• Note posted to Reddit by Claire Hudson, left for her by a customer. (Imgur)Note posted to Reddit by Claire Hudson, left for her by a customer. (Imgur)

    A couple dining at Mac’s Grub Shack in Spring Hill, Tennessee, left a tip to remember.

    After finished their burger, beers and hot dogs, they left a handwritten note scrawled on the back of the receipt for waitress Claire Hudson to find.

    It read:

    “Today is my brother’s b-day. He would have been 36 today. Every year I go eat his favourite meal (hot dogs) and tip the waitress his age. Happy b-day Wes.”

    Sure enough, the couple left a $36 tip.

    "I’ve been a server for several years and this is the best tip I’ve ever gotten," Hudson, 25, told TODAY.com. “Not because of the money, but because of the meaning.”

    Claire Hudson (Facebook)Claire Hudson (Facebook)Hudson posted a photo of the note on Reddit.

    "I love Reddit and felt like it was a great picture that should be shared," she said. “I had no idea it would get that much attention! I think it’s fantastic that so many people liked it, but I mainly wanted to share the sweet memory.”

    Redditors were quick to share similar stories of celebrating lost loved ones.

    “I’ve done something similar to

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  • Stacey Lee reunites with her mother. (Facebook)Stacey Lee reunites with her mother. (Facebook)

    When Stacey Lee was two years old, she and her two brothers went to live with their father.

    Lee, now 23, hadn’t seen her mother, Brenda Drake, in the two decades that followed — until a viral Facebook post helped reunite the women.

    After years of trying to locate her long-lost mother, the British woman took her boyfriend’s advice and took a photo of herself holding up a cardboard sign of her mother’s information on it and posted it on Facebook.

    Stacey Lee puts out a search for her mother online. (Facebook)Stacey Lee puts out a search for her mother online. (Facebook)The sign read:

    "Looking for my birth mother Brenda Elizabeth Davies. (May have another name) Born in Leyland. Had me in Manchester General 21st Oct. 1991. I also have 2 other brothers from my mum. If you have anything please contact me."

    The photo was shared more than 100,000 times.

    Within a day, a women claiming to be Lee’s cousin contacted her and put her in touch with Drake.

    “When I clicked on my mum’s Facebook profile I couldn’t believe it – she looked just like me!’ Lee told the Daily Mail.

    “I sent her a message and told her that I had

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  • Abby Gladin poses with Miss Georgia and Miss Colorado in her new prom dress. (Facebook)Abby Gladin poses with Miss Georgia and Miss Colorado in her new prom dress. (Facebook)

    She said yes to the prom dress.

    Abby Gladin, 17, has missed a lot of school in the last ten years.

    She’s been in and out of hospitals, undergoing numerous surgeries, as she lives with painful Crohn’s disease.

    Still, the Atlanta, Georgia, teen dreams of living a “normal” life, going to school with her friends, and attending prom with her boyfriend.

    When Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta learned how important prom was to Abby, hospital officials arranged a special prom dress shopping trip for her.

    A chauffeured car picked up the teen at her doctor’s appointment and drove her and her mother, aunt and cousins to a local dress boutique where she could select any dress she wanted — for free.  

    "I feel so special!" she told 11alive.com.

    As Abby searched for the perfect dress — she wanted a red-carpet-worthy dress that would accommodate her colostomy bag — Miss Georgia and Miss Colorado made a surprise visit the shop, lending the teen a crown for a photo.

    "This is so cool, I feel like this

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  • Retired nurse Charolette Tidwell is giving back to her community, and she couldn't be happier. Retired nurse Charolette Tidwell is giving back to her community, and she couldn't be happier.

    In 2000, recently retired nurse Charolette Tidwell learned that seniors in her neighbourhood, in need of cheap sources of protein, were resorting to eating pet food.

    "Allowing the generation that raised us to go to the point that they’re eating cat food and dog food, I can’t imagine that," Tidwell, 69, told NBC Nightly News. “I think it’s a forgotten population.”

    So Tidwell, who grew up poor and was taught to always help those in need, invested her pension in her community, launching the social services agency Antioch Consolidated Association for Youth and Family. She now feeds about 7,000 people a month in her hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, through the food pantry where she works, unpaid, six days a week.

    "In Arkansas, more than 160,000 seniors face hunger, according to a press release issued by Gov. Beebe and a study released by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services," Ken Kupchick, director of marketing and development for the River Valley

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  • Dean Smith clandestinely proposed to his girlfriend for 365 consecutive days, and she was none the wiser. Dean Smith clandestinely proposed to his girlfriend for 365 consecutive days, and she was none the wiser.

    On January 8, 2014, Dean Smith started filming a video that would be one year in the making. He held up a white board that asked his girlfriend, Jennifer Kessel, to marry him. It was her 25th birthday.

    The next day, he filmed himself proposing with a white board again.

    Then he did it the next day. And the next. Each board had the day’s date, and each scene was edited to count down the days until Jennifer’s next birthday — his intended proposal date.

    He held up the sign while flossing, doing laundry and eating breakfast.

    He asked her while showering, hanging out with his dog and gardening.

    At work, in the car and at the beach, he kept asking.

    He did this for an entire year, editing together 365 proposals in time for the big day.

    "I knew that Jennifer was a fan of proposal videos on YouTube and would tear up at the sincerity and thoughtfulness of each proposal," Smith told The Huffington Post.

    "She showed several of them to me, and I decided that I wanted to make her tear up to her own

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  • (Photo via Thinkstock)(Photo via Thinkstock)

    A single gay British man in his twenties is in the process of adopting his own biological 7-month-old son — from his mother.

    While some raised eyebrows at the news of a man using his own mother as a surrogate for his child, a judge deemed the “unusual arrangement” — the man’s mother carried the baby using another woman’s eggs — “entirely lawful under the relevant statutory provisions.”

    According to the Telegraph, the judge wrote that the baby “has lived with…his biological father since birth. All the reports describe (the man’s) care of (the infant) as being to a high standard.”

    The judge also revealed that another family member initially agreed to be the surrogate, but had to back out for medical reasons.

    "The papers show that for some considerable time he has wanted to be a father," Justice Theis said at a family court hearing at the High Court in London. “He waited until his circumstances were settled in terms of a job and home to enable him to provide the care a child would need.”

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  • Dr. Atef Zakhary holds the new babies of mother Angela Patram and her daughter Teranisha Billups. (TGH)Dr. Atef Zakhary holds the new babies of mother Angela Patram and her daughter Teranisha Billups. (TGH)

    A mother and her daughter have been hearing a lot of Father of the Bride Part II jokes lately — for essentially mirroring the 1995 comedy’s plot. 

    On Feb. 19, 37-year-old Angela Patram gave birth to her fifth child, daughter Rayna Simone Patram, at Florida’s Tampa General Hospital.

    Teranisha Billups with son Jerry Michaud, Jr. (TGH/Twitter)Teranisha Billups with son Jerry Michaud, Jr. (TGH/Twitter)Thirty-four minutes later, Patram’s first grandchild, Jerry Michaud, Jr. was delivered via Caesarean section at the same hospital.

    Teranisha Billups, 20, went into labour two weeks early — and delivered on the same day as her mother.

    "We knew our due dates were around the same time, but we never expected that it would happen on the same day," Patram told PEOPLE. “I was shocked when I found out. I was like, ‘This cannot be right!’”

    “I’ve been in this field for 29 years…I’ve seen maybe 14,000 deliveries,” said Tampa General Dr. Atef Zakhary. “I’ve never seen a mom and daughter deliver on the same day. And this is as close as you could get.”

    The remarkable baby news was confusing for some. Patram’s 4-year-old

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  • (Marin Humane Society/Facebook)(Marin Humane Society/Facebook)

    On Tuesday night, a good Samaritan brought nine abandoned puppies to the Marin Humane Society in Marin County, California.

    (Marin Humane Society/Facebook)(Marin Humane Society/Facebook)The individual had spotted the pups, Rottweiler/Lab mixes all in good condition, beside a dumpster in San Rafael.

    The shelter believes the puppies are about 8 to 9 weeks old.

    It wasn’t clear why the cute canines were abandoned, but they will soon be eligible for new homes.

    According to CBS San Francisco, the puppies will be spayed and neutered, and will be up for adoption about a week later.

    “It’s heartbreaking to think of someone dumping these adorable puppies like so much trash but we know they’ll soon find good homes!” the Marin Humane Society wrote on Facebook.

    The humane society posted four photos of the adorable rescued pups on Facebook, which prompted Facebook users to post their own photos of their beloved rescued pets — and to thank the good Samaritan for doing the right thing.

    “Thank goodness someone thought to bring them to MHS. Such adorable puppies,

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  • Kevin Hines is one of only 33 people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. (Tribune)Kevin Hines is one of only 33 people to survive jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. (Tribune)
    In 2000, a then-19-year-old Kevin Hines jumped off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

    He survived.

    Hines, 33, is now a mental health worker who shares his story of mental illness and depression at events around the world, hoping to prevent other suicide attempts.

    “I’m one of less than one per cent to have survived that fall,” he said.

    “I’ve been given the gift of a second chance of life so many times.”

    Rescued California sea lion pups rest in their holding pen at Sea World San Diego (Reuters, 2015)Rescued California sea lion pups rest in their holding pen at Sea World San Diego (Reuters, 2015)At a recent conference in Australia, Hines shared his incredible survival story, which included a very unlikely hero.

    After hitting the water — the impact broke his back and shattered his vertebrae — he thought he spotted a shark circling beneath him.

    "I was freaking out in those waters. And I was thinking I didn’t die there and now I am going to die here in the water because of a creature of some sort," he told AFP.

    "I really thought it was a shark and I thought it was going to take off a leg and I was panicking.”

    "And then it just didn’t, it just kept circling beneath me. I remember

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  • Tomorrow, 8-year-old Sebastian Yanquelevech will undergo brain surgery for the second time in his life.

    When he was 4, he was diagnosed with a large brain tumour. Surgery removed most of it, although he recently started suffering multiple seizures a day, making a second procedure necessary.

    The North York, Ont., boy says there’s one way people can help him and his family get through this difficult time: hug.

    Sebastian and his mother, Nadine Weis, are asking people to show their support by hugging their loved ones on surgery day, March 5.

    Sebastian Yanquelevech and his siblings share a hug. (Facebook/Nadine Weis)Sebastian Yanquelevech and his siblings share a hug. (Facebook/Nadine Weis)“I want to tell them so they can hug each other and that will make me feel awesome,” Sebastian told CTV News.

    Weis told the Toronto Star that she came up with the hug idea after her son told her, “I don’t want you to be alone while I’m in surgery.”

    While she insisted that her husband and family would make sure she wasn’t alone, Sebastian wasn’t reassured — until Weis suggested recruiting the power of the hug.

    “I urge everybody…on March 5…to hug the

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