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



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.”

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“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.

This little girl has a special place in our hearts! Pocatello’s own, Kaydence Cluff, celebrated her 9th birthday…

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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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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. 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.




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. 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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