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Dad’s Post on Work-Life Balance a Reminder to All Parents

Daniel Maloney's post on work-life balance
(LinkedIn/Daniel Maloney)

As a parent, finding the perfect work-life balance can often seem impossible. Worse, it’s typically only after we miss out on one of our kid’s special moments that this truly hits home.

This was the case for father Daniel Maloney who recently shared a post on LinkedIn that has since made its way around the web. In it, the marketing professional shares a lesson you’d typically expect to find on Facebook and not a site focused on business. However, it’s business that almost made the successful CEO overlook a simple but important meeting that would forever change his perspective.

Maloney has held positions at top tech companies like Google and AOL, but a recent epiphany has proven much more valuable than many of the things he learned along the way. It’s about that work-life balance and how as dads, we can often overlook simple opportunities to truly connect with our kids. Something as simple as reading a book.

“My daughter’s pre-K class has ‘Chapter time’ where parents can read to the class for 20-30 minutes as they settle in for their nap. My wife went a couple times already this school year, but I never thought to sign-up,” Maloney shared. It’s a common occurrence for many dads who still see themselves in the roles their own fathers occupied — often putting work before all else.

It wasn’t until his daughter entered an “I don’t want to go to school” phase that Maloney decided to take action. “I signed up to see if I could help turn that ship around.” When the day arrived, Maloney was shocked by the reaction — both from his daughter as well as the entire class. “When I walked in, the teacher who introduced me made a point of emphasizing: ‘Kate’s DAD is here to read to us.’ The kids looked stunned,” adding “My daughter put her mat right up front and had a huge smile on her face the whole time.”

Turns out not many dads come in for storytime. “I just looked at the signup sheet for the month. 17 moms so far; no other dads,” Maloney shared. “I’m sad/ashamed that I didn’t get involved sooner, but will definitely sign up again. It was a great experience.”

Several other parents, many CEOs themselves, chimed in with their own experiences, applauding Maloney and anyone else who’s able to find ways to be as present as possible.

(LinkedIn)
(LinkedIn)
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Maloney ending his post with an important mantra for all parents to remember:
“Work will be there when I get back to the office.”

A Non-Verbal Boy With Autism Found His Voice Thanks to Iron Man Mask

Boy With Autism Helped by Iron Man Mask
(YouTube/Ellen)

Autism isn’t one thing, instead, it’s a spectrum with many different characteristics found in those impacted. Often impeding communication and social skills, it can make otherwise simple interactions nearly impossible. For some, being completely non-verbal is a reality they and their loved ones deal with every day.

So was the case for 6-year-old Vincent Arambula and his family. That is until an unexpected miracle came into their lives in the form of a real-life Marvel superhero. His parents purchased an official Iron Man helmet as a present, but they never imaged that they’d all be receiving a much greater gift in the end. That’s because after not speaking a word, after putting on the helmet, Vincent’s dad Andy said his son “was a different child.”

The family shared their story on a special Episode of Ellen in which Robert Downey Jr. was guest hosting. “The mask grounded him and allowed him to feel confident,” his dad told Downey. Vincent, now 10-years-old, said of not being able to express himself “it was painful.” But everything changed with that simple gift. “I got an Iron Man helmet and it helped me talk and imagination play,” Vincent proudly shared. “It helped me talk and it helped me hide my identity from the world.”

Downey was moved by the story, telling viewers the thing he’ll miss most about playing Iron Man is “being able to talk to moms and dads and young folks and see how this had a positive impact,” adding “it just makes all these last years of working on it worthwhile.”

Stories like Vincent’s are an inspiration as well as a reminder that real-life superheroes are all around us in the form of doctors and researchers working each and every day to understand more about Autism, hopefully allowing more kids to find their voice in the years to come.

Watch the full clip below:

9-Year-Old With Dyslexia Creates Incredible Rubik’s Cube Mosaics

Benjamin Russo's Mosaics
(Benjamin Russo)

Benjamin Russo is a pretty special young man. The 9-year-old who lives with his family in Canada recently posted a video sharing a talent that he says all stems from his unique superpower.

No, Benjamin can’t fly, nor can he see through walls or leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Benjamin has Dyslexia, which oftentimes makes things such as reading and understanding languages difficult. However, Benjamin’s mom Melanie Russo says his reading disability also comes with a few other characteristics which her son has turned into a heightened ability to perform otherwise complex tasks

Take for example the well-known Rubik’s cubes. The one-time toy that has now become the gold standard of brainy competitions around the world. Benjamin can finish a single side of the cube in about one second. While that’s not a world record or anything, it’s what he does after he has solved them that has people sharing his story and this incredible video:

It opens with Benjamin sharing his story via printed cards, then embarking on what ended up being a 5-hour session spread over several days to complete a pixel-perfect portrait of Professional Wrestler John Cena made completely out of specially solved cubes. The video ends with Benjamin sharing an important message, “Dyslexia is not my disability, Dyslexia is my SUPERPOWER.”

The video went viral, quickly spreading across the web and eventually to the social media feed of the WWE superstar himself. He then shared the clip with a special message for Benjamin and everyone else:

Benjamin shows no signs of slowing down either, recently posting this full-size homage to fan-favorite Keanu Reeves.

It’s yet another reminder that a diagnosis of dyslexia or autism is only a small part of an individual’s full story. We’re excited to see what Ben creates next, which he promises to share on his Instagram page found here.

Dad Finds and Returns $3,300 to Set Positive Example For His Daughters

Dad returns cash to set a good example for his kids
(Twitter/NewshubNZ Facebook/Kev Derecourt)

For Kev Derecourt, finding several thousand dollars in cash would have been a welcomed surprise in his life. It’s a windfall we’d all like to have fall in our lap, but it was how the cash came into his possession that made Derecourt decide to give it up.

A recent divorcee, Derecourt was in the process of setting up his new home for him and his two daughters to share. He’d purchased a dresser online via a classified app and was moving it into place when to his surprise, the liners of the drawers revealed dozens of $NZ100 notes hidden inside. Derecourt found a total of $NZ5000 — about $3,300 US — tucked away by the previous owner.

His first reaction was pretty obvious, telling newshub.co.nz he exclaimed: “Shit there’s money in there!” But it’s what the seemingly down-on-his-luck dad did next that has made headlines from New Zealand to New York.

Imagining himself losing that sum of money, Derecourt decided to reach out to the seller, who had sold him the dresser for just $60.

He told the man about the money and said he’d be giving it all back. “He couldn’t believe anyone would actually return it,” Derecourt told Newshub. Shocked by the stranger’s honesty and generosity, the seller, who has remained anonymous, shared a heartbreaking story of loss that confirmed Derecourt had might the right decision.

It turns out the cash was from the sale of the man’s vehicle and he had simply forgotten he’d hidden it away. “He began telling me about how his wife had been really sick and died of cancer and it was really emotional.” Derecourt telling the news outlet he’s hoping that his act “restored some of his faith in life.”

For his kindness, Derecourt was given “a couple hundred bucks” and a few gifts that the man had brought for his daughters.

While the gifts were thoughtful, it’s the lesson learned that the New Zealand dad most wants to share with his kids. “It felt good to do the right thing, I used this as a model of how to be a nice person to my seven and nine-year-old daughters.”

It’s an important reminder that your young ones are always watching and learning from what you do — A lesson we can all take to heart.

Rain Brings Some Relief to Areas in Australia, Flooding to Others

Rain in Australia
(Twitter/Dale Drinkwater)

With the Australia bushfires continuing to burn for weeks on end, over 24 million acres has already been scorched with dozens of lives lost along the way. While farmers, residents, and families continue to fight, a small reprieve has finally arrived in the form of much-needed rainfall across the region.

While the New South Whales Rural Fire Service said the rain isn’t enough to douse the overwhelming blazes they did say that it “will certainly go a long way towards containment.”

The NSW Fire Service taking the opportunity to show a little levity on Twitter.

Residents reacted too, but obviously with a sense of cautious optimism.

Over 50mm, about 2 inches, has fallen in some areas over a 24 hour period. That’s welcome news for a country who has been battling the fires for what seems like an eternity. Nearly 100 separate fires continue to burn through farmland and communities, but thankfully forecasts predict more rain is indeed on the way.

In addition to battling on the frontlines of the blazes, smoke and heat have played havoc with the weather as businesses and municipalities struggle to keep up.

Meteorologist suggest that while the rain may be beneficial to containing the fires, it could become “a double-edged sword” due to such dry conditions with chances of major flooding across the region.

While all good news in Australia seems to be bittersweet these days, our hopes and thoughts are with everyone impacted.

Father and Son Host Weekly Lunches With the Homeless, Start Non-Profit

Father and son share lunch with homeless
(Project Empathy)

It was after a day spent out shopping at a mall in Salt Lake City when 4-year-old Chase Hansen first asked his dad about the people he saw living on the street. His father John recalling the conversation recently telling the Washington Post “Chase looked at me and said, ‘Dad, who are these people? Why don’t they have a place to stay?’ After I explained that they had run into hard times and were homeless, I knew that we were looking at an educational opportunity. My son wanted to help them.”

Father and Son take homeless to lunch
(Project Empathy)

Newly divorced, John wanted to make his weekends with Chase special and decided that this would be their cause to champion. The pair reached out to a local Jamba Juice, convincing the franchise to donate over 100 smoothies that the two could hand out the homeless community members as a way to “break the ice”. That idea eventually led Chase to another. “I wanted a way to get to know people better,” he said. “So me and my dad decided to start taking some of the homeless people we’d met out to lunch.”

So a few times a week, the two would sit across the table, sharing a meal and a conversation with one of the people they’d met around town. Chase, now a fifth-grader, was eager to know more about the one-time strangers. “I would ask them where they were from, what their hobbies were, stuff like that,” Chase says, adding “And sometimes they’d share the story of how they became homeless.”

The 10-year-old showing incredible compassion for someone his age, telling the Post “A lot of people walk right past homeless people and don’t see the person,” he said. “I know now that they’re people just like us. They want to make a connection and not feel so alone in the world.”

Over 150 lunches later, John and Chase have formed a self-funded non-profit called Project Empathy. Its goal is to inspire others to make the same connections they have, sharing meals and creating friendships along the way.

53-year-old Mike Campbell has been living on the street and struggling with mental illness for many years, so he admits it’s not very often someone goes out of tier way to even say hello. But Mike says John and Chase have done much more than that. “We made a real connection, and soon he (John) was inviting me to bring my sons to go bike-riding or fishing with him and Chase,” Mike shared, adding “Just to know that somebody cared made a huge difference.”

What began as a simple activity is now a movement with hopes of spreading across the country. The proud dad reminding us all of an important takeaway, saying of his son “He proves that you’re never too young to make a positive impact.”

12-Yr-Old has Helped Provide Over 1,000,000 Meals to Area Food Pantry

Mace Massingill Fights Hunger
(Facebook/Mace Fights Hunger)

Food insecurity is a reality that countless Americans across the country face each and every day. It’s a serious issue, but hardly one you’d expect a 7-year-old to champion. But thanks to the efforts of one such boy, over a million meals have been provided to his area food bank over the past 5 years.

Mace Massingill, now 12-years-old, first discovered the plight along with his mother when they went to donate boxes to their local pantry after Thanksgiving 2014. Acutely aware of the issue locally, the family had asked quests to bring donations, but little did they know exactly the impact those few boxes would have.

A volunteer at the Central Texas Food Bank shared a piece of information that would forever change their outlook and mission. Mace’s mother Holly telling her local Spectrum news affiliate “The volunteer there said, ‘Without you, 147 people wouldn’t have food. That, in his 7-year-old mind, made it click that there are people out there that literally don’t have food in their pantry. That’s when he said ‘I can do something about that.’” A sobering one in seven households in Central Texas experience hunger, a statistic Mace and his family were now determined to help alter.

So his first year, the ambitious youngster set out to raise enough donations to provide 1,000 meals before Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, Mace was able to raise enough for over 5,000 meals that year.

“The thought of people having to go hungry, not having food, having to go through daily struggles just sounds horrible to me,” Mace said.

So each year, his goals climbed higher and higher. To date, Mace and his efforts have provided over 1.1 million meals to those in need, with no plans of slowing down any time soon. “He truly believes that kids can end hunger if they all work together,” his mother shared. “It’s really powerful to see.”

A young boy, still learning about the world, but somehow already much wiser than most adults. A testament to the difference one person can make. A sign that the future generations are taking note and action to make the world a better place.

Video of Emotional Teen Ringing Bell After Beating Cancer Goes Viral

Emotional Teen Finishes Chemo Treatments
(Facebook/The Dad Break)

There’s no shortage of emotional videos on the internet, however, one, in particular, has recently made its rounds on the web for all the right reasons.

19-year-old Matt Driscoll has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for over three years. His time spent at Akron Children’s Hosptial has been lifesaving but physically and emotionally exhausting as well. So when Matt recently completed his final round of radiation, the time had come to celebrate his success as so many before him have done at the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer.

Like many other facilities, patients successfully completing their chemotherapy treatments take part in a very special ceremony to mark their new lease on life.

Flanked by family, friends, and medical staff, the emotional video shows Matt triumphantly strutting down a hallway towards a bell. Ringing it is an audible reminder that another patient has completed their course of treatment and will be beginning their new journey.

Through tears and cheers, Matt fought back his emotions and rang the bell, as the crowd erupted in jubilation. The bell, a now universal symbol of the medical advances made over the past few decades in regards the children’s cancers.

While videos such as this have become an inspiration to families struggling everywhere, many look forward to the day when medical advances can treat or even prevent these cancers before they can occur.

Showers Family Center says on average, they care for 8 newly diagnosed children with cancer each month, adding in a statement  “It’s moments like this that inspires us all.” Akron Children’s Hospital, along with all of us here at The Dad, wishing Matt and his family a bright and healthy future now free of leukemia.

Photos of Fallen Australian Firefighters a Reminder of the Bushfires’ Impact

Fallen Australian Firefighters
(Twitter/NSWRFS)

While the toll of Australia’s brushfires will take years to fully comprehend, the immediate loss of life is clear and apparent. Dozens of people — mothers fathers, sons and daughters — lost forever, leaving families and communities to morn while still struggling to deal with the dangerous blazes.

On December 19th, two volunteer firefighters lost their lives while attempting to save so many others. Andrew O’Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton, both fathers to 20-month-olds born just days apart, were killed when a fallen tree forced their vehicle off the road.

More than fellow firefighters, the two men were friends, living and working in the same area. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons telling news.com.au, “They work together, socialize together, they’re very interactive together. Their respective partners and wives shared a lot in common with their camaraderie and connection with the brigade. Geoff has a young son Harvey, and Andrew has a young daughter Charlotte, and both of those children were born two days apart back in May so they’re 19 months of age, which just terrible.”

Following the initial incident, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference “They were bravely defending their communities with an unmatched spirit and a dedication that will forever set them apart amongst our most courageous Australians. Their sacrifice and service saving lives and saving properties will be forever remembered.”

While so many stories of tragedy sweep across the country, all of Australia, and the world for that matter, recently united around a photo shared from O’Dwyer’s funeral service. In it, his daughter Charlotte can be seen wearing her father’s newly awarded medal. His large white helmet adorning her small head as she stood near her father’s coffin, at times refusing to leave his side.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons sharing a special message with the brave little girl during his remarks, saying “Charlotte should know her father was a selfless and special man, who only left because he was a hero.”

Geoffrey Keaton’s service was just as moving, with his son Harvey accepting his dad’s commendations for bravery and service on his behalf. His wife Jess telling The Daily Telegraph “He would drive me mad giving up stuff at home to help people… I would give anything for that now. I just want him to be remembered as the hero he was.”

As volunteers continue to fight and Australia struggles to keep up with the daily onslaught of tragedy, it’s important to take time to remember those lost and the families and friends they’ve left behind. Our thoughts are with Australia and the people who give of themselves to save others.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Donate to the Australian Red Cross, which is supporting thousands of people in evacuation and recovery centers across the country. Local residents can volunteer their services.
  • Donate to the Salvation Army Australia, which is providing meals and support to evacuees and first responders in multiple locations.
  • Extra room in your home? Offer to host people in need of emergency housing on AirBnB.
  • Donate to the  Vincent de Paul Society, which is helping evacuated families recover. The organization is providing food and clothing, helping cover bills, and donating household items to those whose homes have been destroyed.
  • Donate food, funds or services to Foodbank, the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia.
  • Donate to a GoFundMededicated to displaced First Nations Communities that need to rebuild.
  • Donate food, toiletries and household items using Givit.

Dad Reunites Strangers With Old VHS Tape of Their Baby’s First Steps

TyRe Alexander's First Steps
(Facebook/jmckayfilms)

Thanks to Facebook, we’re now constantly reminded of things that happened a few years ago. Photos of past birthdays, life events we’ve shared, and probably at least a few photos we’d rather forget.

But what about those memories from before the days of social media? You know. The old photographs and videos that are now either buried in a closet or seemingly lost forever. The moments of nostalgia or temporary glimpses of those no longer with us. The haircuts of years past.

Thankfully, one Texas man’s mission to reunite a family with their memories now has a happy ending.

Last year, Austin filmmaker Jim McKay purchased a used VCR at his local Goodwill store. Inside was a video cassette with a handwritten title and date. He hit play and discovered one of those precious moments one would never willingly discard. It was a video of a child’s very first steps.

Being a parent himself, McKay immediately knew he had to try and find the family whose tape he had unearthed. “I’m a dad myself and it just made my heart just swell,” McKay recently told TODAY Parents. “It was really emotional actually seeing that. I recognized it for what it was. People didn’t film everything like they do now, it was a big moment. They set up that camera, hoping they would catch that and they did.”

McKay turned to the Internet, uploading a clip to Facebook and YouTube in the hopes that someone may recognize the little boy in the video.

You can probably guess what happened next. Individuals far and wide shared the video, with news outlets picking up the story and asking viewers to do the same. On Sunday night, TyRe Alexander of Austin received a phone call from his mother, telling him he’d made headlines. “My mom called me while I was out saying ‘Hey you’re on the news right now, you’re walking as a baby!”

Like any mom, she had recognized her son immediately, along with his brother and father who are also seen on the tape. TyRe watched as a 10-month-old version of himself took his first steps, along with his bother Symari cheering him on. “My brother, he looks so cute!” TyRe gushed. “He clapped so hard when I did it and my brother has always clapped the hardest for me, always.”

TyRe has since connected with McKay, with the two making plans to digitize the entire thing so it can be treasured for years to come. TyRe telling TODAY “…to have that moment from back in the past like that, it’s treasure. Someone found gold for me. I was blessed to even see something like that.”

Dad Wakes Up to Find Random Dog in His Living Room, Gives it a Forever Home

stray dog finds forever home
(Jack Jokinen)

Hearing a noise late at night can be jarring to say the least. Is it a burglar? House settling? Is it a random dog that has mysteriously made himself at home in your living room?

While the last option may seem like the most far fetched, that’s exactly what Jack Jokinen and his wife awoke to a few weeks back. At around 4 a.m. on a Saturday, Jack’s wife shook him awake. Being parents of a newborn, the two are used to early morning antics, but this time was different. “I was sleeping and my wife all the sudden woke me up, and she said, ‘The baby’s OK … but there’s a puppy in our house,’” Jokinen recently told The Dodo. “Obviously, I was very confused.”

Tired and unaware of exactly what awaited him, Jokinen slowly crept downstairs to find a small lab patiently sitting in the couple’s living room.

The doors and windows were all shut, which added an extra layer of “what the hell is going on” to the already puzzling situation. His first instinct was that there must also be someone in the house with the precarious pup. “So I do a security sweep, making sure there’s no one hiding in closets or anything like that. And when I finish, I think, ‘How did this happen? A magical puppy?’”

Thankfully, the Jokinens have a security camera by their front door that quickly told the story of what happened. When Jack had returned home the night before, the door didn’t shut all the way. With winds kicking through the neighborhood that evening, the door blew open all the way leaving their home open to the elements, and in turn, a new furry friend.

(Jack Jokinen)

At around 3:16 a.m., the stray dog, likely cold and looking for a warm place to spend the night, entered the couple’s front door. About a half-hour later, a random stranger happened by and noticed the door wide open. Luckily, the passerby was kind enough to shut the door and go on about his stroll.

So the next morning, the pair called the local animal control office to see what to do next. Emaciated and walking on three legs, they feared what would become of her. “We thought, ‘If we just drop this dog off, who knows what will happen?’” They decided to take matters into their own hands.

A trip to the vet revealed that this small, uncared for “puppy” was actually a nine-year-old dog. Covered in fleas with a plethora of other medical issues, they made the only choice they felt they could. They adopted her as their own and named her Suzy.

“We decided that of all the bad things that could happen by leaving your door open in the middle of winter in a major city, to end up with a sweet dog, who has come off the street … We have to at least give this a try,” Jokinen said.

After sharing the story and photos of Suzy, you can probably guess what happened next. The Internet, in true Internet fashion, came through with over $15,000 in donations to help assist with the medical bills and future care of this miracle pup. Jokinen sharing his gratitude and adding “In a way, this isn’t our dog — it’s the internet’s dog.”

Beyond changing their lives and of course Suzy’s, the couple’s kindness has already inspired several others to take action in their own communities.

It’s a reminder that kindness is often contagious, and that stories like this can inspire good in all who encounter them.

So here’s to the Jokinens and anyone else who shares their paws-itivity with the world.

Theater Privately Screens Star Wars for Teen With Immune Deficiency

Theater helps teen see Star Wars
(Facebook/Stephanie Schnackenberg)

Having a child with unique needs often requires special arrangements and planning that most of us can’t even fathom.

Whether they’re on the autism spectrum or have physical impairments, families can miss out on seemingly average opportunities simply because the environment isn’t right or may be too stressful for one or more members. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that many have come to expect, but thanks to the efforts of several organizations and private businesses over the past few years, the world is gradually becoming a much more inclusive place.

One of those businesses is an independent movie theater in Beacon, New York. Story Screen recently received kudos from a local mom who was blown away by the employee who went out of his way to make her son’s wish come true.

Born with a genetic immune deficiency, Stephanie Schnackenberg’s son is unable to visit crowded public spaces, especially during flu season. Things have been so difficult this year that he’s been homebound and away from his school and friends. Making things even worse, his illness meant he’d be unable to see the new Star Wars film: The Rise of Skywalker, as it premiered in theaters. His mom said he went so far as to deleted his Instagram account just he wouldn’t see any spoilers.

So Stephanie did what any awesome mom would do. She called her local theater to see what could be done. Mike Burdge of Story Screen came through in a major way. Showing up early on a Saturday, Burdge prepared everything including the popcorn so that the family could have the full movie theater experience. Stephanie was shocked at the lengths the theater went to just to ensure one boy could have what would otherwise be just another weekend for so many, writing in a Facebook Post “Mike’s kindness and generosity were refreshing and genuine,” adding “There is no way that I can put into words what a gift this was for our whole family.”

Folks who grew up in small towns across America likely have fond memories of their local theater, but as with so many fixtures of our youth, many have faded away altogether. So Stephanie ended her message with a reminder for residents of Beacon and all of us too.

“I’m asking you to help us return the favor by supporting this local theater. Next time you want to see a movie, see it at Story Screen. Tell your friends! Not only are they nice people, but they also have an awesome comfortable theater with local treats (we’re talking Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company and Drink More Good syrups, people!)”

So next time your parents agree to watch the kids, why not visit your local theater… although plan ahead, as you may have to drive a few towns over these days.

Girl Who Lost Her Leg Delivered 1000 Christmas Cards to Disabled People

Angel Farley Delivers
(Facebook/Budgerigardener)

If you think Santa was busy this holiday season, then you should meet 11-year-old Angel Farley.

Angel was born without a femur and hip socket, her lower limb attached directly to her hip. After undergoing surgery to remove the leg, Angel was the recipient of cards, gifts and donations from strangers around the world who knew her story. It was the sort of kindness that inspires you to be kind in return. So Angel set out to brighten the day of as many other people as she could.

So two years ago, she began delivering cards to people in her village. Friends, strangers and anyone who Angel thought may need a friendly card or greeting. Eventually, Angel asked her mom who else she could send cards too. Her mom Molly got to thinking, telling Metro News “I spoke with Angel about the idea of asking on Facebook if anyone would like a card from her. That’s when she told me she thinks it would be nice to send cards to other people with disabilities and other people who might be forgotten at Christmas. It just went from there.”

Then, in 2018, Angel needed surgery once again. This time it would be a total amputation. Donations and cards poured in, now with many coming from those who had been touched by Angel’s previous generosity. Holly saying “It was a real eye-opener. We felt like we needed to do something to show our appreciation so we decided to expand the card giving.”

So this season, Angel and her family hand addressed and delivered more cards than ever before. 10 times more to be exact: 1,064 greeting cards and counting. Over 60 hours of sitting and writing out the cards, before the family hit the town to hand deliver as many as possible. “It’s all about making people smile at Christmas. We go around the village as a family most evenings. Sometimes Angel finds it difficult to access properties because of her disability, but she does her best.”

The family giving thanks, in both senses, to the community who supports their family time and again. “After what we went through last year we feel so lucky to have Angel with us. We are so happy to be able to give something back to the people in the village. It’s a really special community.”

A special community indeed thanks in large part to one very special little Angel.