Covid-19 affected plans for a boy who had expected to celebrate his 9th birthday with friends. Yet his mum pulled a surprise— she requested people celebrate Jack, the birthday boy with birthday cards and the response she got was enormous.
With her son expecting a birthday party, his first in three years as Jack was unable to celebrate the last two years due to his ordeal with Osteogenesis Imperfacta, otherwise called, Brittle Bone disease.
Thus, he looked forward to having a party this year, but that had to be canceled due to the pandemic restrictions. Ruth was devastated when she opened up to him about the cancellation, however she came up with a plan by asking people to send Jack birthday cards.
“The response has been unbelievable,” she said.
She’s since gotten over 1,000 cards with some coming in for Ruth. It’s unbelievable some of these cards have come in from far places like France, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK.
She’s overwhelmed with the reach out and it means “Jack is having a birthday he will never forget”
Residing in Raphoe, county Donegal, Ruth said “We have had cards and parcels from Dublin , Carlow, Mayo, Donegal, Monaghan, Derry and London and that’s not even half of them opened.”
“I’d like to thank each and everyone that took the time to make/send a card/parcel to Jack. It has been a very emotional and overwhelming few days to watch the delight in Jack’s face. This will be a birthday never to forget.”
She speaks about the feedback. “Unbelievable. I never imagined this response. I’m actually very emotional this last few days to see everyone come together at such difficult times.”
“I set out to do this thinking that my Facebook family would send cards to make Jack’s birthday special (and) not expecting it to go viral.”
The support shown by the charity organization, Little Blue Heroes was immense as Jack is a member as an honorary Garda. “Ever since he was made an honorary Garda in January 2018 up in Garda Headquarters, he has the full uniform and goes on duty in Letterkenny Garda Station from time to time,” she said.
“All I can say is this is a birthday Jack will never forget. I had one wish to make him happy and my wish definitely came true.”
Overall, she’s filled with gratitude and appreciated everyone who’s sent in cards “I will be forever grateful to each and every one of them.”
Old Dogs Are Given The Opportunity To Enjoy Their Last Years
It’s been often said dogs go to heaven after they die. Yet when these animals get old and are given to shelters, their latter years don’t become comfortable.
There’s however a different practice at Marty’s place in Upper Freehold, New Jersey. Here, senior sanctuary dogs are offered a new “leash” on life.
The founder, Doreen Jakubcak made a discovery these old dogs are being declined when people want to adopt dogs. With this in mind, she sought to care for these special types of dogs who are “old”. She put her focus on re-homed canines, age 7 and up.
The dog retirement home has utilities ranging from generous living quarters, medical and dental care, regular exercise, and activities that elevate their strengths and default areas.
There are sofas for comfort, a built-in pool for dogs who love to swim. These dogs are having the times of their lives here.
In recent times, dogs at Marty’s Place would eventually go on to be adopted, yet none of them have that feeling of being abandoned. “When we commit to a dog that comes to Marty’s Place they do have a forever home,” Jakubcak told ABC News. “That forever home can be here at the sanctuary and when we can we try to place a dog into a new adoptive home.”
Jacubcak pointed out that Marty’s Place has been catering to dogs of older age, from 10 to 18. Most have health issues before they come to Marty’s Place and these issues make it difficult to find new homes for them.
However, Jacubcak thinks potential adopters shouldn’t rule out older dogs.
“When people hear the term senior dogs, they immediately think, ‘Ugh they’re boring,’ but some are high energy and require lots of exercise and stimulation,” Jakubcak told Good Morning America. “I do believe they know instinctively what you did for them and they are forever grateful. That bond… is nothing like you could imagine.”
“They’re so lucky that they can live out their golden years in this amazing place. We should all be that lucky, as human beings, we should be that lucky,” Volunteer Rennie Rankin added. “Every time I walk in the door, I think about that. Wow, this is how I should live out my last days.”
Jakubcak pointed out that Marty’s Place is more than just a sanctuary, it’s a family. “That family consists of our dogs, our staff, and our volunteers,” she said. “Everybody that’s here truly embraces the dogs and truly cares about them like they’re their own personal dogs.”
Students Now Find School Exciting Due To These Two Teachers Transforming Students’ Desks Into Jeeps
First day at school was mostly an exciting day for us all when we were kids. The holiday is over. Happy to meet your new classmates. Plus, it’s your first time of having a teacher. Then there’s a desk all to you.
Things will be quite different for kids this year. The whole scenery of a new environment will be retained. For sure, there will be a uniform. But what might scare kids is having a desk surrounded by plastic screens you’re not used to. Especially as a six-year-old.
For these two teachers in a school in Florida, they’ve come up with a solution to make the plastic dividers —fixed on desks to protect the children in times of COVID-19— “less strange” and more exciting for the new pupils.
Involved in this were Patricia Dovi and Kim Martin who are first-grade teachers of St. Barnabas Episcopal School in DeLand, Florida. They’ve transformed those dividers into windshields and Windows of Jeeps. Surprising.
“Anything that we can do to add some silliness and some creativity to get them excited is going to be really important in the longevity of this school year,” Dovi told Insider.
While the school came up with the plexiglass, the decorations were sponsored by Dovi and Martin. For the desk, Martin revealed it took a week to complete.
The teachers had support from families and friends in turning the desks into eye-catching jeeps with customized license plates.
Students resumed school to see a new, exciting sight. Their own personalized car waiting for them.
“It’s going to be more fun to say, ‘Hey, purple Jeep, you’re getting out of your lane,’” Martin joked. “I think it will be a smart way to keep the kids engaged.” We have no doubt about that.
Kind woman shares cards of goodwill with travelers at Houston airport amidst pandemic
Nothing would be out of place if everyone just got on the plane and enjoyed the flight to their various destinations, and that’s what makes this story special.
Barely months ago, it was impossible and quite dangerous to travel via airplane due to the wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, so it can be assumed that many current air travelers are on edge. Truth is, everyone needs some sort of cheer and assurance during this trying period, and Catherine is the Knight of Hope for many individuals hiding their pain and anxiety behind their masks.
With her cards of kindness, Catherine Knight is hoping to change the world one kind word at a time.
“I just want somebody’s day to be better,” said Knight. “I really just want to make the world a better place.”
“People need to know that there’s still kindness in this world,” she added.
During her work travels, she hands out cards to strangers at the airport. Every card contains a special message of hope, joy, and happiness to lift up the spirits of everyone who reads them.
“You have to wear a mask, so you can’t see somebody smile or if they’re sad,” said Knight. “So if you watch somebody’s eyes, you can kind of determine maybe that person needs a little pick-me-up.”
Heidi Botkin was quite skeptical about the cards, most likely because of the pandemic. However, she got the message at the end, and it really helped her.
“I was super stressed out when I got the three kids by myself,” said Botkin. “So, yeah, that was a nice little pick-me-up.”
What we see today, actually started about three years ago with Knight and her son, Parker, writing and delivering thoughtful and uplifting messages to strangers. According to them, more than 25,000 messages have been written so far.
“It helped, you know, I think everybody’s having their own personal struggles right now,” said Jones.
This random act of kindness is proof that there is still some love and kindness in the world. Despite the threat and danger of the Coronavirus, there are still people that care about the mental health of others who may not be doing so well.
What’s better than two Red Pandas? Two more! Erie Zoo scores double game points in the battle against the extinction of the exotic species.
Zoo management state that animal specialists have placed both cubs under intensive care and 24-hour surveillance in response to the report that they were “failing to gain weight naturally.”
A pair of red pandas at Pennsylvania’s Erie Zoo, Pumori and Delilah, now have mommy and daddy duties as they welcomed two mini versions of themselves into the animal world on July 8. A video clip of the cute cubs released by the management has sent social media into a frenzy as fans just can’t get enough of them.
According to a statement by the zoo’s representative, the cubs are currently under 24-hour surveillance by animal specialists and they are enjoying top-notch hand-raised treatment.
To answer the question on everybody’s minds, Scott Mitchell, President of the Erie Zoological Society has released a statement saying the cubs are yet to be named, but he affirmed that a naming contest is not far off.
New Jersey shelter dog finally finds a home after 7 years of waiting
After spending 2,536 days, approximately 7 years with Trenton’s Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, Brooklyn has finally found a place to call home. The New Jersey shelter system shared the good news via Facebook on August 15, and it has been received with so much joy on the internet.
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