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Mother Stunned When Her Son, With the Help of a Stranger, Orchestrates Touching Christmas Surprise

LaDonna and Gabe are sharing their story in hopes of locating the stranger who blessed them

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Mothers are some of the most self-sacrificing people God put on this earth, often going without basic needs in order to provide for their children. When children, especially little ones, recognize their parents’ selflessness and, even in a small way, try to repay them, it’s such a beautiful thing.

Thanks to her sweet little boy and the generosity of a total stranger, one Indiana mom doesn’t have to go without a basic, yet profoundly meaningful need anymore.

When LaDonna Wattley put on her winter coat each chilly day for the last two years, she knew it had seen better days and was, “all shredded up inside,” as she described it to a local news outlet. “The lining was shredded up inside. I didn’t even know he realized that. I didn’t say anything about it. You do what you have to do.”

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LaDonna didn’t know was that her 11-year-old son Gabe noticed the sorry shape of her coat as well, or that he had it on his heart to bless her with something special.

When LaDonna and Gabe took to their local Target store to do a little Christmas shopping, Ladonna gave her son a decent allowance of $20 to pick out Christmas presents for others.

While his mom kept shopping, Gabe went straight to the outerwear section, picked a beautiful olive green, faux fur-trimmed coat, and headed to the register with it.

“People who were in line were kind of smiling and nodding and I noticed some of the Target employees,” LaDonna recalled. “[Gabe was] like, ‘cover your eyes mom, cover your eyes!’ I didn’t know what was going on. I just did what I was told.”

Maybe he was just so excited to finally have both a bit of money and a nice coat for his mom in hand, but as the cashier rang up the coat, Gabe discovered he was about $60 shy of being able to pay for it.

Gabe must have been utterly heartbroken in that moment but, thankfully, it wouldn’t last long. Another customer behind him noticed the problem and stepped forward to pick up the rest of the bill!

The anonymous good Samaritan also offered to pay for a hat and gloves if Gabe needed them, and although he was utterly shocked by the person’s kindness and giving spirit, he politely declined. The coat that he was so excited to give to his mother was enough.

So, when Christmas Day finally came, Gabe was finally able to give his mother a gift she so desperately needed.

“I wanted to show that I know that she loves me, appreciates me, and takes care of me,” Gabe shared.

More than just a coat, which is surely appreciated, Gabe gave LaDonna the gift of acknowledgment of her self-sacrificing spirit as a mom and the affirmation that she must be doing something right in the parenting department!

Now, LaDonna and Gabe are sharing their story in hopes of locating the stranger who blessed them so much with such a simple act of kindness. If they do find her, Gabe said, they wish to give her this message: “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!”

 

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New Zealand Madman Bravely Chased by ‘Good Guy’ with a Gun

As with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.

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 The sheer horror and terror of what has occurred in New Zealand stands at such close proximity at this time, that it is difficult to fully gauge its gravity.

It has certainly shocked the nation itself, as New Zealand isn’t known as a dangerous, or even particularly excitable, place.  The serene and unfathomably gorgeous surroundings, along with the California-like dichotomy of beaches and ski mountains within hours of one another, lends the Kiwis the unmistakeable air of “chill” that one normally reserves for Malibu or San Diego.

In fact, this rampage claimed the lives of more New Zealanders than an entire year of homicides would have in the country.

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But, as with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.

That’s right; a good guy with a gun.  It’s the same story that we hear time and again, all over the globe, and it rings fundamentally true in nearly all aspects of life.

It is not enough to hope and pray for the bad guys to turn the other cheek.  No; we must also hope and pray that good men will not stand aside and do nothing in the face of such evil.  And, by God, let’s hope they’re armed.

 

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Fair Haven, Vermont’s Newest “Mayor” to Take “Office” Tuesday

Mayor Lincoln will take the reins, (no pun intended), on Tuesday, after beating canine competitor Sammie Viger in the bizarre mayoral race.

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When it comes to community fundraising, there are no shortage of unique and inspired ways in which Americans can help one another out.

Between the candy bar cartel, the car wash cabal, and the bake sale barons, local communities throughout our nation have long found interesting and unique ways to stash a little extra cash for a shared project.

Now, one town in Vermont is taking things a step further, allowing residents the opportunity to put a name on the mayoral ballot for a mere $5, with the cash raised going to the creation of a new public playground.

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But there’s a catch

A 3-year-old goat in Vermont beat out more than a dozen other pets for the title of honorary mayor.

Lincoln, a Nubian goat, was chosen by residents in Fair Haven, a town of roughly 2,500 people that sits along the border of Upstate New York, to serve as mayor for one year.

The goat was among 15 other animals on the ballot in the running for the honorary position. Lincoln beat out several other animals, including cat Sassy Towle, a dog named Stella Heibler and a gerbil named Crystal, for the job.

Lincoln took 13 of the 53 votes cast, just surpassing a dog named Sammie Viger who took home 11.

The young, female goat will lead the town’s Memorial Day parade later this year, dressed to the nines in yet to be revealed “custom sash”.

And while the fundraising stunt only brought in around $100, local officials are hopeful the exposure that Lincoln brings to the town will be beneficial in as-of-yet unknown ways.

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