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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

 

He Helps the Homeless in an Amazing Way

This is an amazing story about a retired Minnesota teacher known as the ‘Sandwich Man’ who is dedicating every day of his life the helps the homeless.  Allen Law has dedicated his life to helping the homeless in Minneapolis.  He retired from work as a teacher to start his new career providing for people who need help.  He goes out each night driving a van taking what is needed to the people who need it the most.  Does he do it alone?  No but without his help it wouldn’t get done. 363 is the number on the side of his van.  ”That number represents the days that most people don’t think of the poor”says Allen.  ”I will be out there every night”.  There  is no stopping him.  He hands out sandwiches, bus tokens, socks and other necessities.  He uses what he has and what others share with him to make this happen. Like his brother who offered for him to use his apartment while he was away and Allen filled it with socks, blankets and storage of other donations. That is not to mention his own house and the 17 freezers that hold the sandwiches that the churches and civic organizations make for him. Over 700,00 sandwiches which he drops off at homeless shelters.  He is a special kind of man.  Thank you Allen for your dedication.  You are amazing.

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He helps the homeless in Amazing ways

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  Please take a few moments to remember our nation and your local community on this day.  There are events everywhere in the U.S. that you can participate in.  Take a look around and if you are able – join in on this day of  celebration.  Everywhere in U.S.A  lets come together United as a Nation to Pray for each other. Lets praise God and give thanks as well. Spread the word and share so we can have many people come together and pray together!! Find your local events by visiting www.NationalDayOfPrayer.Org “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” 1 Kings 8:28.  This is a beautiful song and video created to just remind you to take some time on this day to pray for our nation, our military, our children, police and public servants and others this day.

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National Day of Prayer

Louisville Police Officer Helps Runner Finish

Asia Mystory Ford decided  to start losing weight after her husband lost a limb due to diabetes.  She lost over  217 lbs.  To celebrate her weight loss she decided to compete in The Rodes City Run which is a 10k in historic downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  As she was only 2 miles from the finish line she started to feel bad.  She was approached by Officer Aubrey Gregory who offered to get her an ambulance to take care of her.  She said she did not want to stop so Officer Gregory stepped up to help her and do the last two miles together. Asia, her son and Officer Gregory walked the last two miles together and finished the race.  This story spread fast on social media.  It is wonderful to hear a good story about a police officer who spent his time helping a citizen achieve her goal.  Not only did he help her complete the race. He got a forever friend.  You are amazing Asia Ford. You may not have been the fastest runner but you made it.  You are a hero Officer Gregory. You both are inspiring to us all.

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Louisville police officer helps runner

Woman wakes from Coma

A tragic accident in East Tennessee could never be called good news.  That is not where this story ends.  Sharista Gailes was in a horrible accident that put her in a coma.  Sharista was 5 months pregnant at the time.  The doctors told her family that she would probably never wake up.  One month later she gave birth prematurly. Her little boy weighed less than 2 pounds.  He is now growing and getting bigger.  Last week her family got a call with great news.  She was awake from her coma.  She had opened her eyes and could even squeeze her hand.  Her family even watched her amazingly as she followed with her eyes a picture of her little baby.  What a joy.  What a miracle.  The doctors don’t know quite yet just how much brain activity she will get back and how much she will be able to do but this is truly a miracle times two.  Let’s all just pray for this little boy and his mama that they will be able to grow stronger together.

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Woman awakes from coma

Man reunited with Time Capsule

Have you ever thought of putting together a time capsule?  Taking things that mean something to you today and putting it in a container and hiding it to find another day.  That is what a 12 year old boy did some 37 years ago.  The 37-year-old time capsule discovered in a Fontana, California home last December has been returned to the man who hid it as a 12-year-old boy. Texas resident Robert Wright, 49, told ABC News today he flew with his father to their former home this past weekend to pick up the 1978 time capsule and its contents — a letter Wright wrote to himself, a McDonald’s scratch card game, newspaper clippings and coins. “It was surreal,” Wright said. “I never thought I’d see it again.”

What would you put in a time capsule?  What would you want people of the future to find to learn about you and the times you are living in?  What would they know about you by what you put in the capsule?  How awesome is it that they were able to return this to Robert.  I bet he never thought he would see it again.

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Man reunited with time capsule

Working together saves his life

This video is about a car accident and the people who made a difference.  A 26 year old was driving along America’s longest bridge when his car crashes through the guardrail.  Immediately those who saw the accident leap into action.  Al Pike stopped his car and ran to jump off the bridge into the water to pull the driver out of the car.  He found the driver and helped him while the other witnesses started throw a rope into the water.  They tie the rope around the driver and pull him to safety.  This is not something that one person could do.  This had to be done by the group working together.  The end result would have been much worse if no one had wanted to help.  This is what people do when things like this happen.  They jump into action and do what needs to be done to get the job done.  He needed them and they were there for him.  Great job people.  You are out heroes.  You were there to take action and not just stand by and be an observer.

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working together saVES HIS LIFE

 

Love Letters in a Record

This is a report from a news station in Denver.  It was reported right around Valentine’s Day but I think any day is a good day for a love story.

An old record from a thrift shop held an unexpected piece of history: a love letter from 1945, sent from a World War II soldier to his girlfriend in Kansas. ”We brought the album home and we were looking through it, and I said, ‘There’s a letter in here!’” said Ilene Ortiz, who bought the record. “I thought, ‘This is such a romantic letter and someone should have it.’ I’ve had it for about six months, and I didn’t know what to do with it.”

Ortiz wanted to find the owner before Valentine’s Day, and contacted 7NEWS for help. Turns out the couple, Bill and Bernadean Moore, got married and moved to Colorado to raise three children. Their daughter, Melinda Gale, said her mother saved all the letters Bill sent her while he was in Europe serving in Patton’s Third Army, but somehow they got lost after her mother died in 2010 and her dad, now 90, went to live at a veteran’s assisted care facility.

“We can’t find their letters which are a very special collection she had for years,” Gale said. “Years and years. And we can’t find them. So this is the only original that we have.”

Gale got tears in her eyes reading her 20-year-old father’s words.”My darling, lovable, alluring, Bernadean,” she read. “I ran out of space, but I could have written a lot more adjectives describing you. You are so lovely, darling, that I often wonder how it is possible that you are mine. I’m really the luckiest guy in the world, you know. And you are the reason, Bernadean. Even your name sounds lovely to me.”  What a wonderful gift this lady gave to Gale.  I am sure she will never forget it.

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love letter in a record album

Couple finds old love letters

Lloyd Michael and Marian Michael had saved their love letters for over 40 years.  They were stolen when their storage unit was broken into.  They thought that they would never see these again.  They were in an old steamer trunk.  They thought that they would never see them again.  One day a stamp collector who had recevied the box decided to search for the couple whose names were on the letters.  He found them and was able to return the letters to Lloyd and Marian.  How pleased they were to get their letters back.  What a wonderful thing for the this man who came about these letters honestly diid to make these two wonderful people happy.  You never know how your acts can affect another.  The thief thought he was getting something of value but the value was on in the hands of the two owners.  This was a value that could never be replaced.

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Couple finds old love letters

Homeless man gets reward

This story is from some time ago but it is worth revisiting.  This is a story of  Glen James, a homeless manwho lives in Boston.  Glen finds a bag with $40,000 and a passport.  When he finds the money (even though he has none himself) he turns it in to the police.  The city of Boston was overwhelmed with his honesty.   They even honored him with a plaque.  Over 500 miles away in Midlowthian, Virginia Ethan Whittington sees this story.  He was taken with this story and thought that Glen deserved more than just a plaqye.  Ethan started a campaign and people donated over $160,000 (this amount is updated to what he has raised currently).  How wonderful the community is to recognize the honesty of this man.  How many of us would do what he did and turn in this money.  No one saw it  but him. No one knew he had it but he never thought of anything but to get this money back to the owner,  How amazing.  Here’s to Glen and all the people who thought to honor him by donating to his reward.

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