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21 Sep 2019 14:20 in response to woodworm

Aww this is a lovely story Brian.  Thanks for sharing.  Jules

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24 Sep 2019 08:09 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Thanks Jules]

Text Message Sent To The Wrong Number Leads To Unexpected Act Of Kindness

September 14, 2019

A text message sent to the wrong number led to an unexpected act of kindness by a total stranger.

Abby Fink thought she was texting a family friend, but she mistyped the number.

"Hey Brother Jakeman, this is Sister Fink, we are bringing you dinner tomorrow, I was wondering what time would be a good time to bring it over," Fink sent in the message.

On the other end of the text was a man named Bill.

"Oooh! What are you bringing me?" Bill replied, knowing that the message was not meant for him.

Fink explained that the text was meant for a family friend whose 4-year-old son, Noah, was fighting to stay alive.

Bill immediately asked how he could help.

He has since rallied friends on Facebook to send gifts and cards to Noah. He even contacted a local charity who now wants to lend a hand too.

Noah is finally out of the ICU but remains at Phoenix Children's Hospital as a lengthy recovery begins.

As for Bill, he plans to drop off a gift and meet the young boy in person next week.

"I told Bill, 'I don't know if you believe in God or not, but I believe you were sent here to help this family.' I told him he was an angel," said Fink.

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26 Sep 2019 15:10 in response to woodworm

What a lovely story Brian. Thanks for sharing here. Jules

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30 Sep 2019 08:54 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Thanks Jules

A Squirrel Stopped This Woman For Help And Led Her To Its Injured Baby

September 27, 2019

A woman in Pulaski, Virginia, says she was stopped by a squirrel, who tugged on her leg and led her to help its injured baby.

Tia Powell was walking in Kiwanis Park when she was "approached by a squirrel," the Pulaski Police Department wrote on Facebook.

The squirrel stood in her way on the trail. After realizing that the squirrel did not mean any harm and wasn’t going to leave her side, Powell turned around and the squirrel led her down the trail to a baby squirrel with an injured leg.

At one point, Powell wasn't sure she could help and she began walking and the squirrel followed her again and actually tugged her pant leg!

So, she fed the squirrels a sandwich she had with her and watched them try to hop up into a tree. When she realized the baby squirrel was still struggling to get up the tree, she decided to call in backup.

Powell didn't know how the baby squirrel got injured, but she thought a nearby stray cat was the culprit. So, the group of rescuers decided to move the squirrels to safer area.

"We were able to get the baby and mother to a different area with more trees and it was able to climb all the way up and they looked very happy," Powell said.

She went back a few days later to show her kids where it all went down. In the trees, Powell spotted two squirrels staring at her, and couldn't help but wonder if they were the same squirrels she rescued.

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1 Oct 2019 14:13 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, this was a great one to read as our local pesky squirrel has begun to re-visit the garden now that Autumn is approaching.  Your shared story makes for great reading but at the moment my patience is wearing thin as my visitor digs up my bulbs and plants his winter store!! Jules

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2 Oct 2019 14:58 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules. 

Here is a small act of kindness but one that is well worth repoerting, Brian

State Trooper's Small Act Of Kindness Brings Mother To Tears

October 2, 2019

A mother in Pittsfield, Maine, says a small act of kindness from a Maine State Police trooper brought her to tears.

Monday morning, Gwenivere Rollins stopped by Dunkin Donuts for a cup of coffee and a donut for her 18-month-old daughter, Farris.

Rollins was on her way to the second of three doctor's appointments in the last several days because Farris has been suffering from croup, an ear-infection and a full-body viral rash.

When she got to the window to pay, the Dunkin employee explained that the State Trooper, who had been in front of her, had picked up her tab.

It was a small act of kindness but Rollins said she cried all the way to her daughter's appointment.

She took to social media to share and explain.

"To the State Trooper that paid for my coffee in the Pittsfield (Maine) Dunkin drive through this morning around 7:40:

Your $4 act of kindness meant the entire world to me, I cried all the way to waterville. Today we were headed to her Pediatrician for her 2 out of 3 doctors appointments in the last week. She has been suffering from Croup, an Ear Infection and now a full body, itchy viral rash. We’ve had a hard few days and that small act of kindness meant the world to me. Thank you for the coffee, thank you for your service to your community and thank you for keeping us safe.

Also, Farris says thank you for the donut."

Rollins asked her friends and family to share the post so that it might reach the trooper. Her post has been shared more than 4,000 times.

"With this spreading so far and so wide, I really want to add in something," Rollins wrote in a update to her post. "I myself am really ill and needing surgery as well as being a college student and a stay at home mom. You NEVER know what someone is carrying, so always always be kind to the stranger standing next to you. The Trooper had no idea who I was from Adam. Yet made such a small act of kindness that to me, felt like a gift from God himself because it’s been a hard few weeks. You never know what someone is losing in their season of life, so spread kindness as fast as this post has spread. Do good recklessly. Be kind with abandon. The person behind you at the grocery store could be having the worst day of their life, and you would just never know."

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2 Oct 2019 16:26 in response to woodworm

Thanks for sharing Brian.  Random acts of kindness do bring a great deal of pleasure and no one knows when we may ourselves be that person in need.  A lovely gesture by the State Trooper.  Jules

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3 Oct 2019 10:20 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Thanks Jules.

How nice was this but such a pity the man died on his own.

Thousands Attend Funeral For Veteran Who Died Alone

October 2, 2019

Thousands of people turned out Tuesday to pay their respects to a deceased Vietnam veteran who had no living family to attend his funeral.

Edward Pearson, 80, was buried at Sarasota National Cemetery with military honors.

If Pearson had seen the huge turnout of so many people he didn't know, "he would have cried, then laughed, then saluted everybody," friend and neighbor April McCausland said.

The event attracted everyone from bikers to bagpipers who wanted to pay tribute to the Private First Class.

So many people showed up that it prevented the service from starting on time.

"This is the line to get into the Sarasota National Cemetery for a man we heard has no immediate family," Norm Jewett said on Facebook. "This is still 2 miles from the cemetery, and there is well over 5,000 people there."

Ed Lyons, a veteran and the assistant director of Sarasota National Cemetery, said that it was important to honor Pearson, who served in the Army from 1962 to 1964.

"It tugs at your heart because the things that veterans do for our country, what they sacrifice. You don't want to think of anyone being alone or laid to rest without anyone being there to honor them," said Lyons.

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8 Nov 2019 08:16 in response to woodworm

Hi folks

Here is a story that belongs on here, Brian

Football Team Brings Cheerleader With Cancer To Tears

October 26, 2019

A high school cheerleader in California who was diagnosed with cancer has the support of the entire football team.

Ashley Adamietz is a senior at Foothill High School and was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

One by one, the football players wanted to show their support for her.

Each of the 57 players dropped a rose at her feet as they ran onto the field before the start of the game.

The roses were orange, which is the color for leukemia awareness.

Fans cheered and Adamietz covered her mouth with her hands in disbelief.

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10 Nov 2019 08:34 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, a very worthy contribution to this thread. Jules

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11 Nov 2019 08:27 in response to jules54

Hi friends

Thanks Jules

Man Wins $200,000 Lottery Prize On Way To Final Chemotherapy Treatment

October 29, 2019

A man in North Carolina won $200,000 on a scratch off ticket while on his way to his last chemotherapy treatment.

Ronnie Foster of Pink Hill, N.C., said he bought a $1 ticket and won $5. At the last second, he decided to trade it in for two more tickets.

Foster scratched the first ticket and didn't win anything. Then he scratched the second one.

The result was a $200,000 prize.

"I saw all those zeroes and I froze," Foster told WTVD. "I didn't believe it until I gave it to the clerk at the counter to scan. When it showed, 'Go to lottery headquarters,' I started shaking. I couldn't believe it."

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.

"I was already happy because it was my last round of chemo," said Foster, who's battling colon cancer. "Winning this made it my lucky day."

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11 Nov 2019 12:55 in response to woodworm

What a wonderful outcome for this person and no doubt it helped a very difficult period in his life become a little sweeter going forward. Luck reveals itself in many ways and glad his slice of it came at the right time. Thanks for sharing Brian. Jules