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Son Steals From His Mother - Years Later, She Discovers Why

It's a gorgeous day. Friends and family surround Ginni Brown. Kids laugh as they play on the bounce castles and slide on the lawn. Then all of a sudden, something appears that brings her to tears as the memories come flooding back.A Family Conspiracy Close up of a person's face Photo by Peter Forster on Unsplash "She never knew it was gone, which is amazing," marvels Casey Brown. Think about it: Four long years in secrecy. And he wasn't alone in his plot, recruiting his uncle Fred and cousin Drake, who each have one particular skill needed to pull this off with Oceans 11 precision. The whole time, Casey's mom Ginni has no clue just what they're up to -- until one lovely day that leaves her stunned and sobbing. You can understand why. I mean, stealing from your own mother?!Oh, and we're not talking about Casey taking twenty dollars from his mother's wallet (Also not cool), but her car. He, his uncles, and his cousin shrewdly swap out her car from under the tarpaulin for a scrap ride along with boxes and objects from the garage so she doesn't notice. What happens next reveals a moment that will move you to tears too.A Wild Surprise Woman wearing gray coat with hands on her face during daytime. Photo by Gus Ruballo on Unsplash When she hears the music from around the block, Ginni Brown already knows. There's her son, behind the wheel of a slick, shiny-red 1964 Plymouth Valiant Convertible. That's when Ginni's tears start.She recalls how her husband -- Casey's father -- bought her that very same car back in 1968. Oh, how she loved that car. However, he then traded it in without consulting her, leaving her very upset. To make amends, her husband bought the same model 10 years later with plans to restore it. Sadly, life sidetracked those plans, and he died before being able to.Years later, with the motivation to act, Casey resolved to finish what his father couldn't. "I promised myself I would restore that car for her and dad," he said.And so, in a plot twist that makes George Clooney and Brad Pitt look like amateurs, he teamed up with his family -- all mechanics -- to 'steal' his mother's car and restore it to its past glory. They did this meticulously over four years.So when Casey rounds the corner for his mother's birthday party, playing his father's favorite song on the radio, she can't contain herself. You can mark this caper a success.How One Son Proves That Loved Ones Never Leave Us Son Surprises Mom With Restored Vintage Car To Fulfil Late Fathers Promise YouTube/ Happily Casey says that along with honoring his father and surprising his mom, the experience paid off in other enduring ways. “I enjoyed the memories I made with my friends and family as we worked to get this car ready – and needed to make sure the surprise did it justice."Among the quotes about family, one by David Ogden Stiers reads, "Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."The what-ifs, things unsaid, regrets, and unfinished business that linger when we lose a loved one are also rarely forgotten and can fester. For many, they remain that way. It's what makes this story about one devoted son a heartwarming reminder to honor our parents, in memory and the moment.

Stranger Notices Woman Walking Aimlessly Around a Store - After Hearing Her Story, He Puts a Plan Into Action
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Stranger Notices Woman Walking Aimlessly Around a Store - After Hearing Her Story, He Puts a Plan Into Action

We never know what others are going through, which is why it’s always important to lead with compassion and kindness. Sometimes our actions can make or break a stranger’s day, so putting our own best foot forward and keeping that in mind can go a long way.A TikTok user named Neenib Youkana is aware of the power of such kindness. But even he was blown away when one of his latest attempts at spreading love lined up in the most beautiful way possible.Spending Her Birthday AloneTikTok/@neenibIn a video posted to Youkana’s account, he walked around a department store asking random people whether they had celebrated their birthday this year. Most quickly answered yes, but then he came across a woman named Debra.Debra was roaming the aisles of the store looking aimless. When the influencer approached and asked whether she had celebrated her birthday, she looked off to the side. “I was kind of like by myself,” she admitted. When Youkana asked her why, her response took him off guard.“Because my son died last year and my mom died, and I’m here kind of by myself,” she said. At that point, Youkana put his plan into action.A Belated Birthday SurpriseAs Debra revealed that her birthday had passed just a couple of days ago, Youkana handed her a red birthday hat to wear. Then he and a friend blew noisemakers and sang “Happy Birthday” while holding a small cake covered in rainbow sprinkles.Debra smiled and sang along and then Youkana handed her a gift-wrapped box with some cash inside. “If my son could fit in here I would love that,” she said, revealing he had died in a car crash and was unrecognizable upon his death. “I couldn’t see him.”She explained how she doesn’t have any more children, and then she shared a bit about her late son. How he was a singer and dancer, and how now he’s probably “up there entertaining people.”At the end of the video, Debra hugged Youkana and thanked him for uplifting her day with his kindness.“There’s no stronger love than a mother for her son,” he captioned the post.Spreading Your Own KindnessWhile some questioned Youkana’s motives (he did gift Debra a present for his social media account after all), the important thing is that he still made a difference in someone else’s day. He didn’t know what kind of person he was going to give a gift to that day, only that he wanted to uplift someone who didn’t get a chance to celebrate their birthday.It’s such a good reminder that we never know what anyone else is going through and that everybody has their own struggles. It makes us appreciate the things and people we do have in our lives and the time we had in the past with people we’ve lost.It’s also great motivation to be kind in our own ways in everyday life. That could mean something simple like smiling more, making eye contact, and genuinely asking about someone’s day. Or it could be a more thought-out kindness like giving change to a homeless person, volunteering your time in a community, or running errands for a sick or elderly neighbor.After all, small acts of kindness don’t just empower and uplift us, they also help our corner of the world shine a little bit brighter.More from Goalcast:Stranger Records Homeless Man Playing Piano on the Street – No One Could Have Predicted What Happened NextStranger Gives Homeless Man $100 Outback Gift Card – What Happens Next Completely Changes His LifeRecently Widowed Woman Struggles to Provide for Her Young Son – Then, a Stranger Gifts Her a Brand New Car

Drew Barrymore Learns About the Sacrifices One Woman Has Made in Her Life - What She Does Next Is Shocking
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Drew Barrymore Learns About the Sacrifices One Woman Has Made in Her Life - What She Does Next Is Shocking

As Drew Barrymore talks with them, he's in tears and she's on the brink of crying too."You see so many people who don't put in the effort, and I just like to see my reward," the woman beams proudly. While she's speaking about the guest sitting next to her, in a few moments the spotlight will shine brightly on her.A Drive-by Shooting Goes ViralPhoto by Katia MiasoedIt was a regular day at the office for Myles Harris, at least it was supposed to be. He's standing at the intersection, about to get started when a car pulls up unannounced. "I’m trying to work!" shouting to the driver, "Don't be holding up traffic!"Recalling the moment to GMA, Harris pieced together what he thinks happened that day. "She was running an errand and she saw our marked cars, so she said ‘Let’s take a look and see,' and next thing you know, the video kind of tells the rest of the story.”It sure does, as the voice shouts "Hi baby!"The passerby is none other than Harris's mother, Sandy. Her son is a reporter at ABC's affiliate station in Columbus, Ohio and was about to go live when he spots her. "That's my mom, hold on," he deadpans to his photographer, Deangelo.The sweet maternal moment went viral with over 500,000 views on his Instagram. Yet, it's about to land a primetime news slot.Drew Barrymore Moved by a Mother’s DevotionAs the video blew up, talk shows came clamoring to speak with mother and son. One of them was Drew Barrymore, who had them both in her studio. Speaking with Sandy, the hostess marvels that she's worked three jobs. "I've always worked three jobs," she answers, adding that she put him through private school and sent him through college. She adds that while it wasn't easy, her motivation makes it all worth it. "He played tennis, which is not a cheap sport, but I wanted him to have everything I didn’t have," she recalled, as tears streamed down her son's face.But the real kicker comes when mom reveals just how much her son's success means to her. "He’s doing what I wanted to do. I went to school for journalism, I raised him, he’s doing it, so I'm living through him," she says proudly as the crowd breaks out in applause. That's when Barrymore asks her a question that sets up some beautiful closing credits to this story. How a Mother Proves That Devotion Builds DreamsPhoto by The Travel Nook“Is it true that you haven’t had a vacation in 5 years?” asks that hostess. Sandy replies that sadly she broke her ankle and had 4 painful surgeries that have left her houseridden for close to five years. "This is my nurse," she says, pointing to her son. Shockingly, Myles adds that he's never been out of the country.That's about to change, big time. Barrymore tells them that she's sending them both on an all-inclusive trip Cabo. There, they'll stay at the brand new Villa La Valencia along with a cool $1,000 spending money. “You know in case you need some new suits or chocolates,” adds Barrymore. The crowd absolutely erupts in hollers and applause for the beachbound mother-son duo. Myles is slackjawed as his mom waves her arms. "Oh my God, thank you so much!" she says, as she hugs Barrymore. Parents can probably relate to Sandy's tireless devotion to her son and making all of his dreams come true. For someone who isn't a parent, this is a priceless reminder of my mother's unconditional love and those of millions like her.Now, back to you.More from Goalcast:What Drew Barrymore’s Surprising Post-Divorce Celibacy Can Teach Us About LoveWhy Drew Barrymore’s Raw Revelation About Divorce Shaming Will Empower You