Church Worker Finds Two Abandoned Babies In The Trash-Pastor Adopts….

As soon the chef of this church noticed something odd, he immediately made the decision to investigate. Because of this, two babies have now been given a chance to thrive.

Mark Purcell, the Pasco Metropolitan Ministries executive chef, was closing up for the evening. He brought some trashbags outside for them to be collected the next day, when he noticed that he saw something pretty weird.

What looked like two dolls were heaped on top of some other trashbags closely. However, after thinking they are dolls, Purcell thought that he saw one of the dolls move.

On a closer look, Purcell realized that what he had thought of as dolls were actually two helpless babies.

The babies had been left out in the cold, only wearing diapers and, in the elder child’s luck, a pair of shoes without socks. The younger baby was obviously only around six months old. The older one was perhaps two years old.

Then Purcell heard a noise, and he went around in order to investigate. The babies’ mother was close to the corner.

Purcell learned that the mother and the babies were homeless. The mother wanted to give the babies a good life, and she knew that she couldn’t provide it. Up until this point, she and her kids had been spending their life in a tent. But she was aware of the fact that she couldn’t handle the babies any longer.

Afterwards, the chef contacted one of the pastors of the church, Krystal Stewart, who let him know that she and her husband could take care of them for a while.

The pastor was informed about these kids already. They and their mom had sometimes shown up at the church’s soup kitchens. She had previously asked if the mother needed to bathe the kids at their house.

After Purcell dropped the children off at the pastor’s home, the pastor was utterly shocked to find out that the babies were covered in bug bites and were filthy. Stewart bathed them. The two of them were so dirty that she had to empty and refill the bath two times.

After a few days, the babies’ mom asked Stewart and her husband if they could look after the kids while they were searching outside for a better living situation. A social worker was also there, who explained that if the Stewarts couldn’t keep them, she would turn the kids into the foster system.

Soon enough, the Stewarts became pretty close with the babies. As months passed by, the babies also began growing close to the Stewarts.

Stewart and her husband already were parents of three children of their own. But they soon figured out that the boys they had taken in had become a part of the family, in name if not on paper. So eventually, they started out the process of picking the children up for adoption.

A news story of the babies and their journey then showed up on YouTube, where it quickly went viral.

Up until now, the video has gathered more than 1.4 million views. It also has over 1,300 comments and 100 comments. People have been commenting things like this:

The two baby boys in this story are incredibly fortunate. They have travelled from horrible circumstances to a loving, big home. They are sure to thrive as the Stewarts’s kids.

Airport baby abandoned in toilets desperately searches for mum 30 years…

A man who was abandoned at birth in the toilets of one of Britain’s busiest airports has renewed a heartfelt appeal for his real mum.

In 1986, Steve Hydes’ face was on front pages around the world after stunned Gatwick Airport staff found him wrapped in a tartan shawl and wearing two babygrows.

Dubbed ‘Gary Gatwick’, Steve was around ten days old at the time, but now, 30 years on, he’s looking for anwers.

The dad-of-two told our sister paper the Daily Record that he’s been trying to track down his parents for a long time, but he’s had no luck.

As part of his search Steve, who works as landscape gardener, has previously submitted his DNA to geneticist Dr Jim Wilson at Edinburgh University, which revealed that his parents could be from Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany or France.

Steve said: “Going public is one of my only ways in finding out any information on my birth family. I’m looking for anyone who may have any information however small, also anyone who may have worked at Gatwick that day and was there when I was found.

“I have spent the last 10 years doing appeals where I have appeared in newspapers,TV and a few years ago I did a documentary.”

Steve who is dad to Alanna, 7, and Kian, 3, added: “If I was to meet my birth mum obviously I would love to find out what happened and the reasons behind it, but I would also like to thank her as I have had such a good up bringing and have amazing supportive parents.

“I would like to reassure her there is no bad feeling and that I understand what she did was what she thought was best for me at the time.”

Airport workers who looked after Steve on the day he was found, appeared on BBC Three documentary The Gatwick Baby: Abandoned at Birth.

Steve Hydes

Known only as Nick and Moretta, the pair relived the dramatic moment that they realised no one was coming back for the tiny newborn.

Nick, said: “There was a time lapse where you just assumed that someone would come rushing up saying ‘I think I’ve left my baby’ and then there was a point where actually that’s not going to happen.”

Moretta was so moved by caring for an abandoned baby that she went on to foster children.

She told Steve: “When we found you, you were very clean, you wore a lovely little blue outfit.

“That’s one thing you can be sure of, whoever – I presume, your mother, looked after you really well.”

95-Yr-Old Vet Calls Police With Strange Request. When They Arrive Their Hearts Break In Two

Anyone who has been to Texas in the summertime knows it gets HOT. It’s not even officially summer yet, but temperatures in Fort Worth have already topped 90 degrees, and the soaring temps have left many residents sweltering.

One of these residents is 95-year-old WWII veteran Julius Hatley. Usually, he has some AC to keep him cool, but both his central air and his window unit broke.

Even still, the hardworking veteran has continued to get out and do yard work. Then he sits on his porch in the shade to try to cool off.

Eventually, though, the heat got so bad he knew he couldn’t go on like that. Desperate, he called the Fort Worth Police Department to report his broken air conditioner.

“This wasn’t a regular 911 call,” Fort Worth Officer William Margolis said. “It was what you’d label ‘low priority’ because we’re not AC techs.”

The officers made a few other calls before going to Hatley’s house, but when they got there they found the elderly man drenched in sweat. As he explained his predicament their hearts broke.

“When we got there around 8:30 a.m. his house was 85 to 90 degrees already,” Margolis said. “In Texas, it gets hot.”

Margolis couldn’t get the image of Hatley sweating in the heat out of his mind and he knew he needed to do something to help. He talked to his partner, Christopher Weir, and the two agreed to buy a new air conditioning unit for Hatley out of their own pockets.

They headed over to Home Depot and began to look at the units. When they asked some employees for help picking one out and explained the situation to them, the employees were so touched that they decided to pitch in some money to help!

“While there, Home Depot managers and employees decided to contribute $150 of their own money to help with the cause,” Weir’s wife, Jennifer, wrote on Facebook. “This is what being an officer is about.”

With the help of another co-worker, Officer Steven Rebrovich, Margolis and Weir installed the new air conditioning unit in Hatley’s home later that day.

Hatley couldn’t stop smiling, and he even posed for a few pictures with the officers.

“He was actually really excited,” Margolis said. “He said he knew if he needed help to call 911 and we actually were able to help him, so he was really excited about it.”

The officers then decided to take things a step further and see if they could get someone to work on Hatley’s central air. When one company heard their story, they offered to do the work for free!

And the officers still weren’t done! Now they are working on repainting Hatley’s house and replacing his windows, and they are bringing him groceries every week. Margolis said he plans to make it a point to check on Hatley from time to time.

“He’s 95 years old and he’s a World War II veteran,” Margolis said. “He’s a hero. In our eyes he’s our hero.”

 

Retired Cop Sees Beet-Red Baby Crying And Shaking In Car. That’s When He Jumps Into Action

For as many times as we see stories in the news of parents leaving their children in dangerously hot cars, you would think people would learn. Unfortunately there are still people who are either too thoughtless or cruel or unaware that they keep doing things that put children in danger.

Thankfully, there are other people in this world who will take matters into their own hands and become heroes for these kids. One of these people is retired Middlesex County Sherrif’s Department Sergeant Steve Eckel.

Steve was walking through the parking lot of a Kohl’s department store in Howell Township, New Jersey, when he saw something that made him sick. A four-month-old baby had been left in a car with the windows up and the doors locked.

It was in the 80s outside, but the temperature inside the car had already reached 120 degrees. The poor baby was in extreme distress and just barely hanging on.

“She was sweating, crying, eyes rolling back,” Steve recalled.

Not only is Steve a retired police officer, he is also a father to six kids, and both his cop and fatherly instincts kicked into high gear.

Steve had just cleaned out his car after finishing a project at home, but – miraculously – had happened to leave a sledgehammer in the trunk. Remembering that, he raced back to his vehicle as he called 911.

“I’m in front of Kohl’s…I’ve got an infant in a locked car…The baby’s crying in the car,” he can be heard saying in the 911 call.

Steve grabbed the sledgehammer, raced back to the car where the baby was trapped, and carefully broke into the vehicle.

“I ran around to the other side, caught the edge here, and it just shattered,” he recalled.

That’s when he grabbed the baby, who was beet-red and sweating profusely, but alive.

“I almost started to cry,” he said. “I got really emotional at that point.”

Steve took the baby inside Kohl’s so she could cool off in the air-conditioning, which first responders say helped her recover.

They didn’t know who the baby’s mother was until a woman walked out to the car, saw the smashed window and empty car seat, and began to panic.

“Oh my God, where’s my baby?” she started crying.

“You’re the mother?” one of the responding officers asked. “Have a seat.”

Police arrested 33-year-old Karen Gruen, who had left the baby alone in the car for 40 minutes while she shopped, and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. The baby was placed in the care of her father.

“She should plead guilty and get probation and realize you just can’t do this,” Steve said.

He added that’s he’s seen a lot of tragedy in his career, and he’s just glad this story had a happy ending. He knows he was placed in that parking lot at that time for a reason.

“I do believe in guardian angels,” he said, “and I think I’m the one for this child.”

 

Plumber Feels Bump In Water, Sees Tiny Foot Float To Surface. That’s When He Starts Pulling

Angelo Mondragon was just planning on spending a relaxing day at the lake with his family. He had no idea that by the end of the day he would have saved a little girl’s life and thousands would be hailing him a hero.

Angelo, a plumber from Fort Collins, Colorado, was spending the weekend at Windsor Lake with his family. He waded out into the water and was about waist deep when he felt something bump against his leg.

Startled, he kicked at whatever it was, and that’s when he saw something the left him cold – a tiny foot had floated up to the surface of the water.

“It felt like something you normally wouldn’t feel in the water,” he recalled. “I did sort of a back kick to bring up whatever it was, and then I saw the bottom of a baby’s foot float up.”

Immediately he grabbed the foot and pulled the toddler – a little girl – out of the water while he screamed for her family and for someone to call 9-1-1.

“I grabbed her and carried her limp body to the shore,” he said. “The girl was already blue. She wasn’t breathing.”

Angelo began to perform CPR on the little girl and two off-duty nurses rushed to help as they waited for emergency crews to arrive.

The little girl, 3-year-old Sitlali Hernandez, was rushed to the children’s hospital in Aurora. Miraculously, doctors were able to save her.

Angelo was able to visit Sitlali and her grateful parents in the hospital and was happy to see the little girl in good condition. He said he is thankful he was in the right place at the right time.

“If I was not in that right spot at the right time, it could have been a search and rescue mission,” Mondragon said.

Since Sitlali’s near-drowning, Angelo has made it his mission to ensure something like this never happens again.

The CDC reports that “from 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States.” That comes out to about 10 deaths every day.

One in five of those deaths are children 14 years old and younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for injuries related to near-drowning.

Angelo knows that if Sitlali had been wearing a life vest that day, the situation could have been much different, so now he is working with local residents and businesses to collect life vests for those who don’t have them or can’t afford to buy them.

While a life vest is not a substitute for a parent or guardian’s supervision, accidents do happen, and it could mean the difference between life and death.

Many people have been hailing Angelo a hero for what he did that day, but the humble man says he just did what he hopes anyone else would do.

“As I told the little girl’s mom,” he said, “when I saw the baby’s toes that became my baby.”

 

Soldier Confused When He Says It’s Her Seat. Then Stranger Stands Up, Leaves Them…

Service members sacrifice so much for our country so we can remain free and live as we choose. That’s what’s so wonderful about being American and living here. We must not take for granted all the freedoms we have, freedoms that others in our world don’t share or are prohibited from expressing.

Those in the armed forces are first to step forward and put their lives on the line to guard these rights we hold so dear. We ought to appreciate our military for all they’ve done for us. One man on a recent flight did this very thing.

It’s customary to allow members of the armed forces to board flights before anyone else. However, one passenger didn’t think this was a good enough reward for those who wear the uniform. He took his gratitude one step further by giving his seat to a woman wearing the red, white, and blue.

All first class passengers had finished boarding when the man stood and told the woman he was sitting in her rightful seat. Confused, the soldier didn’t know how to respond. Soon, though, her bewilderment turned into gratitude when she realized what the kind man had done.

One selfless gesture deserves another. Fellow passenger Jessica Titus observed the man giving up his seat and was touched by what he had done. She offered him money for snacks and beverages, but the man declined – he didn’t need to receive a reward for his good deed.

If we all did one good deed each day, think of what a difference these kind acts would do for our world. People would be happier, kinder, more thoughtful, and more considerate of others. And, of course, thankful.

 

 

He Sees Elderly Woman Sleeping In Car In Front Of House, Heart Breaks When He Learns Why

Elderly people in our communities deserve respect and should be shown care. Sadly, as people get older they begin to lose their friends and loved ones and often get forgotten.

That’s what happened to Theresa Hernandez.

The 71-year-old owns a home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived with her husband and two dogs, but after her husband passed away a few years ago she had trouble keeping things up.

With no more running water or electricity inside the house, she decided she would just sleep in her car, which was no longer safe to drive. “My jalopy became my home,” she said.

Theresa thought she was all alone in the world. Little did she know a guardian angel was about to come to her aid.

Justin Hernandez (same name but unrelated) had only been living in the neighborhood for about a month when he noticed Theresa sleeping in her car. Seeing the elderly woman living in those conditions broke his heart.

“It tore my heart. It broke my heart,” he said. “A 71-year-old woman sitting out here in 110-degree weather isn’t alright.”

He decided he needed to do something. “I figure if this was my nana or my mom, I wouldn’t want her to live like this, so I had to do something to help get her back into her home,” he said.

When Justin first entered the house, he was shocked by its condition. Trash and dog feces littered both the inside and outside of the home. He knew he would need help to get it back to a livable condition.

That’s when he started a Facebook page called Paying it Forward and put out a call for help. It didn’t take long for people – many of them strangers – to answer his plea.Some people donated money to the YouCaring page Justin set up to help the cleanup efforts while others offered plumbing and electrical services to get Theresa’s utilities back up and running.

Theresa has been stunned by the generosity and kindness of so many strangers, especially Justin’s. “I don’t know what I would do without people like them,” she said. “What the world would do without people like them. There are very few.”

It’s going to take a lot of work before Theresa can move back into her home, but Justin said he is in it for the long-haul.

“I don’t believe we’re going to have it done right away,” he said. “It’s going to be a process, and it’s going to be a long process, but at least we all got together and everyone’s trying to help Miss Theresa get back into her home.”

She Goes To Visit Mom In Hospital. 2 Days Later Looks At Dad, Sees Something That Makes Her Gasp

Love is a beautiful and unexplainable thing, and it often defies logic, sometimes in heartbreaking ways.

Such is the case with the love shared between Jean and George Spear.

The couple met in the midst of the turmoil of World War II. It was 1941. Jean was an 18-year-old English firefighter and air raid warden. George was a 21-year-old soldier from Canada.

When George spotted Jean from across the room, he was instantly smitten.

“I was there in a red dress, my husband will tell you, and he came over and asked me to dance,” Jean recalled. “He had his army boots on, but he could dance. And his rhythm was perfect. So we didn’t dance with anyone else the whole evening.”

The lovebirds had a whirlwind romance and married the next year.

Speaking of the tumultuous time, Jean said, “When you met a boy, you made the most of every moment because you just didn’t know when or if you’d meet again. There was a stimulation about it, a wonderful, wonderful excitement that is hard to describe and hard to understand if you weren’t there. The worry sharpened your senses.”

After the wedding, George returned to Canada and then made secret arrangements to have Jean brought over by the Red Cross in a naval convoy. The couple eventually welcomed daughter Heather in 1947 and son Ian in 1950.

About a year after moving to Canada, Jean helped found the SWIC (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Canada) club for war brides. For her service, she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.

On August 22, the couple celebrated their 75th anniversary. In that time together they created an incredible legacy.

Sadly, just a couple weeks later, Jean developed pneumonia. She was admitted to the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottowa, Ontario, on Tuesday, September 12. The next day, George spoke to his bride on the phone.

Then something happened that left their family stunned. On Thursday, September 14, George fell into a deep sleep. When they couldn’t wake him, he was taken to the same hospital his wife was in.

At 4:30 a.m. on Friday, September 15, Jean quietly passed away. Just a few hours later, at 9:45 a.m., George followed her into eternity.

Their family was stunned and heartbroken.

“We tell stories to make ourselves feel better. But this defies any sort of logic,” said daughter Heather. “We were overwhelmed by the suddenness of it.”

As much as they miss their parents, though, Heather and Ian know they left this world in the same way they lived in it – together.

In 2011, Jean and George were invited to a private reception in Ottowa with Prince William and Duchess Catherine. During the event, George showed Kate a photograph of Jean from 1942, which he had kept tucked into his soldier’s beret during the war.

“Kate asked if I had always kept the photo and I replied, ‘All through the war and ever since,’” George recalled.

When asked about the secret to their wedded bliss after all their years together, Jean gave an answer that will serve as an inspiration to many today who hope to have a love like theirs:

“I’ve taken a lot of time to consider it,” she said. “I realized when we met that we were on to a good thing. When we got married, we thought we were in heaven. Throughout our lives, the ups and downs, we know that together, we are a good thing. We recognize it and have never failed to acknowledge it.”

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Dad Dies Suddenly, Then Young Son Finds Mystery Box On Grave On Christmas Day

It started out like any other day. Cody Wells kissed his fiancee, Danielle, and their son, Braxton, goodbye before heading to his job with the police department.

When Danielle heard a knock at the door later that day, she thought Cody had forgotten his keys. But when she opened the door, two officers were standing there to tell her that Cody’s car had gone off the road and collided with a tree. He was gone.

In that instant, Danielle saw all their hopes and dreams for their future together shattered.

Heartbroken, she was determined to keep Cody’s legacy alive for Braxton. The two of them visited Cody’s grave every single day.

But as the pair made their way over to his grave on Christmas Day, they found something that left them both stunned. Sitting next to the headstone was a wrapped present.

Now, we all know Cody couldn’t actually bring a present for his son, but when Braxton saw the gift, he was convinced his dad “flew down from heaven to surprise him.”

As Danielle found out later, the present had actually been left by their friend Chris Blake, who had designed Cody’s headstone.

Chris is glad Braxton was so excited, and he is happy to let Cody take the credit.

“Just to see the smile on his face meant the world to me,” he said.

Nothing can ever bring Cody back or fill the void his passing left, but we are happy to know that Danielle and Braxton have people looking out for them who will work to keep Cody’s legacy alive in their lives.

We know Cody is looking down on them from above, and he would be grateful.

Man Donates Kidney To Total Stranger. 3 Months Later Finds Letter That Leaves Him In Tears

For most people, donating an organ to a family member would be a big decision, but one anonymous hero decided he would take things a step further and make the sacrifice for a total stranger.

The 32-year-old man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who goes by TheBartian, said he has wanted to donate one of his kidneys for a long time. He always felt that, since he had two healthy kidneys and others were dying because they needed one, it was his duty to donate.

He worked hard to get healthy and in shape so he could donate. The first couple of times he thought he had found his recipient, things came up that prevented him from donating.

At one point he was getting ready to donate when doctors found a sore on the recipient’s foot. They would have to wait for it to heal before doing the surgery. They asked TheBartian if he would rather wait to donate or give his kidney to the next person on the list. He decided on the latter, knowing that would help more people get their needed kidneys faster.

TheBartian did all of this without ever expecting anything in return, but about three months after the surgery, he got a letter in the mail that left him stunned:

Hello, my name is [redacted]. I am 63 years old and I have a son named S. When S. was 6 years old his mother passed away after battling cancer for 5 years. This has put me and my son very close. After many years I remarried a lady named [redacted]. We live on a small farm in a town called [redacted].

I now have 3 grandsons named [redacted], [redacted],and [redacted]. My son and my 3 grand sons are my life, I do not do anything without one of the 4. Because of the gift you gave me on Jan 5th 2017 I think I will get to see more basketball games, more baseball games, and more football games.

I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because of you I am going to have a better and longer life.

Thank you, [redacted]

While his donation may not have seemed like a big deal to TheBartian, to the man who received the kidney it was life-changing.

What an incredible, selfless act! Because of his sacrifice, another person had the chance to live!