• Couple doubles family after taking in late friend’s four daughters

    “She said if anything ever happens to me, I want you to take my girls and I instantly said okay."

    Laura Ruffino updated her Facebook cover photo with this adorable pic. (Facebook/Laura Ruffino)Laura Ruffino updated her Facebook cover photo with this adorable pic. (Facebook/Laura Ruffino)

    In fulfilling a dying wish to a family friend, a New York couple has doubled the size of its family after adopting their late friend’s four daughters.

    When Laura Ruffino’s best friend Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in the summer of 2014, the two had a life-altering conversation.

    “She said if anything ever happens to me, I want you to take my girls and I instantly said okay,” Laura Ruffino told 7 Eyewitness News.

    When Diamond, 40, passed away in April of this year, the Ruffino family was changed forever when they welcomed the four girls into their home – leaving them now with six children.

    “Ten years ago I didn’t think this would be my life. But if something gets thrown at you just accept the challenge and do the best you can,” Laura’s husband, Rico said.

    In an attempt to combat the upcoming challenges, the family set up a YouCaring page to ask for support as they are receiving “no financial child support to accommodate this quick expansion.”

    “If you know

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  • Retired teacher gets a flash mob farewell

    “It was a wonderful way to celebrate."

    A retired teacher got an unforgettable goodbye from her students and colleagues on her last day. 

    Margaret Gabica taught at St. Julian’s Primary School in Wales for more than 25 years.

    On her final break duty before her retirement last week, teachers and students broke into a flash mob set to the Lion King musical’s version of “He Lives In You.” 

    The adorable performance, which moved her to tears, was caught on video and has touched many hearts since.

    “The children and teachers wanted to do something special to celebrate all that she has done for the school,” reads the message at the start of the video.

    Gabica is seen standing in the center of the school yard interacting with the children, when the song slowly creeps in through the speakers. 

    Teachers and students gather around her and surprise Gabica with their rehearsed routine. All in sync, they start clapping their hands and twirling to the music. 


    Towards the end, Gabica is clearly emotional and can’t hold back her tears any

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  • (Facebook/Samuel Rousseau-Mascolo)(Facebook/Samuel Rousseau-Mascolo)

    A Canadian man proved that looking out for other people never takes a vacation.

    Samuel Rousseau-Mascolo was vacationing in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia, when he saw four beachgoers battling to keep their heads above water, reports CBC News.

    The 20-year-old lifeguard’s instincts quickly took over as he scurried to find someone with surfboards.

    “Something had to be done,” he told La Voix De l’Est in French.

    He and the surfboard owner raced into the Indian Ocean to reach the struggling swimmers, who were being carried by the current.

    “Each of us [had] two swimmers clinging to our surfboard, which we used as a lifesaver,” Rousseau-Mascolo told CBC News.

    There were only a dozen meters separating the stranded from the beach, but because of the powerful winds and currents, it took around 10 minutes to bring them back to dry land, reports La Voix De l’Est.

    One of the rescued, Rousseau-Mascolo said, was so weak that a simple wave could have made him fall.

    The victims – who were luckily all

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  • (Facebook/The Boca Beacon)(Facebook/The Boca Beacon)

    A Florida community is showing tons of support for a beloved toll booth worker who recently lost his job. 

    Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov was a toll collector at the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority (GIBA) in Boca Raton, Florida, for nearly 30 years. He was known by many in the area as a friendly worker who often gave out treats to dogs and lollipops to children.

    But it all changed last week. 

    According to a news report from Florida NBC station WBBH, the 77-year-old accidentally undercharged a trailer driver and decided to pay the five-dollar difference out of his own pocket. His good deed was caught on the security camera, and since covering a driver’s toll is against GIBA’s rules, Samsonov was subsequently terminated.

    In an email obtained by the local Boca Beacon newspaper, GIBA Chairman Ginger Watkins explains the incident: “The policy is to admit the mistake and reconcile the mistake with accounting … the action of personally funding or withdrawing cash to make it correct before it is

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  • Bus driver stops at lemonade stand to treat his passengers

    "He gave us $10, so, he’s awesome.”

    (Facebook/Sarah Stevens)(Facebook/Sarah Stevens)

    A Boston bus operator took a little detour to make an unexpected stop for his passengers.  

    John Lohan works as a bus driver at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). During one sunny day last week, Lohan decided to treat his passengers to some fresh lemonade from a child-run stand.

    His kind gesture not only surprised his passengers but the four young girls running the lemonade stand as well.

    “The biggest thing I thought was that the children [running the lemonade stand] would have a story they can tell for the rest of their lives,” Lohan told CBS Boston. “And then afterwards, I thought, ‘Well so do the passengers.’”

    The 49-year-old admitted that the stop at the lemonade stand “wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.” He had originally spotted the stand during one go-around of his bus route. 

    “All the stars were aligned,” Lohan told Boston.com. “The conditions were just right… Ninety per cent of the time, you can’t do that on the job.”

    Lohan had a small number of

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  • How Facebook helped save this man’s life

    "If I was there longer, it could have gotten worse.”


    A 28-year-old man from Pittsburgh has a new hero fighting in his corner: Facebook.

    Chris Thomas is an Army veteran suffering from limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, reports the Huffington Post. When he fell from his wheelchair, he sent out an incoherent message to Facebook that ultimately saved his life.

    He was trying to get to the bathroom when his wheelchair got caught on a tall box outside of his bedroom. Through an unfortunate domino effect, a shelf in the box landed on his legs and tipped the wheelchair over.

    “I screamed for help a few times,” Thomas said, “but I live at the end of the hall [in an assisted living facility for the elderly and disabled] and couldn’t quite reach my string to hit my alarm for the guard.”

    The next hour was a blur, with Thomas slipping in and out of consciousness.

    Although getting back into his chair was out of the question, there was one option in reach: his smartphone.

    Thomas sent out a Facebook status that mostly read as nonsense, the word ‘please’

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  • Teacher vows to buy shoes for all students at school after winning big on game show

    “I walked into school and every student in the whole school has given me a hug and said thank you."

    An Australian teacher who won $20,000 on a game show vowed to buy every student at her school a new pair of shoes.

    But she almost didn’t get the win.

    When Bri Dredge locked in the wrong answer on the Australian show ‘Hot Seat,’ host Eddie McGuire probes her to “have another think,” reports the Herald Sun.

    After hearing about her plans to buy shoes for all 200 students at Yuille Park Community College, an inspired McGuire really wanted to see her win.

    Bri’s $20,000 question was: “First published in 1929, is T.S. Eliot’s famous work ‘Old Possums Book of Practical’ what?”

    The teacher could choose between: birds, cats, advice and poetry.

    Dredge locks in the incorrect ‘poetry,’ but McGuire doesn’t want to see things end like that.

    “Have another think,” he tells her.

    And, after taking his cues, Dredge grins, and changes her answer to ‘cats.’

    McGuire later told Confidential that he did not “technically” give the answer away.

    “Put it this way, she wasn’t going to get the wrong answers.”


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  • An adorable four-year-old cancer patient had her dream wedding with none other than her favourite nurse.

    Abby, who’s battling leukemia, told her mom matter-of-factly that she was looking forward to marrying one of the nurses – Matt Hickling – who works at Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, reports ABC News.

    And naturally, like every mom who’s dying to see their daughter in a beautiful white gown, she told him.

    That’s when he and the staff decided it was going to be a day to remember: they got cake, found Hickling a tuxedo t-shirt and had a local florist donate flowers.

    All within 24 hours.

    When little Abby arrived at the treatment center, she “shyly” asked Hickling for his hand in marriage, and he “didn’t hesitate to say yes.”

    Abby and Matt pose for their adorable wedding photos. (Facebook/Matt Hickling)Abby and Matt pose for their adorable wedding photos. (Facebook/Matt Hickling)

    “This day will hopefully be one our patient and her family can always look back on and smile when days are tough!” Hickling wrote on his Facebook page, where he shared the story. “I know I will!”

    Abby’s mom walked her down the aisle

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  • Vancouver cop goes undercover and finds kindness

    "The generosity, the caring was inspiring.”

    A Vancouver policeman went undercover in a rough part of the city in hopes of catching thieves, but things didn’t go quite as he expected.

    Staff Sgt. Mark Horsley masqueraded as a wheelchair user with a brain injury in an attempt to catch those who have been attacking people in wheelchairs since early 2014, reports Metro News.

    “I was ready to be victimized,” Horsley admitted at a news conference. “Our plan was just to take whatever the assault or robbery was.”

    The veteran cop, who’s been at it since 1986, spent five days in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside posing as a man who was left disabled following a motorcycle accident.

    He expected to be robbed. He ended up with $24 more than he came with, according to Metro News.

    In more than 300 interactions, no one took advantage of him. Two men who had talked to him earlier even came back with pizza. One man closed the zipper of his fanny pack and warned him to be careful. And another man even asked him for his permission to pray for him to

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  • 5-year-old Batman saves toddler trapped inside hot car

    "Of all days for him to dress up and that happens.”

    (SWNS via The Daily Mail)(SWNS via The Daily Mail)

    Looks like Batman’s protecting more than Gotham these days.

    After a five-year-old dressed as Batman caught wind that a toddler was stuck inside a car on a burning hot afternoon, he did what any other superhero would do: saved the day.

    One-year-old Iris Adamski was sitting inside the car while her grandparents loaded their shopping into the trunk, when all of the doors suddenly locked – with the keys inside, reports the Mirror.

    “I had just put the pram away when the door locked; I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t get her out,” Iris’ grandmother Caroline Penny told the Daily Mail.

    She and Iris’ grandfather John immediately called the local police, who smashed the rear window in an effort to save the tot. There was only one problem: they couldn’t fit through the window. 

    That’s when Zavi Ahmed and his mom Emma – who he had begged to let him dress up as the Caped Crusader earlier that day – came to the rescue.

    (SWNS via The Mirror)(SWNS via The Mirror)

    The little superhero crawled through the rear window of the

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