• Shoppers surprised by grocery store acts of kindness

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

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    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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  • Daniel Cabrera, 9, is homeless and studies in the street.Daniel Cabrera, 9, is homeless and studies in the street.

    What value do children place on their education? For a nine-year-old boy from the Philippines, apparently, a great deal.

    A photograph of Daniel Cabrera has been garnering significant attention online, after Cabrera, who is homeless, was spotted in Manilla studying on the streets and reading under the light of an old McDonald’s sign.

    Joyce Torrefranca, a local medical student, posted the image capturing Cabrera’s studiousness on Facebook. She said that seeing his drive has inspired her to work harder, too.

    The Telegraph reports that Cabrera’s home was burnt down and his father died. He is often seen in the neighbourhood begging with his mother.

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  • The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is using social media to help reunite a boy and his lost teddy bear.The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is using social media to help reunite a boy and his lost teddy bear.

    A museum in Saskatchewan took an interesting approach in trying to reunite a lost teddy bear with its owner.

    Last month, the staff at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum noticed a distressed little boy running out of the T-rex exhibit, frightened by the extinct creature, the CBC reports.

    After seeing the little boy cry, in an attempt to comfort him, a gallery interpreter promised that his teddy bear would help protect him. 

    Later that day, however, the staff found the heroic teddy bear in the men’s washroom, but with his little owner nowhere in sight.

    “My boss was like, ‘wouldn’t it be kind of cute if we took some pictures of the bear having adventures around the museum?’” Gallery interpreter Jenna Cannon told the CBC.

    And that’s just what they did.

    Using the hashtag #LostBear, the staff documented the bear’s adventures through the museum, seemingly, throughout the Ages.

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  • As temperatures rise, it's more important than ever to keep Fido hydrated. A Los Angeles-based veterinarian, whose clients have included Britney Spears and Ben Affleck, shares tips on ensuring your dog gets enough water.As temperatures rise, it's more important than ever to keep Fido hydrated. A Los Angeles-based veterinarian, whose clients have included Britney Spears and Ben Affleck, shares tips on ensuring your dog gets enough water.
    If you’ve ever come across a dog locked in a car on a too-hot-to-handle day, Tennessee is here to help.

    Starting this month, if you see a helpless animal trapped inside a hot car with the owner nowhere in sight, the state says you now have the liberty to save it.

    WKRN reports that it’s an extension of the Good Samaritan law – the same law that allows people to help children locked in a hot car and protects its users from civil liability if they happen to damage the car while preforming a rescue.

    Nashville Fire Department Chief of Staff Mike Franklin told WKRN that if you act responsibly and reasonably “you will not be at fault to save a life.”

    “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) strongly supports states giving law enforcement and Good Samaritans the ability to intervene to protect animals suffering in hot cars,” Chloë Waterman, the group’s senior manager of state legislative strategy told The Huffington Post.

    But if you’re not in Tennessee, or any

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  • Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on Friday, May 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)
    If you’ve ever had any doubts that Taylor Swift is indeed ‘Sweeter than Fiction,’ she’s here to prove you wrong.

    The ‘1989’ singer just donated a whopping amount of $50,000 to a young Arizona fan to help pay medical expenses as she battles leukemia.

    After learning she would need to stay in the hospital for six months and miss Swift’s concert, 11-year-old Naomi Oakes’ dad made a video of her singing her newest hit “Bad Blood” and asked fellow Swifties to help move the message forward in hopes of grabbing the popstar’s attention, The Sky Post reports.

    The young patient had hopes that Swift might share a #TeamNaomi photo on Instagram, but in typical Swift fashion, the 25-year-old took it a step further.

    The seven-time Grammy award winner took to the family’s GoFundMe page and sent Naomi three $15,000 donations and one worth $5,000, equalling a crazy $50,000.

    “To the beautiful and brave Naomi,” Swift wrote on the campaign page. “I’m sorry you have to miss it, but there will always be more

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  • Liam (left) has autism, which affects his motor skills. His mother, Lauren Thierry (right) has designed a fashion line tailored to individuals with handicaps and cognitive impairments.Liam (left) has autism, which affects his motor skills. His mother, Lauren Thierry (right) has designed a fashion line tailored to individuals with handicaps and cognitive impairments.

    Picking out what to wear in the morning can be daunting for anyone.  

    But for 17-year-old Liam, the daily task of getting dressed can be a bit more of a struggle.  

    The Madison, Conn. resident has autism, which affects his motor skills, his mom, Lauren Thierry, told ABC News.

    “I know it sounds like such a non-issue, and yet, if your kid can’t get dressed, they can’t get out of the house,” Thierry said. “You start to realize mom is not going to live forever.”

    One particular memory stands out in Thierry’s mind.  At a baseball game with the family, Liam left to use the washroom by himself, only to return with his pants around his ankles, Thierry told ABC.

    The struggle sparked an idea and Independence Day Clothing was born – a fashion line designed for those living with handicaps or cognitive impairments.

    With a background in financial journalism, Thierry had no fashion experience. But that didn’t stop her from finding a designer who helped her develop the line, without the use of

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  • Peter Bilello and his bride Grace.Peter Bilello and his bride Grace.
    Every once in awhile, a bill passes through your hands with a phone number, a drawing, or a name.  But have you really given it a second thought?

    For Peter Bilello, every dollar bill he has come across over the past five years has been scrutinized and examined.  That is until he found what he was looking for – his late wife’s signature.

    The pair had each signed a dollar bill and Bilello kept them both in his wallet, he told ABC News.  

    “I told my wife, ‘I’m going to sign one on the front: Peter B. I want you to sign one, too, for Grace B.,‘” he said. But a year later, he accidentally spent the money.

    “I don’t know where I used the two dollars,” said Bilello. “I came home and told my wife: ‘Grace, I made a big mistake today. … I’m never going to see [the dollars again].'”

    But in a recent chance outing to a sandwich shop with his 14-year-old granddaughter, Ashley, Bilello received three dollar bills in change – and one featured the small signature of “Gracie B.”

    The dollar bill bearing the signature of Grace.The dollar bill bearing the signature of Grace.
    “I said, ‘Oh my god,

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  • It’s Captain Jack Sparrow like we’ve never seen him before: taking time out of his busy life as a pirate to visit sick children at a hospital in Brisbane, Australia. 

    Dressed in full costume, Johnny Depp, as Captain Jack Sparrow, was accompanied by Stephen Graham as Scrum from the hit movie franchise ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ spent over three hours at The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

    According to ABC News, the 52-year-old actor was going from room to room seeing all the kids that couldn’t get out of bed.

    “It was really beautiful,” said a mother of one of the children. “Everyone kept on trying to move him on, but he kept on coming back.”

    The best part is that the Hollywood actor and his co-star completely stayed in character throughout the entire visit.

    Both actors are currently filming the next installment of the movie series. They took some time away from the set and flew to the hospital in a helicopter specially for the visit.

    The actors went around the different wards giving

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    One lucky dog from Georgia is seriously enjoying his last few days now that his new owner has created him a one of a kind bucket list.

    Chester, a senior, cancer-ridden dog was put up for adoption at the Columbus Animal Ark Rescue facility, after he was rescued from a high-kill shelter.  The nonprofit shelter announced that Chester was looking for a hospice to look after him for his last few days and Nicole Elliott, an animal foster parent, came to his rescue.

    WTVM reports that the shelter informed Elliott of how sick Chester actually was and that he wouldn’t have very long to live. Elliott had to sleep on it, but decided that she would take the dog and make his last days as happy as possible.

    “He wasn’t in the best shape,” she told WTVM. “They bathed him and shaved away all of the matted, dirty hair. They found a very large tumor on his side, and had it removed. Since then they have shown up all over his body,” Elliott said.

    “I am trying to give him normal doggy experiences that he may

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