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Kind Restaurant Server Uses Lunch Break to Sit With 91-Yr-Old Man

Dylan at the Eat’n Park Restaurant
(Facebook/Lisa Meilander)

It only takes a minute to be kind.

It’s a simple enough idea, but all too often, kindness takes a back seat to our busy schedules and hectic lives. So when a Pennsylvania woman recently witnessed one such act, she knew she had to share it with others.

Lisa Meilander was out to eat with her family at Eat’n Park restaurant in Belle Vernon, PA, when she noticed their server speaking to an elderly gentleman at a booth located nearby. Due to their proximity, Lisa and her family could hear the conversation taking place. The man told their server he was 91-years-old and had trouble hearing. Their server, Dylan, kneeled down to get closer, giving the solo diner his complete attention. After chatting for several minutes, the man apologized for talking so long. “I’m alone now,” he said, “and I don’t often have someone to talk to.” Dylan smiled and said he enjoyed listening.

After a few more minutes of conversation, Dylan helped the man decide what to order and returned to the kitchen. Inspired by the gesture, Lisa wanted to pay for the elderly man’s meal, however by the time Dylan returned l, he told Lisa that “Someone’s already taken care of it.” Lisa sharing in a Facebook post “I guess we weren’t the only ones eavesdropping on the conversation.”

Shortly after, Dylan returned with the food, telling the man he was now on break and asking if he could join him while he ate. The elderly diner happily accepted the company, and the two continued their conversation. Patrons around the restaurant had taken notice and were all smiles as they enjoyed their meals.

Lisa took a photo and shared her story, adding that even as they left the restaurant, the two were still seated and enjoying one another’s company.

“With all of the negative stories about our youth today this was a breath of fresh air.”

Dylan’s small gesture has now been shared over 67,000 times and Lisa’s post now has hundreds of thousands of positive reactions. While he likely made the elderly man’s evening, Dylan’s act has now touched so many more lives. It’s proof that kindness is contagious, and that sharing a few moments of your time is all it takes to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Dad Rents Billboard Outside Children’s Hospital to Thank Staff

Dan Driscoll's Thank You Billboard
(Facebook/Brenner Children's Hospital)

3-year-old Daniel Driscoll was recently admitted to Brenner Children’s Hospital with a bone infection. After spending a full seven days undergoing treatment, Daniel and his family were grateful to be heading home, but even more thankful to the staff of doctors and nurses who cared for Daniel during his stay.

Initially unsure of how to fully express their gratitude, Daniel’s dad eventually saw a sign… literally.

While reflecting on their time spent in the hospital room, he remembered a large billboard that sat adjacent to where he and his son spent much of their stay. “Daniel and I would tell time sitting in the window, especially when a helicopter would land and one of the things we could see was that billboard,” recalled Dan Driscoll, Daniel’s father. He wanted a way to thank everyone involved in his son’s care, saying they “had been absolutely amazing and incredible in every single way.”

Once back home, Daniel placed a call to the company who leases space on the rotating digital billboard and booked the biggest thank you card the staff at Brenner’s has ever received. The sign, which is visible from many wings of the hospital, may be large in scale, but still pales in comparison to the amount of gratitude felt by the Driscoll’s for the care and attention they received over their weeklong occupancy.

Wendy Brown, one of the nurses charged with Daniel’s care, told local affiliate FOX8 that everyone at Brenner appreciated the massive gesture. “It’s just spectacular, I mean it’s just so unique. It’s just a cool way to say thank you and all of us really appreciated it. Sometimes this can be a thankless job and that was one heck of a way to say thank you.”

Now, just over a month after being released, the thankful dad says Daniel is recovering and “doing great.” It’s yet another testament to the quality of care he received and to the power of people coming together to care for our most precious little patients.

And that’s why a pair of brothers recently raised over $11k for a children’s hospital in Ohio by selling a 230 Lb hog.

Tennessee Dad Builds Son’s Baseball Team Their Own Field of Dreams

Tony Cortez Builds Baseball Field

When youth baseball coach Tony Cortez was having trouble finding a place for his team to play, the Murfreesboro, Tennessee dad did the only thing he could: He built them a field in his own backyard.

While that may seem like an over-the-top solution to most, Cortez says it just made sense to him. “The short answer is we were running out of places to practice. As a travel team, it’s extremely hard to find a field,” Cortez recalls, so with help from the other parents and his neighbors, Tony got to work.

“Initially we just threw bases out there. We didn’t really do anything fancy,” Coach Cortez recently told WSMV, but what began as a humble practice surface is now an actual field of dreams. With Alabama brick dust lining the infield and professional bases adorning the dirt, the once empty lot is now the official home to the Cardinals youth baseball team. “It gives the kids a place to play because kids need a pastime,” says Cortez.

Agreeing with Tony’s sentiment, parents and community members banded together to create this special place for their kids to play. Neighbor and fellow team parent, Emily Nowobielski, is still in awe of all the effort that went in to creating the field. “It took so much work and all of the wonderful people that pitched in. I mean, the countless hours that Tony spent doing this. Five days a week people were out here working on it.”

Tony’s son, Logan Cortez, says the best part is that now he and his teammates have the opportunity to practice whenever they want.  “It’s awesome because any day I want, I can just walk outside and practice baseball. I can just get a bucket of balls, come out here and hit some.” For a kid who loves America’s pastime the way Logan does, that’s about as good as it gets.

Tony adding “I hope we don’t get in trouble for it, but we’re calling it the field of dreams.” While Cortez admits they’re not located in the middle of a cornfield, the deluxe dirt diamond still hosts plenty of Major League dreams for the young players who are fortunate enough to call it home.


Once known only to by those involved, Cortez says the field is now the talk of the town. “I’ve had people calling me. They see the pictures on Facebook and social media and they’re like ‘holy cow, is that really your field?’ “ to which the proud parent gets to reply “Yeah, it’s really our field.”

Another dad in Ohio recently built a baseball field in his backyard – because there are no limits when a father is on a mission for his kids!

Oregon Girl Hosts Carwash Fundraiser for Dad’s New Prosthetic Leg

Summer and Doug Bell
(Facebook/Echo Marie Bell KEZI 9 ABC News)

Summer Bell isn’t spending her summer just sitting around. The Creswell, Oregon girl is on a mission to raise money for a cause that’s near and dear to her heart.

Summer’s dad, Doug Bell, has had health difficulties since early childhood. According to the family, Doug has struggled with diabetes for many years — his kidneys failing back in 2017. Most recently, he was hospitalized due to a serious infection that cost him the bottom portion of his leg. Since being released, Doug has been unable to walk on his own and will now need a robotic prosthesis. The cost of a prosthetic leg ranges widely depending on several circumstances, but many can run $5,000-$15,000 or more. It’s a cost that would exceed the means of many families, but Summer isn’t wasting any time by waiting around.

Summer’s mom, Echo, has five other children to care for and is currently working two jobs herself, so the enterprising little lady decided to pitch-in by holding a community car wash in her hometown. Point S Tire & Auto Service agreed to host the event, which is now scheduled to take place this weekend.

Echo posted her daughter’s handmade sign in a Facebook post, sharing details of the event as well as her sentiments on the gesture. “I’m so proud of her. She’s such a caring little human,” adding “how did we get so lucky?”

In addition to the car wash, Summer and her mom have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise enough to eventually get Doug moving once again. A link to the page can be found here.

Grandma Texts Baby Announcement to Stranger, He Brings Baby Gifts

Dennis and his brother Deorick
(Facebook/Yung Rich)

Getting pulled into a group text message is hardly the highlight of anyone’s day. That is unless it’s close family and friends sharing great news with their loved ones. Welcoming a new addition is likely the one instance where most folks are glad to be notified.

So when new parents Lindsey and Mark Lashley welcomed their son Cason into the world, Mark’s mom Teresa, like any new grandmother, was excited to share the big news. However unbeknownst to grandma, one of her contacts had changed their phone number. Instead of Mark’s cousin, grandma was inadvertently texting updates to the number’s new owner, a total stranger named Dennis Williams.

(Yung Rich)

Teresa, who subsequently sent several updates and photos to the group, didn’t realize she had included the stranger until Dennis and his brother, Deorick, showed up at the couples hospital room bearing gifts for the newborn. The exchange and resulting visit were shared by Williams in a post that has since been shared over 200k times.

(Yung Rich)

Mark told the Daily Mail that his mother didn’t realize at the time that she was inviting a stranger up to the couple’s room. “It was different. I mean, my friend just walked in and said: ‘There are some more people coming down the hallway,’ and we didn’t know who they were and they said, ‘Oh, we’re the ones who got the random text message.’

While Mark admits he likely wouldn’t have invited strangers to see their newborn, both he and his wife for grateful for the gifts and well wishes. “I don’t think we would have randomly invited them over but we appreciate it and the gifts. You don’t hear about much compassion in the news anymore.”

With the recent “number neighbor” posts going viral on Twitter, this story is an early example of how perfect strangers can create some damn fine shareable content.

Community Helps Hospitalized Dad Walk Son with Autism to 1st Day of School

Police Sergeant Andy Mattaline takes Carmine to School
(Facebook/Woodson Terrace Police)

The first day of school can be a major milestone for both parents and kids. So when 5-year-old Carmine Mattaline was set to start Kindergarten this week, there was just one thing missing — his dad. Carmine’s father, Police Sergeant Andy Mattaline, was recently diagnosed with cancer and has been hospitalized after surgery for several weeks. Still in recovery, Andy had only been able to see his son once since July 30th.

Carmine has autism, so his mom Mary says she has spent many a sleepless night wondering what his first day of school would be like. Not having her husband there to share the experience was never what she had imagined.

So with no other choice, Andy was set to watch his son walk to school via video. Doctors, however, had been working on a secret plan to ensure the recovering dad could be there in the flesh. When they broke the news that he’d be joining Carmine in person, the tough-as-nails dad broke down in tears. “This is one of my biggest days and I just didn’t want to miss this,” Andy told local CBS affiliate KMOV4. “He means the world to me. We’ve been through a lot together.”

As Andy arrived on the scene, he was greeted by yet another surprise. Dozens of his fellow West County, Missouri officers were there in uniform to ensure Carmine wouldn’t need to walk alone. Andy, still emotional from the experience, was shocked by the outpouring of support. “It’s an overwhelming amount support that I just can’t process right now.”

Side by side with his brothers in blue, Andy escorted Carmine all the way to the school, both moved by the moment and excited for his son’s future. Though he still has a bit more time left in recovery, the proud father says he’s now looking forward to returning home for good.

“I just can’t wait to release him into the world,” Andy said. “To his first step to transition into becoming something we all want to see him flourish into.”

Deputy Heartbroken by Balloon With Special Note That Floated Into His Car

Bristol County Civil Deputy Nelson Brum Balloon
(Facebook/Bristol County Sheriff)

Bristol County Civil Deputy Nelson Brum says he was “heartbroken” after discovering a mylar balloon during his shift this week.

Brum, who was parked and eating his lunch on Wednesday at around 1:30 p.m., says he spotted a yellow smiley face floating towards his vehicle. As the deputy opened his door to investigate, he says the brightly colored, helium-filled balloon, flew right into his cruiser. It was then he saw the balloon had a very special note attached.

It read: “I love you, dad. I miss you, but you are a star. I will never forget you.”

”It appeared to be a child’s handwriting,” said Brum, who was immediately moved by the message. The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the balloon and the note on Facebook in hopes of finding the family who wrote it. Whether it was just a lucky gust of wind or a twist of fate, Brum said he’d like to return the note and meet the child who sent it.

Residents and followers have posted hopeful messages of support, including several indicating that the officer finding the balloon wasn’t an accident at all. One saying: “I believe nothing happens by mistake…I do believe the dad wanted this man to find the balloon for a reason …Prayers.”

Brum said he also posted the photo in several local Taunton area Facebook groups, all in the hopes of simply learning more about the original sender.

Less than 24-hours later, Deputy Brum recieved a call from the mother of an 8-year-old.

“They had released that balloon last year — sometime last summer,” he told Boston 25 News.

“Maybe dad wants him to know he loves him,” Deputy Brum said. “He misses him. And someday he’ll be together. And he’s still around.”

Hero Dad and Good Samaritan Protect Family From Wolf Attack

Matthew Rispoli and Family
(Facebook/Elisa Rispoli)

A picturesque family vacation in Canada quickly turned into a harrowing life or death experience for a New Jersey family last weekend.

What began as a scenic camping excursion in Alberta’s Banff National Park ended in what Elisa Rispoli says “was like something out of a horror movie.” The New Jersey mom, along with her husband, Matthew, were soaking up summer with their two young boys. On Saturday morning at around 1am, the family was literally torn from their slumber by a large wolf that had ripped through their tent. Elisa says her husband immediately leaped into action and “threw his body in front of me and the boys.” Sustaining bites and injuries in the process, Matthew continued to battle the beast “for what felt like an eternity (but I think was anywhere from 1-3 minutes),” Elisa recalls. As the wolf began to drag Matthew further and further away from the tent, his wife says things looked worse by the second. “I cannot and don’t think I’ll ever be able to properly describe the terror.” 

Eventually hearing their screams, a camper nearby came running to the scene. Russ Fee, or as Elisa calls him, their guardian angel, “came over to our site and kicked the wolf and it finally let go of Matt.” Fee told CBC news his initial fear when hearing the screams was that parents had lost a child, but once he came upon the tattered tent and saw the wolf, realized the true nature of the situation. “I just kind of kept running at it yelling. I kicked it in the back half — kind of like trying to kicking in a door. Thankfully, I think it startled it enough that we were able to get it out.”

The family retreated to Fee’s minivan and eventually were able to get Matthew to a nearby hospital where the brave dad was treated for wounds sustained during the attack. Elisa posted details of the ordeal to her Facebook page saying “We are pretty traumatized but ok.“

Park officials evacuated the area, eventually finding and destroying the animal and releasing the following statement: “Parks Canada takes the protection of wildlife very seriously. In rare incidences such as these, the destruction of an individual animal is required to ensure public safety. Veterinary tests confirmed the wolf was in poor condition and likely nearing the end of its natural lifespan. 

Elisa’s post has been shared over 24,000 times on Facebook and has hundreds of comments from around the world from people simply wishing the family well and expressing gratitude for their safety. The grateful mom replying “It’s been a very (VERY) overwhelming few days for so many reasons, but we are incredibly thankful for the love and support of our family, friends and strangers alike!”

She also gave a fitting shoutout to her husband for his heroic actions and for putting his life between their family and danger. “I love you Matthew- thank you for being our hero, a complete fucking badass and for fighting with everything in you.“

While several outlets have censored her message, we decided that fighting off a wolf to save your family is fucking badass and describing it as anything less just wouldn’t do it justice. Matthew and Russ’ heroism, was a shining example of what every dad hopes they would do if caught in a similar situation, but what none of us ever care to find out first-hand.

Matthew’s wife wrapped up her emotional post with one request, “And, do us a favor and go give the people you love most a big kiss and let ‘em know.”

Technology Helps Deployed Dad Experience Son’s First Day of School

Grissom Harding First Day of School
(Facebook/East Allen County Schools)

Classrooms around the world have been transformed by technology. From digital blackboards to lessons on laptops, modern advances are connecting kids in ways many teachers and students had only dreamed of just a few short years ago.

One piece of tech that has had an incredible impact is the tablet. The ultra-mobile touchscreens have taken learning to new levels and have helped users of all ages interact with applications, and most importantly, one another.

So when Grissom Harding arrived for his first day of Kindergarten at Cedarville Elementary on Monday, there was a special surprise waiting for him. It was his father, Captain Gene Harding, who is currently serving overseas in the Middle East. Not wanting to miss his son’s first day of school, the deployed dad reached out to East Allen County Schools and asked for their help. The district was happy to oblige.

District administrators arranged for Grissom’s teacher, Mrs. Sauder, to use their video conferencing software and a tablet so that Captain Harding could escort his young son to his first day of class. The school posted a clip of Grissom taking his dad on a detailed tour. His mom, who was there right beside him, emotional that the father and son were able to share such a special occasion.

Down the hallways and to his classroom, Grissom got to share everything. The new kindergartener showed his dad where he will sit, and even introduced him to the class pet, a tortoise named Junie B. His dad joking “I almost had some pets here. We’ve got little lizards and scorpions all over the place.”

When it came time to say goodbye, Grissom was still all smiles, telling his dad “Get back inside. Drink a lot of water.” His father giving him some final words of encouragement. “You be good and listen to the teacher, right?” Grissom responding “Ok. You drink a lot of water.”

9-Yr-Old Son of Fallen Officer Gets Police Escort to First Day of School

9yo Gets Police Escort to School
(Facebook/Hall County Sheriff)

Starting a new school year comes with plenty of excitement and anxiety. It’s a big day for kids across the country who aim to make a big impression, however, one Georgia boy’s impressive entrance is making headlines for all the right reasons.

When Gainesville’s Caden Dixon entered his first day of school this month, the fourth-grader had his very own, fully uniformed, police escort. Deputies from the Hall County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia wanted to show their support for the young man after the loss of his father, Nicolas, just a month earlier.

Nicolas, a three year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in the line of duty after a shootout with four teenage suspects. What began as a chase with a stolen vehicle, ended in tragedy for the Dixons and the Gainesville community at large. The brave deputy left behind 9-year-old Caden, along with his wife Stephanie and their new 3-month-old son, Colton. His fellow deputies deciding to show the family that although Nicolas is gone, his brothers and sisters in blue will always be there for them, no matter what the occasion.

The department posted photos of their deputies showing up at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy in Gainesville to their Facebook page.

Comments of support for Caden as well as kudos for the officers flooded in, with the post being shared and liked thousands of times over just the past few days.

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(Facebook/Hall County Sheriff)

The shooters, along with several other individuals who may have hindered the investigation, have since been apprehended and now face felony murder charges relating to the incident. Dixon is the fourth officer killed while on-duty in Georgia so far this year.

With so many instances of violence and division filling our feeds each day, it’s stories like this that can put a bright spot on an otherwise tragic situation.

One Last Game for Father and Son as Texas Rangers Honor Dying Dad

Tommy and Tyler Jackson Watching Rangers

To say that Tommy Jackson and his son Tyler enjoyed Texas Rangers baseball games would be a massive understatement.

“When I was little we would go to the games all the time,” Tyler told NBC affiliate KCEN. “We watched the games every night. We never missed one. We just had a bond. He was a bigtime rangers fan, which caused me to be a rangers fan.”

The father-son duo attended or watched nearly every game over the past few decades, so when Tommy recently contracted a life-threatening condition, his son knew their time together now had a clock on it. Fearing his final days were upon them, Tyler planned one last viewing with his dad.

The Texas Rangers caught wind of Tommy’s situation thanks to a call from his son and decided to honor the super fans in the best way they could. On life support in the hospital, the Jacksons watched as the Rangers paid tribute to a lifetime of support. The announcer coming on and sharing this message during the game:

”From the entire Rangers organization to Tommy and Tyler, and the whole family, you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.”

Tommy passed just six days later, surrounded by his true teammates — his family. The Rangers sending a pillow and blanket that his loved ones placed in the casket. “I know he was proud of me and I’m just as proud of him for fighting, and for being an amazing dad, and for teaching me everything I know,” Tyler said.

Tyler, who family members say was Tommy’s proudest accomplishment, says he plans on continuing the tradition of attending Rangers baseball games with his two daughters. After a lifetime of sharing his favorite pastime with his son, Tommy’s legacy and love of the game will now live on for years to come. A fitting tribute to a fantastic father.

Swiss Dad Transforms Everyday Photos Into Unbelievable Masterpieces

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

Part of being a parent is taking as many photos as possible. As time passes, those memories that once felt like they’d last forever are often gone in a flash. So beyond capturing those fleeting moments, one dad has taken his family photos to a new, surreal level.

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

Swiss Photographer, John Wilhelm, creates these incredible shots with a keen eye for staging along with assistance from his wife, three daughters and young son. Sure, any parent can snap a shot of their kids, and some can even photoshop them into funny situations, but Wilhelm’s creations are like something out of a dream.

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

Whether it’s a day spent inside, cooking up some baked goods, or an adventure that takes them to seemingly unimaginable and far away places, Wilhelm’s photographs are so real, that only the unlikely nature of the scenarios reveal their true nature.

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

The scenes, which range from joyous to chaotic, have invoked awe and emotion from viewers around the globe, receiving hundreds of thousands of shares, likes, and comments.

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

Although they’ve all been digitally altered or enhanced, the staging and angles show Wilhelm’s talent both as a digital artist as well as a top-notch photographer. One commenter came to the dad’s defense when another said these weren’t true photos.

“These kinds of images still require a skilled photographers eye. You have to understand light, composition, perspective and how to photograph each element to be a cohesive image.”

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

Dozens of these highly detailed and highly dramatic shots have been shared by sites and outlets from the UK to here in the states.

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)
(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

(Facebook/John Wilhelm)

Wilhelm didn’t get these skills working for Pixar or attending some high-end design school. Instead, he taught himself all the techniques necessary to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. He even shared a video of what it takes for him to create one of these amazing shots from start to finish.

So, if you have a little extra time, Adobe Creative Suite, and a discerning eye for detail, perhaps you too can craft a few of these jaw-dropping shots at home. Otherwise, just head on over to John’s Facebook page by clicking here to enjoy a bunch more of his shots.

Dad and Daughter’s 192-Mile Journey Raises $14k for Cancer Research

(Facebook/George Miller)

The bond between a parent and their child is something words can rarely capture. The relationship between George Miller and his daughter, Kelly, is a perfect example.

The dad-daughter duo recently participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a two day, 192-mile long ride which takes riders winding across the state of Massachusetts. The fundraiser, which began back in 1980, raises more money for charity than any other single event in the United States. George, who is no stranger to the PMC, participated in the early 90s after his mother passed away following a battle with cancer. However, it has been 25 years since he last made the grueling trek.

Back in 2012, George was diagnosed with Leukemia, undergoing treatment, and eventually receiving a stem cell transplant in 2016. While the transplant was an initial success, George found out last year that the disease has returned and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. So when Kelly told her father she planned on riding in the PMC again, George immediately agreed to join her on the journey.

The two trained together leading up to the August 3rd kick-off, but Kelly still wasn’t sure if they’d make it the entire way. “I feel for him probably more strongly than he feels for himself sometimes. So when we get to a hill, I’ll feel that hill 10 times over because I’m climbing it for him too.” George telling an NBC affiliate “Heck, I’ll hitch a rope to her and she can tow me if she has to,” insisting “I have a disease but I’m not sick.”

But no tows were necessary, as the two triumphantly traversed the almost 200-mile ride together, finishing strong and raising over $14,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. George says spending time with his daughter while raising money for a cause so close to them both, made the trip well worth the struggle. “You’re like the king of the road when you’re out there and you can tell what it means to the people alongside the road to have you out there riding, raising money.”

George, thanking Kelly, and sharing “How much I love her for the support she gives me in everything I do.” Kelly acknowledging “He’s my dad. He’s my team. He’s my rock.”

The event raised a whopping $45 million total this year alone, and almost $700 million over the past several decades — every dollar of which ends up funding the search for a cure.