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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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WATCH: You Won’t Believe The Way This McDonald’s Customer Just Blessed His Favorite Drive-Through Server

The way he decided to bless her will blow your mind.

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Over the last few decades, as fast food joints seem to replace small mom and pop shops nationwide, we often find ourselves lamenting that community and human connection have gone the way of small businesses.

This is, of course, very true in many ways, but that doesn’t mean that the people behind the counter at franchizes belonging to multinational corporations aren’t human and we can’t develop friendships and strong connections with those who serve us our egg McMuffins and coffee in the morning.

Clearly, a strong friendship was formed between Kansas drive-through server Vicki Anderson and local businessman Chris Ellis when Ellis caught wind that Anderson’s car had recently broken down.

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But the way he decided to bless her will blow your mind.

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[Anderson’s] vehicle — a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra — broke down a few months ago, and Anderson was informed it would cost $500 to repair. The price was more than the car was reportedly worth, according to [The Witchita Eagle]

It just so happened that Ellis’ son, Josh, was selling his 2009 Pontiac GS.

“Fate looked me in the eye when she told me that story,” Ellis told The Wichita Eagle. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. . . . I said, ‘I have to do something.’”

Ellis decided to purchase the car from Josh so he could gift it to Anderson.

Ellis, who also had the car cleaned and its oil changed and tires rotated, drove the vehicle to Hutchinson Wednesday with his son to surprise the Golden Arches worker.

When they arrived, the two asked Anderson to come out to the parking lot, where they surprised her with the car.

“I didn’t know what to think,” she said of her reaction.

Check out her emotional reaction. Can you imagine getting a gift like this?

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Homeless Man’s Dogs Distraught as Their Master is Taken to Hospital. What They Did Next Is Amazing.

Time and time again, dogs demonstrate why they have always been known as man’s best friend.

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Time and time again, dogs demonstrate why they have always been known as man’s best friend.

There really is nothing quite like the bond developed between master and loyal dog, which likely comes from their own instinct to be part of a pack.

Any dog owner knows that when you have pups, they see you as their pack leader, and things are never quite right when the pack is split up.

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This is precisely what the five loyal dogs belonging to a Brazilian man who lives in the streets demonstrated in an incredibly touching way recently, when their human pack leader was taken to the hospital and they held vigil outside.

Fox News reports:

The man, only identified as Luiz by local media, suffered a stroke last week in the southern city of Cianorte. He was taken to the Santa Cara hospital for treatment, where he was discharged a day later.

His loyal pups followed the ambulance taking their owner away and then spent hours howling outside of the hospital. They kept vigil outside the front door of the hospital, Brazilian newspaper G1 reported.

“The dogs were desperate,” Simone Zilane, a volunteer with the NGO organization Amigos de Patas Cianorte, told G1. “They followed the ambulance, racing after it down the roads and arrived just as Luis was being taken into the hospital. They went mad as they took him and howled non-stop at the entrance.”

Zilane, who photographed the pups, said Luiz was discharged a day later – the dogs none the wiser as he left with his brother through another exit.

“One of our volunteers from the NGO had to fetch Luiz at his brother’s house and take him to where the dogs were for them to leave the front [of the hospital],” Zilane added. “He hadn’t realized they were outside all this time, but he wasn’t too surprised.”

Amigos de Patas explains that Luiz has been living on the streets for over two decades, and refuses to live with his brother or accept a permanent home.

He says that his home is in the streets, and the one time he tried living in a house, his dogs, who had been taken to a shelter, jumped the fence and found him.

With a loyal pack like his, one can imagine Luiz certainly has all the love and companionship he could ask for no matter where he lays his head!

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