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This 8-Year-Old’s Annual Christmas Tradition of Giving Puts Most Adults to Shame

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For the average elementary school-aged kid, birthday presents are something eagerly looked forward to. For one little girl in Pocatello, Idaho, the most exciting thing about her birthday gifts is giving each and every one of them away—something she’s done two years in a row.

Kaydence Cluff has always had a heart for giving and blessing others, her mother Kasey shared with the Idaho State Journal.

“She always wants to buy and do things for other people,” Kasey said of her daughter, who began giving away her birthday gifts when she was just eight years old. “We’re certainly proud of her.”

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“I felt just pure pride. It’s a proud parent moment to know that your child wants to give, not receive.”

“I know a lot of kids don’t get presents,” Kaydence shared with the newspaper, “and I just wanted to make a difference and help other kids get toys.”

Instead of the usual mountain of birthday presents many kids are fortunate to receive, Kaydence asked only for new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

This gold-hearted little girl also spent over $100 of her birthday money this year to buy toys on Black Friday, the State Journal noted, “ranging from baby dolls for younger children to remote control cars and scooters for older children.”

Kaydence shared that she was able to donate twice as many toys this year, and the nine-year-old already has big goals for the good she’ll do on her tenth birthday: “Next year I’m thinking of doing Toys for Tots and the children’s hospital.”

As the donation site for Toys For Tots in Pocatello, the staff at the Courtesy Ford dealership shone the spotlight on Kaydence and gave her a bit of well-deserved public praise for her generosity.

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For Kaydence, the sky is the limit when it comes to giving to the less fortunate. “I’m going to try to do it every year and give more every year,” she said. “That’s my goal.”

Don’t worry, though. Kaydence didn’t end her birthday without a little something for herself. “I told [my family] they could also bring a present for me if they wanted to,” she said. “But that’s their choice.”

 

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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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