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The holiday season is just full of incredible moments. Here’s eight of them.
Secret Santa Pays Off Dozens Of Layaways
One of the best things about the holiday season coming around is all the tales of compassion and generosity that come with it.
Secret Santa Pays Off More Than $10,000 Worth of Layaway Toys https://t.co/SwwTcTsT9U
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) November 26, 2017
This Secret Santa wasn’t just satisfied bringing joy to dozens of families.
While the surprise payment did not cover all layaway orders, he also bought about $2,000 worth of additional toys to donate to the Toys for Tots charity, NJ.com reported.
Tip of the cap to you champ.
Couldn’t love this one enough.
Still sporting her tiara atop perfectly coiffed blonde curls, Mikayla Holmgren couldn’t stop smiling as she recalled what it was like to not only compete in but receive two awards at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
“I was super shocked, I was in tears,” the 22-year-old from Stillwater, Minnesota, told BuzzFeed News over FaceTime from her celebratory dinner late Sunday night. “I went from a special needs pageant to the biggest pageant in the world. It’s kind of crazy.”
Make sure to go watch the video in the link of a super happy Mikayla; definitely worth your time.
Highly encourage you to go read this piece by the Holocaust survivor himself, which is much more gripping than anything I could write.
At 83 years old, I am one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors – thanks to the American troops who rescued me in what seems like a lifetime ago.
And so this year I’m saying “thank you” to the American soldiers of the 1940s by donating $1 million to organizations serving wounded American veterans today.
On Thanksgiving Day, Blossom the turkey will go out hiking with her best friend, a dog named Minnow, and her foster mom, Abbie Hubbard.
Blossom/Minnow 2020. I NEED to be apart of this hiking squad, and I don’t even like hiking. I mean, look at them:
Well, she isn’t a kitten, but she’s just as cuddly! Meet Blossom! She is a five week old turkey and she was saved from a factory farm. Now, she is safe and loved and part of the family! Tomorrow I will visit Chickpea and tell him how he has inspired us to keep saving his family and friends. #compassionforall #familynotfood #govegan
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Need more rescue turkey and dog squads out there.
Soldier Surprises Family On Thanksgiving
Give me all of these videos and all the tissues please.
Family In Need Gifted A Van
If you live in Laurel, MD go buy a car from Amko Auto.
Love seeing love to a single mom out there, props to this dealership. Especially for stuffing the van with a Thanksgiving feast.
Honestly if you didn’t already see this you must stay off all forms of social media, but it’s too good not to share.
When Wanda Dench sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family this year at her home in Mesa, Arizona, all of the guests were invited on purpose.
It was a change from last year’s Thanksgiving, when the grandmother of six accidentally invited high school student Jamal Hinton to dinner at her house.
Dench had thought she was texting a grandson but messaged Hinton by mistake. Despite the mixup, she told Hinton her invitation still stood. He showed up. Their story made headlines.
This year Jamal came to Thanksgiving again, brought his girlfriend, and it’s all just too awesome.
Tears, party of one.
“Camden, I’m so proud of you buddy.”
Texas mother Kate Whiddon said that to her son, who was born without arms and legs, in a heartwarming video that has gone viral. It features her 4-year-old son, Camden, walking for the first time.
It’s sobering to read about how some families struggle with even being able to bring their kids to see Santa, and heartwarming to see what one man did to help after experiencing the same thing.
For many kids, waiting in line to visit Santa Claus is a cherished annual gig. But when Kerry Magro was a child, meeting jolly old Saint Nick wasn’t that easy.
“Growing up with autism, I had challenges in meeting Santa in public places because I dealt with a lot of sensory challenges, so giant malls were never really an option for me,” he told HuffPost.
As someone excited to take his offspring to see Santa tonight, it hurts to hear that it’s something some children don’t get to do.
To make this holiday tradition more accessible to kids facing similar struggles, the 29-year-old now provides “sensory friendly” visits with Santa. And who better to play the man in red than Magro himself?
Magro, a motivational speaker, author and activist, will be Santa again at an autism and sensory friendly event in Jersey City on Dec. 9 and 10. Since starting this tradition three years ago with his nonprofit, KFM Making a Difference, Magro said he has welcomed some 500 children with various challenges, including autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
The piece details how he makes the visits more accessible and comfortable for the kids, and shows just how much we need more guys like Kerry Magro around. .