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Veteran Knew WWII Was Ending 2 Days Before Rest of the World - And He Has the Secret Note to Prove It
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Veteran Knew WWII Was Ending 2 Days Before Rest of the World - And He Has the Secret Note to Prove It

On Tuesday, May 8, 1945, the news echoed around the world; the Germans had surrendered to the Allies. World War II in Europe was finally over. Forty-eight hours earlier, Sergeant Bernard Morgan was sitting at his desk when a coded message arrived on his Typex machine. It would change the course of history. Eighty years later, he still has it. Who is Bernard Morgan?The day Morgan turned 18, he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF). Two years later, he stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. The youngest sergeant in the RAF, he joined approximately 156,000 other heroes in, what was at the time, the largest naval, air, and land invasion in history. He was later awarded the Legion D’Honneur, the highest French order of merit for military and civil achievements for his part in the liberation of France."I tell the truth, I was frightened to death," he shared in an interview with BBC News. The first time he'd ever seen a dead person, Morgan witnessed horrors that day that have haunted him for the rest of his life.D-Day was a huge turning point in the war. It was the beginning of the end. But it wasn't until nearly a year later, in May 1945, that Morgan would find himself at the center of another historic moment.The Message That Ended the WarIn May 1945, Morgan was working as a codebreaker in the German town of Schneverdingen, located 200 miles outside of the Reich Chancellery, where Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30 in his secret Führerbunker.As a code and cipher operative, his job was to translate secret orders. On May 4, Morgan decoded a message from headquarters to the commanders, ordering a cease-fire on the second army front the following morning. It was the prelude to the end. "All hostilities on second army front ceases at 0800 hours tomorrow May the 5th. Work will continue as usual until orders are issued to the contrary."On May 7 at 9:15 am, Morgan decoded a second message and became the first Allied service member to learn the news the world had waited a long, devastating six years to hear. The Third Reich had surrendered. The note read: ”The German War is now over. At Rheims last night the instrument of surrender was signed which in effect is a surrender of all personnel of the German forces - all equipment and shipping and all machinery in Germany."Nothing will be destroyed anywhere. The surrender is effective sometime tomorrow. This news will not be communicated to anyone outside the service nor to members of the press.”Sworn to secrecy, he and the members of his codebreaking unit celebrated with a huge bonfire into the wee hours of the morning."It was a surprise. We couldn't tell anybody until we got the final message to say the war in Germany was now over."Bernard Morgan30 hours later, on May 8th at 3 pm, Winston Churchill announced it to the world.The Secret He Kept For 50 YearsWhen Morgan first became a codebreaker, he had to sign a secrecy document, promising not to divulge any information, including the messages he decoded or his role as an operative. It was a secret he kept for 50 years, including from his own parents.In 1994, the secrecy document became null. Morgan was finally free to share what he had been hiding for years."It wasn't until 1994 that I could tell anybody what I did in the war," he said. Morgan, now 100 years old, kept a lot of memorabilia from the war. Things like his diaries, a manual entitled, "A Soldier's Guide to the French," and the original copy of the message announcing the end of the war two days before it happened. Despite intense interest from various museums, Morgan has vowed to pass the historic note down to his family when he dies.“The Imperial War Museum in London and in Manchester both wanted the original copy - they weren't interested in a photocopy - but I'm keeping it for my family," he said.Lest We ForgetWhile Morgan may not want to give up this particular piece of history, many items of his extensive collection have been featured in museums. And he is more than willing to share his story. He wants younger generations to know about the men and women who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom.“I am always keen for the younger generation to know exactly what went on during the war and to appreciate the sacrifice that our lads made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today,” he said.He plans to return to Normandy in June for the 80th anniversary of D-Day to honor his fallen comrades. Fragments of history, like this note, aren't just important artifacts. They are living memorials to remind us never to forget the lessons of the past and to forge a better future. More from Goalcast:Widowed Veteran Comes Up With an Incredible Idea to Combat His Depression – And He’s Doing It for Free100-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 Doorstep

Mom Is Forced to Bring Fussy Baby to Class - But Then the Professor Came Over to Her Seat and Did This
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Mom Is Forced to Bring Fussy Baby to Class - But Then the Professor Came Over to Her Seat and Did This

Parenting is a rewarding experience full of highs and lows, great days and not so good days. For new moms, it can also be an isolating and emotional experience. That early period is when you learn who in your community you can rely on, while others surprise you with their compassion and kindness.Unexpected kindness is definitely what one new mom experienced one day when she was forced to bring her baby to class. There, the professor surprised all students in attendance with a sweet gesture.An Unexpected ClassmateKaty Humphrey is more than a marine vet and a college student. She is also a wife and mother to a four-month-old girl named Millie. After spending 14 years as a gunnery sergeant in the Marines, the 33-year-old wanted to go to school for physical therapy and to eventually return to the Army or Navy to help her comrades.“A couple of my friends in Afghanistan got injured, and when I got back, I really felt a calling to go back to help them and other wounded warriors,” she told ABC News.Typically, Humphrey would have a babysitter come watch Millie when she had a class. But one day her babysitter canceled on her right before class started, and Humphrey had no choice but to bring Millie with her. Naturally, things didn’t go so well when Humphrey got there.Not only was Humphrey a few minutes late to her class, but once she arrived and tried to get settled, Millie began fussing and fidgeting. She didn’t want to sit in her carrier, which made it hard for Humphrey to pay attention.A Surprising GestureIn some cases, a professor might ask a student under those circumstances to leave. Dr. Darryn Willoughby was not that professor.“Dr. Willoughby saw me trying to soothe her, so he came by and picked her up for me,” Humphrey explained to the publication. When he did, the baby calmed down.“He told the class how one of the greatest gifts in life is being able to hold a baby,” Humphrey continued. “He talked about how he missed his two girls and being able to hold them when they were little. One is now in college and the other is in high school.”Willoughby continued holding Millie for the rest of the class, and she was perfectly content. The teacher got his baby fix and for a precious period of time, Humphrey was able to focus on the lesson.“Balancing being a student and parent can be tough,” she added, saying she’s grateful for the professor and for her “classmates who have so much empathy and compassion.”It Takes a VillageNaturally, the internet reacted kindly to Willoughby and his actions during a mother’s time of need. The story reinforced the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, and it also inspired others to be kind to new moms and to help one when they see her struggling.Sometimes all it takes is holding open the door for a mom with a stroller, or letting a mom with a fussy kid go in front of you in line at the store. Or perhaps you could hold a baby for a few minutes so that a mom can eat with both hands. Maybe you know a new mom who could use a nap or some time to herself to run errands, and you could offer to babysit for a few hours one day.Not only are you helping the mom out, but you may be surprised how much you benefit from hanging out with a baby, too. Raising kids is hard and full of challenges as well as rewards. But with a village, the experience is just that much more rewarding for everyone.More from Goalcast:Single Mom Skips Class to Take Care of Her Baby – Her Professor’s Response Stuns HerFlight Attendant Finds Passenger’s Baby Crying Out Of Hunger- Steps In With An Outstanding OfferMom Struggling With Fussy Son at Restaurant Decides to Just Leave – Then, a Waitress Takes the Baby to Do This

Stranger Overhears Teen Laughing at Elderly Man Crying in the Bathroom - Teaches Him an Important Lesson
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Stranger Overhears Teen Laughing at Elderly Man Crying in the Bathroom - Teaches Him an Important Lesson

*Featured image contains photo by Ivan SamkovIn the ordinary hum of a lunch break, Marcus Pass from Cookeville, Tennessee found himself becoming an unexpected beacon of hope for an elderly man in need. What started as a casual lunch at Zaxby's turned into a remarkable act of kindness that illuminated the compassionate side of humanity.Why a Teen Laughed at a Struggling Elderly ManPhoto by Helena LopesAs Marcus savored his meal, the resonance of a teenager's laughter caught his attention. The young person was jesting about an old man grappling with the challenge of rising from a toilet. Marcus, sensing an opportunity to make a difference, didn't hesitate. He decided to investigate the situation himself.Entering the bathroom, Marcus heard the faint sound of the elderly man's tears. Concerned, he inquired about the man's well-being. The old gentleman explained his struggle — he couldn't stand due to weak legs, and his cane was left by the door.Marcus, displaying remarkable empathy, swiftly took charge. He instructed the elderly man to open the door, helping him rise and kindly pulling up his pants. During this simple yet profound act, Marcus noticed the Vietnam Veteran hat adorning the man's head. Gratitude was exchanged in the form of a heartfelt hug, and the elderly man, now 69, expressed that this was one of the most embarrassing moments of his life.Acknowledging the significance of the encounter, Marcus didn't stop at assisting the veteran. He walked the elderly man to the lobby and orchestrated an apology from the teenager who had earlier found amusement in the situation.How One Man Taught a Teenager a Lesson on EmpathyIn a poignant Facebook post recounting the incident, Marcus left readers with a powerful reflection: "Getting old is inevitable, but being a complete a**hole to a stranger is not."Life often surprises us with unexpected challenges, and in those moments, a stranger's kindness can be a guiding light. For the elderly war veteran, what began as his most humiliating moment transformed into a testament to human compassion, thanks to Marcus's intervention. Imagine the alternate scenario — what if Marcus had chosen not to extend his hand?Beyond assisting the elderly man, Marcus's actions held another layer of significance. By teaching a young person a lesson on the importance of empathy and respect, he sowed seeds of compassion that could reverberate through generations.Though a year has passed since Marcus's act of kindness, the resonance of his story on Facebook is a testament to the enduring impact of a simple, humane gesture. With over 102,000 likes and more than 46,000 shares, Marcus's narrative continues to inspire, reminding us that in the tapestry of life, compassion and decency can ripple far beyond the moment of action.More from Goalcast:Elderly Man Passes Away – Then, His Daughter Shows Up Clutching a Bag at His Neigbor’s HouseCouple Shops at Target When Their Toddler Yells at an Elderly Man Passing By – His Response Wasn’t What They Were ExpectingConfused City Workers Observe an Elderly Man Sitting in His Car – When They Find Out Why, They Secretly Start Doing This

92-Year-Old Veteran Calls Police for Help - Responding Officer Makes Horrific Discovery at His Home
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92-Year-Old Veteran Calls Police for Help - Responding Officer Makes Horrific Discovery at His Home

Some of us may never know the true horrors that war veterans have gone through, but it’s safe to say that they served us in a deep and profound way that deserves nothing but the utmost respect.So this story of sheer goodness that came one veteran's way is a full-circle tale of heartwarming help.A Tough DayOne day, a 92-year-old veteran named Louis Hicks was having a tough day in Austin, Texas. He realized that people had been stealing power tools out of his back shed. He didn’t know what else to do so he dialed 9-1-1 to report the crime. An officer named Chasity Salazar responded.Salazar checked out the shed and the property and then asked if she could have a look inside the house. She must have sensed that Hicks needed help, but she didn’t want to spook him. Eventually, he agreed, and she went inside, where she found something horrific: Hicks was using his gas stove to keep warm.Many people know the dangers of leaving a gas stove on, but Hicks had no choice. His heater had previously burned a hole in the floor, and he couldn’t afford a new one. He knew he had to stay warm somehow. Still, Salazar didn’t say anything, and she left. But silently, she was already hatching a plan.Unexpected HelpAfter leaving Hicks, Salazar contacted her coworkers at the Austin Police Department. They, along with Austin Cops 4 Charities, Austin Police Association, and St. David’s Foundation, have helped people in need of air conditioning or heaters in the past.Finally, Salazar was able to get her hands on a new electric heater, which she then delivered to Hicks as a big surprise.“That's just what we do as police officers. I had realized that he's using the oven. I know that's not safe. His gas is on,” Salazar told ABC News.Hicks was immediately touched and explained how he hated to ask for anything because, as a veteran, he felt like sometimes people would look down on him.“I've never had no one to do nothing for me,” Hicks told the outlet, fighting tears. “After my mother passed away and left me to take care of my two sisters ... nobody never did nothing to help me.”Paying It BackFor Salazar, helping out Hicks was her way of thanking him for his service and for honoring his past. “He's just offered me a lot of kindness, too, so to know that he's also served, now I'm able to serve and give back to people like him,” she explained.The heater was just the first act of kindness, however. Salazar knew she wanted to do more to help this man, so she also spread the word through local news reports and within the community. Soon, people began bringing Hicks coffee, food, and other treats. The community also banded together to get the veteran some of the items he needed for his home.“It means everything. The things I've been trying to do since the '40s...I've been asking for help. And now, it just came in. God is good,” Hicks wrapped.Finding Opportunities to HelpThis story is a sweet reminder that not everyone in life knows how to ask for help or even feels as though they’re worthy of it. But by paying attention to others and asking yourself what they might need, you may find some surprising answers.Many of us fall upon hard times in life, and no one ever really knows what someone else is going through. But by leading with compassion and understanding, we can all make our corner of the world a better place. So lend that hand, make that donation, or look for old items that someone else may need.A person might not ask you for any of it, but it could be the thing they need most in life. More from Goalcast:Police Officer Intends to Ticket a Parked Car – But the Surprising Note the Driver Had Left for Him Changes His MindHomeless Mom Lives in Her Car With 2 Kids – Gathers Nerve to Ask Police Officer a Question That Changes Her LifeLonely 87-Year-Old Woman Calls for Help While Cooking Dinner – Police Officers Respond in the Best Way

Bank Evicts 90-Year-Old Veteran From His Home of 60 Years - But a Stranger Wasnt Going to Keep Quiet
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Bank Evicts 90-Year-Old Veteran From His Home of 60 Years - But a Stranger Wasnt Going to Keep Quiet

For nearly 60 years, Johnnie Hodges Sr. called house #369 on Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo, New York, home. It's where he and his wife, Flora, raised their two children (Robin and Johnnie Jr.) and watched those children raise children of their own. And, after a lifetime of memories, it’s where he said his final goodbye to his beloved wife of 67 years.But priceless memories don't pay bills and banks never forget. So when 90-year-old Johnnie fell behind on his mortgage payment after incurring more than $73,000 in medical bills for his wife's Alzheimer's, he was evicted. Bank Evicts 90-Year-Old War VeteranAfter the war, Johnnie worked at Bethlehem Steel for decades, where he was the first African-American foreman before the company shut down the plant. He then worked part-time as a bus driver before retiring in his 80s to become Flora's full-time caregiver.It was during this time, living on a fixed income and with bills mounting, that his finances spiraled out of control and his house went into foreclosure. According to the owner of the mortgage, M&T Bank, they tried for four years to evade eviction. But eventually, they were left without options.“Under the rules that govern FHA mortgages such as this one, we went far above and beyond what was required, but there was nothing else we could do,” C. Michael Zabel, vice president of corporate communications at M&T, said in a statement. On July 9, the police showed up at Johnnie's door, eviction notice in hand.But Johnnie wasn't about to go without a fight. Finally, after a two-hour standoff, officers carried him out on a stretcher. His possessions were packed up and put into storage. A Stranger Rallies the TroopsGreg Elwood of Williamsville, New York, heard about Johnnie on the local news. Despite never having met him, his story struck a deep chord.Greg, 41, immediately knew he had to do something to help. But he knew he couldn't do it all on his own. So, he created a GoFundMe campaign to raise $50,000 to help get Johnnie back home.“He fought for us in WWII and now he needs our help to fight for his home!” Greg wrote on the page. As more and more news networks picked up the story, donations started pouring in. "We even received a donation from a 6 yr. old who raised the money at a lemonade stand," Greg wrote in an update. Four months and 2,000 donations later, more than $110,000 was raised — enough to buy back the house AND pay for some much-needed repairs."Our original goal was $50,000, that was the amount that Robin needed to purchase the home back," Greg told ABC News. "It's just a wonderful feeling to know that he'll be back in that home to be able to celebrate the holidays with the family. He has a lot of memories in that home. It's very clear he was close with his late wife Flora and I just feel good knowing that he's at peace."WWII Veteran Returns Home to a Hero’s WelcomeOn November 6, Johnnie finally returned home. The whole neighborhood came out to welcome him back, including elected officials and members of The Patriot’s Guard Riders, a motorcycle club.There was even a ribbon-cutting ceremony."I'm very happy to be back...and spend Christmas with my family in my home," Johnnie told ABC News. "There's nothing like being with your family. This is a beautiful home I have and it really is a pleasure to be here."As for Greg, he may have started out as a stranger but he's not anymore. He's become a treasured friend of the family's.And while he's undoubtedly the hero, he's not here for the credit. He just hopes that his actions will inspire others to see the power we all have to truly make a difference, together."My hope is that this campaign serves as an example of the great things that happen when people come together." Greg ElwoodMore from Goalcast:Couple Passes by Homeless Man Who Has Lived on the Streets for 3 Years – Decide to Give Him a Christmas He’ll Never ForgetMan Shows Up to a Pub to Play a Gig – Bumps Into a Famous Musician Who Helps Him Buy a HomeHomeless Student Nurse Couch Surfs to Survive–but Christmas Came Early When She Wins $6M Home in Lottery

Army Veteran Stands in Check Out Line at Grocery Store - Suddenly, a Stranger Utters 10 Words That Leaves Him Stunned
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Army Veteran Stands in Check Out Line at Grocery Store - Suddenly, a Stranger Utters 10 Words That Leaves Him Stunned

Picture this: You're in the grocery store, just another day, loading up your cart with the usual essentials. Your mind is racing with thoughts of dinner plans and to-do lists. It's an ordinary day until something extraordinary happens, something that shakes you out of your daily routine.What One Stranger Did for an Army Veteran at a Grocery StoreMeet Larry, an Army veteran, on a routine grocery trip, his cart filled with just a couple of items. But what makes his day remarkable is what unfolds at the checkout counter.Larry, standing behind a disabled veteran named Stephanie, who had just had her groceries paid for by a generous news anchor, becomes the center of attention. The news anchor, having noticed Larry's military cap, stops him and says, "You served us. It's our turn to serve you now."Larry is stunned, looking into the news anchor's eyes, tears glistening. He hadn't expected any special treatment, just a regular grocery run. But now, he's led back into the store for more shopping, on the house.For veterans like Larry, life after service comes with its own set of challenges, from healthcare to employment. This gesture isn't just about free groceries; it's a powerful symbol of gratitude for his sacrifice and service."It made me feel good to be an American, to be recognized. It was so special," Larry emotionally explains. And the impact goes beyond him. Store employees and fellow customers are swept up in the wave of positivity.How One Kind Act Can Change a Person’s PerspectiveThis heartwarming story quickly spreads on social media, a reminder that simple acts of kindness can have a profound impact. Other local shoppers also receive free groceries that day, spreading joy.In a world often dominated by negative news, this tale is a breath of fresh air. It reminds us that small acts of kindness can not only brighten someone's day but also change their perspective on life. Larry's words capture it perfectly, "It's moments like these that make you realize there's still a lot of good in the world."This true story of unexpected generosity renews our faith in humanity and encourages us to believe in the better angels of our nature.More from Goalcast:WWII Veteran Has Kept a Photograph of a 14-Year-Old in His Pocket for 78 Years – Then His Mystery Girl Showed UpYoung Girl Tells Worried Mom She Talks to a Veteran Every Morning — Their Shared Conversations Are Surprising

Uber Driver Takes a Look at Lonely Elderly Passengers Living Conditions - Decides to Give Him More Than Just a Lift
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Uber Driver Takes a Look at Lonely Elderly Passengers Living Conditions - Decides to Give Him More Than Just a Lift

When Uber driver Lauren Mulvihill picked up 89-year-old Ronald Dembner from the Veteran's Hospital in Henry County, Georgia, she immediately sensed it wasn't going to be a typical fare.It was obvious that he was struggling and in bad shape. But it wasn't until they arrived at his home that her worst suspicions were confirmed. Expecting to be greeted by family members, she was greeted by something out of a nightmare episode of Hoarders instead. Mr. Ronald's home was covered in a thick layer of filth and littered with trash. Piles of debris and grime plastered the counters, carpets, and walls, and the stench was overwhelming. Widowed and previously deceased by his two sons, he had no one to assist him. Even the home care nurses had stopped coming to visit as a result of the deplorable living conditions. He was completely alone, except for his dog, Homer, who had taken to defecating in the house. Unable to clean up after himself or Homer but terrified of losing his home and his dog, Mr. Ronald was too afraid to reach out for help. Mulvihill, however, was not. Uber Driver Calls in the TroopsHorrified by what she witnessed, the single mom of two decided to take matters into her own hands. She spent hours on the phone, contacting DFCS, the fire department, adult services, the Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army.No one could offer any help."Everybody said, mentally he's fine, he's just older. So nobody will help," she told 11 Alive.Finally, with all other resources exhausted, she posted a call to arms on Facebook, creating the group, Helping Mr. Ronald. She explained the situation, writing in part:"I drove him home and he asked me to help him inside. It. Is. Appalling. The man lives alone and cannot keep up with his pets. The house is deplorable."She went on to explain that "the main issues are dog poop (1 dog) and general disrepair (no railing on the stairs, soiled carpet and furniture, etc)"She knew it would take an army to make things right. Luckily, she had found one, 2000 strong. The troops rallied. A Community Picks Up When an Elderly Veteran CannotDozens of volunteers came forward armed with cleaning supplies, tools, and an overwhelming desire to make a difference. Within a week, Mr. Ronald's home was stripped apart and deep-cleaned from top to bottom. Volunteers removed all of the garbage, the old furniture, and the old, moldy carpet.It was just the beginning. Help continued to pour in. One husband/wife team provided free fencing, a veterinarian saw to Homer's rabies shots and flea treatment, and a local caterer offered up free meals. Additionally, numerous tradespeople spent their off-hours working for free; installing new flooring, painting the walls, and rebuilding the deck, all with donated supplies from community members and area businesses.In addition to the structural improvements, Mulvihill also set up appointments for nurses and health care support to start coming to the home again. “He is so thankful, he cracks me up. He keeps saying, ‘I don’t know what I did to deserve all of this from all you guys,’” said Mulvihill. “It’s giving him hope that he will be taken care of.”When We Transform the Lives of Others, We Also Transform Our OwnWhile Mulvihill and her army of volunteers may have made a life-changing difference in Mr. Ronald's world, she says it made a difference in her world as well."I will never forget their help, their love, for the rest of my life. I will never forget it," she said. "We will never forget you either," she added, talking to Mr. Ronald.Because that's the thing when we help each other. It's not just about making a positive impact on someone else's life; it's about the profound effect it has on our own lives. When we extend our hand to lift others up, we inadvertently lift up ourselves too.More from Goalcast:Woman Learns Her Boyfriend Can’t Make It to Their Weekend Getaway – So She Asks Her Uber Driver to Take His Place InsteadUber Driver Helps Woman After Her Belongings Were Stolen at Coachella – So She Raises $200,000 for HimUber Driver Donates a Kidney to His Passenger – Here’s Why He Insists It’s Not a Coincidence

Homeless Man Readily Gives His Last 27 Cents to a Stranger When He Asks for Help - Little Did He Know What Was Coming Next
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Homeless Man Readily Gives His Last 27 Cents to a Stranger When He Asks for Help - Little Did He Know What Was Coming Next

69-year-old Roy Jurina knows what it's like to struggle. He is just one of the 38,000 veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States.And yet, despite the fact that he can barely rub two pennies together, he was willing to give everything he had to help a fellow human in need. And now? Thanks to one man and the power of social media, his tiny handful of change has just multiplied three thousand-fold.One Homeless Veteran’s Simple Act of Kindness Proves That’s All It Takes to Change a LifeIn a TikTok video that has gone viral, Roy is approached by a stranger asking him for a dollar so he can buy a donut or some bread. Roy knows he doesn't have a dollar to spare but it doesn't stop him from digging into his pocket and handing over the little he does have — 27 cents."Sometimes I wind up giving every dime and then I find more money," Roy tells the stranger.Turns out that stranger is actually social media star, Jimmy Kellogg, known as Jimmy Darts to his 14 million followers. And Roy? He is about to find a whole lot of money. On any given day, Darts, a 26-year-old Minnesota native, films himself asking a stranger for a small favor. Sometimes it's to ask for money to buy a meal or sometimes it borders on the ridiculous, like asking someone to wash his toy car or hold his fake toucan and feed it Froot Loops in Walmart.While most people refuse his request, every once in a while he meets a good samaritan willing to lend a helping hand. When he does, he rewards the unsuspecting person for their good deed with $500 cash. Or more.On this particular day, that good samaritan is Roy.Darts is so moved by Roy's selflessness that he immediately hands over $500 in cash. At first, Roy is skeptical, asking if Darts is going to report him for stealing the money. Eventually, he accepts the money, saying he'll use some of it to stay in a hotel and take a bath — but not before he makes certain that Darts is taken care of as well. "You have a place to stay too?" he asks Darts. (This man is seriously a national treasure.)Stranger Raises $68,000 for Homeless VeteranNot only does Darts give Roy $500, but he decides to go one step further. Unbeknownst to Roy, he starts a GoFundMe campaign called "Help Roy A Homeless Veteran Off The Streets!" He sets the goal to $20,000."Let’s change his life forever and raise enough funds for Roy to get a vehicle and a place to stay! No veteran should have to be homeless on the streets!" Darts writes on the page.The masses agree.Less than 12 hours later, the goal is smashed. And today, the fund is sitting at $68,000 and still climbing.One Good Turn Deserves AnotherIn a follow-up TikTok, Darts meets up with Roy 12 hours after they first met. Before sharing the life-changing news, Roy heartbreakingly tells the TikToker, "If I was to swim out there and drown, nobody would even care. I thought, well, you know, eventually my son would find out. He'd care a bit. But that's about it.""That's the biggest lie on the planet," Darts tells him before revealing that his followers are gifting him over $35,000. Shocked and fighting back tears, Roy can't believe it. "Wow...I'm glad I didn't drown, I would have missed out on a blessing I wouldn't have even realized." Roy JurinaAnd that's the thing about life, isn't it? We never know what it has in store for us. But if we just keep going...if we help each other and don't lose touch with our humanity, despite whatever it is that life throws our way...we have the power to truly make a difference, in others' lives as well as our own — one simple act of kindness at a time.More from Goalcast:8-Year-Old Passes by Homeless Woman Sleeping on the Street Every Day – This Encounter Inspires HerHomeless Couple Couldn’t Afford to Get Married for 24 Years – Then a Stranger Throws Them a Surprise Wedding

Man Meets His Wife During World War II in a Club - 74 Years Later, He's First to Take the Same Dance Floor Once Again
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Man Meets His Wife During World War II in a Club - 74 Years Later, He's First to Take the Same Dance Floor Once Again

Time flies. But can anything trigger emotions and remembrance like dancing?In a heartwarming display of love and nostalgia, 95-year-old veteran Kevin Topham became the first person to dance at a newly-reopened nightclub, a remarkable 74 years after he met his wife there. With joyful anticipation and the echoes of a bygone era, Kevin stepped onto the dance floor alongside his caregiver, reliving cherished memories of his youth and rekindling the spirit of romance.How One Man Found His SoulmateAmidst the excitement surrounding the reopening of Club X in Nottinghamshire after a decade-long closure, the spotlight fell on Kevin Topham, a spirited grandfather who yearned to return to the venue where he first encountered his beloved Molly in the 1949. The Corn Exchange, as it was known back then, served as a hub for servicemen seeking respite and companionship during World War II. It was within the vibrant walls of this historic establishment that Kevin, a former airman and oil rig worker, found his soulmate, Molly, during a lively Royal Air Force dance.Undeterred by the prospect of booming music and dazzling lights amidst a younger crowd, Kevin expressed his unwavering desire to step foot once again in the place where his love story began. Encouraged by his part-time caregiver, Donna Harvey, he embarked on a journey that would not only rekindle treasured memories but also capture the hearts of those around him.A Reunion Almost 100 Years in the MakingDonna, recognizing the significance of this milestone for Kevin, decided to orchestrate a surprise that would surpass his expectations. Approaching the club owner, she secured not only early access to the dance floor but also the privilege of selecting Kevin's choice of music. The stage was set for an unforgettable reunion with the past.As the doors of Club X swung open on that Saturday night, July 1st, Kevin, adorned with his cherished medals, took to the dance floor alongside Donna. The nostalgic melodies of the Glenn Miller Orchestra's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" filled the room, and with each step, Kevin's face radiated pure joy. It was a magical moment that melted hearts, bringing tears to the eyes of those witnessing the beautiful dance between the past and the present.Memories Flood BackAmidst the music and the warmth of the club, Kevin's memories flooded back, transporting him to a time when he and Molly swirled across the dance floor in each other's arms.He spoke fondly of the camaraderie among the American soldiers stationed nearby, reminiscing about the spirited dances that sometimes led to friendly rivalries over the chance to twirl with the charming women in attendance. The night was a journey back in time, a celebration of youth and love.Donna, deeply moved by the experience, described how Kevin's radiant smile and animated storytelling melted her heart. It was a moment that affirmed the power of love, music, and the unbreakable bond between generations. For Kevin, this evening served as a poignant reminder of the joy that dance brings and the enduring connections it creates.Community CareThe heartfelt gesture extended by the club didn't end with Kevin's dance. Inspired by his story, Club X has pledged to introduce a monthly event specifically for individuals over 60, featuring music from the nostalgic eras of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. This commitment exemplifies the club's dedication to honoring the diverse experiences and cherished memories of all members of their community, both young and old.The story of Kevin Topham's dance at Club X serves as a powerful reminder of the timeless nature of love, the enduring power of music, and the profound impact of community. It encapsulates the essence of human connection, bridging generations and reminding us all of the magic that can be found in reliving cherished memories. As we celebrate this remarkable reunion, let us remember to embrace the moments that bring us joy, create lasting memories, and ignite the spark of connection with those around us.More Uplifting News from Goalcast:This 102-Year-Old Woman’s Secret To Living A Long And Happy Life Will Shock You100-Year-Old Man Breaks Record After Working 84 YEARS at Same CompanyAt 99-years-old, Trail-Blazing Black Teacher Recalls Troubling First Years on the Job

Elderly Man Lost His Wife Over 50 Years Ago - Breaks Down When He Gets to See Her Come to Life
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Elderly Man Lost His Wife Over 50 Years Ago - Breaks Down When He Gets to See Her Come to Life

Technology definitely has its drawbacks, but for some it has opened up new worlds. For one aging veteran, it even helped him see his late wife one more time. Jake Larson of Martinez, California, lost his wife of over 50 years in 1991. The World War II veteran, whom his family knows as "Papa Jake," is now 98 years old, and thanks to some innovative new technology, was able to see his wife's face again. How One Veteran Reacted When He Saw His Dead Wife AgainThanks to an app called Deep Nostalgia, he was able to animate old photographs, and see them come to life. According to the company's website, the app allows users to "animate the faces in your family photos with amazing technology" and "experience your family history like never before!"The app is made by a company called MyHeritage, and uses artificial intelligence to add life to old photos, which Jack's granddaughter did to photos of his late wife Lola. The two met after Jack returned from World War II, and were happily married until she passed away from cancer. Check out the heartwarming footage below. When Papa Jake sees his Lola's face on the screen, shock spreads quickly across his own. "She's alive!" he exclaims. The old photograph of Lola now shows her looking around, her eyes shifting across the screen and head swaying at the neck, as if it was a video of her. Jake's granddaughter set it all up, and also included a photo of the two of Jack with Lola, which immediately makes the man emotional. "This past November 23, we would have been married 75 years," he said. "And I still love her."After 20 years without the love of his life, Jack was finally able to see Lola again, even if behind a screen. This experience must have been jarring for the man, to whom the laptop he is viewing the photos on is even a relatively foreign innovation. How One App Is Helping People Connect With Their Loved OnesThe video made waves online, where it melted the hearts of thousands. One viewer wrote: "Technology has really become something else entirely, I'm glad these people get to, in one way or another, see their loved ones again, just having the picture move and sway and blink brings so much life to what was just a 2D image."Another shared: "This is truly amazing," capturing how just about everyone felt watching the footage. While many are quick to denounce technology for pulling people apart, there are cases in which it allows moment such as this to occur. The story is also a reminder to never take the present moment, or the people in it we cherish, for granted.