Random acts of kindness can range anywhere from rescuing a drowning family to saving a swan tangled in fishing wire. Whatever the case, they are often unexpected and incredibly heartwarming. This generous elderly man decided he would pay it forward to the next generation, buying toys for a toddler at Target.
“Owen grabbed [three dinosaur toys] and we were trying to pick out which one he wanted when Owen abruptly yelled, “Hi,” at this older man walking past us,” [mom Alyssa] Hacker wrote [on Facebook]. “He turned around and said, ‘Hey sweet boy.’”
A grandfather himself, the generous elderly man handed the child a $20 bill for all three toys as the little boy continued to play with the miniature dinosaurs. His reason for doing so? It’s tear-jerking, to say the least.
“I just lost my 2-year-old grandson last week. You take this money and buy this boy all three dinosaurs.”
Tissues, anyone? Hacker initially felt that the anonymous grandpa was a little too close for comfort — clearly, his act of benevolence changed that. The video that she posted on Facebook even garnered hundreds of thousands of shares.
“There is still some good in this world,” she added.
While it’s often best to remain cautious with strangers, keep in mind that there are a bunch who mean well.
Parents do a lot for their children and, occasionally, the children of others. This generous mom donated 5,000 pints of breastmilk to parents in need. 37-year-old Carrie Deklyen saved her baby’s life — and she didn’t even know it. Deklyen chose to forego cancer treatment in order to protect her unborn child, giving birth while in a coma.
Dekylen… discovered she was pregnant in April, just two weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. She underwent two surgeries to remove the tumor and, along with her husband, Nick, chose to forego a clinical trial in order to protect the baby.
The miracle baby was born at 24 weeks and conveniently named Life. Weighing only 1 pound and 4 ounces at birth, Life has progressed immensely, according to doctors. Unfortunately, they couldn’t say the same for Dekylen.
Dekylen’s tumor was showing rapid growth, and doctors were forced to drain fluid from her brain several times. Doctors had hoped to delay delivery until 28 weeks gestation, but a decline in both Life and Dekylen’s health had forced them to act earlier.
Alongside Life, Dekylen will be survived by five other children. As proven by Dekylen, nothing compares to a mother’s love.
It isn’t every day an act of kindness makes a lasting impact. Thanks to a stranger, you might witness the birth of your child or reunite with a lost pet. Or if you’re 12-year-old refugee Mohammed Khaled, you’ll enjoy getting into shape. Gym owner Engin Dogan offered the shoeshiner a lifetime membership, in the hopes of inspiring others to pay it forward.
“A boy, looking through the gym window, wearing slippers in the middle of winter and carrying his backpack.
“Our aim was to find him and offer him a lifetime membership here. And, we did it.” [said Dogan.]
With over 3.3 million Syrian refugees taking shelter in Turkey, a simple favor goes a long way. Since going viral on social media, Khaled has finally begun training with his unexpected saviors.
“He found me and helped me,“ Khaled said.
“I had always dreamed of losing weight and now I believe I can do that by working out.”
Many Turkish establishments are famed for their ground-up histories. It’s no wonder their hardworking citizens look out for one another — even for those who are different.
If our future is in the hands of Generation Z, I’ll be honest — I’m pretty hopeful. At the end of the day, they’re raising money for deaf children and even delivering babies. If you aren’t won over yet, a young hero from Wales rescued five people from dangerous coastlines. To top it off, he’s only 8-years-old!
Brave Steffan Williams was out kayaking when he spotted three tourists – an elderly woman and two teenagers – huddled on a rock. He quickly fetched his rubber dinghy and then towed the terrified trio back to the shore. And just two days later he spotted two teenage boys stuck on the same rock, frantically whistling and waving to catch his attention.
Williams, who was only 6 when he began kayaking and sailing, has since raised £100 for his father’s lifesaving crew. When I was that age, I don’t think I was off training wheels.
“I want to be a life boat person when I get the chance. They are taking away the New Quay lifeboat to replace it with a little one. I’m very sad about that. I want to be on the big lifeboat. You can join at 17.”
If it’s in this child’s nature to help others, I can imagine that most of our younger ones are doing pretty well.
Conceiving a child is not always the easiest task — especially if you’re a transgender man. 34-year-old Trystan Reese, who transitioned at age 20, successfully gave birth to a son in July.
Doctors told [the couple] that because Reese had only undergone hormone therapy in his transition, preparing to conceive wouldn’t be very different than for a woman who had been on hormonal birth control.
Reese said he became pregnant about five months after he stopped taking testosterone.
Reese, who experienced a perfectly healthy pregnancy, educated haters on social media. He and partner Biff Chaplow documented their journey through blogs, addressing people’s concerns. Reese also explained why he chose not to undergo a full gender reassignment. If not the whole of Facebook, it certainly had me touched.
“I’ve never wished or wanted to be assigned male at birth or to have my body match up exactly with that of my partner, who was assigned male at birth,” Reese said. “I’m okay being trans. I think it’s kind of awesome, actually, and I’ve never wanted my body to be different.”
Reese is not the first transgender man to see out a successful pregnancy. But he is one of the few to go public. Judgment is unfortunate, and also inevitable — but there is always room for understanding.
Delivering a baby is always a unique experience. You could be a preteen delivering your brother or an OB-Gyn delivering a gorilla. Regardless, the journey is always different. Pregnant doctor Amanda Hess thought she’d only be birthing her own child when she stepped out to deliver another woman’s baby.
While waiting to begin the procedures to have her labor induced, she glanced at the computer screen in her room that alerts the medical staff to patients’ conditions and noticed that an unknown woman was having complications with her pregnancy.
“I heard nurses running down the hallway,” Hess says. “I said, ‘Do you guys need some help?’”
Patient Leah Halliday-Johnson’s baby was experiencing sharp drops in her heartbeat. When Hess learned that the on-call OB-Gyn was not on duty, she immediately took action.
Dr. Hess, in practice about seven years, says occasionally women deliver a baby in the hospital when a doctor can’t make it in time and in those cases, the nurses handle the birth.
But Dr. Hess didn’t mind at all, and afterward returned to her own room and started the medication to induce her own labor.
To us, the decision may have demanded more thought — but to Dr. Hess, it was a total no-brainer.
I was barely three-years-old when I first picked up a paintbrush. While I have become somewhat competent in creating simple pictures, my talent doesn’t compare to that of Cassie Gee’s. The five-year-old paints galaxies and has donated over $750 to various charities.
A true natural talent, Gee sold more than 20 paintings and made $1,000 just one month after picking up a brush.
The proud mom, who also paints as a hobby, handed her daughter some of her art supplies one day. “I gave her the canvas and the paints, and said, ‘Go do something’. She came back with it and I said, ‘Oh my god, that’s better than mine.’”
To date, Cassie has sold over 100 artworks, which is way more than I can say for myself.
Her website, CassieSwirls, describes her style as “free and uninhibited.” With an imaginative mind like hers, she is able to create such powerful visuals through brush strokes.
“She chooses a combination of acrylic paint, resin and glitter to create faraway landscapes and galaxies using only a fork or skewer and her hands,” the site explains.
Our kids may be living in a virtual world, but perhaps it’s time we give them more credit.