaining the praise of many. Derek Murray, the fortunate recipient of this unexpected assistance, expressed his astonishment at the stranger's kindness."The first thing I thought of when I read it was this is one of those things that you see online that goes viral -- this doesn’t happen to me. This doesn’t happen to anyone I know," shared Murray, a university student in Edmonton.As the realization of the stranger's generosity sank in, Murray couldn't help but appreciate the selflessness displayed. "Then it just kind of struck me how awesome this guy was. He took so much time out of his day for a complete stranger who he may not have even liked me parking in front of his house to begin with, so that made me even appreciate it all even more."Going the Extra Mile Makes All the DifferenceNow, in a bid to continue the spirit of goodwill, Murray is on a quest to find and thank the anonymous helper. He plans to gift the good samaritan a bottle of wine as a token of appreciation.Even if he can't track him down, his viral story has already paid it forward!When we lead with compassion we can create a chain reaction of positivity. When we have the opportunity to go the extra mile for a neighbour in need — we should! Even though it may take a little time out of your day it has the power to change someone else's.One man's anonymous good deed reminds us of the impact unexpected gestures have — and you should always have a car battery lying around if you live in a cold Canadian city!

Man Finds Out His Mom Secretly Disappears Every Christmas Eve - After She Passes Away, a Letter Revealing the Mystery Arrives
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Man Finds Out His Mom Secretly Disappears Every Christmas Eve - After She Passes Away, a Letter Revealing the Mystery Arrives

The holiday season is such a magical time. However, in the weeks ramping up to Christmas, it's no secret that things can get a little crazy — especially if you work in retail. Even though we swear every year we're going to get all our shopping done before December hits, most of us find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to tie it all together. God bless Homesense!But all the craziness is worth it when the special day arrives and we get to put the wrapping paper down and spend quality time with our loved ones. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions look different in every household, but for this one family? Christmas Eve came with the strangest tradition of all. Every year, on Christmas Eve, their mother would vanish without explanation.Years later after her passing, her son discovered just what she'd been hiding.She Would Vanish For Hours On End on Christmas EveSue Dorroh / YouTubeSue Dorroh was the best mother, according to her son John Dorroh, 68. She was loving, considerate, and most of all, prepared. The kind of mother whose handbag doubled as a survival kit. Snacks, tissues, water; a flare gun to signal for help if stranded on a desert island!In fact, Sue was the kind of prepared most of us could only dream of being. While most holiday preppers tend to spring for Black Friday deals in order to get all their shopping done, Sue had a whole different strategy. This one mother knew her kids so well she would get their Christmas gifts in August!Which is why her son was suspicious when every year his organized and reliable mother would rush out the door on Christmas Eve. Without fail, Sue would would disappear in a flurry for several longs hours — without so much as an explanation.By the time she got back, amidst the holiday commotion her absence got swept under the rug. Until next year. One Christmas Eve, when his mother had disappeared as she always did, a young John even ventured to ask his father where it was she always went."I don't know. Probably shopping," John's father offered up dismissively. But John knew his mother better than that. When John protested, pointing out his mother always got her Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving (like, way before) his father would casually shut down the conversation. "Maybe she forgot a few things," he'd say, before finding busy work to do. Leaving John scratching his head, until eventually he'd forget about the whole thing...that is, until the next year came around.ReminisceReminisce/ Vintage Holiday PhotoEventually John grew up and as life got busier and time moved faster, John's mother tragically passed away. That first Christmas Eve without her John would have traded anything to see her rushing out that door, because even though her whereabouts may have forever remained a mystery...his mother always came back. This year was different.After Sue passed away she left her family heartbroken and without much Christmas cheer. The holidays weren't the same without her. Then, an unexpected letter showed up at the front door. It's contents explained it all.A Mystery Letter Arrived on Christmas Eve — And It Wasn’t From SantaHandwritten by Maria / FacebookIt was from a former co-worker of Sue's. After decades of wondering just where his mother took off to, his questions would finally be answered. John discovered the secret his mother had been keeping...a special relationship with a whole other family.“Dear Johnny, I just wanted you to know how much my family and I appreciate what your mother has done for us for all of these years. Every year on Christmas Eve day your mom comes to my house dressed like Mrs. Claus and gives my kids a Christmas that we can’t afford to give them. She has given them shoes, shirts, jeans, toys, and candy. I know your heart is heavy and that you are missing Miss Sue. We do, too. We loved her and just wanted you to know what she has done for us. Love, Robert and Nellie and the kids.”Despite his mother's painful passing, this heartwarming letter reminded John that her spirit was more alive than ever.Sue and her former co-worker became friends during shifts at their factory job, manufacturing toilet lids in an assembly line. Robert, had very little money to spare during the holiday season and without having enough money for toys, this hardworking father didn't know how to make Christmas special for his kids. That's when Sue stepped in with her bright idea — and thus a magical holiday tradition was born. Every Christmas Eve Sue would dress up as Mrs. Claus and bring Robert and his family all kinds of gifts, toys, and clothing to spread the holiday cheer. It was a small sacrifice she made every year but in leaving her family for a few hours — Sue was able to make a powerful impact in another family's life. Even after her passing, they never forgot her generosity. Not only with both family's carry those special memories forever but John took extra care to share Sue's story and honor her memory in a special edition of Chicken Soup For The Soul.Do Good Deeds With Intention, Not for AttentionFlorida Memory / FlickrIn a world where social media often amplifies our need for validation, it's tempting to post everything we do. Sue's story is a gentle reminder that the impact of our actions extends far beyond the likes and shares. Sure, secrets aren't always as fun as praise. However, Sue's Christmas Eve tradition teaches us a profound lesson. Sometimes, performing acts of kindness quietly, without seeking acknowledgment or applause, becomes the most meaningful way to make a difference.Sue's intentional and anonymous generosity reminds us that the true spirit of giving lies in the joy it brings to others, not in the spotlight it places on the giver. As we navigate the holidays and beyond, may we strive to do good deeds with genuine intention, not for attention. We ma even discover the profound satisfaction that comes from making a difference in someone's life, even if it remains a secret. After all, sharing kindness selflessly makes its magic most potent, leaving a lasting impact that's more memorable than any applause or recognition.Good deeds speak louder when done from the heart.

Elderly Shoeshiner Saves Over $200,000 in Tips After Working for 30 Years - Then Does Something Unexpected With the Money
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Elderly Shoeshiner Saves Over $200,000 in Tips After Working for 30 Years - Then Does Something Unexpected With the Money

Despite their best efforts, hospitals aren't exactly the most cheery of places. I mean, who doesn't love the stunning selection of "Get Well" mylar balloons at the Gift Shop (right beside the bed pans)! But once we realize, that the nurse is never coming back with the second Jell-O cup we asked for...it's easy to feel restless and in need of some TLC.One hospital worker spent 3 decades devoting his life to helping the sick children in need — just not in the way you'd think!Read on to learn about the extraordinary man who, for 30 years, practiced a unique form of medicine — the kind that mends souls.Every Penny Counts — $202,000 Journey of KindnessAndrew Russell | Tribune-Review / UPMC Children's Hospital of PittsburghFor over 30 years, Albert Lexie, 76, worked his magic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Children's Hospital — only he didn't have quite the job you think he would!Albert wasn't a fancy doctor or a hardworking nurse. In fact, if you weren't looking hard enough, you may just pass Albert by. In the hustle and bustle of the hospital, Albert quietly worked away...shining strangers's shoes.But don't underestimate the power of quiet giving.With only his humble shoeshine box, Albert was able to save lives — and in the most unexpected way.It really is true when they say, every penny counts! One $3 shoeshine at a time, Albert accumulated a whopping $202,000 fortune — just in tips! But here's the kicker; he didn't keep a cent! Instead, he directed every hard-earned tip to the Children's Hospital’s Free Care Fund, ensuring that uninsured and under-insured kids in Pittsburgh received the medical care they needed. Wow. Talk about an everyday hero.The Shoeshine Shuttle — He’d Take 3 Buses Just to Get To WorkBill Wade/ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via APPicture this: every Tuesday and Thursday, Albert boarded not one, not two, but three buses to reach the hospital. Even though the journey was almost as laborious as the job, Albert had a nurturing spirit that just couldn't be stopped, no matter how many buses it took!It all started back in high school, when Albert was just 15-years-old. Like many boys his age back then, Albert had taking a shining (pun intended) to the wood shop classes offered in school.For one assignment, Albert dared to make a handcrafted shoe shine box...and the rest is history. Over the years Albert would build up a simple but purposeful business, but he wasn't in it for cash and prizes.Decades later, when he set up shop at Children's Hospital, Albert was intent to keep his costs down — like way down. Despite decades of experience, he only charged a modest $3 for per shine. Service With a SmileWhile his customers would get a toe-tapping touch up that would make their loafers look brand new, Albert would just enjoy chatting with strangers or sitting in comfortable silence. Most of the time, being at a hospital means "bad news" may be just around the corner. Even though he may not have been saving lives, Albert is proof that a kind personality goes a long way.You don't have to be the funniest person in the room or even the most charming...you just have to live life with a soft and open heart. It can make a difference in ways you can't even imagine — at least it did for Albert.Despite his annual income hovering around $10,000, this humble shoeshiner earned $220,000 in tips! Talk about good customer service.Even though he had little of his own, his commitment to giving knew no bounds. Every tip he earned went straight to the sick kids who he spent 3 decades watching over from his humble shoe shine station. “I Want to See the Kids Get Well” — From Shoeshiner to SuperheroABC NewsAlbert's story isn't just about shoeshines; it's about a man on a mission.Even after 30 years of dedication, he wasn't seeking fame or fortune. He was chasing a simple goal: "I want to see the kids get well." His selfless actions spoke louder than words, turning him into a living legend at the hospital.While Albert shied away from the spotlight, his kindness didn't go unnoticed. The 76-year-old's accolades were far-reaching. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans and was honored at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2010.Sure, these accolades weren't his endgame (so to speak); they were by products of a life dedicated to making a difference. And even though he may not have needed the press? It doesn't mean the press didn't need him.With an endless loop of heart breaking news, uplifting stories like Albert's are a reminder the world isn't such bad place — and we can be part of the good.VIDEO: More on Albert Lexie's Story BelowA Letter of Legacy: Albert’s Impact Lives OnEven though Albert Lexie passed away in Oct. 2018, his legacy remains vibrant. His story is a living testament to the power of small acts of kindness.The Children's Hospital president perfectly encapsulates Albert's impact: "He is the perfect example of how small incremental acts of kindness can impact millions of people." Albert's story is a reminder that every step, no matter how small, can leave a lasting imprint.Daily commitment does make a difference...just not over night. Embrace simplicity, find joy in the everyday, and little by little even the smallest gestures can create waves of change.Find your $3 shoe shine and make the world a brighter place!

Strangers Stare at Mom Who Couldnt Calm Her Daughters Tantrum at TJ Maxx - Then, One Womans Words Changed Everything
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Strangers Stare at Mom Who Couldnt Calm Her Daughters Tantrum at TJ Maxx - Then, One Womans Words Changed Everything

Nothing makes you feels like you're wearing a badge that says "bad parent" quite like watching the child you've raised have a meltdown in public. If you have kids you know the feeling. No matter how hard you try, when the usual parenting tricks aren't working, it's hard to keep calm and carry on — especially when everyone's eyes are on you.No matter how tough moms can be, even the best of them can feel totally helpless in the face of their child throwing a public tantrum. Here's how one stranger turned a near mommy-meltdown into a moment she'd never forget.Tears at TJ Maxx Left This Mommy Helpless: She Had Nowhere to HideMom.comWhen Sherry White — a successful Mommy blogger who runs The Messy Christian — took her little girl on a TJ Maxx run, this errand was anything but easy-peasy. In fact, it was the drama mama-nightmares are made of!"My daughter just had the worst tantrum of her life. And of course it was at home so I could have home court advantage. Just kidding it was at TJ Maxx."Sherry White"Home court advantage" is a great way of putting it. It's much easier to use positive affirmations and "keep calm" with a frustrated toddler, when we're in the comfort of our own home. Sometimes when our little ones are having a bad day? Even a place like TJ Maxx can feel overstimulating. The only problem is, we don't always know when the storm is coming and we don't have time to "batten down the hatches." When she took her little girl out for some mother-daughter-bonding time, this mommy blogger had no idea lightning and thunder were about to strike — in the middle of the discount cookware section!Trying to Control the Situation — “All My Tricks Failed”No matter what they teach you in daycare — even LAMAZE can't prepare you for this! Even though Sherry had done everything she could to raise her daughter into a respectful young lady, there was no getting around it. Mommy's little angel was throwing a full on tantrum and could not be reasoned with. Sherry admits "every parenting trick" fell to the wayside. "My heart was beating fast and I was trying not to lose my cool." On this particular day, in this particular moment her little girl was simply "irrational." Unfortunately for the strangers pushing their shopping carts by, with their noses turned up...that's the only snapshot of Sherry's parenting they were seeing. Needless to say for a mom who's trying her best? The judgement was tearing her apart. After trying her best to be patient and calm her daughter down, Sherry was at her wits end. She did the only thing she could think of and tried to move her daughter to a quieter location, away from shaming eyes — and bleeding ears. She had to wait for the storm to pass."I scooped her off to the bathroom trying to recoup and I realized I was going to have to just hold on and wait for it to pass because she was so far gone."Facebook/ Sherry WhiteEven then no matter how hard she tried to "control the situation," Sherry couldn't overcome the shame she felt as strangers passed by her, without saying a word."Person after person walked passed us and I could feel the judgement like the sun burning a hole in me. I just knew they had to be thinking what kind of brat have I raised because I was thinking the same thing. She was being defiant and angry and it was not pretty."Sherry WhiteBut as it turns out...one person's words of affirmation can make up for 100 judgemental glances. Which is exactly what happened, when one older woman put a reassuring hand on Sherry's shoulder. Her simple words changed everything.A Reminder We’re “Doing Great” Never Gets OldIn her viral post, the beloved mommy blogger shared her story and the one older woman who felt like her guardian angel. "This lady a little older than myself walked by and smiled and she came over and squeezed my arm and whispered it's okay, you're doing great."Sherry WhiteTo even Sherry's own surprise, these unexpected words of kindness brought tears to this tough mommy's eyes — literally. "I quickly turned away from her before she could see the tears forming in my eyes and falling down my face."Sherry reflected the shame she was overwhelmed with in that moment. In her own, honest words, "felt like a total mommy failure with an out of control kid." Her struggle was more than relatable. Looking back it was easy for her to find the humor in the situation, "there we were both crying," Sherry said of her daughter and her — for different reasons of course.The fact of the matter is, Sherry's no different than most moms. Trying to juggle cooking, cleaning, pick up, drop off there's a reason why motherhood feels like having to do it all. Don't get me wrong, dads help out too. Dads are always there to answer the important questions like: "Where's mom?" — kidding! Kind of.All’s Well That Ends WellEventually the stormed passed — as it always does. Sherry's little girl calmed down and they were able to finish up their shopping at TJ Maxx and head home.Sherry snapped a pic of her and her sleeping daughter in her car seat, poking fun of the stressful situation. "I guess she was sleepy " she captioned the shot. Even though Sherry looked for her guardian angel around the store she was nowhere to be seen. "I was hoping I'd see that lady and say thank you, but she was gone." Still, Sherry reminded her followers how much the seemingly small gesture meant. "I know a lot of times we don't know what to say to people when we see them going through a moment like this, but from now on take a cue from that lady at TJ Maxx."Even the Strongest of Us Have Moments of WeaknessEven though Sherry writes a mommy blog that is all about embracing the imperfections of parenting and finding the beauty in the challenge — it didn't stop her from having her own moment of weakness.That's why sharing stories like Sherry's are so powerful. It's an important reminder of the age old joke that even a therapist needs a therapist! Even the toughest mommy needs some words of encouragement!"A smile and an encouraging word goes a long way."Sherry WhiteEven though averting your gaze may sometimes feel like the most respectful solution — after all, you weren't judging her, right? — Sherry's story is a reminder that sometimes there's power in going old school Good Samaritan!Sure, we can walk a mile in someone's shoes — but the most important thing isn't to forget the blisters we got along the way, once they've healed. Being neutral is great, but being positive is even better. 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 ComeThieves Find Out They Stole From a Sick Child – Immediately Send a 4 Page Apology LetterRacist Clerk Makes 10-Year-Old Boy Cry – When His Father Finds Out, He Decides to Confront Him

Struggling Man Pulls a Cart of Stray Dogs - Curious Woman Passing By Finds Out the Reason Why
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Struggling Man Pulls a Cart of Stray Dogs - Curious Woman Passing By Finds Out the Reason Why

Imagine biking through life's challenges with a pack of loyal dogs by your side. This was the extraordinary reality for Steve, a man who had been homeless since 2001. Alicia Edrington stumbled upon him on a freeway, exhausted but determined, pulling a cart with a pack of dogs — strays he had adopted over the years.What One Woman Did When She Heard a Homeless Man’s StoryPhoto by CaioSteve, the epitome of selflessness, estimates he has helped over 50 dogs during his 14 years on the streets. He wasn't just surviving; he was a beacon of hope for the four-legged friends left to wander the harsh streets.His journey took a turn when he decided to leave California for Indiana to be with his girlfriend. Now, moving one's life is already a challenge, but Steve had 10 dogs with him. Most would have considered surrendering them to a shelter, but not Steve. These dogs weren't just pets; they were family.Enter Alicia, a compassionate soul who couldn't look away. She decided to be the catalyst for change. Knowing Steve needed help, she rallied support through a GoFundMe page set up by her father, Mickey Edrington. The goal was modest — to provide Steve and his dogs a night in a hotel. Little did they know, the universe had grander plans.The response was overwhelming. The initial goal of $10,000 was shattered, reaching a staggering $35,596 from over a thousand generous souls. A trailer was even donated, ensuring Steve and his furry companions wouldn't be homeless again.But the story doesn't end there. Enter Kelley Seaton, a kind-hearted individual from Tennessee who volunteered to drive Steve and his dogs to Indiana — for free. The support Steve received was more than financial; it was a testament to the kindness that can blossom when people come together.How Strangers Changed a Homeless Man’s LifeCritics argued that Steve should surrender his dogs, a notion Alicia's father vehemently disagreed with. Rescues, he argued, need not tear families apart. Steve's story is a testament to this philosophy. His dogs weren't just recipients of charity; they were his life, and he was theirs.Fast forward to 2015, and while the current whereabouts of Steve and his furry family are unknown, one thing is certain — they are in a much better place, both literally and in life. This heartwarming tale is a timeless reminder that sometimes, unconventional approaches lead to the most profound transformations.In a world where compassion can sometimes feel scarce, Steve's story resonates — an echo of humanity's capacity for kindness. It's a story that invites us to rethink what it means to rescue, to challenge the norms, and to see the beauty in keeping families together, no matter how unconventional.Though the wheels of Steve's bike may have kept turning, the impact of that unexpected encounter continues to ripple through time. It's a reminder that heroes come in many forms — some on two legs, and others on two wheels.More from Goalcast:When a Man and His Dog Are Stranded at Sea for 3 Months – A Small Boat Makes a Big RescueWoman’s Dog Saves Her Life by Sniffing Out 1-In-22 Million Kidney Donor During Trip to the BeachMan Disinherits His Children and Leaves Half His Fortune to His Dog Instead – Here’s Why He Came to This Decision

Confused City Workers Observe an Elderly Man Sitting in His Car - When They Find Out Why, They Secretly Start Doing This
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Confused City Workers Observe an Elderly Man Sitting in His Car - When They Find Out Why, They Secretly Start Doing This

In the quiet charm of Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where winter blankets everything in a soft layer of snow, a poignant scene unfolded. City workers Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz stumbled upon an unexpected visitor, defying the cold to express a love that transcended time.What Two City Workers Observed on a Snowy DayPhoto by Karolina GrabowskaOn this particular snowy day, as the duo expected solitude in the park, they spotted an elderly man patiently waiting in his car. Perplexed, they observed, and it didn't take long for them to discern the heartwarming reason behind his presence.The man in the car was Bud Caldwell, husband to the late Betty Caldwell. A dedicated bench in the park memorialized Betty, and despite the weather's harshness, Bud would regularly bring daisies, a tribute to his wife of 55 years who adored the song "Daisy a Day." Unable to make it to the bench due to the snow, he sat in his car, continuing his tradition of love.Jerrod and Kevin, touched by this silent display of devotion, were inspired to act. The next day, Bud found a miracle awaiting him. The walkway to Betty’s bench, the path of his heartfelt pilgrimage, had been meticulously shoveled. A stranger's gesture, an anonymous act of kindness, had made it possible for Bud to reach his wife's memorial.Overwhelmed with gratitude, Bud, believing no one had noticed him, expressed, “My knees about buckled on me.” It was a revelation that the walkway was being cleared by compassionate hands, an unspoken agreement that some duties go beyond the call of job descriptions.How Two Men Proved the Importance of Unspoken KindnessFor Jerrod and Kevin, it was a simple act of human connection, an intuitive nudge to extend help when it was most needed. “We were just doing what we felt was our job,” Jerrod humbly stated. “Some intuition, be it divine or otherwise says this is why you’re here – to help one another.”The duo continued to shovel the path daily, a silent pact to ensure that Bud could keep his tradition alive. It was an embodiment of community, a reminder that kindness, often unspoken and unseen, has the power to mend the fractures of grief.Now, Bud can visit Betty's memorial bench throughout the year. The daily ritual of clearing the path, a snow-covered promise of remembrance, allows Bud to speak to his beloved wife, to sing to her the familiar notes of "Daisy a Day."As he walks away from the bench, his parting words echo in the winter air, “See you tomorrow, munchkin. Love you. Always did. Always will.” In the cold embrace of winter, a warm trail of love is carved, reminding us that even in solitude, kindness has the power to bridge the gap between hearts.More from Goalcast:They Were Trapped in the Snow With No Phone Reception as the Sun Went Down — Then One of the Hikers Remembers a Trick Used by Smugglers in PrisonPostman Notices 81-Year-Old Struggling in Her Yard – So He Takes a Photo to Post OnlineCouple Hears Someone Knock on Their Door Late at Night – The Guest Wasn’t Who They Were Expecting

Single Mom of 6 Has Struggled With Homelessness - So High School Students Plot Together and Come Up With a Plan
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Single Mom of 6 Has Struggled With Homelessness - So High School Students Plot Together and Come Up With a Plan

Single parenthood is not easy. Having to play both parental roles while tending to the needs of their jobs and other life obligations has its obstacles. Single parents deserve any bit of help they can get.So when it became known that a single mom of six children in Charlottesville, Virginia, needed a mode of transportation for herself and her kids, a group of high school students and an organization with hearts of gold gave her the life-changing gift of a car.How High School Students Helped a Single MomMichelle Mendez is gifted a car by Louisa County High School students.Michelle Mendez, the mom of six, had financial upheaval.Before she received assistance from the nonprofit The Journey Home, Mendez was homeless and had stayed in and out of hotels across the area before getting help from the group.The Journey Home is a nonprofit that helps people recover from the struggles of homelessness with faith-based solutions.After getting help from the organization, the nonprofit Giving Hands also stepped in to offer assistance. Giving Hands was created by single dad Eddie Brown and his wife Ginny and focuses on providing help to single mothers who are facing periods of crisis, including car repair needs."The component that I look at is just the hope. And just seeing that in her eyes as she received that car and just the excitement and what it means for her boys too," Brown told NBC29 News.Giving Words also upped their support to a new level. They obtained a $10,200 grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, a local company, and worked with the high schoolers to get Mendez a vehicle.Students Worked on the Car for Some TimeReportedly, the students had been working on the car for the course of the year so that the car would be ready for both Mendez and her children.Mendez revealed that it's "been hard as a single mom" when you have a family to support, but she is grateful for the community's efforts."I really appreciate everything everybody's done to make this happen," she said.It's natural to believe that a school project that took a year to finish would become a memorable experience for students. And one for a great purpose will leave a significant impression on those who benefit from the act.Mendez received the car in a ceremony that included the high school students who worked on getting the car in the best condition for her. Brown and a representative from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, among others, were in attendance.Mendez’s Message for the High Schoolers Who Helped Maker Her Life BetterMendez has a short but impactful message of "hope" for the charismatic high schoolers as they've done a remarkable deed."[I hope they are] grateful that it gets to go to somebody who's really going to appreciate it and use it," she said.More from Goalcast:Ex-convict Stops for Breakfast at Denny’s – And Asks for a Waitress Who’s a Single Mom for This ReasonSingle Mom Cleans Four Bedroom Home Then Told She Gets to Keep It – Later She Finds Out It Was A “Prank”Judge Learns Single Mom Was Kicked Out of Her House at 13 Years Old – Then, He Reads a Letter in Front of the Court That Stuns Her

Angry Neighbors Try to Shut Down Boys Hot Dog Stand  But Help Comes From an Unexpected Source
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Angry Neighbors Try to Shut Down Boys Hot Dog Stand But Help Comes From an Unexpected Source

Like many kids his age, 13-year-old Jaequan Faulkner wanted to have his own money to spend. He could have asked for a weekly allowance. He could have saved up his birthday money. But Jaequan wanted to earn that money — and he had an idea. The entrepreneurial young man set up a hot dog stand in front of his house.Most neighbours encouraged the boy. They commended him on his work ethic. They bought his hot dogs and wished him success. Even the local police, out on the streets of Jaequan’s neighborhood in Minneapolis, stopped by for hot dogs. After talking to the young teen, they learned that his efforts were not just to make some pocket change. He also insisted that he wanted to learn what it takes to operate a small business. The officers were impressed and shared Jaequan’s story on social media, encouraging others to support the boy.That’s when 'Mr. Faulkner’s Old Fashion Hot Dogs' became the talk of the town. The little hot dog stand suddenly got very busy. “I didn’t think it would go this far,” admits his uncle, “but I saw that he was very serious about getting started.”But Not Everyone Wanted Him to SucceedDeane BayasBut as quickly as customers poured in to support the young entrepreneur, calls were made to the city to denounce young Jaequan as operating against the law. After all, Jaequan didn’t have a permit.To every adult that once put up a lemonade stand in their childhood, that complaint might seem silly. But city officials had to take it seriously. Any food stand has to have a permit. Permits regulate where such food trucks, carts and stands can be located. They also help control for sanitary conditions and safe food handling.Still, the Minneapolis Environmental Health Director, Dan Huff, did not want to shut down Jaequan’s hot dog stand — and the boy’s dream. Instead, Huff saw it as a learning opportunity. “Let’s turn this situation around and help him become a legitimate business owner,” Huff said.The Little Hot Dog Stand That CouldThat’s when Jaequan’s dream really did come true.Huff helped the boy learn what it really takes to run a business. The director and his team pooled their own money to purchase a 10-day permit for Jaequan’s hot dog stand. They helped the boy set up a tent over his table to protect himself and his customers from the elements. They provided the boy with meat thermometers and showed him how to ensure that the hot dogs he was selling were safe for human consumption. Finally, they set Jaequan up with a hand-washing station and explained the guidelines for safe food handling.Now, the young owner-operator of 'Mr. Faulkner’s Old Fashion Hot Dogs' was running a real business. The phone calls to denounce Jaequan’s small business suddenly stopped coming in. Instead, other community organizations took notice and stepped in to make sure Jaequan’s hot dog stand, like many small businesses, didn’t fizzle out in its first year.The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), a nonprofit organization, offered coaching to the boy on all aspects of operating a business, from setting prices to attracting new customers to growing the business. Now, Jaequan has a proper food cart, signage and even a uniform.Hot Dogs and HappinessWhile the business seems to be taking off and the money continues to roll in, Jaequan remains humble and customer-focused. “When I see someone passing by with a frown, and I can turn that into a smile just by selling them a hot dog, that’s my reward.”The support from the community has given Jaequan’s fledgling business new wings. The young teen is more determined than ever to make his business succeed, now that he knows his community is behind him. “Can’t nobody stop you but you!” He exclaims with a big smile.When his hot dog stand was denounced to city officials, they had a choice to make. They could abide by the strict letter of the law and shut it down, or they could help the boy bring it to code. They could squash his dream or they could support it.The permit was just the beginning. It will expire, but when it does, Jaequan already has his calendar filled with new locations that have offered to host him, from the local police station to a church. Jaequan’s community wants to see its newest entrepreneur succeed.“You come out here, he’s got a smile on his face every day,” says a local police officer who works with Bike Cops for Kids. “We love this kid.”Indeed, it seems that everyone does.More from Goalcast:Woman Helps Group of Motorcyclists Who Got Into an Accident – A Year Later, They Show Up at Her Daughter’s Lemonade StandBrave Employee Is Fired After He Stands Up to the Thieves Who Stole From His Store – Outraged Strangers Have the Best ResponseWoman Finds Worn Out Paper She Can’t Understand – Turns to an Unlikely Source to Decipher a Piece of Family History