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Couple Buy First Home Together - Discover a "Surprise" Left Behind By the Previous Owners

A house is often so much more than four walls and a roof over our heads. It's the place where dreams take root, where precious memories are made, and where the echoes of laughter linger in the silence long after everyone has left.Even though it's "just a house" it's an integral part of our lives. And when the time comes to bid farewell it can be difficult to close the door.When one family sold their home of over 60 years, they left behind more than just a piece of their hearts — they left a note.

Man Writes a Request on His Pizza Order After No One Wished Him for His Birthday - Restaurants Response Is Surprising
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Man Writes a Request on His Pizza Order After No One Wished Him for His Birthday - Restaurants Response Is Surprising

*Featured image contains photo by Andrew NeelBirthdays are supposed to be a day of celebration. The one day of the year you're celebrated and loved just for being born. But what happens when you're living out Molly Ringwald's nightmare in Sixteen Candles and your own family forgets what day it is?Well, for a guy named Jason from New York, you turn to your local pizza place for some much-needed comfort food — with a HEAPING DOSE of black olives, thank you very much.(Look, I'm not a fan of olives either but it's the dude's birthday and he wants what he wants).And boy, the restaurant definitely delivered.A Pizza Restaurant Makes “Olive” His Birthday Wishes Come TrueWhile placing his order for vegan chicken nuggets and a pizza, Jason decided to add some special instructions. After all, it was his birthday.The instructions read: "It's my birthday and not even my family called me. I'm sad and I really like olives. Please put on as many black olives as you can. I want you to put on so many black olives that you start to question mine and your own sanity. As much as you can include without being fired. Thank you."Turns out, they understood the assignment. Jason was so impressed by the restaurant's response to his request that he posted about his experience on Reddit's popular r/MadeMeSmile forum under the username u/Jmklein17. He captioned his post, ”I had a c***py birthday but my local pizza place had my back," and attached a photo of his receipt and the pizza he received.Not only did Norbert's Pizza in Brooklyn, NYC, smother the pizza in an impressive amount of olives, but they added an extra container of olives on the side just to be sure. And to "top it off" they even hand-drew a special birthday message on the inside of the box.(And if this doesn't make you want to immediately pick up the phone and start ordering your pizza from Brooklyn, nothing will.)The Pizza Restaurant’s Kind Actions Are Being Hailed OnlineFor Jason, it helped turn an otherwise awful birthday around. "[I] didn't get any birthday wishes from my friends or family so I ordered myself a pizza that was admittedly way too expensive," he shared with Newsweek. "I wasn't sure what to expect, but they really went above and beyond on the pizza — even gave me an extra container of olives on the side in case it wasn't enough. It was very sweet and definitely made my day a little better." People loved the restaurant's response so much that they've upvoted the post more than 97,000 times with many commenters sharing their own birthday wishes."Awww! I LOVE olives too! You’re “oliviously” an awesome person. Happy birthday!" wrote one.Another wrote that as a fellow pizzeria worker, he loved getting bizarre requests like Jason's."I've worked a ton of pizza jobs, and this is the kind of s*** I lived for. It's easy to get lost in the monotony, but getting an opportunity to cheer up a stranger is always a joy. Plus, it's fun to be a little creative with box art. I remember every single instance of people asking for weird custom stuff like this. Just wanted you to know you made their night as well."Even the Smallest Acts of Kindness Can Make a Significant ImpactNorbert's Pizza didn't have to go the extra mile. They could have added a couple of extra olives and called it a day. Instead, they took Jason's plight to heart and did what they could to honor his request in the most amazing way possible.In the end, Norbert's Pizza didn't just deliver a pizza; they delivered a lesson in empathy and the profound impact that one small act of kindness can have.More from Goalcast:Teen With Disability Works at Pizza Joint – Is Speechless After Customer Gives Him $5 Tip Then Changes His MindThe Founder of Little Caesars Pizza Has Paid Rosa Parks’ Rent for Decades – AND He Kept It a SecretDelivery Man Sees a High-Speed Chase and Runs to Stop It – All Without Dropping His Pizza

Woman Holding Balloons in Freezing Cold Passes by Police Officers - Their Body-Cam Footage Exposes What Happens Next
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Woman Holding Balloons in Freezing Cold Passes by Police Officers - Their Body-Cam Footage Exposes What Happens Next

It's standard practice for police to review their rank and file's body-cam footage to perfect how they patrol. Yet, when Gwinnett County Georgia played the tape of their rank and file, they couldn't believe their eyes. Cams caught Stg. Nick Boney and Officer Jimmy Wilson one frigid night when they spotted a woman walking while holding balloons. When stopped, the woman told them that she was on her way home after walking over two miles to get balloons for her daughter's birthday. However, she didn't have a cake. Why a Woman Walked 2 Miles in the Freezing Cold to Buy BalloonsWilson told the Washington Post that when they heard the woman didn't have a cake for her little one's birthday, they had to step in. As a kid, I remember the cake almost being the best thing about my birthday, so I was more than happy to go find a birthday cake for this 1-year-old. It was heart-wrenching that the woman didn’t have enough money for a birthday cake.Officer Jimmy Wilson Boney offered the woman a ride, and she gave him a hug, thanking him profusely. However, during the ride home, they made one small stop along the way. As they stopped at a nearby market, Boney gave Wilson his credit card to get a cake with the number '1' on it. Police Officers Buy Woman a Cake for Her Daughter’s BirthdayIt turns out that the party was just getting started. Their body-cam footage showed Boney and Wilson walking the woman to her apartment, where they are greeted with hugs from each of her daughters. "The little girls, when they ran up to give us a hug and stuff, it was just like it was part of the family," recalled Boney. And so, they celebrated as a family. Everyone joined in singing 'Happy Birthday' to the beaming birthday girl. Wilson said it was priceless. “It was awesome to meet the birthday girl,” he said. “My favorite reaction was seeing her and the rest of the kids blow the candle out."How 2 Officers Proved That a Little Love Can Warm Up the WorldFor Wilson, the experience shows the power of being human. All it takes is a little love and compassion for one another -- it was a special moment for me to give that family a memorable experience.Officer Jimmy Wilson That's what it's all about: Connecting on a human level to create positive memories during our short stay on this Earth. As Boney and Wilson showed us, that can include law enforcement. Obviously, their job doesn't always permit them to connect with people in that way. However, when there's a chance to brighten a kid's birthday, help a struggling father, or feed someone in need, you better believe they do.In the end, policing, like life, is about people.More from Goalcast:Little Girl With Autism Tries to Blow Out Stranger’s Birthday Candles — His Reaction Goes Viral50-Year-Old Woman Goes to Pick Up Her Birthday Cake – Finds a Surprising Note That Brings Her to TearsLittle Boy Invites Friends to His Birthday Party, but No One Attends – Then a Cop Shows Up and Asks Him to Get in the Car

Stranger Sits Beside Single Dad in Subway and Peeks at the Papers Hes Holding - What Happens Next Goes Viral
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Stranger Sits Beside Single Dad in Subway and Peeks at the Papers Hes Holding - What Happens Next Goes Viral

In the bustling depths of a New York subway, where conversations are often a hum of anonymity, an unexpected tutoring session unfolded, defying the usual boundaries of race and economics. Denise Wilson, a New Yorker on her way home, became an unwitting witness to this heartwarming exchange on the Q train to Brooklyn.What One Woman Witnessed on a New York SubwayThe focal point of this impromptu classroom was a man in a bright red jacket, identified as Corey Simmons. He sat with a stack of math worksheets, wrestling with the complexities of the problems. Wilson couldn't help but notice this lone struggle, and she wasn't the only one.As the subway made its stops, another man took a seat beside Simmons. Intrigued, he leaned over, peering at the math problems that seemed to have Simmons stumped. When asked, Simmons explained that he was trying to relearn grade school math to assist his son, who had recently failed a math test. The stranger, it turned out, was a former math teacher.What followed was a beautiful display of compassion and camaraderie. The stranger patiently quizzed Simmons, breaking down the problems and explaining where he went wrong. Wilson, profoundly moved by this scene, discreetly captured the moment, encapsulating an act of kindness that transcended the confines of a busy subway car.In an interview, Wilson expressed her admiration, stating, “When I saw that, my heart filled up with so much warmth. Dads don’t get enough credit sometimes, I feel like. And come to find out, Corey is a single father. That’s amazing to me.”How Two Strangers Broke Down Societal BarriersThe photograph she shared on Facebook quickly resonated with people, going viral as a testament to the power of unexpected connections. Wilson emphasized the significance of such instances where people, regardless of their skin color, come together to teach and learn from each other.Simmons, grateful for the assistance, acknowledged the value of seeking help and breaking down societal barriers. “You need help sometimes, and you shouldn’t want to bite your tongue, to not ask for the help. So don’t feel shy to ask someone for help. It’s okay,” he remarked.In a world where subway journeys are often marked by anonymity, this encounter stands as a shining example of how human connection can blossom in the most unexpected of places. Beyond fractions and equations, it was a lesson in empathy, reminding us that, sometimes, the best learning happens when we extend a helping hand to someone in need.More from Goalcast:Woman Visits Subway Station Everyday for Years – Just to Hear Three Words From Her LoveLittle Boy Caught Staring at Stranger’s Phone on the Subway – What Happens Next Takes Onlookers by SurpriseMan Finds Mysterious Bundle in NYC Subway – What Happens Next Changes 3 Lives Forever

Ex-con Witnesses a Police Officer Getting Shot During a Fight - Doesnt Hesitate to Make the Right Choice
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Ex-con Witnesses a Police Officer Getting Shot During a Fight - Doesnt Hesitate to Make the Right Choice

John Lally of Houston, Texas isn't your typical hero. With a rap sheet a mile long and multiple stints in prison, he's spent a lot of his life on the wrong side of the law.It would be easy to assume that when it comes to Lally and cops, there's no love lost. For years, they've been on opposite sides. And yet, when he got caught in the middle of a deadly shootout and had a choice to save himself or the life of a downed officer, he didn't even hesitate.What Happened When an Ex-con Came to a Gun FightLally, who works for a landscaping company, was on his third gravel run of the morning when he heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights in his rearview mirror.This time, however, the police weren't after him. They were in hot pursuit of a 19-year-old male carjacker. Refusing to give himself up, the suspect sped down the highway until he lost control and struck multiple vehicles.Lally immediately pulled over to help the crash victims. But instead of finding himself in the middle of an accident scene, he found himself smack dab in the middle of an active shootout between several police officers and the suspect.As he ran to take cover from the barrage of bullets whizzing through the air, he witnessed an officer, John Gibson, go down, suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.While most people's instinct would be to duck and cover, Lally isn't most people. At the risk of his own life, and with his cell phone recording, Lally threw himself into the line of fire. Bullets flying around him, he only had one thought on his mind, “I just was on a mission to go grab him,” Lally told CNN.With the help of another officer, Lally dragged Officer Gibson to safety. Why an Ex-con Chose to Save a Wounded Police OfficerAs the Houston police officers worked to stop the gunman, Lally refused to leave Gibson's side. He understood what the officer was going through, having also once been shot in the leg. “Hold my hand. You’re going to be OK. Hold my hand,” he reassured Gibson, the father of a 20-month-old, over and over again. As the minutes ticked by, Lally told Gibson he believed he was there for a reason. “I’ve been to prison twice, man. I’ve been to state jail once," Lally can be heard in the recording obtained by CNN. "The last time I was locked up, they offered me 25 years, man. I had no choice but to get out and change my life … and I’m here with you, like it was my calling to be here with you today.”John LallyFinally, after more than 10 minutes, the suspect, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds, was subdued. He later died of his injuries. Gibson was transported to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Lally stayed behind to make certain that the crash victims were all okay. From Criminal to Hero: Ex-con Is Now Being Recognized for His HeroismLally may have a long history of criminal charges, including aggravated assault, theft of property, narcotic use, and weapon possession, but he's not letting that stop him from changing his life around.And saving a police officer's life is a pretty amazing redemptive arc. The Houston Police Department thinks so too. In a press conference, police chief Troy Finner said Lally deserves to be celebrated.“People make mistakes," he said of Lally's past brushes with the law. "But a truly reformed individual is a person that we can use. He stepped up and other citizens stepped up, and I don’t want that to get lost."The U.S. Police, Fire, and EMS Foundation is planning to honor Lally with a service award for his act of heroism. As for Lally, he's taking the rescue, which occurred on November 11, as a sign of new beginnings."This is somebody's life, so at the end of the day, I think we should all do anything and everything that we can to help people," he said. "11/11 is the Angel's number, but it also represents new beginnings."It seems like he's off to a pretty incredible start. While society may deem a criminal an unlikely hero, we all, regardless of our past mistakes, or maybe even because of them, have the ability to grow and change and choose to do better. It's the great part of being human. More from Goalcast:Ex-convict Stops for Breakfast at Denny’s – And Asks for a Waitress Who’s a Single Mom for This ReasonEx-convict Obsessed With One Musician in Prison – He Can’t Stop Crying When They Meet in PersonEx-convict Released From Prison After 20 Year Sentence – Makes a Surprising Plan for Vengeance After Returning Home

Couple Shops at Target When Their Toddler Yells at an Elderly Man Passing By - His Response Wasnt What They Were Expecting
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Couple Shops at Target When Their Toddler Yells at an Elderly Man Passing By - His Response Wasnt What They Were Expecting

In the heart of Fort Smith, Arkansas, a chance encounter at Target turned a routine shopping trip into a poignant moment of connection and compassion.Colby and Alyssa Hacker, accompanied by their friendly 18-month-old son, Owen, were perusing the toy aisle when Owen, in his innocent exuberance, couldn't resist greeting everyone with his cheerful "hi" and "bye." His infectious friendliness caught the attention of an elderly gentleman in the same aisle.What an Elderly Man Gave a Toddler at TargetPhoto by Ann HUnfazed by the stranger's approach, Alyssa observed as the man warmly reciprocated Owen's greetings, creating an impromptu bond over a shared fascination with three stuffed dinosaurs. In a world where caution often prevails, Alyssa felt an inexplicable sense of ease, a feeling she attributes to divine intervention.Unexpectedly, the gentleman reached into his wallet, and Alyssa anticipated a small contribution for one of the dinosaurs. However, what transpired was beyond her expectations. A $20 bill found its way into Owen's tiny pocket, accompanied by a heart-wrenching revelation – the man had recently lost his 2-year-old grandson."Buy this boy all three dinosaurs," the man gently insisted, leaving Alyssa and Owen with a mix of gratitude and sorrow. As he walked away, tears welled up in his eyes, carrying the weight of grief that no words could fully convey.Alyssa felt compelled to share this touching encounter on Facebook, not just as a testament to the enduring goodness in people but also as a balm for the collective wounds of a tumultuous world. Little did she know that her post would resonate so deeply, quickly amassing over 105,000 shares in a matter of days.The Profound Encounter One Family Had With an Elderly StrangerFor Alyssa, Owen is a daily blessing, and she hopes his radiant spirit can continue to illuminate the lives of others. The $20, originally meant for a single dinosaur, now symbolizes more than just a purchase – it stands as a tangible reminder of human connection, compassion, and the enduring impact of brief yet profound encounters.In Owen's cherished stuffed dinosaurs, the family holds not just toys but tangible memories of a moment that touched their lives in ways they could never have anticipated.As we navigate a world often overshadowed by uncertainty, Owen's story serves as a beacon, reminding us that amid the chaos, there are still instances of pure, unscripted kindness that can make a lasting imprint on our hearts.More from Goalcast:Woman Finds Worn Out Paper She Can’t Understand – Turns to an Unlikely Source to Decipher a Piece of Family HistoryMen Play Cruel Prank on 8-Year-Old at Target – Little Did He Know There Was Much More to ComeWoman Buys Book at Target – Finds a Life-Changing Letter That Sparks an Idea

50-Year-Old Woman Goes to Pick Up Her Birthday Cake - Finds a Surprising Note That Brings Her to Tears
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50-Year-Old Woman Goes to Pick Up Her Birthday Cake - Finds a Surprising Note That Brings Her to Tears

In a world that often feels hurried and disconnected, a small act of kindness can resonate like a gentle breeze through the soul. This was precisely the case for Carolyn Mick, who, on the occasion of her fiftieth birthday, experienced a moment of profound connection and warmth.Picture this: a local grocery store, a birthday cake ordered, and a simple act that would leave Carolyn and her husband in tears. As she went to pick up her birthday cake, expecting to pay for the sweet treat marking her five decades, she was met with an unexpected surprise. A stranger had already covered the cost. Perplexed, she assumed it was a mix-up, but the clerk assured her that her birthday delight was genuinely a gift.The Note One Stranger Gave to a Woman on Her BirthdayPhoto by Nataliya VaitkevichThe mystery deepened as the clerk handed Carolyn a note from the anonymous benefactor. The words inked on the paper carried a weight that touched hearts. "Today is my son's 35th birthday. It is his fifth in heaven. I wanted to honor and remember him by paying it forward," the note expressed. A powerful sentiment that resonated deeply.The note continued, "May you make tons of precious memories to remember for a lifetime. God bless you and yours – Tyler's Mom." In those few lines, a stranger managed to bridge the gap between two lives, connecting Carolyn to a mother's enduring love for her son, even beyond this earthly realm.Tears welled up in Carolyn's eyes, moved by the unexpected grace of a stranger's kindness. Overwhelmed by the simple yet profound gesture, she turned to Facebook, wanting to express her gratitude in a public space. In her post, she addressed the mysterious Toni, the anonymous giver, sharing the emotional impact of this act of generosity."Dear Toni...you know who you are, and I want to express how moved I am. This means so much that my husband and I cried together. With the turmoil of things going on, it reminds us of what really matters LIFE!" Carolyn poured out her appreciation, echoing the universal truth that, amidst life's challenges, it's the human connections that sustain and uplift us.How a Stranger Proved the Importance of ConnectionCarolyn, who had recently lost her mother, found herself grappling with grief. In Toni's unexpected kindness, she discovered a spark of inspiration on how to honor her late mother. This act of paying forward the joy of a birthday cake became a beacon of hope and connection amid loss.As Carolyn shared her gratitude on Facebook, the community responded with an outpouring of support. Members of the group, discovering the touching story, joined in expressing admiration for Toni's gesture. Some even revealed personal connections to Toni's son, adding layers of shared sorrow and understanding.Toni, who had lost her son at the age of 29, chose to commemorate his memory each year with an act of kindness on his birthday. Little did she anticipate the ripple effect her simple act would create. It became a testament to the enduring power of love and generosity, reminding everyone that even the smallest gestures can create waves of impact.In a world often marred by discord, this story emerged as a poignant reminder of the beauty of human connection and the profound effect of kindness. One woman's birthday became a shared celebration of life, love, and the enduring spirit of those who live on in our memories.More from Goalcast:Mom Buys Birthday Cake but Finds It’s Already Paid For – Buyer Leaves an Unexpected Note That Brings Her to TearsHomeless Boy Who Had Nothing Is Finally Adopted by Couple – Breaks Down When He Gets a Birthday Cake for This ReasonKind Stranger Pays for a Young Mother’s Pancakes – She Doesn’t Realize The Impact of Her Deed

WWII Veteran Has Kept a Photograph of a 14-Year-Old in His Pocket for 78 Years - Then His Mystery Girl Showed Up
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WWII Veteran Has Kept a Photograph of a 14-Year-Old in His Pocket for 78 Years - Then His Mystery Girl Showed Up

She was 92 years old. He was 99 years old. But when he held out a piece of bread smeared with jam, she instantly recognized him. The memories of nearly eight decades ago came flooding back.Back then, Reginald Pye was a young soldier who had recently landed on the D-Day beaches of Normandy in northwestern France. As he and his company pushed inland, they cleared landmines and built bridges to help the Allied forces gain a foothold on the continent. Huguette Geoffroy was a 14-year-old girl in the rural village of Vrigny. When Pye and his fellow soldiers stopped in the village for the night, she shyly spied on him as he ate his meagre rations of sardines and bread. When Pye saw the girl, he generously held out his tin of sardines to her, but she shook her head at him.Puzzled, Pye looked down again at his mess tin and realized that the French girl probably wanted his slice of bread covered in jam. “She hadn’t seen jam, perhaps,” Pye thought. He held the bread out to her, and this time she accepted the gift.A Frustrating Search for the Mystery GirlPhoto by Inga SeliverstovaThe girl disappeared, but the next morning, Pye found fresh milk in his mess tin, along with a black-and-white photo of the girl. It took his breath away.“In the bleakest of times, this bit of human interaction made a huge mark on my life,” he said. He tucked the photo into his wallet where it stayed for the next 78 years. Pye never stopped thinking about the girl.Thirty years after the war, the war veteran decided to return to Normandy to look for the mystery girl. He showed the picture to residents and inquired at the local parish but there were no leads. After an extensive but unsuccessful search, Pye gave up hope of ever finding the French woman who had had such an impact on him during his days in the war. Still, he held onto the photograph.More than 50 more years would pass before Pye made his way back to the D-Day beaches in France, this time for a ceremony commemorating that fateful day. He shared the story with a taxi driver, pulling the worn photo out of his wallet yet again.Even after all these years, if he could have one wish, it would be to see this woman again.A New Lead and a Happy EndingThe taxi driver was so touched by the story that he shared the photo with the local press. It didn’t take long for the French woman’s daughter to identify her. Huguette Geoffroy was now 92 years old and living in a retirement home. Pye was finally going to have his chance to meet her.It was a beautiful moment for both of them when volunteers arranged a meeting between Pye and his mystery girl. Just like at their meeting nearly eight decades ago, Pye presented Geoffroy with a piece of jam-covered bread. She smiled as she accepted it, and the two talked for hours, sharing photos of their lives over the years. Pye showed Geoffroy the photo of her that he had kept in his wallet all these years.“We got older, but we’re still the same,” Geoffroy told him with a smile. She couldn’t believe that he had been trying to find her for so long. “Next time,” she joked, “we’ll get married.”It’s never too late for dreams to come true.More from Goalcast:Veteran Spends 70 Years Searching for the Lost Love of His Life – At 91, He Finally Finds HerVeteran Stranded at Home Is Unable to Visit His Dying Wife 27 Miles Away – But His Desperate Plea for Help Turned Everything Around