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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Red Sox game he'll always remember

Sean Wetzonis, Pedro Lugo, Francisco Rios and one of their pals had tickets to see the Boston Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston recently, when a family emergency prevented their pal from joining them. On the way to the park, they tried to decide who should get their extra ticket. Lugo said he wanted someone who would appreciate the ticket and have the time of his life. As they were passing a homeless man named John, they gave him some money and asked if he'd like to see a Red Sox game. He said, "Hell Yeah, let's go."

The young men happily escorted John to his seat and bought him a beer to enjoy during the game. As they all cheered from the stands, John seemed to enjoy the atmosphere of the stadium. Before he left, he shook hands with his three new friends. "He thanked us for everything," said Lugo. "Maybe the game helped alleviate the stresses that come along with being homeless. -- at least for a few hours at the game."

Monday, July 22, 2019

Former foster child knows a boy needs a dad

Barry Farmer, 32, is a radio host in Richmond, Virginia. He grew up in the foster care system, so he always had plans to adopt a child someday. He never expected fulfill that plan when he was only 21 years old, and with a white child. But that's what happened. He was 21 when his foster care license was approved and he fostered 8-year-old Jaxon, who he soon adopted. After growing up fatherless himself, he says "Being a father means everything to me."

In 2013 and 2014, Barry met Xavier, 11, and Jeremiah, 4, who were both in foster care, and by 2015 he adopted both, giving Jaxon an opportunity to be a big brother. As a dad now with three sons, Farmer says it's important not to forget older children who are up for adoption. "I always say our children in foster care are like diamonds in the rough. Even if you find a diamond in the dirt, it still has value. Once you take that diamond and polish it and put it in a safe place, you begin to see how beautiful it is."

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Another reason to do lunch at Chick-Fil-A?

A manager at a Chick-Fil-A in Severn, Maryland was quick to help when he saw that a regular customer needed more than a chicken biscuit and coffee. Earlier this month, manager Daryl Howard was taking orders when a 96-year-old WWII veteran known to all employees as Mr. Lee came to the register and said he had a flat tire.

Mr. Lee said he barely made it to the store on three tires because one was so bad. Lee was able to park, but had no one to help him change the time. That's when Howard told the staff he needed to help this customer immediately. He jumped into action with hesitating. It took him about 15 minutes to change the tire, and he didn't know someone had taken pictures until later. Mr. Lee came back the next day and was very grateful.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

If we couldn't welcome them back, maybe we can send them off.

Several hundred people gathered at a cemetery in Niles, Michigan, recently to lay to rest a man most of them never knew. About a week ago, Brown Funeral Home (which provided this photo) asked the public to attend services for Vietnam veteran Wayne Wilson, 67, who had no close family. They expected about a dozen people to attend, but word spread far and wide on social media. A large crowd gathered, and more than 150 motorcycle riders led a procession to the cemetery.

In his remarks, Pastor Mike Smith of Niles told the crowd they had gathered "because you refused to let a warrior be buried alone." Someone who knew Wilson said he was a proud veteran, but reluctant to talk of his experience in the service. He'd alway been troubled by public scorn Vietnam vets received when they came home from combat. If we couldn't welcome them back, maybe we can send them off."

Friday, July 19, 2019

Let's hear it for Delta Sigma Theta

Around 16,000 people attended to a big convention of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in New Orleans, Louisiana, this month. Delta Sigma Theta is a historically black sorority started at Howard University 105 years ago. Everything was already paid for, but the convention was cut short and the girls (including those shown below) had to pack up and leave before the arrival of Hurricane Barry.

Centerplate Caterers still had many pre-cooked meals ready for delivery when the convention ended early. Instead of wasting them, Delta Sigma Theta donated all 17,000 meals to help hurricane victims. Since they were prepped ahead of time, before the storm hit, they were ready as soon as people needed them. A spokesman for Second Harvest Food Bank, which distributed the meals, was impressed that when the convention was cancelled, the first thing the girls thought about was helping people.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Her pitching is bad, but she's still a winner

A minor-league baseball game was played recently in York, Pennsylvania. It was dedicated to troops serving abroad, and local resident Jennifer Miller was invited to throw the first pitch, in honor of her son Shane, who's been stationed in Okinawa with the Marines for the past two years.

She threw the ceremonial pitch, and it was not a good one. The catcher began walking toward her, and she was ready to apologize for such a bad pitch when he lifted his mask, and it was Shane.Afterward she said she'd seen a lot of surprise reunions and secretly wished it would happen to her, but she never expected it. Best of all. Shane's tour is over now and he's home for good, so they'll be seeing a lot more of each other.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Who needs a gym when you can do this?

A little after midnight recently, three teens were on their way home when they noticed steam billowing from under the hood of a car stopped along Highway 20 in Fonthill, Ontario. Aeron McQuillin, Bailey Campell and Billy Tarbett are all car buffs, so they looked under the hood and told the woman driver she needed a new motor, and she should not start the car. She was upset, and told them she did not have any money for a tow.

That's when Billy suggested they push the car to the woman's home in Welland, since it was only four miles away. The teens grabbed their water bottles and pushed her Chevy Cobalt up a hill, and then two hours down the dark Merritville Highway, laughing, joking and appreciating the great "workout." Another stranger, Niagara Falls resident Dan Morrison, saw what the teens were doing and went into "Dad mode." He drove along behind them with lights flashing, to keep them safe. The rescue mission ended at four in the morning. Said 18-year-old Aeron, "this is something we can look back on in ten years and say it was crazy, but it was worth it."