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    Everyone loves a great tea cozy, but if you are crafty with a set of knitting needles, you can provide an even more comforting gift for a young refugee by knitting them an Izzy Doll.

    The Izzy Doll has been a symbol of Canadian peacekeeping for the past 20 years, with the RCMP taking 800 to Haiti last year, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

    But this year, with the government taking in thousands of Syrian refugees, there is a great need for the dolls in Canada.

    Shirley O’Connell, grandmother of nine and RCMP window, is urging Canadians to pull out their knitting needles and get to work on making the comfort items for the weary families.

    “I’m hoping that the attention will cause a lot more knitters to be aware that these innocent children are coming into our country and they’ve been sort of bumped around from place to place, and these little dolls will bring them comfort,” O’Connell told the Citizen.

    “It always brings smiles on the faces of children and

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  • Prince Harry hugs Mutsu Potsane, a young boy he first became friends with on his last visit to Lesotho nearly 10 years ago, during a visit to the Mamohato Children’s Centre on Oct. 17, 2015. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale)

    Nearly a decade has passed since Prince Harry last saw the orphan boy he befriended on his gap-year trip to the southern African nation of Lesotho.

    After meeting then four-year-old Mutsu Potsane, the prince was inspired to set up his own charity called Sentebale to provide long-term support to children, who have lost their parents, New Zealand Herald reports.

    Harry and his life-long friend were finally reunited during the official opening of Sentebale’s new Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho.

    Prince Harry has reunited with Mutsu Potsane, a young boy he first became friends with while in Lesotho nearly 10 years ago. (Instagram)Prince Harry has reunited with Mutsu Potsane, a young boy he first became friends with while in Lesotho nearly 10 years ago. (Instagram)The two became pen pals and wrote to each other frequently over the years, according to the Kensington Royal Instagram account.

    Ahead of the opening ceremony and the reunion, the 15-year-old’s latest written-letter to the prince was released on Instagram. It

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  • Kaila Kirby married her finance by her father's bed in the ICU earlier this week. Kaila Kirby married her finance by her father's bed in the ICU earlier this week.

    As Kaila Kirby’s father grows increasingly ill with each passing day, it became clear that he might not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle next year at her wedding.

    Earlier this week, Kaila married her fiance by her father’s bedside in the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina. She wanted  her father to give her away, Charlotte Observer reports.

    “It was important to have my dad here,” Kaila said. “I would have liked for him to stand beside me. I feel like I’m losing my best friend.”

    The 49-year-old father, Jubal Kirby, is suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis, an incurable lung disease and has been hospitalized for nearly three weeks, according Fox Carolina.

    The couple decided to move their wedding date up and made last-minute plans to make it happen with the help from family, friends and even the nurses.

    Her father’s nurse along with the other hospital staff bought balloons and cake for the wedding while Kaila’s sister went to Target to buy a veil

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  • NOVEMBER 13:  A pallet of canned food sits in the warehouse at the SF-Marin Food Bank on November 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)NOVEMBER 13: A pallet of canned food sits in the warehouse at the SF-Marin Food Bank on November 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    As the holiday season approaches, the notion of ‘charity’ is one that can come in many forms.

    Residents in Lexington, KT, for example, have taken that idea to heart. Once again this year they can pay-off their parking tickets with canned food donations instead of cash.

    The “Food for Fines” program requires that donations are based on the monetary amount of the fine incurred.

    For example, a $15 fine requires a donation of ten, 15-ounce cans of food, according to the Good News Network.

    Last year, the city of Lexington collected over 6,000 cans of food, which would amount to around 600 violations or $14,000 cash. 

    The “Food for Fines” program runs through December 18th. 

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  • If charitable actions are any kind of benchmark metric, then, the recent display of goodwill by ‘The Rock’ is trending high on the humanitarian scale.

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is known for his chiseled physique. But it is his ‘soft as butter’ soul that is winning him new fans. 


    The pro-wrestler turned action star has a soft spot for furry, four-legged friends. So it wasn’t too surprising to find out The Rock jumped to the rescue of a pup who was named after him.

    The dog, named Dwayne, after Johnson, was found with its mouth wired shut and in poor physical shape. The dog was frail and utterly exhausted, but those were the least of the poor pooch’s problems.

    The Los Angeles shelter that took him in discovered the pup has a heart murmur that will require a $4,500 surgery. A GoFundMe page was setup to cover costs for the surgery.

    The Rock donated $1,500 towards Dwayne’s surgery, pushing the goal over the edge.


    The account is still open for donations. Saving Spot! Rescue said that any extra

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    A little girl is less than thrilled to say the least after getting the news that her mother is expecting a baby boy.

    But her adorable reaction caught on camera is sure to tug a few heart strings. 

    In a recent video, the girl’s mother dropped a few hints to her daughter about the gender of the unborn baby. 

    “Do you know why I bought blue paint?” The mother teased her little girl, who replied that “maybe the baby likes blue or something?”

    The little girl seems to be completely in denial, so the mother decides to tell her that the baby will be a boy.

    That’s when the girl breaks down into an epic tantrum and tells her mother she “doesn’t want it.” 

    “I wanted a girl,” she is heard saying in the video, as she hysterical begins to cry. 

    “Can we just love it anyways?” Her mother asks her daughter.

    Her daughter simply shakes her head and says “no.”

    “What should we do? Don’t cry,” the mother pleads with her daughter, before the video cuts off.

    Let’s hope the little girl eventually came to terms

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  • One year ago, Hyong Yi’s wife, Catherine Zanga, lost her battle to ovarian cancer.  The Charlotte, North Carolina prosecutor and police attorney left behind two children, Anna and Alex, and a devoted husband.  But as the one year anniversary of his wife’s death approached, Yi decided to channel his grief into something a bit different – 100 love notes honouring his late wife and the love they shared.

    Late last week, the Charlotte assistant city manager, along with his two children, walked through the city, handing out the love notes, which Yi explained to The Charlotte Observer contained “the story of love and life we had.”

    The #100lovenotes are written as though the couple are having a conversation, offering insight into the development of their love and relationship.  

    “Dearest,  every insecurity I ever had about myself dissolves with you near. You are the best medicine.  Beloved,” says one note, found on Yi’s site 100 Love Notes.  The response:  “Beloved, I like being your

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    A veteran will soon be reunited with the bomb sniffing dog he trained and served with, after a drawn-out custody battle that may have cost a North Carolina Deputy Sheriff his job.

    Howard is a retired bomb sniffing dog that served overseas with Alex Reimer, a US soldier who trained and cared for Howard. 

    Reimer finished his tour of duty in 2013, and upon returning home to Colorado, began to look for Howard, reports Life With Dogs.

    That search led to the discovery this October that Howard had also retired – and had been adopted by Sheriff’s Deputy Deon Fuller in Hoke County, North Carolina.

    Reimer, retired and suffering from PTSD, desperately wanted Howard back. Fuller refused, claiming he had adopted the dog fair and square.

    But Reimer wasn’t going to give up without a fight. After discovering that the dog was living in Fayetteville North Carolina, he had a friend go and check up on Howard. That friend reported that he had found Howard tethered to a tree in the backyard. 

    “It’s just

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    Kindness goes a long way, and the efforts of one Syrian man ‘paying it forward’ while taking asylum in Germany has the internet abuzz with his compassion and generosity.

    This kind soul set up a table with rice, bread, and what appears to be a stew, ready to give to passerby, accompanying a sign which read, “Give Something Back To German People.”

    Another sign taped to the table explains the man’s plight:

    It’s Christian Syrian German Project to Help the Homeless People or Any Body need Help in Germany  

    Our Target is to give something back to People who helped Us.  

    We are not consumer people but we are people who love tender

    We want to be a positive part in the German community.

    Want to be one hand (Syrian And German citizens) to help the others and help each others.

    With all that the man may have gone through to get to where he is today, it’s incredible to see that he’s taken his situation in great stride while also trying to help others, anyone at all, who may be in need.

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  • A McDonald's restaurant is seen in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from March 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/FilesA McDonald's restaurant is seen in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

    Staff at a McDonald’s restaurant in England went above and beyond to put a smile on the face of one very special 93-year-old customer.

    Harry Scott began visiting his local McDonald’s in Workington, Cumbria, almost every day after his wife passed away in 2013, reports The Daily Mail Online. They say retiree comes in six days a week, and is such a favourite with staff that they even have a special table reserved for him.

    His usual order is a Happy Meal — he says his appetite is too small for anything larger.

    To honour Scott, last week the staff decided to throw him a little surprise birthday party, complete with banners, balloons, whiskey and shortbread. They even gave him a special gift: his Happy Meals going forward will be free.

    “When they threw the surprise party I had to wipe my eyes,” Scott told the Daily Mail. “The kids who come in here are mine as I don’t have any of my own. It’s company for me.”

    Jack Holliday works at the McDonalds and told the Mail, “He’s a one-off. We get

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