Child Hero

Autistic Son Pulls Mom from Burning Car

Tyler Gianchetta knew something was terribly wrong. Tyler and his mom were in the car driving. They were going somewhere in Long Island New York when as they were talking his mother stopped speaking to him.  ”She didn’t answer me”, he said. He even asked her if she was ignoring him.  She started shaking and and then crashed into a tree.  He immedately pulled his mom out of the burning car as the car burst into flames.  Tyler broke his own hand in the process but definately saved his mother’s life.  Tyler has autism and has beaten the odds as an 18 year old college honor student.  His dad said that they have always shown Tyler how to be responsible and take care of others.  His mother has no memory of the crash and why she blacked out.  He doesn’t want to be called a hero.  He knows that he did what he had to do to save his mom at whatever cost to himself.  It is amazing what strength we find in ourselves when put in an emergency situation.  Way to go Tyler. You have grown up to be an amazing young man.  Your mom and dad should be proud.

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Little Boy with A Big Heart Giving Smiles

Jaden Hayes lost both of his parents at a young age. But he is determined to live life with joy. As Steve Hartman shows us, the six-year-old is embarking on a mission to turn frowns into smiles.  This little guy got the idea that he was just was so tired of seeing people sad.  He wanted to see people happy again.  So,  he told his aunt that he wanted to share some joy with people around his community.  He asked her to get some small toys.  They got some beads, some rubber ducks and lots of small toys.  He just waits on the sidewalk with his aunt and watches for people without smiles.  That is when he goes up and just gives them a toy.  He loves the surprised looks and of course, the smiles.  What a wonderful little man.  He cares about people and with all he has gone through he just wants to bring joy to people.  What a wonderful heart he has for others.  Thank you Jaden for showing us all how we should take care of others.

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Boy Who Loves to Read

This boy takes reading more serious than most. Meet a 12-year-old Utah boy whose passion for reading is getting international attention. Mathew Flores is a typical 12-year-old. He loves Legos. He also loves to read. “I just usually read the newspapers”, he said. He even loves to read what most consider junk mail. That’s what Mathew was doing when Ron Lynch saw him.  ”A young man was standing here reading junk mail,” said Lynch. As Lynch, who works for the Sandy Post Office, delivered mail Mathew asked him if he had any extra. Lynch found out Mathew reads newspapers because he doesn’t have any books. ” I asked him about going to the library and he said he couldn’t afford the bus pass.” Lynch discovered. Mathew’s situation tugged at Lynchs heartstrings.  He was shocked to hear that a 12-years-old who didn’t want electronics, he didn’t want to sit in front of the TV playing games all day. This kid just wanted to read. So Lynch posted a picture of Mathew on Facebook.  I hoped that  maybe a few of his friends might give him some books.  He asked his friends to send the boy some books thinking he might end up with 50 or 60 books. But his plea went worldwide. He’s heard from the UK, from Australia and even from India. Mathew said he wants to read every book. “It’s super fun and it’s interesting. Plus it gets you smarter,” he said. And Mathew wants to share them with other kids too, I don’t even know. I’m just super happy.” What an awesome gift to this little guy.

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4 Year Old Saves His Dad In The Woods

Grant and Quillan Groenwald went out in the woods to cut down a few trees.  Grant usually went there alone but on this day he decided to bring his young four-year old son.  As Grant began to cut the tree it came down different from what he planned and he scrambled to get out of the way.  He could not move and called for Quillan to help.  He first did not think he could do anything but soon came to his dad’s rescue when he was pinned under a tree branch. He dragged the chainsaw to him so he could cut his way out.  Grant had to not only to cut himself out of this fallen tree but he had to do it under many branches.  He was able to (with the help of little Quillan) get out from other the tree and make his way to the truck.  It could have been a lot worse. When they arrived at home the little guy ran in to get help from his mom.  Grant says he will never go chop again alone.  He thanks his little son for saving his life.  Way to go Quillan. You are an amazing young man.

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9 Year Old Builds Houses

When Hailey Fort was just 5 years old, she spotted a homeless man in Kitsap County, Washington where she lives. She asked her mom whether she could help him. Her mom said yes, and for the last four years, that’s what Hailey’s been doing: helping the homeless, with the help of her mom. She plans to build 12 mobile shelters this year. Houses for the homelss she says. Miranda said the family has already met with the city to make sure the shelter won’t cause a problem though its exact location has not yet been determined. “Our city ordinance on the issue states that it can be placed on a church lot. We have a few leads on churches that will allow the structures.” Food is another one of Hailey’s priorities. She grows fruits and vegetables, and hopes to grow 250 pounds for the homeless this year. She’s begun documenting her progress on a Facebook page “Hailey’s Harvest.” The homeless, her mom said, are people she counts as her friends. It’s that friendship, in part, that keeps her going. “Hailey is repeatedly told that she can stop at any time but she continues because this is her passion. I think a lot has to do with setting such high goals and then the rush she gets when she meets them.” In addition to the 12 mobile shelters and 250 pounds of food: 1000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products and 100 coats. She’s trying to raise $1,000 on her GoFundMe page and is about three-fourths of the way there. The community has been supportive of Hailey’s efforts. The cost to build one shelter, her mom said, is about $300, but the reason that price is so low is because she gets many items donated. The walls are made of pallets, which are stuffed with recycled denim insulation. The structure has a shingled roof, drywall, wood siding, and vinyl flooring. The house will have window curtains, a solar-powered lamp and most importantly, a lock on the front door. What an amazing little girl.

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A Brave Little Boy Grows Up

This is a video report update on a story from 2006.  This tells the story of a brave little boy who had to experience the unthinkable.  It starts with the 911 call from back in 2006 when the little boy makes the call after his father had killed his mom and stabbed him leaving him for dead.  Anthony Sukto was an amazing little boy.  He told Oprah that the angels helped him call 911 to get help.  When they found him a paramedic and policeman helped the little boy get to the hospital.  They have a special bond. Today Anthony is 18 and went back to Washington to meet up with the two men who saved his life.  Anthony’s father got 25 years for first degree murder.  He tells Oprah via Skype that he forgives and loves his father and will tell him when he is up for parole. He spends time with the two men who saved his life.  It is amazing how this boy has turned out considering all he has been through.  We are so proud of you, Anthony.  May you have a full and happy life.  Thank you also to Officer Jeff Colquhoun and fireman Mark Eakes.  You two are great men to take care of this little boy and help him become the man he is today.

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6 year old saves sister

6 year old Cole Steffens was having a snack with his little sister.  Suddenly his sister began to choke on the pretzels.  Cole’s dad ran to help his sister and told Cole to call 911.  He didn’t hesitate and ran to the phone.  He dialed 911 and spoke with the dispatcher as his dad worked to help his little sister.  He was able to talk with the dispatcher and give him all the information he needed to get help to come to the house.  He was able to give his address and all the details about his sister.  When help arrived at their door the pretzel had dislodged and she was going to be ok.  The fire department was so impressed with Cole and how he handled himself during the emergency.  He was impressed that there was so many people at the department to shake his hand.  What a “grown-up” little man.  He was so cool and collected when his dad needed him to be.  This is a lesson that all parents should remember.  Teach your children how to get help.  Who knows it might save your life someday.

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Siblings save baby brother from kidnapping

A man snatches a toddler from a playground from Sprague, Washington.  The 8 year old sister and the 10 year  old brother go chasing after the man holding their baby brother.  The three had been playing at the playground with a babysitter who had just stepped away.  Their 22 month old baby brother was snatched by the stranger and they ran screaming after him.  They were seen (and heard) by some teenagers and an adult who called 911.  Screaming and yellling is what caused the kidnapperto put down the child in a vacant lot and run away.  He was found unharmed and has his big brother and big sister to thank for saving him from kidnapping.  This story is good news thanks to these kids and their parents who talk them about stranger danger.  How brave of them to scream and yell and chase this man way until he dropped thier little brother and ran.  These two are such heroes.  How amazing the clear minds they had to do the right thing and get help.  Way to go Brandon and Alicia.  You two are just amazing.

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Teenager there to save the day

Recently at a Walmart in High Ridge, Missouri a teenager was there to save the day.  A woman was shopping as her 11 month old baby girl stopped breathing.  The mother in a panic called out for help.  A Walmart employee called 911 for some help.  There was no time for that.  From another aisle Abby Snodgrass a 17 year old high school student heard a commotion so she rushed in and began performing CPR.  Abby had just recently learned CPR at school.  The medical responders said that had Abby not helped before they arrived they did not know how this would have turned out.  What a brave young woman she is.  It is one thing to be a professional and have performed CPR before but to be brave enough to jump in during this type of emergency to help a stranger.   The family was so thankful that Abby happened to be there and said that because of her quick thinking the baby is just fine.  Abby Snodgrass, you are our hero.  Thank you for your quick efforts.

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Emily’s hair is for others

Here is a story about a little 3 year old.  Her mom and dad spoke to her about other children who are sick and suggested that Emily cut her hair and donate it  for cancer wigs. They told her that her hair would have to be cut short and it would take it a long time to grow long again.  They showed her pictures of the children without hair. She said she wanted to do it but she wanted her doll to get her hair cut first.  They went to her uncle  Matthew’s salon to get the hair cut.  She is such an adorable little girl who was willing to give of herself for others.  Isn’t it sweet how she tells the story herself and she even gets to put the stamps on the package and mail the air off.   What a sweetheart.  Just imagine how this child will grow to help others as she has the opportunity.  What can we do help others.  Sometimes it takes a lot of time and even a lot of money and other times it takes a simple act of giving.  Great job  to Emily’s mom and dad to teach her this valuable lesson.  Emily, you are hero today.

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Emily's hair is for others