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Police Officer Attends Wedding of Baby He Saved

Officer Joe Barka has worked on the Yonkers Police Department for the past 45 years.  Recently Officer Joe was able to share the day with a baby he saved some 20 years ago.  Back in 1993 Officer Joe was called to house where a baby had stopped breathing.  Grabbing the baby from the parents the officer checked for vitals and finding none he jumps into his cruiser with his partner and heads to the hospital doing CPR the whole way.  When he met the parents at the hospital he was able to tell them that the baby crying that they heard was their little daughter.  Ever since, this officer has treated this little girl like one of his own.  He never forgets a birthday or even Christmas.  But now it was here time to remember.  She invited the officer and his wife to her wedding as a guest of honor.  Even though the family moved to Buffalo they have kept in touch.  What a wonderful relationship these people have. Without each other their lives would never be the same. Great job Officer Barka.

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Police officer attends wedding of baby he saved

Texas Boys Mow Lawn to Keep Woman from Going to Jail

Gerry Suttle is 75 years old and owns some property in Riesel, Texas.  It is summer and very hot outside but that is not the problem.  Gerry was sent a letter from the authorities telling her that her grass was over 18 inches tall and needed a mow.  Gerry says she did not receive the letter. Since she did not appear before the judget a warrent was issued for her arrest.  She needed to get the grass mowed and soon.  The brothers heard about Gerry’s problem and got together to mow her grass.  Soon some community folks jumped in to help and in 2 hours they had it done.  Gerry was speechless at the sight of her mowed lawn.  The boys said they did not do it for money.  They just wanted to help her out.  Gerry could not believe their act of kindness and goodwill.  She was very touched and it restored her faith in the good works of neighbors.  This is a simple task that needed to be done and these boys took their own initative and without being asked jumped in to help.  What a great bunch of young men.  Thank you boys for doing the right thing for this neighbor.

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Tezas boys mow lawn to keep woman out of jail

10 year old saves kids from fire

When a mobile home caught fire, 10 year old Isaiah Francis didn’t think about himself.  He only thought about the other children that were in harm’s way in the trailer. The children’s dad was trying to put water on the fire and the emergency responders had not arrived yet.  He was able to pull out a 1 and 2 year old.  Minutes later the Orange County Florida fire fighters were on the scene.  They went in while the mobile home was 75% engulfed at that time.  They were able to save two more children. What a brave young man!  It takes more than courage to rush into a fire like that, it takes some help from a few guardian angels.  How amazing that he was there at the right time and place. He is such an amazing young man.  You are our hero Isaiah. Do not put yourself in harm’s way but do answer when called upon.  Amazing people do amazing things.  Even young ones.

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10 year old saves kids from fire

 

Child Care and the Elderly

This is a beautiful story.  Not many words.  You just watch and take it the joy these folks feel together.  In Seattle, a retirement home is also the home for a preschool.  Providence Mount St. Vincent is the home of more than 400 elderly residents.  While this building is mostly housing for the elderly it is also a location for a preschool.  Watching the preschoolers interact with the elderly is amazing.  Sometimes through words and sometimes just through touch.   They participate in similar activities and learn from eachother.  They love spending time together.  I think the elderly feel younger spending time with the preschoolers and the preschoolers learn and enjoy the interaction with the elderly patients.  43% of older people feel isolation and which relates to lonliness and depression. A program such as this one can only help not only the older patients but the little ones who learn how to relate to people and how to care for others.  They should have programs like this everywhere.  Wouldn’t it be great if they had one of these places in every large community.  Our elderly deserve a chance to make a difference in the lives of these little ones and what these little ones can learn from these “grandparents”.  It was wonderful to watch.

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childcare and the elderly

Happy Father’s Day Dad

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  I feel the same about Father’s Day as I do Mother’s Day.  Everyday should be Father’s Day and Mother’s Day.  We shouldn’t wait until one day in the year to tell our parents how much they mean to us.  This sweet video shows some of the great things that Dad does for us.  It shows the diffferent characteristics of a great Dad.  Many memories we have of the special things that all the Dads do for their families.  Thank you to all those Dads out there who always care for their families.  AND for all those men out there who may not be a biological father but are always there as father figure to those who need one.  Happy Father’s Day to all you “Dads” out there.  You are so special in the lives of the children, more than you know.

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Happy Father's Day

92 year old adopts 76 year old as daughter

At age 92, Muriel Clayton is a mother again, having adopted the woman who’s been her “daughter” for more than six decades. Just not officially. Mary Smith, who’s now 76, knew Muriel as her fun older cousin as she was growing up, but family tragedy changed the dynamic. After he father passed away and her mother was ill and not able to care for her, Muriel took in Mary and she has been there ever since. ”I wanted her to be mine,” said Clayton.  She has always wanted to adopt her.  Out of respect, she wouldn’t adopt her until Smith’s biological mother, who had been ill for years, passed away.  June 9, inside Dallas County Court, they formally became mother and daughter. Now the record will show what Muriel Clayton has known in her heart all along. She has always known in her heart that they were mother and daughter but now it is official.  It is never too late to add to your family. What a beautiful family they make.

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92 year old adopts 76 year old

 

Seniors Give up Class Trip for Principal

A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care. Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissue earlier this month. The senior class at the school surprised Vashaw on Tuesday with the news that they would donate the funds for their senior class trip for her treatment. What a wonderful group of young people who give up their class trip to help out their principal.  ”She’s just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be selfless, too,” Ian Baker, a senior at the school told ABC affiliate WMUR-TV.  She teaches the students that they need to do something bigger than they are.  It looks like they are listening.  They have done a good thing here.  How inspiring they all are. It is wonderful to see what great things young people can do for others.

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Seniors give up trip to help principal

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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A brave little boy grows up

Homeless Valedictorian Amazes All

It’s hard being a teenager.  There are lots of distractions that keep teenagers from getting good grades.  Here is a story of a boy that had alots of distractions.  Not the normal teenage distractions.  He lost his mother to cancer when he was 6 years old . Soon with his father and brother he became homeless and lived  in and out of different shelters.  In April just before finals and AP exams Griffin found himself homeless again.  But through it all Griffin Furlong was named Valedictorian of his high school.  Not only is graduating but Furlong was managed to earn a 4.65 GPA and was accepted to Florida State University. What an amazing story of an unbelievable young man.  Through all his ups and downs he never missed a day of school. His friends set up an online fund raising campaign that earned over $95,000 to help pay for college.  Griffin was overwhelmed and only wished that he could have his mom hear his speech.  He finished his speech with “It is amazing what you can do with your life, if you have motivation, ambition and a purpose”.  Way to go Griffin.  We wish you sucess in college and in life.

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Homeless valedictorian

 

A Special Prom Invite

Corning High School student Cope Robinson asked Autumn Pollard to prom this year in front of the entire student body during a pep rally. Pollard is a junior at Corning High School and has Noonan syndrome. Her parents said it affects growth, the heart and several other aspects. Autumn said she usually joins the mascot on the basketball court to do a dance during the pep rally but she wasn’t expecting what happened next. “They turned me towards the words and here’s Cope walking to me with purple flowers, my favorite color,” Pollard said.

Robinson, a sophomore football player, said he and Autumn go to the same church and thanks to the help of his older sister and a few others, they were able to pull off the big surprise.He also said he hopes people see the video and feel inspired to be kind to others.“More people see that and be like that, instead of no, I’m not going to go with this kid, I’m not going to go with that kid,” said Robinson. It is wonderful to see how Cope respected Autumn and wanted to share this occasion with her.  They are wonderful examples to us all.

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A special Prom Invite