• There are 23,000 kids, ranging from kindergarten to grade five, in the Detroit Public School system. Most of them show up to class with used or second-hand school supplies and most of the time, teachers are digging into their own pockets to help them out.

    During their first week of classes, one law firm in Detroit, Michigan, decided to do something to let those students start off their school year right. 

    The Mike Morse Law Firm with help of the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) gave away 23,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to students from K through to fifth grade in 65 elementary schools across the region, according to the Mike Morse Law Firm YouTube video.

    “I think it teaches them that there are people out there in the community that care about them,” said Mike Morse, attorney and owner of the law firm in the video. “They want them to succeed. They want them to win in life.”

    The idea to give away thousands of backpacks came to Morse earlier this year.

    In May, his firm gave

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  • Dog stands guard for a week until 'best friend' rescued

    These dogs know the meaning of loyalty

    Tillie the Irish Setter and Phoebe the Basset Hound are best friends who love to take walks and go on adventures. These two are so well known for their adventurous spirit their nicknames are “Breakout” and “Explore.”  But when they didn’t return home last week their owner grew concerned.

    After owner BJ Duft asked a friend to make a posting on Facebook and got the Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) involved, the search for the two dogs was on.

    Days passed with no luck and volunteers were growing desperate and afraid that the dog’s could not survive much longer on their own after almost a week.

    Then on Monday, Amy Carey of VIPP received a phone call.

    A reddish dog matching Tillie’s description had been spotted. The dog had been emerging from the forest, approaching residents on the property, and then retreating back into the forest.

    Carey immediately went to the area to investigate.

    Once she arrived she found Tillie standing guard over a small cistern. Inside, she found Phoebe, weak,

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  • Calgary DJs raise $24K to help pay for Blanchette funerals

    “Honestly, we didn’t know if we’d get to $20,000."

    Two radio DJs in Calgary have raised almost $25,000 in less than 24 hours to help a grieving family cover funeral costs for their son and and granddaughter.

    On Monday, Terry Blanchette’s body was discovered by police in his home. His two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette was not at the scene and an Amber Alert was issued in an attempt to find her. 

    Police found Hailey’s remains in a rural area the next day.

    The town of Blairmore was reeling from the horrific tragedy when someone reached out to radio personality Gerry Forbes.

    “He knew of the family, and after this tragedy happened he called me and said ‘Do you think you think you guys could possibly help out?’” Forbes told Global News.

    Forbes and his co-worker at CJAY 92, JD Lewis, decided to use crowdfunding page GoFundMe to set up an account for the Blanchette family.

    “Honestly, we didn’t know if we’d get to $20,000,” said Lewis.

    In less than 24 hours, the page received an enormous outpouring of support from over 400 people,

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  • It’s a day this heroin addict will never forget. 

    The day a compassionate exchange with a police officer left the individual clean and restored his faith in humanity.

    The 30-year-old recovering addict wanted to share his heartfelt experience about the Portland officer from Maine with everyone. So the man’s thank you letter was posted by Portland Maine Police Department on their Facebook page at the request of the author.

    The writer wanted to stay anonymous but what we do know is that he was at a desperate moment in his life when he met police officer, Sean Hurley.

    The individual describes their conversation and how Hurley became a hero, at a time when the possibility of suicide seemed real. 

    “His compassion, vulnerability, and inherent goodness just blew me away,” he wrote. 

    Last month, the man ended up on the streets after getting kicked out from a friend’s house with only the clothes on his back. Things got worse for the individual as a “shady couple” approached him and were

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  • Air Canada flight diverted to save dog from freezing

    Did the pilot do the right thing?

    (Photo: CityNews)(Photo: CityNews)
    An Air Canada pilot had to change the course of an international flight when it meant saving a dog’s life.

    The Toronto-bound plane departed from Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sunday when the pilot noticed that there was a heating malfunction in the plane’s cargo, CityNews reports.

    The seven-year-old French bulldog named Simba was traveling in a crate on the flight that was about to go over the Atlantic Ocean when the temperature in the cargo area started to fall. The dog might have not survived the flight. 

    So the pilot decided to divert the plane with 232 passengers on-board to Frankfurt, Germany, where Simba was placed on another flight and then the plane continued on its route to Toronto.

    Despite the 75 minutes delay and about $10,000 in fuel costs, an aviation expert says the pilot did the right thing.

    “The captain is responsible for all lives on board, whether it’s human or K-9,” Phyl Durby told CityNews. “If you look at the outside temperature, if it’s minus 50 or 60, there is some

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  • (Photo: Instagram / hamlet_the_piggy)(Photo: Instagram / hamlet_the_piggy)
    Hamlet the micro pig has been an Instagram celebrity since she was adopted by a California couple in 2014, garnering hundreds of thousands of followers with adorable pictures and videos.

    Hamlet is not just a social media star though as her owner Melanie Gomez explained to Bored Panda

    “Hamlet came to me in a seemingly hopeless situation,” she said. “Daily activities became like climbing Everest to me.”

    (Photo: Instagram / hamlet_the_piggy)(Photo: Instagram / hamlet_the_piggy)
    Gomez was diagnosed with epilepsy in college. It was manageable with only one or two seizures a year but after she married her husband Armando, her seizures became much more frequent. She began having up to ten a day.

    “My husband wanted a companion for me, but he is extremely allergic to dogs and cats,” said Gomez. “I showed him a video of a mini pig playing with a dog and he was sold.”

    While there are some service animals who are trained specifically to aid people who suffer from seizures most service animal’s, like Hamlet, primary function is to be a companion.

    (Photo: Instagram / hamlet_the_piggy)(Photo: Instagram / hamlet_the_piggy)
    “Hamlet saved me. My

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  • Now here’s a birthday present Chad Reay will never forget!

    In a video which has since gone viral, one woman is determined to surprise her husband with a gift that he will cherish forever.  

    “Don’t peek,” Catie Reay tells her husband after handing him a small box. “I’m dead serious. Don’t peek. Are you peeking? OK, you hold them closed…”

    Catie then instructs Chad to open the present. “Is this an iWatch?” Chad asks.

    Not quite. Little did Chad know that upon opening the box, a positive pregnancy test was resting where the Apple Watch should be. And Chad's reaction is nothing short of priceless.

    “Are you serious!?” Chad asks, before his emotions get the better of him. 

    It’s a lovely scene that has received nearly one million views on YouTube in less than 36 hours. But you have to wonder; did Chad eventually get that Apple Watch for his birthday? 

    If not, how did Catie procure the box in which an Apple Watch is sold? Did she simply stop recording her video before she could surprise her

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  • (Claus Fisker/Scanpix)(Claus Fisker/Scanpix)
    Amidst the European refugee crisis, heartwarming photos of a Danish policeman playing with a young Syrian refugee girl in the middle of a highway have gone viral.

    Last week, pictures were taken on E45 freeway near Padborg, Denmark, by photographers Claus Fisker and Michael Drost-Hansen, who each captured the touching moment between the cop and the girl.

    The young girl is from a group of refugees forced to walk along the highway towards Sweden after Denmark closed transit links with Germany to prevent refugees from crossing its border, BuzzFeed News reports.  

    (Claus Fisker/Scanpix)(Claus Fisker/Scanpix)
    Fisker told the news outlet that the girl was part of a group that were granted free transit to Sweden.

    Danish officers followed the group along the Danish-German border and during a break, the cop chose to spend some time with the little Syrian girl by playing a guessing game.

    The police officer would hide his wedding ring in one of his hands and let the girl guess which hand, 9 News reports. Telling from the pictures, she looks

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  • Twins separated at birth after WWII reunited nearly 70 years later

    “In my heart I always had a feeling that I did have a twin brother."

    Two twin brothers finally found each other and shared their first hug after being separated for nearly 70 years. 

    George Skrzynecky and Lucian Poznanski, both 69 years old, were born in Kassel, Germany, in 1946. Their polish mother, Elizabeth, was sent to a forced labour camp during World War II, BBC reports.

    After being freed from the camp, she gave birth to the twin boys, but became ill and couldn’t care for her babies. 

    The Polish Red Cross took the boys to Poland where they were adopted by two different families. Since their new families never talked about the adoption, both of the boys grew up without knowledge of their twin brother.

    At age 17, Skrzynecky learned he had a twin brother after he found documents that revealed he was adopted. He then asked the Red Cross to help track down his brother. but they couldn’t find any trace of his twin, creating a rift in his adoptive family.

    So Skrzynecky moved to California, U.S., to start a new life.

    “I never knew when this would happen,

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  • (Photo: Facebook/Edward Hemmes)(Photo: Facebook/Edward Hemmes)

    If it wasn’t for Facebook, one man’s true feelings for his third grade crush may never have been exposed, and he might not of been able to marry the woman of his dreams.

    1986 was a good year for a boy named Edward Hemmes. He was classmates with the girl with the ‘perfect dimples’ that he would admire from afar on their bus ride home from Ironia Elementary School in Randolph, New Jersey. Her name was Christy Young, and the two were classmates in Miss McAlister’s third grade glass, People Magazine reports.

    And just like a scene from a Hollywood movie, Hemmes couldn’t believe Christy even knew he existed way back when; before he had the nerve to tell her how he felt, Christy had moved away and life took them down their separate paths. At the time, Ed was certain he would never see Christy again. 

    But on Aug. 27 2009, their worlds seemed to collide once again after a former classmate named Eileen had posted their class photo on Facebook.

    Slowly but surely, former classmates began tagging

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