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When This Car-Obsessed 6-Year-Old Reached Out to Car Companies to Help Him With His New Hobby, His Family Never Dreamed What Would Happen Next

After sending letters to more than 50 different companies, the Hurtys began getting responses that simply blew them away.

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The imagination of a young kid is a formidable force. It can turn laundry baskets into spaceships, design a skyscraper out of a pile of plastic bricks, it can even propel an ancient old man and his reindeer through the Christmas Eve sky.

Kids can become fascinated with the most unsuspected things, and when a parent facilitates that fixation, amazing things can happen.

Patch Hurty is six, and favorite thing isn’t all that different from likely millions of other six-year-old boys. Patch loves cars.

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In fact, some of the first words Patch ever learned to read were the names of different cars and their makers. When he stumbled upon a Ford emblem that had shaken loose from a passing car near his house, his eyes lit up, and an obsession was born.

Patch, then five-years-old, began a mission to start a collection of shiny new car badges. But, without turning to a life of crime and defacing the cars in his neighborhood and nearby parking lots, how would the little Connecticuter source the emblems?

Thankfully, Patch has a great mom, Lindsay, who has probably endured many a car-ride fillibuster about literally everything to do with cars, yet she still desires to nurture his passion for automobiles.

Lindsay and Patch hatched a plan to go straight to the source: the auto manufacturers. They sat down with pen and paper and crafted a simple pitch to send to every car maker they could think of, essentially asking if they could spare an emblem, a sticker, anything from their brand to add to Patch’s collection.

After sending letters to more than 50 different companies, the Hurtys began getting responses that simply blew them away.

The response from various car makers was overwhelming. Volvo sent Patch a full-size grille badge and several other treats. While Jeep couldn’t send a badge, they did send the little guy a metal sign, a hat, a pen, and a keychain.

Moving onto luxury vehicles, Patch received the center cap from a Bentley steering wheel. BMW sent a brand new emblem along with a personal letter.

A handwritten card from Honda read, “We hope your love of cars continues to grow.” Bentley thanked the little guy for sharing his love of cars with them. Nine people over at Infiniti signed their handwritten card to Patch.

“Your letters have made a lot of people in our offices happy, Patch,” wrote a rep from Volkswagen. “I am very glad that you took the time to reach out and share your dream. Keep spreading happiness and good things will come your way.”

Tesla, Bugatti, and dozens of other car makers were happy to oblige Patch. Lincoln even sent an original pencil sketch of their classic Continental.

Patch surely wasn’t expecting such an outpouring of generosity, but he got it!

Now that Patch has had such a wonderful experience at such a young age with so many different auto manufacturers, Yahoo News asked the boy who he’ll pick when the time comes for him to buy his first car.

His answer took him back to the very first emblem he ever found: Ford. “I still have a warm spot for Ford in my heart,” Patch said. “It was the first decal I ever found and it started this project. A project of love and cars.”

 

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WATCH: This Cute Gender-Reveal Prank From a New Dad Will Make Your Day

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Gender-reveals are all the rage these days, whether they’re organized after an early ultrasound or right in the hospital.

This humorous dad decided to add a little spice to the good old fashioned “it’s a boy/girl!” revelation to family and friends waiting to hear the good news after their baby girl was born.

In a post shared to Instagram that has now been viewed nearly 80,000 times by Gender Reveal Videos, the happy dad walks out into the waiting room where anxious family members wait to hear if they’ll be buying pink or blue baby gear for the newest member of their family.

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With a big grin on his face, he slowly unzips his shirt, revealing a blue shirt. The family squeals with excitement and then explode in happy hysterics to see his little prank: although the shirt is blue, the writing reads: “It’s a girl!”

Their excitement and tears, which likely would have been just as blissful if it had been a boy, just warm your heart. There is just nothing quite like a brand new baby, and especially when there are so many people around to celebrate the good news.

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Teacher Shocked to See 7-Year-Old Student Riding Bike on the Highway. Then She Found Out Where He Was Going.

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If you spend a lot of time as the sole caretaker for small children, it has likely occurred to you more than once what your children would do if you for one reason or another became incapacitated.

Would they know how to call 911? Would they know how to find a neighbor to come help? Or the most dreadful question of all…could they end up in harm’s way somehow themselves?

A little boy in South Carolina is being praised after his bold actions when he came home to discover his father in a diabetic shock. However, he put himself in a rather dangerous situation in order to try to find his father help.

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Cameron Simoncic told his local TV station WSPA that he had returned home from a day of second grade on Wednesday when he found his father on the kitchen floor, unconscious from diabetic shock, and knew that he needed to take immediate action.

“My dad has diabetes,” the second-grader told the local Carolina outlet, “and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function.”

Cameron went to dial 911 on his father’s phone, but said he was locked out of his dad’s cell. And when the little boy went over to his neighbors’ houses, nobody was home.

“So I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandma’s,” Cameron explained.

As he was dodging cars on the 5-mile ride, his first-grade teacher, Keller Sutherland, hadn’t recognized the familiar face before deciding that she needed to pull over.

“I just told my husband, I said, ‘There’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on,’” Sutherland told WSPA.

To her surprise, the little boy was her former first-grade student. Cameron quickly told the teacher what was happening at home and Sutherland helped him remain calm, while another two men who pulled over called 911.

Sutherland says she has no doubt she was placed in her student’s path at just the right time, and thank God she was!

“There’s no doubt that God placed me where he did when he needed me,” she said.

Amen to that—what a blessing, and bless this sweet boy for being so brave!

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