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Cyber Seniors

This video is about a group of seniors at a retirement home and the young people who came to share technology with them.  Most of these people have never used a computer. Many had never heard of Facebook or what exactly it was.  Some learned about You Tube and even Skype to visit with their families.  Many learning a little wanted to learn more.  The young people who trained them found some anxious to learn and they couldn’t just get enough.  Many really enjoyed the videos on You Tube so much that they wanted to create their own.  They even had a contest to see who would get the most views o f their YouTube video.  How exciting to watch them as learn about this new technology.  Somethings that most of us take for granted became an unbelieveable new experience for these seniors.  They are now creating videos under the Cyber Seniors Corner.  You are never too young to make a difference.  Just imagine how much their families are happy that these young people took the time to share their knowledge with these seniors.

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Cyber Seniors

Having A Second Wedding to Remember the First

August 1st 2014 Jeremy Stamper and his wife Justice got married out at Hungry Mother State Park and it was perfect.  We were at the top of the world, newlyweds and our whole lives head of us. They had big plans until August 20th 2014 just 19 days after the wedding. Justice was traveling just down the road to her aunt’s house and to meet Jeremy when he got off work when it happened. She was rearended at a dead stop at about 50 MPH plus. She was nearly killed in the impact but by the grace of God she survived.  About a month after the accident she finially told her husband “I don’t want you to be mad….but I do not remember the wedding.” He said hewould do it all again for her. She has memory loss from about 5 weeks before the wedding. She didn’t even know they were married. He is now raising money to give her the wedding she will never forget for their first anniversary in August.  What a wonderful gift to the woman he loves so much.  Currently they have raised over $8,800. http://www.gofundme.com/thestamperwedding.  Mr. & Mrs. Stomper…. have a great time at your wedding Round 2.

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Having a second wedding to remember

Celebrate America

Here is a little lesson in history.  Just a fun video for the 4th of July.  How many of you remember School House Rock when you were a kid.  Here is a video about why we celebrate Indepence Day, July 4th.  Of course, it is the fun of family and bbq and of course those fireworks.   But there is much more of a reason.  This little 2 minute video is just a fun reminder of what our history books say about how we came to this place in history and what they did to get us here.  Take a moment to enjoy this little video and then remember tomorrow all the souls that worked hard to create this wonderful country.  Don’t let the unrest and crazyness that is going on now to stop us from remembering that this country is great and if we all pull together it can be great again.  Everyone have a safe and sane 4th of July.  Enjoy yourselves and take care of eachother.  It is a wonderful country we live in.  Let’s celebrate America.  God Bless America.

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Celebrate America

Man Meets His Mom For The First Time

After decades of obituary searches, calls to strangers and cross-country trips in search of relatives, Charles Bruce Pate kissed his mother for the first time. He was 73, she 88.73 years ago, Pauline was an unwed mom forced to give up her baby boy, Charles. And for as long as he can remember Charles has been looking for the mother who had to give him away. He finally found her. Charles got to kiss is momma.  Sometimes people have to make changes that they don’t want to.  There are a lot of people out there who have had to make some difficult decisions in the past.  This mom had no choice back in 1941.  Pauline dressed him a blue shirt and cap  and gave him to his new mom and dad.   I am sure she thought of him many times over the years.  She probably thought that there was no way they would ever meet again. Last year they found each other.   Watch this one with tissues!

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man meets his mom for the first time

Found Money Returned to Homeless Man

A police officer was patroling in Lauderdale by the Sea and discovered a couple plastic bags left under a park bench.  He took the bags to the station and turned them over to Police Detective Danny Mursell. There was over $5,000 dollars in cash in the bag with no identifying notes inside.  Soon another similar bag was turned over with another $4,000 inside. They found a clue.  A receipt was in side for a clothing store in the Coral Ridge Mall.  They were able to obtain video footage of the man who bought the clothes.  They distributed the picture to all the police in the area and shortly were able to locate the man.  They discovered that this homeless man had inherited a large sum of money from a relative and had accidentaly left it at the bench.  It tooks some fine detective work to reunited this man and his money.  He could not believe that there was still good people in the world who would turn over the money.  Now the homeless man is going to meet some family and try to get his life back in order.  We know ther are good people out there and we do wish this man the best luck.

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Found money returned to homeless man

 

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

Boy’s reaction to bullying

This is a story about some fifth graders and their friend.  You might think that boys that age would be tough on someone their age that might be alittle different from them.  Not these 5 boys.  They took it upon themselves to be the best friend to this boy.  James was adopted when he was just a baby and soon lost his new father in an accident.  He has had a tough life but these boys are now making his life better. They spend time with him.  They play with him and protect him from others who might tease him or try to hurt him.  They include him in activities and they even all banned together to get him a playstation and games. They are best friends and the boys are doing what they can to take care of their friend.  What a great lesson we can all learn from these young men.  They get as much joy out of doing things for James and James does receiving their love and attention.  This school had a program about bullying.  These boys are the best program to teach others about how not to bully.  Great job boys.  You boys can inspire all of us to be better friends and better people.

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boy's reaction to bullying

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

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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9 year old builds houses

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