• Eight year old’s dying wish to make a difference becomes a reality

    "Mom, I just wanted to be able to make a difference."

    Laura Wise recieved this card and a random act of kindness at Dunkin' Donuts in Colts Neck, NJ. (Facebook/Maddy The Mighty)Laura Wise recieved this card and a random act of kindness at Dunkin' Donuts in Colts Neck, NJ. (Facebook/Maddy The Mighty)

    Most eight year olds spend June counting down the days until summer vacation. 

    Maddy Grayless, a spunky Colorado girl with dreams of being a paleontologist and baker, just wanted to inspire good deeds.

    Two weeks ago, Maddy had a nosebleed that would not stop. After spending the night in the hospital and undergoing several tests, the diagnosis was grim: the 8 year old had Osteosarcoma, a deadly form of bone cancer, and was given two months to live.

    “She was so sad,” her mother, Jessica Grayless told Fox Denver. “She talked a lot about the things she was going to miss. And she said to me at one point, ‘Mom, I just wanted to be able to make a difference’.”

    And make a difference she has. The creation of a Facebook page titled 'Maddy The Mighty' calls upon people to perform and post random acts of kindness in Maddy’s name. The site, created by a family friend, has gathered almost 8,500 likes as of Friday.

    Users have dubbed themselves “Maddy’s Mighty Minions,” inspired by the film

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  • Once homeless boy sews clothing for other children in need

    “He always had a huge heart, always had a smile like no other. He has spirit like no other.”

    Young Xavier is making headlines for all the right reasons. (Facebook/Clothes for Charity by the Elliott FamilyYoung Xavier is making headlines for all the right reasons. (Facebook/Clothes for Charity by the Elliott Family

    A little boy has taken on a big task with just his allowance in hopes of helping others in need.

    Once homeless himself, Xavier Elliott now helps out other homeless children in Phoenix, Arizona. Earlier this month, the 10-year-old started his own mission to sew clothes for kids in need while using his own allowance to buy the fabrics. 

    “I think the idea came from everything we have endured and wanting to make a difference for other people,” Elliott’s mom, Stephanie, told The Huffington Post. “I think he took the volunteering he sees now and made it his own.”

    Since starting the mission, the Elliott family has already received tons of help from others in their community. Through his Facebook page, donations of fabric have been flowing in to help Elliott keep the mission going. Until recently, Elliot had been using his mom’s sewing machine to make clothes until he received his very own sewing machine from a generous donation.

    Xavier hard at work with his sewing machine. (Facebook/Charity by the Elliott Family)Xavier hard at work with his sewing machine. (Facebook/Charity by the Elliott Family)

    Elliott decided to take on the challenge of learning to sew

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  • Samson (dog) helps owner Danielle Jacobs when she gets overwhelmed by effects caused by her Asperger's Syndrome.Samson (dog) helps owner Danielle Jacobs when she gets overwhelmed by effects caused by her Asperger's Syndrome.

    A woman with Asperger’s Syndrome has shared her candid experience to the world in an effort to raise awareness. 

    Earlier this month, Danielle Jacobs  posted a video of her beloved dog coming to the rescue while she was going through a violent meltdown.

    The 24-year-old woman from Arizona said she has trained her dog, Samson, to respond to these reactions caused by the autism spectrum disorder. 

    In the video, now viewed over three million times, Jacobs sobs and repeatedly hits herself in the chest and head while her Rottweiler jumps in each time to stop her from self-harm.

    As the video shows, Samson uses his paws to stop Jacobs from hurting herself. As she slides to the ground, the dog comforts her by laying down on her lap.

    Jacobs told The Huffington Post, however, that Samson is not actually comforting her as it may appear in the video. “He responds on action instead of emotions,” she told the online news outlet. “That’s how I trained him.”

    Ever since adopting Samson at a very young

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  • Carson celebrates with members of the Lamar County Sheriff's Office and officer Deen's brother. (ABC News)Carson celebrates with members of the Lamar County Sheriff's Office and officer Deen's brother. (ABC News)

    It’s not every day that you hear about cops showing up to a 9-year-old’s birthday party.

    But instead of breaking the party up, they came to join it.

    Carson Atkins’ birthday party had good weather, good friends, swimming and cake, but was missing one thing: presents.

    That’s because in lieu of presents, Atkins asked his guests to bring monetary donations for the children of police officer Benjamin Deen, who was killed in the line of duty last month, reports WDAM.

    “That’s the Carson that we have raised,” the Mississippi boy’s mother, April, told the news network. “He is a very giving child – he’s a very special child.”

    When word got around that Atkins was doing this for Deen’s children, the Lamar County Sheriff Department saw to it to return the kindness.

    “They said, ‘Oh, we’ll make sure that something happens for him that’s special,’” April said.

    On his birthday, the sound of police sirens began to rip down his street; but good-guy Atkins knew that he hadn’t done anything wrong, and so,

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    Billionaire Richard Branson took time out of his day to write back to a young girl struggling with a learning disorder — a struggle he’s very familiar with.

    Branson, founder of Virgin Group, recently wrote a letter to a little girl with dyslexia, a condition which can make reading challenging.

    Branson received a short note from Honor Smith thanking him for making videos about dyslexia. In her letter, the nine-year-old told Branson that dyslexia has ruined her life. After watching his videos, though, she said she has become more confident in school.

    His inspiring videos encourage people with dyslexia to use it in a positive way rather than a negative one. There are many successful dyslexics in the world — from movie directors like Steven Spielberg to a genius like Albert Einstein. 

    Branson went the extra

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  • Mount St. Vincent seniors home provides a place where the young and the elderly can come together.Mount St. Vincent seniors home provides a place where the young and the elderly can come together.

    A nursing home in Seattle has come up with a way to care for the growing-up, and the growing-old, while simultaneously bridging the gap between generations.  

    More than 400 elderly citizens call Mount St. Vincent their home. But what makes this nursing home unique is that it doubles as a preschool. 

    Every day, the elders and the children join together and engage in activities that range from dancing to storytelling to arts and crafts - or just to eat lunch.

    Evan Briggs, a documentary filmmaker, decided that the social experiment was worth chronicling. She followed the residents of Mount St. Vincent for an entire year in an attempt to explore the day-to-day interactions of the very young and the very old. Her film, called ‘Present Perfect,’ is currently in post-production, ABC News reports.

    Briggs, who filmed and funded the entire documentary on her own, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the film’s editing. With two week left to go in her campaign, Briggs has already

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  • B.C. community has a reward for homeless mystery man who reported $2000 found on street

    “This is an incredible display of honesty and selflessness."

    A B.C. community is on the hunt for a homeless mystery man with a big heart. (GoFundMe)A B.C. community is on the hunt for a homeless mystery man with a big heart. (GoFundMe)

    A community comes together to help reward a man, who’s selfless good deed did not go unnoticed. 

    Earlier this week, a homeless man from Langford, B.C., turned over a large sum of money found on the street to the West Shore RCMP. The sum was just over $2,000.

    Despite his current situation, the man in his 60s did the right thing and has inspired a lot of people in his community.

    “This is an incredible display of honesty and selflessness,” Cst. Alex Berube, a spokesperson of the West Shore RCMP, told Victoria Buzz. “If we are not successful in indentifying the rightful owner within 90 days, this good Samaritan will receive the cash.”

    It’s an unusual amount of money to be turned in and the Mounties are shocked, but they’re not the only ones. The man’s honourable act has taken the community by storm.

    Victoria Buzz started a campaign page to

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  • Gertie is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to the quick-thinking vets (Facebook/Wisconsin Humane Society)Gertie is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to the quick-thinking vets (Facebook/Wisconsin Humane Society)

    A quick trip to the neighbourhood hardware store may just be enough to keep a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, turtle alive.

    With the help of epoxy glue and cable ties, veterinarians at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society have been able to piece together the shattered shell of a painted turtle hit by a car — an injury akin to broken bones in a human.  

    “The cable ties are gently tightened until they bring the two pieces of bone, the shell in close proximity so they can heal,” Scott Diehl, Director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, told Fox News WITI-TV.

    Gertie, named by the centre’s staff, would have died within hours had she not been rescued by the side of the road, Diehl told The Huffington Post.

    Gertie is on the mend and will soon be released back into the wild. (Facebook/Wisconsin Humane Society)Gertie is on the mend and will soon be released back into the wild. (Facebook/Wisconsin Humane Society)

    According to Diehl, sewing cable ties into the shell and holding it together with glue is a preferred method for saving turtles, and is the less invasive alternative. 

    “The turtle would have to be under anesthesia,” Diehl said, describing another procedure to The

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  • Alain from PARC serving pasta (Photo courtesy PARC)Alain from PARC serving pasta (Photo courtesy PARC)

    Restaurants across Canada are partnering with Mealshare, a social enterprise non-profit organization, to help end hunger in Canada and around the world.

    The concept of the Mealshare program is simple: Restaurants designate at least one dish on their menu as a Mealshare item. For every item purchased at the restaurant, one nutritious and tasty meal will be given to someone in need at a local meal centre. This allows customers to activity give back to their communities, at no extra cost to them.

    Terroni's pizza special (Photo courtesy Terroni restaurant)Terroni's pizza special (Photo courtesy Terroni restaurant)“Mealshare is such a smart program and they make it so easy to partner with them,” said Elena Di Maria Mammoliti, wife of Cosimo Mammoliti, who owns Terroni in Toronto, and publisher of the restaurant’s in-house publication, T Magazine. “You just have to agree on placing their logo on the menu, and donate one meal for each Mealshare item sold, and they will take care of anything else.”

    Terroni is one of 18 Toronto restaurants that are presently participating in the Mealshare program recently

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  • A young Peregrine Falcon chic gets a checkup. (Peregrine Foundation)A young Peregrine Falcon chic gets a checkup. (Peregrine Foundation)

    They’ve been an endangered species for more than 50 years, but these little falcons are slowly making a comeback to recovery.  

    The Peregrine falcons became an endangered species back in the 1960s. They were threatened by the use of certain pesticides and while there have been bans on such pesticides, there are only a few thousand Peregrine falcons living in North America.

    For years, organizations like the Canadian Peregrine Foundation in Toronto have been monitoring the ongoing recovery of this species.

    Man-made nest boxes have been setup on rooftop buildings and in towers across the world to monitor the recovery progress of these fast-flying falcons, who can clock in at 322 km per hour.

    Veterinarians give a Peregrine Falcon chic a quick checkup. (Peregrine Foundation)Veterinarians give a Peregrine Falcon chic a quick checkup. (Peregrine Foundation)“The peregrine falcon is still in its recovery, it has yet to recover to historical levels as a result of decontamination and a lot of environmental challenges,” Mark Nash, the executive director of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation, told CTV News.

    And earlier this week, at the Oshawa Lakeridge

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