• Christian Hudson, who won Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings to city’s homeless.Christian Hudson, who won Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings to city’s homeless.

    When you’re a teenager, winning $10,000 is like winning the $10 million jackpot. But what did this this jobless teen do with his winnings?

    He donated it all to the homeless.

    Christian Hudson, who was the lucky recipient of $10,000 for beating 11 competitors at the last day of Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings after spending a few nights with the city’s homeless, reports Calgary Herald.

    After leaving his hometown of Airdrie, Alta., the teen took up couch surfing to participate in the competition at the Stampede. At one point, however, he couldn’t find a host.

    In true rock-star fashion, the teen slept on the streets for a few nights  – and that’s where he met his inspiration.

    “They gave me a bit of a tour of downtown and they told me [some] of their backstories,” Hudson told CTV News. “I had a little bit of an epiphany where a lot of them are just normal guys who fell under really unfortunate circumstances [and] tragic scenarios beyond their control.”

    And

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  • Citylab.com map of Melbourne that lets residents email each of the city's trees.Citylab.com map of Melbourne that lets residents email each of the city's trees.
    You might not think it, but sometimes, there’s nothing more romantic than a love story between a person and their favourite tree.

    Melbourne had the interesting idea to give an email address to each tree in the city’s urban forest so that residents could report possible problems, like a dangerous-looking branch.

    It was all a part of a program created in 2013 in hopes of maintaining the city’s trees.

    But instead, what they received were confessions of love and admiration for the tall and majestic pieces of nature, reports City Lab.

    One, directed to a Golden Elm tree reads, “I’m so sorry you’re going to die soon. It makes me sad when trucks damage your low hanging branches.”

    And another, “Thank you for giving us oxygen. Thank you for being so pretty. You are the gift that keeps on giving.”

    The messages did not stop there, however; some people emailed their favourite trees solely to chat, and sometimes to discuss politics.

    “Hi tree,” an emailer named Troy wrote to a Red Cedar. “Are you

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  • Participants ponder a sensitive question.Participants ponder a sensitive question.
    It’s a tough and tricky question to answer: what is love? 

    But one creative agency took the plunge and made a video where they asked people aged 0 to 105 what love means to them. The result is a heartwarming video with incredibly honest answers that may leave you teary-eyed.

    Right at the beginning in the four-and-half minute video, a 14-year-old sums up perfectly what love means to many.

    “Love is a complicated thing,” he said.

    Others don’t quite know the answer and are left speechless, “you can’t describe it,” said one 31-year-old.

    Some people got serious with their answers, including an 11-year-old girl who said that “someone that loves you loves you because you’re you.”  

    A 56-year-old woman was almost brought to tears when asked the question. She said, “it makes you do the things you never thought you could do and I think it just makes life worth living.” 

    Some were rather a bit cynical with their answer. 

    “Love to me is the greatest marketing campaign ever invented,” said one

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  • Autumn Veatch had to hike through the Cascades and hitchhike to the nearest town after a plane carrying her and her grandparents went down. She was the sole survivor.Autumn Veatch had to hike through the Cascades and hitchhike to the nearest town after a plane carrying her and her grandparents went down. She was the sole survivor.

    Authorities are deeming a mostly fatal plane crash a miracle, after a teenage girl survived the crash and spent three days hiking down a remote mountainside, where she was then rescued by a motorist. 

    Concerned family members alerted authorities Saturday afternoon after a Beech A-35 plane failed to complete its flight from Kalispell, Montana, to Lynden, Washington, Fox News reports. Rescue teams began to search nearby areas based on cellphone data and the expected flight patterns, but there was initially no sign of the aircraft or the passengers onboard.

    On Monday, 16-year-old Autumn Veatch of Bellingham, Washington, was able to contact authorities. Veatch waited for help at the scene of the crash for a day, then left and hiked through the thick forest to a highway below. She was then picked up by a motorist and driven to a local store, where she called the police.

    CTV News reported that Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers spoke with Veatch. He told The Associated Press in a

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  • (YouCaring/Friends of Emma)(YouCaring/Friends of Emma)

    An adorable English bulldog named Bonsai was dealt a heavy hand in life, but things are looking up.

    The lovable puppy was born with only half a spine, no pelvis and tiny contracted hind legs.

    In addition to that, Bonsai was born “engorged in fluid,” which, when combined with the lack of mobility in his hind-end, caused him to get a condition known as “Swimmer’s Syndrome.”

    According to his YouCaring campaign page, the syndrome is a “condition in which the chest of the newborn pup becomes dangerously flat and the functioning legs splay out to the sides – putting pressure on the internal organs.”

    The little guy has already undergone a surgery to remove both of his immobile hind legs, and is doing great – but there is no “cure” for his malformed spine and pelvis.

    “Bonsai is a precious boy and deserving of every opportunity of health, wellness and a bright future that we will be able to offer him,” the Friends of Emma Rescue Center wrote on the campaign page.

    (YouCaring/Friends of Emma)(YouCaring/Friends of Emma)

    But giving him the life he

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  • Spanish seniors try out a new playground designed just for them.Spanish seniors try out a new playground designed just for them.
    New playgrounds in Spain prove that we’re all young at heart.

    These “outdoor circuits” made especially for senior citizens provide an opportunity for exercise and prove that our bodies may get old, but our spirit never does. So when the weather’s warm and the days are long, the elderly aren’t sitting on the sidelines while their grandchildren hang out on jungle gyms – they’re getting in on the action too.

    A 63-year-old retiree named Manuel Francisco Martin told Public Radio International that the point is simply “to be able to keep going.”

    “To never stop – because once you stop moving, things go badly.”

    The outdoor exercise parks were designed in Finland, Public Radio International reports, but Spain has cornered the market with a whopping 600 already in place, and orders for hundreds more.

    But before the seniors get to swinging, spinning and stretching, they’re usually in need of a mini-walkthrough.

    “People’s first impression is always, ‘huh? What are we going to do here?’” physical

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  • Teen with Down Syndrome lands modelling contract

    “I’m not surprised, I think the world was waiting for Madeline."

    (Manifesta)(Manifesta)

    Madeline Stuart is proving to the world that she will not let being born with Down Syndrome hold her back from achieving her dreams.

    The 18-year-old from Brisbane, Australia, always dreamed of being a model and was determined to change the stigma around disability.

    She has just landed her first modelling contract with Manifesta, a U.S. based women’s athletic-wear brand. 

    Manifesta targets women of all shapes and sizes, and has brought Stuart on as one of their brand representatives.

    On the company’s tumblr, they released photos of Stuart modelling a variety of looks. 

    “With all that Madeline is doing, we’re so excited to have her represent Manifesta,” they wrote in the post. “Just as Madeline is committed to expanding people’s ideas of what a model can be, Manifesta is determined to show that the clothing and fashion industry doesn’t have to be exclusionary, that one brand can work for women of various sizes.”

    (Manifesta)(Manifesta)

    Stuart has spent her life dealing with the many challenges that comes with

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  • (YouTube/Video 777)(YouTube/Video 777)

    A baby girl from Cincinnati, Ohio, had an eye-opening experience after she tried on a pair of glasses for the very first time.

    Piper Verdusco was born with very poor eyesight. Her mother, 26-year-old Jessica Sinclair, searched and searched for the perfect glasses for Piper and finally decided on a pair of pink specs that came with a stretchy cloth band to help keep them securely in place.

    Sinclair, her husband Andrew Verdusco and baby Piper were out for lunch, when Sinclair decided to let Piper try on her new glasses for the first time. She was able to capture the exact moment that Piper saw her in focus for the first time, and it is a beautiful thing.

    Sinclair later shared the video on Facebook along with the caption: 'Picked up her glasses. Went out to eat and put them on her. Her reaction melts my heart.’

    In the video, you see Piper fidgeting in her high-chair, showing no interest in trying on her glasses. Sinclair continues to try and get the glasses securely onto her daughter’s

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  • Shoppers surprised by grocery store acts of kindness

    "Christian or not, it doesn’t matter. Just do good.”

    (YouTube/jesuspainter)(YouTube/jesuspainter)

    Two high school friends set out one day to spread love and make a difference for a few random people.

    Pastor Rob Westerman and Minister Mike Lewis from Cincinnati, Ohio, surprised 15 strangers at a local grocery store by paying for their items at the checkout.

    “We wanted to attract people who haven’t really given church much of thought lately,” Lewis told Today.com. “We thought some sort of effort like that might touch people’s heart.”

    In the seven-minute video, the two men manage to capture the emotional reactions of customers touched by their random act of kindness. 

    As the customers tried to pay for their groceries, Westerman is seen stepping in and laying down cash at the counter. Before walking away he tells the customers, “God is good.”

    Lewis was behind the camera, capturing the customer reactions. A few customers were moved to tears. One man was completely stunned and even admitted to getting mugged the night before.

    According to Today.com, Lewis said one woman who they helped

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  • Screen capture of letter from WABC-TV New York report.Screen capture of letter from WABC-TV New York report.
    A Father’s Day card from a deceased son has proven that the arrival of kind words is better late than never.

    An 89-year-old Virginia man named Duane Schrock was the lucky recipient of a letter that has bounced around in the mail for nearly 30 years.

    The “unbelievable” letter was mailed from his son and namesake back in 1989 – six years before AIDS took his life in 1995, WPXI reports.

    The card reads: “Dear Dad, we haven’t been in touch for quite a while. I’m doing fine and am very happy in Richmond. I’d like to hear from you. Happy Father’s Day, Love Duane.”

    The evocative letter finally reached Schrock, whose moving patterns were hard to keep up with, 20 years after his son’s death.

    “I still kind of tear up when I think about it – to get it just a few days after Father’s Day, mailed in 1989 for Father’s Day,” he told ABC News.

    The card, seemingly from beyond the grave, is extra special to Schrock because of the two’s “tumultuous relationship.”

    Schrock disapproved of his son’s sexuality

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