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WATCH: Dwayne Johnson’s “Golden Ticket” Gift for His Mother Will Move You to Tears

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It’s not an uncommon dream to become immensely wealthy, and many people hold such a dream in their hearts with the hopes of being able to pay it forward, help the needy, or repay loved ones for their support over the years.

As one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson certainly isn’t afraid to put his hard-earned wealth toward worthy causes, most notably his Dwayne Johnson ROCK foundation.

The foundation, according to GuideStar, offers “programs designed to enrich and empower the lives and self-esteem of children who are hospitalized for medical disabilities, disorders and illnesses.” It also seeks to “improve the health and self-esteem of children through its physical fitness program; educating children about nutrition and healthy practices towards achieving their fitness goals.”

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Over the holidays, though, Johnson’s benevolence reached someone quite a bit closer to home: his mom, Ata Maivia.

“All our lives growing up we lived in little apartments all across the country. Lived like gypsies on the road from one state to another,” Johnson explained in an Instagram post, setting the scene for an amazing act of kindness.

“The first home my parents ever lived in was the one I bought for them in 1999. They divorced about 5yrs later and as with life, stuff happens and things got a little complicated,” he continued.

Taking care of his parents with his tremendous earnings from his successful career in pro wrestling was a high priority, Johnson continued, saying, “I always made sure my mom and dad have everything they’ll ever need – houses, cars etc.”

This time, however, Johnson said his gift to his mother was a “special one and the timing is very meaningful.”

 

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This one felt good. Surprise! Bought my mom a new home for Christmas. All our lives growing up we lived in little apartments all across the country. Lived like gypsies on the road from one state to another. The first home my parents ever lived in was the one I bought for them in 1999. They divorced about 5yrs later and as with life, stuff happens and things got a little complicated. Since then I always made sure my mom and dad have everything they’ll ever need – houses, cars etc. But the house this time is a special one and the timing is very meaningful. I told her to treat this card like it’s “Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket” because she gets to choose any home she wants – anywhere she wants. I always say, if you got a good mama, then you gotta pretty good shot at becoming a decent human being. And somehow, somewhere along the line I became one lucky SOB to be able to make stuff like this happen. Merry Christmas Ma and WOOOHOOO enjoy your new home. Dwanta 🎅🏾

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“I told her to treat this card like it’s ‘Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket,’” Johnson explained in the video’s caption. Maivia tearfully reads the card, learning that the “ticket” can be used to purchase any home anywhere she chooses.

Johnson, a pure family man, gets up and gives his mother a bear hug as she thanks him for the incredible gift.

“I always say, if you got a good mama, then you gotta pretty good shot at becoming a decent human being,” Johnson told his Instagram followers in the heartfelt post. “And somehow, somewhere along the line I became one lucky SOB to be able to make stuff like this happen.”

 

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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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