• Turkish CEO gives $27 million to staff after selling his firm

    “It was a good thing, I wish we could have given them more.”

    A Turkish CEO sold his company for a whopping $589 million, but did not want to leave his loyal employees empty handed.

    Some of the money, which could have easily been used to support a lavish lifestyle, went back into the pocket of the workers.

    Nevzat Aydin paid out $27 million in bonuses to his 114 employee staff, equaling just under $250,000 per person, CNN reports.

    That’s about 150-times their monthly earning.

    “The bonus package is life changing for many of us,” one of the employees, Nedim Nahmias told CNN. He knew about the payout, but he had no idea how much it would be.

    Adyin, who said his online food ordering company Yemeksepeti was not an overnight success, wanted to reward his employees for their hard work.

    “I believe in team work and I believe success is much more enjoyable and glorious when shared with the rest if the team,” he said.

    When the bonus was announced, many on the staff were overwhelmed with emotion.

    “There were emotions because you affect the lives of the

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  • Boy asks mailman for junk mail to read, mailman does one better

    “Most kids his age want electronics! It’s great to see his desire.”

    'I'm just really happy, said Mathew Flores after learning about his new book collection. (Facenook/Ron Lynch)'I'm just really happy, said Mathew Flores after learning about his new book collection. (Facenook/Ron Lynch)

    It’s not every day that you hear about somebody actually wanting junk mail.

    To many, the endless restaurant menus and department store flyers are the definition of annoying, but to 12-year-old Mathew Flores, they’re the only source of reading material he has.

    One day while Ron Lynch, the local mailman, was delivering mail to an apartment complex, he came across Flores reading ads.

    The Sandy, Utah, youngster then asked Lynch if he had any extra junk mail that he could read, which prompted the mailman to ask why.

    “He told me his wish is to have books to read,” Lynch wrote on his Facebook page

    The mailman suggested that he go to the library, where books are plentiful. The problem with that, Flores revealed, was that his family did not have a car and he couldn’t afford to take the bus.

    Moved by the ambitious boy’s story, Lynch took to his Facebook page to ask friends if they could spare some books for the boy.

    “I was given many books as a child and it’s time to help someone else!” he

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  • Students perform Haka dance at their teacher’s funeral

    “This was a very emotional and powerful performance."

    Hundreds of students from a New Zealand school honoured their late teacher with an “emotional and powerful” dance.

    Dawson Tahana Tamatea was a teacher at Palmerston North Boy’s High School in the North Island who passed away in his sleep last week, reports the Manawatu Standard.

    Staff and students performed the Haka, a traditional Maori war dance, at his funeral. The dance was posted by the school on YouTube, where it already has been watched more than 500,000 times. 

    The footage begins with silence as their teacher’s hearse arrives onto the school ground.

    It’s soon broken by the rhythmic chanting, stomping feet and beating chests, which are customary moves of the Haka dance.

    Following the fierce and powerful display, the students stand aside with their heads bowed as the hearse drives by. 

    The traditionally war dance is used to honour special guests at ceremonies, reported the Huffington Post

    According to the school’s Facebook page, the long-time teacher taught physical education

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  • Thanks to Sher Polvinale and her team of volunteers, elderly dogs in Gaithersburg, Maryland, have a loving and caring home for life.  

    The House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary is a retirement home for nearly two-dozen dogs. Polvinale, the facility’s director, and her team of volunteers provide much-needed care for several dogs as they live out their final days. including washing, feeding, medication and vet visits. 

    “Those dogs come to stay with us and there’s no worry they’re going to be passed along again. This is the end but it’s a happy end,” said Polvinale in the video.

    In 2006, Polvinale and her late husband, Joe, turned their home into a senior pet sanctuary. After her husband passed away, Polvinale continued to run the sanctuary.

    According to the sanctuary’s website, these pets have little chance of being adopted because of their age and various medical conditions.

    Polvinale ensures that all the animals enjoy their stay at what likely will be their last home. In fact, she

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  • Photo of police officer sharing a meal with homeless man goes viral

    “He turned out to be a very nice man who just had a sad story. He is a person.”

    A photo of a police officer sharing a meal with a homeless man has gone a long way toward restoring a little faith in humanity.

    TiAnna Greene was taken by surprise when she witnessed this unexpected act of kindness: a police officer sitting on the curb with a homeless man, sharing the breakfast that she had just bought and engaging in conversation.

    Greene quickly took to her Facebook page, calling it an “absolutely wonderful act of kindness that seemed to come naturally” for the police officer.

    “Although I was only blessed to witness less than two minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning!” Greene wrote.

    Greene posted the photo to Facebook in hopes of sharing the selfless act with all of her friends and family, but it didn’t stop there. After the Ocala Police Department shared the photo, thousands of people from around the globe also got a glimpse of the kindness, reports the Ocala Post.

    And thanks to some help from the same police

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  • Teen’s poem about ‘bad day’ goes viral after London man finds it in a bar

    “Words from the heart enter the heart. I think Chanie’s sincerity was felt through her words.”

    Chanie Gorkin's poem has quickly taken the Internet by storm. (Photo: Twitter/@ronniejoiceChanie Gorkin's poem has quickly taken the Internet by storm. (Photo: Twitter/@ronniejoice

    Depending on which way you read this poem, it quite literally has two very different messages, and it is this kind of creativity that has caused Chanie Gorkin’s work to go viral. 

    Gorkin, 16, is from Beth Rivkah High School in the Crown Heights area in Brooklyn, New York. 

    Last year, she wrote the poem for a high school assignment about a bad day. Thanks to social media this week, a snapshot of the poem has gone viral after a stranger found it in bar.

    It was first posted on PoetryNation by Gorkin and it somehow made its way across the Atlantic Ocean to a bar in London, England, where Ronnie Joice saw it pinned onto the wall. He decided to share the inspirational poem with his followers on Twitter and it quickly took off from there.

    When reading the poem from top to bottom it casts a dark message, which starts with “today was the absolute worst day ever.” It gets more and more depressing as each line is read.

    But a

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  • Actress Kristen Bell has made a young fan’s dream come true.

    Avery Hoffman, 6, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour was all smiles when she received a voicemail from none other than Princess Anna, a character that Bell had voiced in the Disney film ‘Frozen.’

    “Hi Avery! This is Princess Anna of Arendelle,” Bell says in the voice of the Disney princess. Immediately following the greeting, the six-year-old’s face perks up in what seems like disbelief and wonderment.  

    “I just wanted to call and say hello…” Bell continues. “So, hello!”

    “Hello!” Avery adorably replies.

    After a few more seconds of chit-chat, “Anna” shifts her attention to her sister Queen Elsa, who’s unfortunately out of hearing range, but has some very exciting news.

    “What’s that, Elsa?” she asks. “Wow, okay! I’ll tell her!”

    Kristen Bell as ‘Frozen’s’ Anna leaves sweet voicemail for six-year-old with brain tumour.Kristen Bell as ‘Frozen’s’ Anna leaves sweet voicemail for six-year-old with brain tumour.

    Shifting her focus back to Avery, Bell says, “My sister Elsa says she’s heard that you’ve been such a good girl and that you’ve been so brave, she has decided to crown you as an honourary

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  • Dog that 'barked too much' finally found a loving home after four years in a shelter

    “That was the day I met the real Mira: the Mira who thinks she’s still a puppy."

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    After nearly four years in a shelter, confined to a cage, this pup is finally breaking free.

    It all started at a Middletown Humane Society in New York State when a volunteer was asked to take out the dog in the corner cage that “barked so much.” Danyell Hopper remembers being very nervous.

    After all, Mira – the eight-year-old pup – had been there for more than three years and made so much noise that Hopper was certain “that’s why she hadn’t been adopted yet.”

    But after spending some one-on-one time with Mira, Hopper’s began to witness a loving side to Mira that had gone unnoticed.

    “I remember sitting there, so scared of the dog who probably weighed more than I did,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “But she laid [sic] down next to me and rolled on her back for a belly rub.”

    Mira went on to play until she was so pooped that she lied across Hopper as if she were a lapdog.

    “It surprised me when I looked at her in that moment, because I remember thinking, ‘this is why you haven’t been

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  • Warning: If you haven’t cried yet today, this video may change that.

    The student chorus from PS22 on Staten Island performed a moving rendition of Martina McBride’s Grammy-nominated song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” for teacher Adriana Lopez, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

    “Because we were inspired by your fighting spirit, we wanted to give something back to you,” chorus director Gregg Breinberg told Lopez in the video.

    “When you feel lost and scared to death, like you can’t take one more step, just take my hand, together we can do it — I’m gonna love you through it,” sang the 5th-graders.

    “I want to thank you for this special moment,” Lopez said, after shedding more than a few tears. “It’s not easy, but I will get through it because I have wonderful friends at this school.”

    The PS22 Chorus has made quite the name for itself since its inception in 2000, having sung for everyone from Beyonce to President Obama to Stevie Nicks. The public school also recorded a

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  • Strangers stop mother’s car from being towed while she’s in the ER with her baby

    “It made a very tough and stressful situation a lot easier for me."

    (Photo credit: Facebook: Kaylee Katrine Goemans)(Photo credit: Facebook: Kaylee Katrine Goemans)

    When you’re facing an emergency at the hospital, the last thing you’re worried about is putting more money in the parking meter.

    And thanks to some understanding strangers, Kaylee Goemans didn’t have to.

    When Goemans rushed her six-month-old son to the emergency room in Barrie, Ontario, she paid for four hours parking, thinking she wouldn’t need any more time than that.

    The doctor had just called her to inform her that her son, Dominic, had complications due to an intestine disorder and urged her to get to the ER fast, reports TODAY.

    But once they arrived at, Goemans and her son were forced to wait three long hours for the doctor. 

    That’s when it donned on the 27-year-old that her parking meter would most likely run up before the visit was over.

    Goemans, who didn’t want to leave her sick son in order to top up the meter, took to Facebook in search of help.

    On a Facebook group for local mothers, Goemans reached out to ask strangers if they knew whether her car had been ticketed or

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