Overcoming Adversity

Siri to the Rescue

Many have used the help tool Siri (found on Iphones) to ask for receipes, directions, location of your favorite restaurants.  Recently one 18 year old used Siri when he could not get help from anyone else.  He was working on his truck and it slipped off the jack.  The over 5000 lb truck landed on Sam Ray from Murfreesboro, Tennessee as he was pinned underneath his truck and used the personal assistant-like service to call for help.  He leaned against his phone and heard Siri say ,”This is Siri here , How may I help you?”.  That is when he said, “Dial 911″.  He was pinned for nearly 40 minutes before help arrived.  He had broken ribs, bruised kidney and cuts and bruises.  He had to be airlifted to a local hospital. He has the 911 dispatch driver and Siri to thank for his rescue.  Sometimes technology is there to rescue us whether we are just lost and can’t find that house we are going to or in this case it saved his life.  How amazing.  So happy to hear you are ok Ray.  Hope you learned not to work on your truck alone.

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Siri to the rescue

Labor Day – What does it mean?

What are you doing on Labor Day?  What should we be doing on Labor Day?  Labor Day has turned into the “End of Summer” celebration.  A day that we head to the beach or to the hills to just get together with family and friends for one last bash for the summer. But that is not how Labor Day started.  Watch this short video to find out why and how we got Labor Day.  You might think you know the whole story but I am guessing that there are a few things that got us here to this Labor Day that you might not realize.  Enjoy this little lesson from the History Channel on how we got to this place.  Then go out and enjoy Labor Day the way you want but take a moment to remember those that we should remember the people who suffered to get us where are we are today. For those of you who have to work on this day , like those from many years ago, we thank you for being there for those of us who have the day off and forgot to buy that item from the store to complete our celebration.  Happy Labor Day.

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Your Cupcakes Are Stale

This is a delightful video about a lady who owns a cupcake store.  She is a hardworking mother of 4. She has had a pretty rough life.  A couple of years ago she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She has a son that has a dibiliterating disease and the medical  bills are climbing.  Jackie O has come along to help her out.  She is going to pretend to be a disgruntled customers saying that the cupcakes she was sold are stale.  When she returns the cupcakes she finds that she has received $10,000.  What a surprise for such a deserving mother.  She is understandably quite moved and can’t believe that someone would do this for her.  Isn’t it amazing when people are able to help out other people in need.  Not everyone can hand out $10,000 but you can do some things to make life easier for those around you that need help.  Please do what you can for others around you.  Take a moment to watch for needs.  Share when you do find a need with others who can also help.  We live in community to help eachother.  Be there for others.

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A Kind Heart Helping Others

Laraine Dawn Young was on vacation last month in Makati with her boyfriend Chris, when she experienced a wordless act of kindness by him that so melted her heart, she had to grab her phone to record the scene as it was unfolding.He stopped what he was doing and did something helping others. She called the video, “An Act of Compassion: The Man I Love Has The Most Beautiful Soul.” She tells her story: “Chris and I were walking out of our hotel in Makati when I saw some children sleeping on the sidewalk. I felt so bad for these kids – I told my boyfriend about them kids and he saw them just laying there looking tired and sickly. Unquestionably, he felt bad for them as well. He told me to watch our things because he wanted to go to the nearest convenience store – I thought maybe he was just thirsty or hungry so OK. After a few minutes, he came out with a bag of groceries and told me he’s going to give it to the kids. *I melted*

As he was crossing the street, I decided to take a video so I can keep reminding myself that I’ve been blessed with a man who is not only smart, sexy and handsome but one who is also beautiful inside and out. He didn’t know I was recording this video until he got back :)

I wanted to keep this video to myself, but I am proud of my man. I wanna share his kind deed to the world even if he deserves more recognition than this. How something so simple can mean so much to not only the ones you serve but the ones who witness you serving.  Take the time to look around and see if there is something you can do to help others.

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A Perfect Example

This video is short and to the point.  It is a perfect example of how to treat people. It is about a professional wrestler (Titus O’Neil) who (by caring for people) showed a local San Diego restaurant how to treat people better.  On Friday, O’Neil treated a pair of homeless people to a meal at a Yard House restaurant. The experience wasn’t ideal, but instead of stomping his feet, O’Neil decided to prove a point. He returned to the same restaurant on Saturday, this time with a lot more of those less fortunate.  And based on his Instagram post, it went a lot better: Completely Different Response than Last night at the @YardHouse in San Diego I’m Not a Fan of Injustice or Prejudice of any sort towards Anybody. My Mother Raised Me with the Help of many others from all walks of life and there were many Times that I had to go without as a youth because of A Lack of Financial resources. People will categorize those that they can’t relate to criticize those that stand up and speak out against what’s wrong all until it directly affects them. I’m not the richest man in the world, but Money,Fame and Status have never held me Bondage because at the end of the day I’ve Gone without before and God has always provided for me. Now I have the opportunity to do the exact thing that others did for me when I had nothing to give them in return….LOVE OTHERS!!! Thanks to those that accepted Help & Those that Treated my guest at lunch as Humans,Patrons and Gods People.  Way to go

 

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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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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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Stranger Buys Car for Single Mom

A struggling North Carolina mother got the surprise of a lifetime when a stranger bought her a car.  WLOS reports that Connie Cole recently called Carolina Auto Sales in Black Mountain in desperate need of a car. The mother of three had no way of realizing that a stranger overheard the conversation over the speakerphone. After the conversation ended, the stranger told the car lot owner to call him if the mother comes back. The stranger said he “heard something in her voice” and wanted to buy her the car. He said “the Lord” wanted him to do it. He asked the dealership to let him know if she came back.  When she returned to the car dealer with her father who provided the down payment of $800 she discovered that a stranger would be paying the remaining $2200.

The mother works at an Asheville sub shop. She said she will never forget him and that it “just means the Lord is out there.”

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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