When They Turned Off A Disabled Teen’s Life Support, A Heroic Stranger Came To His Rescue

Some of my closest relatives have struggled to pay their medical bills these past few years, so I know just how stressful it can be.

The last thing a sick person and their family need to think about is how they’re going to keep their lights on.

That’s what makes this story out of Clinton Township, Michigan so heartbreaking. But a hero stepped in just when he was needed most, and we can all take inspiration from his act of kindness.

Christy Stone and her husband Guy had been struggling to pay their bills in 2016.

With job losses and car payments, the couple were working hard to make ends meet and support their five children.

As if that wasn’t hard enough, two of Christy’s sons had muscular dystrophy, and 18-year-old Troy’s case was so severe he needed an electric ventilator to breathe.

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The seven machines needed to keep the ventilator running tripled the family’s bill.

Because Troy would die without the ventilator, the Stones had even given a doctor’s letter explaining his case to the local power company.

But that didn’t stop them from turning the couple’s power off when they fell behind on their bills – Christy says a missing doctor’s signature was the reason the letter was ignored.

When the power was turned off, Christy found herself in a race against the clock to get Troy to a hospital.

The machine’s battery had just hours left when firefighters arrived at her home to help Troy.

But one of those firefighters, Ryan McCuen, turned out to be an angel in disguise.

The “Mystery Boy” Who Sat Beside Melania Trump Has An Inspiring Story

Viewers who tuned in to President Trump’s State of the Union speech did a double take when the camera turned to First Lady Melania Trump.

Some people thought the youngest member of the First Family, Barron Trump, was sporting a new haircut. Then, there was confusion as viewers realized the “mystery boy” sitting beside Melania wasn’t Barron at all.

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So who was he, and why was he sitting beside the First Lady?

It turns out 12-year-old Preston Sharp was a guest of honor at the speech, and he earned a standing ovation when Trump mentioned the young boy’s accomplishments.

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Though he’s not even 13 years old, Sharp has started a national movement that pays tribute to America’s veterans.

It began with a trip to a local military cemetery with his grandfather when Sharp was just nine. The young boy complained that the tombstones didn’t have any American flags or flowers on them.

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Sharp’s mother April told him, “You can’t complain about something unless you try to do something about it,” and he took her words to heart.

Now, three years later, Sharp’s “Flags and Flowers Challenge” earned him a trip to the White House.

Elderly Man Approaches Employee For Help And People Can’t Stop Sharing His Reaction

Too often, we leave our elders to fend for themselves. The people that cared for us for so many years are left to shop, clean, and get around on their own, even if they can’t do it efficiently anymore.

Youth can often see elders as “unimportant” and find them to be a burden, but this is far from the case. We can learn so much from the people who came before us, and we should be listening to their advice and lessons rather than dismissing them as too old to be useful.

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As we grow older, of course, we learn to cherish those who are aging in our lives, because we know that we don’t have a lot of time left with them. It’s something we learn as we mature, and something we want our kids to learn from us.

That’s why when Jennifer Christopher Coker saw what was happening at her local Publix, she knew she had to share it.

His Children Struggled To Get To School, So One Man Made It Possible With His Own Two Hands

With all the infrastructure we have in place to get our kids to schools safely, it’s a pretty brainless process nowadays. Stop me if this looks familiar: you get them out of bed, get them to brush their teeth and wash, get them dressed, cook them a solid breakfast, and then it’s out the door with the lunchbox and jacket before the bus gets there.

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It’s pretty mindless, right? The thing is, it makes it really easy to forget that plenty of places don’t have it anywhere near that easy. There are still tons of places in the world where getting to school is a much, MUCH bigger ordeal than simply getting dressed and catching a school bus. We’ve all had adults tell us stories about having to “walk ten miles in the snow to school” but the truth is that there are still places where that’s a reality.

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In other cases, the route to the nearest school is so remote and dangerous that people just can’t make the trip for safety reasons. So, when a man from a remote village in India found out that his children wouldn’t be able to go to school easily, he took it upon himself to build a path there himself.

After Beating Cancer, This Third Grader Got A Hero’s Welcome When She Came Back To School

It goes without saying that a cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest events to ever happen in somebody’s life. While advancements have been made in terms of ways to treat it, it still signals that a massive medical procedure is in your near future. Worst of all, receiving treatment isn’t a guarantee that you’ll pull through, or that even if you do, the disease won’t return.

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It’s especially tragic when a child is forced to undergo this whole procedure. Children are supposed to spend their free time running around with friends, watching Saturday morning cartoons, and getting in trouble for staying up past their bedtime. They’re not supposed to spend it going to chemotherapy treatments and regular scans to see if they’re even going to survive.

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Suffice it to say, the children who soldier on through these awful, awful conditions are absolute heroes, and in the case of young Bridget Kelley, her school saw it the same way. When she returned after beating cancer, her classmates (and then some) welcomed her back like the hero she was.

Pet Rescue Center Gives A Second Chance To Pets, Addicts, And Disabled Workers

To some of us, there’s nothing more precious than the feeling we get from being good to our pets. Whether it’s taking our favorite puppy out for walkies, getting our precious kitty some catnip, teaching our pretty bird to talk, or even feeding our tiny little hamster (because our parents wouldn’t let us get anything bigger), we love our furbabies like nothing else.

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Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everyone who takes on the responsibility of owning a pet. Too often, we see animals abused, neglected, abandoned to fend for themselves, or even straight up killed by people who either can’t handle the task, or even worse, outwardly hate these furry little angels.

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Fortunately, there are plenty of organizations worldwide that are dedicated to the protection, preservation and rehousing of all these precious creatures. These organizations do great work, but unfortunately also often need all the help they can get in order to stay afloat.

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For the A1 Wheatbelt Dog Rescue in Australia, the solution to this problem was simple: hire recovering addicts and disabled people who have a hard time getting work!

Woman Thanks The Firefighters Who Saved Her Life After 150 Foot Fall

It would normally be a death sentence for anyone unlucky enough to find themselves in her position. When Taylor Theirault found herself at a party in December of 2016, she had no reason to believe that her night would be anything but fun.

The 26-year-old woman was celebrating at a friend’s apartment building, when she fell out of an open window. The apartment was a towering 15 floors straight up, and Theirault didn’t even have time to consider that this was the end.

Luckily for her, something broke her fall. A snow-covered air-conditioning unit sticking out of the third floor was jutting out far enough for her to land on. Despite falling 12 stories onto the hard, metal machine, Theirault was still alive, and holding on.

When fire crews arrived, they were in shock that she was still on the AC unit. They didn’t hesitate and carefully pulled her limp body safely to the ground.

They rushed her to the hospital where her real fight began.

Chick-fil-A Broke Their Biggest Rule And Opened On Sunday For A Heartwarming Reason

The restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is famously known for two things: tasty chicken, and closing their doors on Sunday.

The second tradition dates back to the chain’s founder S. Truett Cathy, a devout Southern Baptist who decided to run his business based on his deepest convictions.

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That means your local Chick-fil-A is closed every Sunday, and on holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, when workers like to be home with their families.

It’s a big trade-off between religious beliefs and profits, but it’s one that was very important to Cathy. Here’s how he explained it:

“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”

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Even the chain’s location in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Atlanta Falcons play on Sundays, isn’t open on the seventh day, the stadium’s busiest day by far.

But despite all the importance the restaurant puts on this one rule, they broke it earlier this week. As you’ve probably guessed, they had a very good reason.

Walmart Cashier Says A Voice From God Told Him To Pay For A Woman’s Order, Then She Shared Her Story

It was late on a Friday night and Nicholas Tate, a Walmart cashier from Newcastle, Oklahoma, was looking forward to the end of his shift.

But in the meantime, the line for his cash was growing, and customers were beginning to get upset about the holdup. The cause of the delay was a woman with three young kids at the front of the line.

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She apologized to Tate for backing everything up, and the cashier simply asked her, “Is it one of those days?” Neither of them realized at the time how important that question would be.

The customer – who wants to remain anonymous – explained that she was a foster mother, and was looking after a young baby. To buy groceries for the infant, she had to use WIC, a low-income assistance program she had only set up earlier that day.

Of course programs like WIC have all kinds of restrictions, and the woman was totally unfamiliar with them, which made everything take much longer.

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“She had a good amount of items and most of them went through,” Tate explained, “but she apparently didn’t have the right formula and it wouldn’t go through,” and of course she needed that baby formula most of all.

Tate stayed calm and tried to help the woman through her transaction, but when things didn’t work out he took matters into his own hands.

And the cashier says a voice from God inspired him to do it.

They Were Branded By Pimps And Abusive Boyfriends, But Now These Women Are Being Given A Fresh Start

There’s a disturbing new trend that’s becoming increasingly common among teenagers, and the implications of it are pretty horrifying. As more and more young girls are falling into substance abuse (thanks in no small part to the opioid crisis going on right now) and homelessness, many of them are turning to abusive relationships and prostitution in order to feed their habits or even just have somewhere to live.

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That’s not the new part of the trend though. The new part is that more and more of these girls are being dosed with alcohol and drugs by either their pimps or abusive boyfriends, and then taken to seedy tattoo artists who proceed to tattoo these girls with the initials or names of their abusers.

There’s no consistency to where and how it’s done either, as the tattoos are often placed on either the girls’s arms, hands, necks, butts, or even their genitalia. Suffice it to say, it’s pretty horrifying.

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While police continue to crack down on the exploitation of teenagers as much as they can, the girls who are able to escape these horrific fates are still stuck with the brand of their abusers, which can leave them feeling like cattle.

Fortunately, good samaritans are stepping up to help out the situation, including a man who is doing what he can to get rid of these brands, and free of charge at that.

Garbage Truck Driver And 2-Year-Old Boy Are Fighting Terminal Cancer Together

It’s hard enough to be a garbage man on most days. You spend your mornings going from house to house, having to pick up the trash from peoples driveways, hoping that everything is in its right place and that nothing will leak today.

For Rick Neatherlin, it’s much harder. When his wife and mother were diagnosed with cancer, he must have thought he was the unluckiest person in the world. But then he met Isaac.

Isaac Williams is no ordinary boy. With stage four cancer of the nervous system, his family has exhausted many of the traditional forms of treatment, and he will be starting radiation therapy soon. He also loves to watch the garbage trucks come up and down his block.

For many, it’s a day that requires extra chores, but for Isaac, it’s a reason to get excited. When Neatherlin found out that Isaac was also fighting this disease, it shook his understanding of the world.

“Man, he’s two years old; never had that chance to even be a kid yet, you know, and to see him go through this…” Neatherlin said. “That hit home.”

So he talked it over with his crew and they decided to do something for this strong boy.

Restaurant Offers Free Meals To The Homeless Over The Holidays

While the frustrations many of us face during the holidays usually consist of things like trying to find the perfect gift for somebody, or having to struggle to get everything under the tree in time for the 25th, for others the early winter is much more difficult.

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Winter is an especially tough time of year for the thousands of homeless people who live in this country alone, thanks to increasingly cold and inhospitable weather conditions, fewer and fewer places for them to sleep outdoors, and a shortage of shelters with long-term care available. Not only that, but most of them don’t even have warm enough clothes to actually deal with how cold the winter can ultimately be.

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While there are several organizations dedicated to providing relief to the homeless year-round, these organizations only have so many resources available to them, and the rate of homelessness is only increasing by the year. As a result, it’s all the more important for members of the community to pitch in where they can in order to help out.

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Well, one Amir Shawarma franchise owner in the city of Montreal, Canada has decided to do just that, and has offered up a safe place for the area’s homeless population to get a hot meal over the holidays…

Deaf Children Finally Get To Hear Santa When They Discover He Speaks Sign Language

For parents nationwide, one of the biggest Christmas traditions has easily got to be taking your kids to meet Santa Claus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. While not every child necessarily reacts all that well to it, it can be a pretty magical event to meet the man in the red suit himself, listen to his cheerful voice, and tell him what you want more than anything in the world for Christmas.

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Of course, meeting Santa isn’t necessarily going to be the same experience for everybody. While some kids have a laundry list of toys they want to get, others come from households where they’re lucky if they get even one present, which can easily make meeting the man in red a bittersweet experience. On top of that, kids with significant disorders or disabilities can often have a drastically different experience of meeting the man, if they even get to at all.

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Which is what makes the moment that a little deaf girl gets to meet Santa Claus all the better, because as it turns out, she and Santa share a few things in common…

When An Officer Was Killed In The Line Of Duty, Another Gave The Man’s Family A Christmas Gift To Help With Their Loss

While there’s been no shortage of controversy surrounding police officers in recent times, there’s been just as many incidents of officers reminding us that the majority of them are men and women who just want to serve and protect the public. Some have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help out their local communities, and we’ve loved seeing their stories unfold online.

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Unfortunately, being a police officer does mean putting yourself in the line of fire at some point or another, and while many officers are able to return home after bad situations come up, not all of them do. While these fallen officers often draw a pension that provides some level of security for their loved ones, that still does very little to help out with the sheer amount of grief that their family must go through after their passing.

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Such was the case with the family of Matthew Edwards, a Taylor, Michigan officer who was shot six times while investigating a breaking and entering report. Edwards passed away from his wounds, and left behind his wife Shannon, and two children, Luke and Moriah. After hearing about their situation, Danny McWilliams, an officer from Texas, knew exactly what he had to get them for Christmas…

MLB Star Donates His Multi-Million-Dollar Home To Support Kids With Special Needs

With the season of giving upon us and everyone doing their best to spread holiday cheer around the world, it becomes all the more important that we do our best to help those less fortunate than us. Whether it’s by volunteering at shelters, donating money to charitable causes, or even just lending a helping hand to our neighbors, we can all do our utmost to make sure that everybody has as great a holiday season as possible.

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Among those who are well-poised to help out are professional athletes. Of the people of the world who have plenty to give, these people who make millions of dollars per game based on their contracts are often some of the most generous, and plenty of examples already exist of their charitable natures and how dedicated they are to making the world a better place for the less fortunate.

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Well, the most recent example of this phenomenon might just put many others to shame: Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife have donated their entire, $9 million house to a charitable cause, and the reasons why are nothing short of heartwarming.

Christmas Comes Early For Texas Woman Who Wakes Up To Find Her Yard Fully Decorated

Even if you love the holiday season, chances are there’s at least one aspect of it that you could do without. Maybe you’re not a fan of all the money you have to spend on gifts for your extended family, or perhaps the onslaught of Christmas carols that seems to start earlier every year does nothing for you (other than give you a headache that is).

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For my money, easily the biggest pain of the season is decorating the outside of the house. Every year, it means another trip into the disorganized depths of your basement, a frantic search for whatever box it was that you decided to store the lights in this time, a silent prayer as you plug them in that they’re still working even after all this time, and of course, the deluge of cursing that comes as you try to get the lights all up around your house.

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The end results almost always look spectacular, but sometimes it’s hard not to wonder if maybe it isn’t worth all the effort it takes. Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of having to go through the whole process every single year, you could just wake up one day and have it all done for you? That’d be living the dream, right?

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Well as it turns out, sometimes dreams actually can come true. A Texas woman recently woke up one morning to discover that Christmas had come early: some unnamed individual had decorated her entire yard in the middle of the night with lights and decorations…

8-Year-Old Holds Toy Drive For Victims Of The Hurricane

Christmas: it is the season of giving, of love and appreciation, and helping those less fortunate. We all hope to instill some of that magic in our children as they grow up so that they can discover the joys of spreading goodwill across the world.

It seems that this was taken to heart by Jayden Perez, an eight-year-old boy from New Jersey who wanted to do his part to help the children in Puerto Rico after seeing the destruction from the hurricanes this past year.

It all started back in September when his mother’s boss gave them tickets to go see the New York Giants, his favorite team. They were overjoyed, as Jayden was a huge fan of the team and football in general.

Jayden was particularly struck by this act of kindness. So when Hurricane Maria rolled over Puerto Rico and caused a lot of destruction, he convinced his mother that they had to go around and collect donations.

They managed to ship out 40 boxes when they were finished, but this was only the beginning for Jayden.

He Paid For A Stranger’s Coffee, And Wound Up Saving His Life

Glen Oliver has a small ritual that helped one stranger in a very big way.

Four years ago, Oliver was in line for coffee behind someone who didn’t have enough change for their purchase. He covered their bill instead, and ever since he’s made a habit of “paying it forward” whenever he’s at the coffee shop.

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Whether he just buys a coffee for the next person in line, or leaves $10 with the cashier, Oliver says his charitable habit is “the least I can do.” He always gives his treats away anonymously, but he has a signature: he always asks the cashier to tell the next customer “Have a great day.”

Oliver says that last part is just in case the customer is “not having one already,” but it’s exactly what a stranger needed to hear this summer.

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In a letter to the local newspaper, the Pickering News Advertiser, an anonymous person said they were suicidal, and planned to end their life last July. But on their planned last day, the letter’s writer stopped for a coffee.

Before they could pay, the clerk told them, “The nice man already paid for it and he said to have a great day.”

There’s A Beautiful Tradition With Christmas Layaway Gifts, And It’ll Warm Your Heart

The Christmas season is a special time of year for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, surrounded by loved ones, or alone, this time of year. There’s something in the very air that seems to fall down with the snow which makes the magic we all talk about seem real, for just a few weeks.

It may be the weather, but I think it’s actually about the people who go out of their way to make this time of year easier for those who may be struggling with the added pressure. In recent years, several people have gone above and beyond to restore everyone’s faith in the Christmas spirit and humanity overall.

During the holidays, many stores allow people to put a deposit on several items that they want to purchase, and pay at a later date. This is so that they still have a chance to buy the items, even if they don’t have the funds to pick them up now.

Most often, people take advantage of the Black Friday sales after Thanksgiving Day to save money on their holiday purchases, returning in the following weeks in order to pay off their tab. Even still, it is especially hard for parents to pay for everything they want to get their kids, and any act of charity means the world to them.

So instead of donating to a specific charity, some philanthropists have been dropping into stores and lifting the burden of Christmas shopping from those less fortunate than themselves.

Every little bit helps, but shoppers were blown away by what these people did for them and their families.

The Cat With The Goofy Face Is Living Life Smiling Forever

Sometimes life gives you a hard turn, and all you can do in the face of it all is just to grin and bear it. That seems to be the motto of Duchess, the cat with the goofy smile that makes us all want to smile along with her!

She has quite the inspirational story, and dodged death on a number of different occasions, but it hasn’t taken the joy out of her life!

It all began when she was living as a stray. She was brought to the Adobe Animal Hospital in El Paso, Texas. On arrival, it became apparent that her jaw had been broken. She had just been struck by a vehicle and her odds of survival weren’t looking good.

An employee at the clinic saw Duchess and her heart just burst with love for the helpless, hurt kitten.

Crystal Tate explained that typically, with animals in this condition, they would euthanize them to end the pain. But Tate saw something different in her.