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Man Notices Stranger's Car Was About to Get a Ticket - His Response Goes Insanely Viral

Anyone who owns a car knows that feeling of dread when you discover a slip of paper tucked under your windshield wiper. Getting a parking ticket is an annoyance at best. At worst? It's an unexpected expense you can't afford.But lucky for one New York driver, when a police officer was seconds away from ticketing his car, a stranger had his back. And his impromptu act of kindness just took social media by storm.

Boy Abandoned by His Parents Is Accused of Being a Child Witch - One Woman Completely Changes His Life
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Boy Abandoned by His Parents Is Accused of Being a Child Witch - One Woman Completely Changes His Life

Anja Lovén was 30 years old when she saw a British documentary about a child witch. She sat there in shock — and then in rage — as the television program detailed how these "witch children" are tortured, abandoned, even buried alive. Many countries in Africa, and around the world, have a long history of the practice of witchcraft.Historically, the elderly, the disabled, and anyone considered “different” were the main targets of accusations. But in the last 40 years, despite the practice being illegal, more and more children have been accused of being witches. Especially vulnerable, children are often unable to defend themselves and suffer the most horrific abuse.The Life of a “Child Witch”Under the guise of “exorcism,” an accused child witch in Africa can be made to ingest dangerous substances, blinded, beaten, or even set on fire. Witch doctors, shamans and religious leaders will try to coerce parents into paying large amounts of money for these exorcisms.Some parents can’t or won’t pay. Those unfortunate children carry the label of 'witch' with them for the rest of their lives — which is often quite short because they are most often abandoned.Without family, friends, shelter or food, these children are doomed to wander around the outskirts of communities. They scavenge for food in dumps. The sad truth is that they almost always die of dehydration, starvation, disease and neglect. The Boy Who Changed Her LifeThe images of these deplorable practices were burned into Anja’s brain that day when she watched the documentary. She couldn’t stop thinking about the injustice and about the leaders who were turning a blind eye to it. A few years later, she decided that she couldn’t just continue her life, knowing what she did now. She quit her job, sold everything she had, and headed to Nigeria. It was there that Anja came upon a tiny, naked, emaciated boy — a "child witch" — who stole her heart. As she knelt down next to him to gather him in her arms, someone took a picture. It went viral.But that day, Anja’s mind was on one thing only: get help for this boy. She gave him water and drove him to the nearest hospital. Later, she would admit that she didn’t have much hope that he would survive. He was literally on the brink of death, wandering around a small village, starving and alone. Anja was told that he had been abandoned by his parents eight full months ago. It was clear that he didn’t have much time left.He Has a NameJust before Anja handed the boy over to doctors, she decided to give him a name: Hope. “I was so sure he would not survive,” she remembers. “Every breath he took was a struggle, and I did not want him to die without a name, without dignity, so I named him Hope.”At the hospital, the frail child was treated for parasites and given blood transfusions. The situation looked bleak. Anja took to the internet to voice her outrage — and support poured in from all over the world.In no time at all, over a million dollars had been raised. It was enough to not only cover the boy’s medical expenses but also to start a nonprofit organization to rescue so-called child witches. Land of HopeToday, Anja is on a mission. Her nonprofit organization, called Land of Hope, raises awareness for the plight of the "child witches" and provides the accused with care, stability and love at the orphanage Anja opened with her Nigerian husband, humanitarian lawyer and worker David Umem.Two months after Anja rescued him from his life-threatening ordeal, Hope made a full recovery. He now runs around with a while pack of children at the orphanage. He has also since met his biological mother and father. Hope’s mother was only 15 years old when she gave birth to the boy, given in marriage to a village leader more than four times older than her. When her son was accused of being a child witch, she left him behind. Hope and his parents are taking steps to mend their relationship, but Hope still calls Anja his mom.Anja and David treat all the children at Land of Hope like their own, but they also have a biological son, David Jr., who grew up at the heart of his parents’ mission.“I want him to know the most important thing you can do in life is to help other people in need and be a good person,” says Anja of her son. “To listen, be empathic, and not judge other people. I hope he will remember his mother as someone who helped other people.”Indeed, on Land of Hope’s website, “hope” is an acronym: Help One Person Everyday. It’s a simple mantra with the potential for big impact that everyone in the world can implement right now.More from Goalcast:Overwhelmed Workers Sob After Manager Abandons Them – The “Host” Gives Two Customers an IdeaRed-Skinned Newborn Baby Is Abandoned by Her Parents – But a Couple Who Can’t Have Their Own Kids Take Her In17-Year-Old Mom Abandons Her Newborn Baby at Hospital – When a Priest Finds Out, He Takes Him in as His Own

Stranger Walks by Homeless Man Living on a Bus Bench - Notices a Crucial Detail Others Missed
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Stranger Walks by Homeless Man Living on a Bus Bench - Notices a Crucial Detail Others Missed

Life is full of ups and downs, and unfortunately, some people experience harder lows than others. Some people go through truly dark times and they need to rely on the kindness and empathy of others to get them through.That was definitely the case for one homeless man in Florida, whom everyone passed by. Everyone, that is, except for a man who took the time to look.An Important DetailIt all started when a Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident named David Beaulieu saw something that stuck out to him during one of his morning walks. He had noticed a homeless man living on a bus bench, but it wasn’t just the fact that Kenny Corbin was homeless that caught his attention. After all, he’d seen the man before.“I’ve noticed Kenny sleeping on the cement bench here, and one day I saw his mobility stick,” Beaulieu told a local news outlet. “He was holding it and actually praying. I said, 'Wow, this is crazy. This guy is blind and he’s homeless.'”Beaulieu couldn’t stop thinking about Corbin and the mysterious circumstances that brought him to that bench, so he struck up a conversation with him. It turned out that Corbin had been counting steps to get to the nearby gas station, where he would eat and use the bathroom. He also used the shower at a nearby beach.“I started talking to him and got his story, and I’m like, 'Wow, how does this guy hold up night by night?'” Beaulieu added.A Hard Turn in LifeThe more Beaulieu learned about Corbin, the more he knew he needed to help. Before he landed on that bench, Corbin had driven a semi for 35 years. He’d also always done mechanic work, but two years ago, on Christmas Eve, he was working on a van when something tragic happened.“Some kind of powder went into my eye, and it melted my corneas,” he revealed. The people he trusted cleaned him out, and he lost not only his vision but his home and most of his possessions, too.“All I have is two bags,” he continued. “A backpack and a bag. That’s it.”Once he hit the streets, Corbin had nowhere to go. A county homeless outreach found him and dropped him off at the Salvation Army, but they didn’t have a bed or a referral, so Corbin said they couldn’t help him. He packed up his stuff and left.“Someone stole two of my blankets, I’m freezing. Someone stole some of my clothes,” he said.“We tend to ignore the homeless,” Beaulieu added. “A lot of drugs and alcoholism, but that is not the case with Kenny. He’s a completely different story.”Finding New IndependenceBeaulieu stopping to chat with Corbin that day was life-changing. He wanted to help and gave the man warm blankets and some money for food. He also started a crowd-sourcing campaign to raise money for Corbin to get mobility training so that he could live on his own. However, it didn’t take off, so Beaulieu reached out to news outlets for help.“[Now] I’m at the Salvation Army in a transitional housing program,” Corbin revealed, saying it’s a “million times” better than the park bench. “It’s nice, it’s warm, it’s dry. I don’t get wet when it rains.”Corbin now has a caseworker and has applied for a few apartments through Catholic Services. He’s waiting for a portal to open to apply for Section 8 housing, in which tenants pay roughly 30 percent of their income for rent. His caseworker is also putting him in for long-term care through Social Security.“Without [the news story] and David I’d still be sitting on the bus bench on 17th Street,” he added.As for how Corbin made him feel that day he stopped to help? “It just shows me someone actually cares.”Extending CompassionCorbin is an example of how someone’s life can change in an instant and how important it is to take the time to get to know a person before judging their circumstances. No one ever really knows what someone else is going through or how they may be struggling, and this story reminds us of how far a little kindness can go.Stop and ask questions. Try not to lead with prejudice, but ask yourself what someone else may be going through before you make decisions. And when it comes to your existing relationships, always try to extend grace. Everyone goes through stuff, but it’s having people we can rely on that helps us to eventually pull through.More from Goalcast:Stranger Hands Something to Homeless Man on Metro – It Ends Up Completely Changing His LifeFreezing Homeless Man Goes to a Closed McDonald’s – Manager Defies All Rules and Does This16-Year-Old Becomes Homeless After Parents Ask Her to Move Out – Years Later, a Shocking Scene Changes Everything

Stranger Tests Woman by Asking Her for Money - Little Did She Know What He Was Planning
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Stranger Tests Woman by Asking Her for Money - Little Did She Know What He Was Planning

In a viral video exemplifying true generosity, an older woman pushes a cart down a street. Inside the cart sits her small dog. A man approaches her. We can’t see him in the video, though. The camera focuses on the woman in the blue-striped shirt, pushing her dog along and carrying a stick in her hand.“Hi,” the man says as he approaches her, “we’re out of petrol. Can you help us?” He asks her for a small amount of money.The woman hesitates, shakes her head and sighs. She’d clearly like to help, but she apologizes for having nothing to give, nothing at all. She seems to look around in desperation, truly wishing she could help the man. But as she repeats sadly, she has nothing to give.“I have nothing, nothing…not even a cent,” she replies.“How come you don’t have even a cent?” The man continues to ask her questions. Where does she live? The woman explains that she stays in a shack behind the post office. What’s the name of your pet? “Chickie,” she replies.A Test of Human InteractionIn such a situation, where someone on the street is asking for money, most people would just keep walking, not even bothering to give the person the time of day, much less money. This woman who was living in a shack took the time to make eye contact with the man, answer him honestly, and have a civil conversation. It was her own form of generosity.She wanted to help, but she just couldn’t. Like a neighbor, she explained her situation and even told the man the name of her dog. When he asked her a question, she didn’t keep walking. She stopped and talked to him.Stranger Gives Woman a GiftLittle did she know, the man begging for money was South African philanthropist and motivational speaker Bi Phakathi. Sometimes called the “Secret Santa” of South Africa, he takes great lengths to keep his identity a secret. Many of his videos have gone viral, and he has over 2 million followers on Instagram. But he always remains behind the camera. He prefers to keep the focus on the act of generosity and compassion, not on himself. He believes everyone should be able to live with dignity, and he films his interactions with the poor and the homeless in the hope that others will be inspired to follow in his footsteps.In this video, once the woman tells him the name of her dog, he hands her some money. She’s shocked and doesn’t want to take it at first; but as he explains, he was just testing her. He knew her story, and he was there to help.Unbelievable GenerosityThe woman is visibly touched and grateful. When the man gives her the money, she audibly exhales. Her relief and gratitude are tangible. Bi Phakathi doesn’t stop there. He continues to give her more and more money, much to her disbelief. He sticks more bills in the cart with Chickie. The woman shakes her head, thanking him over and over.Bi Phakathi saw a woman in need and recognized the generosity of her soul. As he continues to hand her money, the woman says that she’s going to buy food. Then, she says that she’s going to share the money with the others that live in shacks around her. She wants to make a meal for her community. She’s going to pay it forward.A True Gift to OthersBi Phakathi’s charitable work is itself inspired by the generosity of his own parents. He honors their spirit and goes above and beyond: covering medical expenses, buying homes for the homeless, and providing job training to help people get on their feet and be self-sufficient. He always remains behind the camera, focusing on the work he’s doing rather than on the man who is doing it. And his videos have touched the hearts of millions of viewers. After seeing how he helped this kind, unassuming woman, viewers were quick share what stood out to them:“In her condition, she was thoughtful of people like her, what an amazing human being.”“It’s always the people that don’t have that is willing to help others. Bless her for her good heart…You left a lump in my throat.”“If we only had more generous people like this, what a different world this place would be.”There are works of generosity and there are those of compassion. A connection was made that day through an act of kindness: in the gift of financial help, but also and especially in the gift of human connection and understanding.More from Goalcast:Stranger Hands Something to Homeless Man on Metro – It Ends Up Completely Changing His LifeFreezing Homeless Man Goes to a Closed McDonald’s – Manager Defies All Rules and Does This“Homeless” Man Insists on Paying for an Expensive Lunch at Restaurant – So the Server Tells Him a Lie

Widowed Veteran Comes Up With an Incredible Idea to Combat His Depression - And Hes Doing It for Free
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Widowed Veteran Comes Up With an Incredible Idea to Combat His Depression - And Hes Doing It for Free

In November 2022, Daniel Chauvin, 76, didn't just lose his wife of 53 years, he started losing himself. Stricken with grief and struggling with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from serving in the Vietnam War, Chauvin was in a dark place. He knew he needed to fill his mind by filling his time. So, he began doing odd jobs for people in his community - FOR FREE.And somewhere, along the way, not only did he fix what people needed fixing, but he also mended his own broken heart. "Idle Hands Make Fretful Minds"After his wife, Patricia, died, and with his children and grandchildren living in another state, Chauvin had only his dog, Panda, and his parrot, Zeke for company. And while pets make great companions, they're no substitute for human connection. To add to the loneliness and isolation, Chauvin was haunted by the horrors of his past. "I can't sit around the house...my wife died last year and after that, it's just sitting around. That doesn't do it, especially with being a Vietnam veteran. Stuff starts coming back to you and haunts you."Daniel Chauvin via WLOX NewsIn order to combat the ghosts and keep his sanity, Chauvin, a retired construction worker, decided to channel his depression into something meaningful. After spending more than four decades in the building industry and even more than that keeping his wife happy by checking off items from her "honey-do" list, he turned to what he knew. In September 2023, Chauvin posted a selfie in a local Facebook group, Residents & Visitors of Bay St. Louis, alongside the message: "Any single woman needing honey-do job that they can't do themselves I am willing to see if I can do it for you FREE because I lost my wife of 53 years and I am trying to stay busy by helping others !!!"The "Honey-Do Dude" was born.The Honey-Do DudeChauvin's post "spread like wildfire." Turns out, there are A LOT of people with unresolved "honey-do" lists.And now, every day, upwards of four times a day, Chauvin can be found doing various handyman jobs up and down the Mississippi coast. A jack-of-all-trades, he does everything from fixing roofs to fixing floors and everything in between.If you need it, you can bet he can do it. Need a porch swing hung? Done. Need a dishwasher or light fixture installed? Check. Need a trellis built? Pass the hammer. As for his price? It can't be beat. All he asks for in return is a picture. A visible reminder that he isn't alone. Because, as he shares, what he needs isn't money, it's friends. Contrary to his original Facebook post, Chauvin doesn't just help single women, he helps anyone who needs it. He's even offered training to people who want to learn the skills to tackle their honey-do lists on their own. Since September he's helped more than 100 very grateful people cross items off their honey-do lists. And in the process, he's made a lot of new friends. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid023Nbn5dQ8L7QAgdK9jNU47kcgHU1g4ZiB71NcFPkJb1nDDcGdNcui8PVLU5LvMwvbl&id=61554684731702Finding Peace and Healing by Helping OthersDespite the odd person on social media questioning his motives, Chauvin has no plans of quitting. He hopes sharing his stories on his Facebook page will reassure people that it isn't a scam. He's just a lonely guy, fighting his demons, one odd job at a time. And it's working. Since starting his business, his PTSD has significantly improved. "That's what I was looking for," he tells CBS News. Proving that in the act of giving, we often find the greatest healing of all.More from Goalcast:100-Year-Old Veteran Wasn’t Interested in 96-Year-Old When They First Met – Now They’re Getting MarriedUnemployed Veteran Gets a Call From His Roommate – Then, He Finds Out 2 Girls Showed up on His Doorstep92-Year-Old Veteran Calls Police for Help – Responding Officer Makes Horrific Discovery at His Home

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

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

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:

Stranger Approaches Woman in a Store - Hands Her Something That Completely Shocks Her
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Stranger Approaches Woman in a Store - Hands Her Something That Completely Shocks Her

Hard times can fall on anyone, no matter how hard they work or how much they’ve sacrificed. We never know when an injury, illness, or unexpected expense can suddenly change our lives. That’s why, no matter what kind of situation we find ourselves in, we should always try and help others.One woman reminded the world of this recently when she went out of her way to help a stranger despite being in a tough situation herself. Not only did the woman warm hearts around the world, but she inspired them to give back, too.A Routine Shopping TripA woman named Dina was at a department store one day grabbing a few items when a stranger approached her. He apologized for interrupting her but explained that he was starting a job at a restaurant in a few days and he needed to purchase a specific pair of shoes. But, he had no money and needed help paying for them.Dina asked the man how much the shoes were and said she had a couple of extra dollars on her. She then reached into her wallet, pulled out the few bills she had, and handed them over.The man introduced himself as Jimmy and asked Dina what she did. “I was in nursing for 31 years,” she said, adding her favorite part of the job was when her patients were able to be discharged and finally go home to their loved ones.The Ultimate SurpriseJust as Dina was about to continue her shopping trip, Jimmy handed her the shoes.“What if I told you these shoes were for you?” he asked, handing them over. At first, Dina looked confused, but then Jimmy revealed the big surprise: There was $500 stuffed inside.“Are you serious?” she responded, a look of awe on her face.“Yes, because you were being awesome to a stranger. I don’t need your help, I just wanted to bless you today,” he explained. “You’re a sweetheart. Is this going to help?”Dina explained that her car needed repairs, and her husband had hurt his back. They weren’t sure how they were going to fix it, so the money was a huge blessing.“I carpooled with one of our neighbors,” Dina said. “It’s hard being 60 and being on a fixed income.”Inspiring a CommunityDina didn’t realize the Jimmy she was speaking with was social media celebrity Jimmy Darts, who is known for making a positive impact in communities and spreading joy through random acts of kindness. He was so touched by Dina that he decided to start a GoFundMe for her.As her story spread, more people responded to the kind lady who was willing to give a stranger a few extra dollars even though she didn’t have much herself. Before long, Jimmy had raised more than $21,000 for her.He later surprised her with the news and captured her reaction in the video.“Are you serious? Are you serious?” she said. “Oh, you don’t know… I might be able to get a new jacket. Who are these people?” she added, fighting back tears.We’re All in This TogetherDina’s story reminds us that no matter where we are in life, it’s always important to help each other out. We never really know what someone else is going through, so helping when we can and leading with kindness is always a good idea. Sometimes, there’s someone who needs our help more.So donate a few extra bucks to a charity the next time you’re prompted at a checkout. Or bring over a little treat to a neighbor or friend. If someone looks like they’re having a rough day at a coffee line, maybe grab their tab. Or, if someone you know is struggling, ask yourself what you can do to help.At the end of the day we all go through hard things, but it’s the small acts that can make a big difference in our lives. Remembering that we’re all in this together and that everyone deserves kindness will only result in a happier place for everyone.More from Goalcast:Poor Student With “Nothing to Give” Surprises Teacher With an Unforgettable Christmas GiftSingle Mom Gives Stranger $7 for Christmas – Then, He Leads Her to the Parking Lot Where His “Special Friend” Was WaitingHomeless Man Tells Stranger It’s His Daughter’s Birthday – Instead of Walking Away, He Helps Plan a Surprise Party

Man in Wheelchair Peers Outside - Sees Amazon Delivery Driver Doing Something Unexpected
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Man in Wheelchair Peers Outside - Sees Amazon Delivery Driver Doing Something Unexpected

In the wintry landscape of Mentor, Ohio, a small town with its fair share of snow, a routine Amazon delivery turned into a profound act of kindness that touched the life of a man facing daily challenges due to disability.What One Man Saw Outside His HouseDon Wheeler, a resident navigating life on a wheelchair, confronts the daunting task of shoveling snow to clear his ramp. An ordinary chore for many, but for Wheeler, it's a task that can take hours or days due to the intricacies of maneuvering his wheelchair. Living on a fixed income due to disability, hiring assistance for such endeavors is often financially out of reach.Enter an unnamed Amazon delivery driver, a silent hero in this story. On a day when snow blanketed the landscape, Wheeler prepared himself for the exhausting ordeal of clearing his ramp. Little did he know, a surprise awaited him.The Amazon driver, in the course of his routine deliveries, went beyond his call of duty. Instead of just dropping off a package, he took the time to shovel Wheeler's ramp. A simple, yet incredibly impactful act of kindness that was about to change Wheeler's day.Upon hearing the rhythmic sounds of shoveling, Wheeler peered outside, only to witness the unexpected scene of the Amazon driver clearing his ramp. This small act, devoid of any expectation of recognition or reward, left Wheeler deeply moved.The driver, having completed his spontaneous act of kindness, simply smiled and continued on his delivery route, leaving Wheeler not only with a clear ramp but with a heart full of gratitude. For someone accustomed to being overlooked, even by those with the capacity to help, this gesture was nothing short of emotionally overwhelming.How a Stranger Proved Small Acts Can Make a Big ImpactThis story is a testament to the profound impact of simple acts of kindness in a world that often seems indifferent. It goes beyond the physical assistance; it is a reminder that kindness still exists in unexpected places. For Wheeler, this experience brought not just joy but emotional relief, emphasizing the enduring power of human connection.This Amazon driver, whose identity remains unknown, became a symbol of hope — a reminder that even seemingly small gestures can have a significant impact. The story, covered by News 5 Cleveland, transcends the individual act and serves as a call to collective responsibility within a community.In a world that is rapidly changing, this story is a poignant reminder of the enduring power of compassion. It invites us to look beyond ourselves, to be the change we wish to see, and to recognize that every thread of kindness weaves a stronger, more connected community in the grand tapestry of life. It's a narrative that warms the heart, even on the coldest of days, inspiring us to embrace the humanity that resides in each of us.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 PrisonA Hero Snowplow Driver Hears a Woman Scream in a Parking Lot – And Jumps into ActionPhotographer Films Elderly Man on the Beach – Her Video Is Going Viral for This Sweet Reason