(N.Morgan) Current events and the ever changing political climate have made watching the news or reading a newspaper almost painful from all of the negativity and uncertainty that are constantly bombarding headlines.
The discord and strife seem to suck the hope out of everything and make things seem utterly hopeless.
This collection of stories should be a beacon of hope in these stormy and confusing times.
A guiding light of awe-inspiring acts of love, kindness, compassion, and courage and proof that happiness can come after the storms.
The tricky haircut
Reddy Weldon and Jax Rosebush are best friends and these two pint-sized preschoolers wanted to play a funny trick their on teacher.
They wanted to trick their teacher into thinking they were twins, so she wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.
There was just one minor technicality that neither of them realized: Reddy is black, but Jax is white.
These two BFFs see way past each other’s exterior color, though.
Jax just wanted the same haircut as his pal, Reddy, so they would look the same.
It’s so sweet to hear such an adorable demonstration of how accepting children can be, especially when we are usually faced with devastating stories of racism.
Party of five
It would be considered nearly impossible to be able to find a loving family to adopt a family of 5 children together, ranging from ages 2 to 11.
The children also felt this was an impossible dream, until they reached out to The Kansas City Star to appeal to its readers for a forever home—for all five of them.
The children and the newspaper, however, could have never expected the immediate responses that flooded The Star’s email inbox.
In a matter of a few days, the appeal went viral, garnering over four million views.
The adoption agency working to place the children has since removed the family’s story from its website so it can focus on finding a home from one of the thousands of respondents.
It looks like these kids will have no problem finding their forever home, happily together, as they should be.
An inspiring proposal
Usually stories of cancer don’t have a very happy ending, which makes this next story even more special, since this cancer story ends with a positive outcome.
Jim Koch, an Iowa man whose 54-year-old wife, Lora, was diagnosed with breast cancer, made sure their cancer story had a beautiful twist.
One week after Lora underwent a bilateral mastectomy, Jim re-proposed to his wife.
They had already been married for 26 years.
The loving husband told abcnews.go.com, “I’ve known Lora as the most selfless person, and as she was going through this rough patch, I really wanted to give a sign and a reminder of love and commitment.”
The youngest daughter of the couple happily took photos of her father’s moving gesture.
Jim reminds us all that true love does exist and will carry you through the darkest of times, in sickness and in health.
A teenage hero
The familiar expression of “being at the right place at the right time”, could’ve been expressed about this next story.
In 2014, a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter named Joseph Chambers heard a loud crash outside of his sister’s home.
Joseph found two cars in what appeared to be a fatal collision, one of which was a police patrol car.
He immediately ran up to the car of Officer Mark Kimsey to see if he was okay.
Officer Kimsey was trapped, but Joseph sprung into action, pulling Kimsey out through the window with another bystander as his patrol car burst into flames.
Maybe it was Joseph’s firefighter training that allowed him to think, and act, so quickly, but it’s certain that he saved a man’s life that day without once thinking about his own well-being.
The town that came together
Imagine you lived in a place in which you didn’t speak the language everyone else did.
Such was life for Muaharrem, a deaf man in Istanbul who uses sign language to communicate. Muaharrem spent every day communicating with people in his town the best he could.
He may have gotten by, but he was imprisoned by his inability to accurately communicate with those around him.
Until one day, when a Samsung ad created for him a new world that he never dreamed would be possible.
As Muaharrem’s sister, Ozlem, walked him through his neighborhood, he suddenly realized that everyone he encountered not only understood his language but was able to use it with him.
Samsung had contracted the locals to learn sign language as a promotion for its new technology for the hard of hearing but ended up giving Muaharrem the best gift he could have received: the gift of communication.
The kids who stole a bachelor’s heart
Pittsburgh Police Detective Jack Mook was a self-proclaimed bachelor who loved the single life and doing what he wanted during his off-duty hours.
He often went to the gym, where he boxed and volunteered his time to teach kids boxing.
He became particularly close to two brothers, who came in almost every week for several years to learn from Mook.
One day, the brothers just stopped showing up and Mook knew something was wrong.
Mook found older brother Josh at his school and he broke down when the boy explained the horrendous conditions under which he and his brother lived in at his foster parent’s house.
Through an emergency appeal, Mook decided to foster the boys, and later went on to adopt them, finalizing the most important chapter in his life in 2014.
Mook insists the boys have changed his life.
The self-proclaimed bachelor is not only the dad of two teenagers, but he’s also happily married and has three step-children—because after his big-hearted story went viral, women were lining up to meet—and marry—this ordinary superhero.
Airports can be extremely stressful, and can be made even more so when the unexpected happens—unless you find an angel on Earth, like one father did.
After trying to check in for an upcoming flight with his daughter, the man was told that his 2-year-old daughter would need her own ticket.
He had mistakenly thought she would fly for free because of her age.
The father was obviously distraught, saying he didn’t have the money, and left the counter to make some phone calls.
That’s when a kind stranger stepped in, approaching the counter to tell the agent she wanted to pay for the little girl’s ticket—all $749 of it.
The appreciative man asked for the woman’s name so he could repay her, but she insisted on remaining anonymous.
The only thing anyone knows about her is what she did that day, thanks to a viral photo of her good deed circulating on Facebook.
An impromptu performance for humanity
Millennials are often regarded by older generations as selfish, but there are a few that break that stereotype.
Three college students in Germany showed the world just how selfless their generation can be through a beautiful video that went viral and has touched the hearts of millions since.
The students surprised a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk with a gorgeous instrumental and vocal performance that he originally thought was just for show (it began with one student asking to borrow the man’s bucket to use as a drum)—until they handed him the money they collected from passers-by.
The stunned man wasn’t able to muster up any words as the students walked away, but the look on his face shows that his faith in humanity was restored at that very moment.
Gone, but never forgotten
When you lose a loved one, it can seem like everything about that person is lost from this world.
One woman realized how far from the truth that is after she lost her husband to cancer.
Debora Taylor had started her own battle with cancer four years prior to her husband Hank’s diagnosis, but she fought against it, feeling as though there was some reason God wanted her to stick around.
When her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, Debra knew her purpose was to help him through his own battle.
Sadly, Hank lost his battle with cancer only a month later.
Debora was still recovering from her own treatments and was now emotionally scarred after her husband’s sudden death.
But one day, Debora found a voicemail from her husband that she had never deleted.
The voicemail was of Hank, somewhat agitated on his way home from work but showing his silly side that Debora loved.
She treasured the voicemail until the day she had to switch phone carriers and lost her husband’s message.
Through a rant on Facebook, her previous phone carrier found out her story and was able to walk Debora through the process of retrieving the voicemail so she could once again have a piece of her husband back in her life.
The boy who took a stand
Not much touches our hearts more than children who give selflessly, like one 7-year-old named Quinn Callander did for his best friend, Brayden Grozdanich.
Brayden has cerebral palsy.
Quinn simply wanted to help Brayden walk and move with less pain.
So, he set up a lemonade stand for his buddy to raise money to help Brayden, and the two began selling their delicious drinks outside a local grocery store.
Quinn’s mom posted about his heartwarming campaign on a donation website, hoping to bring in a few more dollars for his cause.
What the family didn’t expect, though, was more than $61,000 in donations to come pouring in, which would help support a much-needed surgery for Brayden later that year.
To think it all started with a small boy, a brilliant idea, and a huge heart.
The babysitter who became much more
Would you be willing to donate an organ to someone you barely knew who desperately needed it?
One young babysitter did, without a second thought, to save the life of a toddler she had known for only three weeks.
Kiersten Miles began babysitting Talia over the summer of 2016 when she learned that the baby would need a liver transplant. Kiersten volunteered to be her donor, no questions asked.
After going through rounds of tests to make sure she was a match, Kiersten learned she could be a donor for Talia.
In January 2017, both girls underwent surgery and are expected to make full recoveries.
Talia’s parents believe Kiersten was placed in their lives at the perfect time to save their little girl, and have since told Kiersten, “I could tell you thank you for the rest of my life every single day, and it wouldn’t be enough.”
Hope for the homeless
Ginger Sprouse is one of those people who wants to do more for the homeless than simply give them a meal.
One homeless man in particular caught Ginger’s attention when he sat in the same spot nearly every day near her cooking class business.
She learned that his name was Victor, and he suffered from mental illness.
He wanted to wait in that one spot every day in the hope that his mother would find him, because that’s where he’d last seen her.
Ginger befriended Victor, talking to him on her coffee breaks and learning about his life, including the fact that he’d been homeless for about 10 years and unable to find his mother for the last three.
In December 2016, Ginger decided to take Victor into her home and started a Facebook campaign, known as This Is Victor, to raise money to help get Victor on his feet.
She gave him a job in the kitchen of her business and even helped him see his mom again.
She has committed to take care and help Victor for the rest of his life.