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Guy Built Off-Road “Wheelchair” for His Wife, Now They’re Selling Them

Off Road Wheelchair

Being out in nature is one of the most freeing, exhilarating experiences imaginable. That is unless you have one kid who has to pee, another who’s hungry (he ate 4 granola bars in the car?), and a sunburn so bad you may as well just get new skin. Or, in Cambry’s case, if most paths out in nature are inaccessible because of your wheelchair.

Fortunately for Cambry, she happens to be married to YouTuber Zack Nelson, who calls his channel “Jerry Rig Everything”. This guy is all about technology – he builds things, takes things apart, and tests the durability of different tech products. Very few people have the resources or the ability to do what Zack did when he decided to give his then-girlfriend the gift of a lifetime. He wanted to help Cambry access parts of the world that she had, until this point, only been able to dream of seeing in person.

Zack did exactly what any tech-savvy guy with two spare electric bikes would do – he fused them together and stuck a seat in the middle (I assume there was a lot more to it than that, but that’s the gist). This innovative wheelchair-like contraption allowed Cambry to experience things she had only ever dreamed of experiencing. It operates as an electric wheelchair, but it’s far more capable of handling off-road terrain than nearly any wheelchair on the market. The wheelchair operates so quietly that the sound doesn’t at all detract from the peacefulness of being out in nature.

Now, Cambry and Zack have started selling their off-road “Not-A-Wheelchair” AKA “The Rig” to allow others to experience the same level of freedom. The Not-A-Wheelchair costs $4,750, which is more affordable than any other wheelchair branded for “off-road” terrain. It is also faster, quieter, and can last from 10-20 miles on a single battery.

The Not-A-Wheelchair website explains, “Shopping for an off road wheelchair can be frustrating. There are a few different options out there, but they can cost as much as a car or are super slow. Cambry and I decided to put our heads together, and build our own off road wheelchair. Something that’s quick and light with a super long range. And we finally have it! We’d like to introduce ‘Not-a-Wheelchair’ a fully electric, super quiet, accessible bike that can go 12mph with a range of about 10-20 miles. Our whole goal is to provide something that is capable and affordable. We hope you enjoy! Be safe! Wear a helmet.”

Thanks, Zack and Cambry, we’d love to roll with you any day.

7-Year-Old Twins Find Massive Success in Legal Lemonade Operation

7-Year-Old Twins Find Massive Success in Legal Lemonade Operation
(YouTube/CBS News)

If there’s anything I’ve learned about kids, it’s that once they have a plan in mind there isn’t a whole lot you can do to stop them. When a picture of twins Kamari and Kamera’s lemonade stand was posted online, some grump questioned whether or not the 7-year-olds had a permit (seriously). Let’s see – mix powder with water, get cups, set up a table, make a paper sign with crayon – no, filling out permit papers was not on these 7-year-olds’ lemonade stand to-do list. Fortunately, this slight bump in the road was no match for the unshakable spirit of two kids with a plan (especially a plan that involves money).

Having a lemonade stand is a right of passage for every kid with an entrepreneurial spirit, and Kamari and Kamera of Savannah, Georgia weren’t about to let it slip away. The girls didn’t stop selling their “twin-monade”, as they call it. In fact, they filled out the necessary forms and actually got themselves a lemonade stand permit (I assume that’s what it’s called, I’m not a lawyer). Upon reopening, the twins were flooded with support from their community. There is consistently a line to purchase one of the many flavors of ice-cold lemonade the girls have on tap. In fact, on Juneteenth, there was an hour-long wait to buy a glass of twin-monade. There was quite literally a line down the block to support these two mini entrepreneurs. The girls have even made enough money from their lemonade sales to buy themselves phones.

“The fact that their parents didn’t let them get shut down and they just continued to encourage them that much, I think it’s really important”, a satisfied customer told CBS News.

These two small business owners overcame a potentially devastating roadblock and kept their adorable smiles through the entire ordeal.

If your little lemonade tycoon is having trouble with the law, check out Country Time Lemonade’s “Legal-Ade” campaign in which they help kids obtain permits for lemonade stands. The lemonade mogul will also reimburse fines of up to $300 for kids who get caught running a lemonade operation without a permit. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. We raise our glasses (of lemonade) to all the kids out there keeping the age-old tradition of selling this refreshing summer staple alive.

8-Yr-Old’s Kindness Restores Walmart Employee’s Faith in Humanity

8-Year-Old’s Kindness Restores Walmart Employee’s Faith in Humanity
(Facebook/Tiffany Livengood)

Being an essential worker right now is stressful at best. With everyone so on edge that even the slightest breeze could cause a total meltdown, workers are facing a host of new challenges (aside from the fact that they’re keeping the world running in the middle of a pandemic). For one exhausted Walmart employee, an act of kindness by an 8-year-old girl reminded him that even though things are chaotic and especially hard right now, there is still a whole lot of good in the world.

Tiffany Livengood and her daughter Ryleigh made a Walmart run in Oxford, North Carolina earlier this month. Upon leaving the store, Ryleigh noticed carts scattered across the parking lot, with a single employee named CJ corralling them all by himself. To Ryleigh, this was completely unacceptable. This empathetic 8-year-old couldn’t simply sit by, watching this drained employee tediously collecting cart after cart – so she joined him.

“She looked at me and asked if she could help”, Tiffany wrote on Facebook. “She wanted to help him because ‘That’s what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to be kind.’ So she and I started to gather carts and push them to the store. Cart after cart, she pushed them to CJ. (It’s hard work pushing a line of carts, btw.) After 30 minutes or so, we pushed our last cart to Cj. Ryleigh ran to high five him and we parted ways.”

When noticing something that you don’t quite like going on in the world, there are different approaches to dealing with it. You can wish things were different, or you can make them different. This is far from the first time Ryleigh has taken it upon herself to make a positive difference, and her mom couldn’t be more proud.

“Ryleigh is incredibly sensitive and feels for everyone,” Tiffany told The Dad. “She is always trying to be nice to everyone.”

CJ shared his gratitude towards Ryleigh and her act of kindness in a post on Facebook.

CJ Facebook
(Facebook/CJ Hart)

The next day, Tiffany and Ryleigh returned to Walmart (Ryleigh stopping to collect a stray cart in the parking lot, of course). When CJ saw them, he approached Ryleigh and handed her a card, a small token of just how much her good deed meant to him. The card (which also contained $20, a small fortune to an 8-year-old) read, “Your hard work meant a lot to me. I don’t know you but you’re an angel.” CJ also slipped a $20 bill inside, as an additional thanks to the girl with a heart of gold.

Ryleigh Card
(Facebook/Tiffany Livengood)

This may have been a small act of kindness for Ryleigh, but to CJ, it made an enormous difference. Aside from pushing carts, Ryleigh has given us the push we needed to remember just how important it is to take care of each other.

“Tom’s Bad Dad Jokes” Provide Some Much-Needed Groan-Laughs

Tom’s “Bad Dad Jokes” Provide Some Much-Needed Groan-Laughs

In COVID times, it’s tough to find any kind of respite from the stress of daily life. With most of our favorite activities canceled indefinitely, it’s important to find some kind of joy wherever we can. One Maryland man has taken it upon himself to bring a little bit of laughter into the lives of his neighbors in the form of his “Bad Dad Jokes”, because, you know – laughter is the best medicine (unless you’re actually sick).

A couple of weeks into the maddening uncertainty of quarantine, even Tom Schruben, a generally optimistic man, was losing a bit of his spark. His wife heard that a friend had started posting dad jokes in her front yard, and thought a bit of humor might be just the thing to revitalize her husband’s cheerful demeanor. Tom figured it wouldn’t hurt to try (and humoring your wife is almost never a bad idea), so he posted a joke on a whiteboard, in the middle of his lawn across from a busy walking path. Within the first hour, a passerby stopped to look at the joke Tom had written and laughed – and “Tom’s Bad Dad Jokes” was born.

Tom is in his fourth month of telling Bad Dad Jokes and has no plans of stopping any time soon. He is reminded daily of the huge impact his jokes have on his community and beyond, which makes posting his daily jokes both exciting and rewarding. Tom explains, “Many people have stopped to tell me that it has become an important part of their day. I have gotten letters of thanks in the mail and a woman taped a note to my sign saying how she walks past each day and likes the sign because it makes her think of her father who loved bad puns. She takes a picture to share with her friends and she said it puts a smile on many faces.”

Coping during stressful times is nothing new to Tom, who has dealt with more than his share of grief in life. After losing two of his six children, Tom realized just how important it is to not only keep going but to do so in a way that makes life worth living. Tom leaves us with an important reminder about the power of positivity: “Something that I have learned through my grief is that happiness is in large part a choice that each of us makes – sometimes you have to push to find it in yourself – and sometimes small gestures, even silly ones can make a big difference.”

Here are some of our favorites from “Tom’s Bad Dad Jokes” collection to help you reach your daily groan-laugh quota:

Bad Dad Joke #70: Boomerang


Bad Dad Joke #63: Hare Line


Bad Dad Joke #62: Snickers


Bad Dad Joke #33: Cinderella


Bad Dad Joke #42: Eat a Clock


Bad Dad Joke #16: Peek-a-Boo

Bad Dad Joke 6

Bad Dad Joke #25: Faux Pa


Bad Dad Joke #31: Mathamachicken


After Parents are Infected with COVID-19, Teen Invents Wristband to Help Prevent it

After Parents are Infected with COVID-19, Teen Invents Wristband to Help Prevent it
(Youtube/VybPro VybPro)

In case you’ve been sleeping, we’re currently in the middle of a pandemic. Until there’s a vaccine, the best we can really do is stay home, sanitize everything we can get our hands-on, and stop touching our faces. Unfortunately for many, these three seemingly small things are actually pretty dang hard because we spent most of our lives learning to live in a non-pandemic world. Old habits die hard – we are tempted to go out with friends, forget a mask when going for a walk, and we cannot seem to stop touching our faces. Fortunately for us, 15-year-old Max Melia is here to help us break at least one of these problematic habits.

The Bristol teen had a personal connection to the cause very early on when both of his parents contracted COVID-19. His idea, however, wasn’t new. Melia began developing these wristbands years ago, to help reduce flu transmission. These ingenious wristbands remind wearers not to touch their faces by vibrating whenever the user’s hand gets too close. The sad truth is, touching your face is almost always completely subconscious. In a normal world, this isn’t a huge deal – but we now know that touching our faces is extremely dangerous if we’ve come into contact with anything contaminated with COVID.

Once Melia’s parents contracted COVID, he poured everything he had into the creation of the VybPro. He developed a prototype, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and created a website with more information.

Melia told the Good News Network, “The main priority of this project is not to make money, but to get it onto the wrists of those it can help keep safe. Any profits made from early sales via the crowdfunding site will be reinvested into providing free devices to organizations that help people such as NHS staff and nursing homes.”

Not only has this techy teen created something that could potentially save countless lives, but he is also doing it so that nobody else has to go through what his family went through. Personal gain is the last thing on Melia’s list, although tons of people stand to gain a whole lot by using it. Here’s hoping Melia reaches his Kickstarter goal, and we see the VybPro available for purchase around the world very soon.

“Ukulele Dads” Find Unconventional Way to Bond with Their Babies in the NICU

“Ukulele Dads” Find Unconventional Way to Bond with Their Babies in the NICU

When counting down the seconds until your new baby enters the world, a million questions race through your mind. What kind of food will they like? Will I finally have a worthy Mario Kart competitor? What kind of person will they become? There is, however, one question that doesn’t really register (because you won’t let it) – will I be able to bring my baby home?

This is the jarring reality for many families around the world. NICUs (neonatal intensive care units) everywhere give targeted, expert care to infants born prematurely, or infants born with serious medical issues. While the NICU is undoubtedly the best place for infants who need extra attention, that doesn’t make it any easier for parents who desperately want to take their babies home. As a parent, you’re filled with a fierce determination to take care of your children. The unfortunate truth is, in some situations, you are forced to step aside so that someone else can take the reins. One group of dads at the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri found a way to cope with the stress of the NICU and bond with their babies in an unlikely way – through the sound of their ukuleles.

It all started with Kelli McKee, the music therapist at Cardinal Glennon. Music therapy is often a hugely important aspect of patient recovery, but this time, McKee turned her attention to helping both parents and patients cope. In 2019, McKee began to turn an undoubtedly difficult, stressful time for families into an opportunity to bond – but she needed all dads on board. She began teaching dads of infants in the NICU to play the ukulele, so those dads could utilize music as a tool to connect with their infants – they became known as the “Ukulele Dads” group.

Ukulele dads
The Ukulele Dads (SUPPLIED)

Music is probably the closest thing we have to real-life magic, and one dad named Aaron Dohogne experienced this firsthand when he began to play ukulele for his son, John. John has been in the NICU since July of 2019, and Aaron’s ukulele (gifted to him by the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital) has brought immeasurable comfort to both father and son.

“It gave me something to do when I didn’t know what to do”, Aaron told The Dad. “John doesn’t smile, and he can’t talk yet, but he started reacting to my music. He would focus on my hands on the cords. It gave me a way to connect with my son.”

The coronavirus has thrown yet another monkey wrench into the Dohogne family’s already challenging situation, with the hospital limiting visitors to only one parent per day. This roadblock didn’t stop Aaron from expressing his unwavering love for his son in the best way he knew how – Aaron started recording songs at home, and his wife, Maeve, would play the videos for John.

“Being in the NICU is really hard when you’re doing it alone,” expressed Maeve, “I didn’t want him to forget his dad.”

Playing anything ranging from nursery rhymes to songs that truly express Aaron’s love for John (a favorite is “From Me to You” by The Beatles) has helped ensure that even during the most challenging times, Aaron would be there for his son.

Kelli McKee constantly sees firsthand the incredible impact her work has on her patients. She explains, “While the ukulele may only be four strings, it was a way for him to say the four words he needed to most, ‘I love you, John’”.

Crafty Kids Sell Bracelets, Raise Nearly $100,000 for Black Businesses

“Kamryn & Friends” Bracelets For Unity & Justice

This is a very strange time to be a kid. Not only are they separated from their schools, their friends, their grandparents, and their normal routines, but they’re also getting an enormous (and unavoidable) dose of some pretty tough-to-swallow topics. As if being in the midst of a pandemic wasn’t enough, kids are now learning about the realities of racial inequality and the extremely real repercussions it has on the lives of their friends, neighbors, and even their own families. When kids are faced with things they don’t quite understand, some respond with fear, some with curiosity – but if you’re anything like 9-year-old Kamryn Johnson and her friends, you jump into action.

Kamryn and five of her friends were struck with boredom after all of their planned summer activities were essentially canceled. On a whim, as kids tend to do, they decided to start a business. The friends got creative and started weaving friendship bracelets and even opened a stand to sell them to their community. Most kids, upon making their first sale, would immediately go into planning mode. How do we spend this newfound wealth? Do we buy candy? A new gaming console? How much are horses? But these friends came up with a different kind of plan, one that would make any parent proud.

The six friends live in Minnesota, where the protests surrounding the unjust killing of George Floyd began. After seeing people in their community struggle, the big-hearted friends wanted to help. The friends zeroed in on donating to food banks and helping black businesses rebuild after coronavirus closures and damage from looters. The business, “Kamryn & Friends: Bracelets For Unity & Justice”, led by Kamryn, began collecting donations online alongside their in-person bracelet business.

“When you look at Minneapolis, there is a huge racial gap in basically every aspect of life,” Ron Johnson, former NFL player, and Kamryn’s dad told CNN. “It’s not equal. We want to be there for black businesses, especially those that don’t have insurance agents to help them out, to let them know they have people that will protect and fight for them.”

Although the kids’ parents were proud, they didn’t expect the project to raise much money. It was undoubtedly an amazing gesture, and knowing that they raised caring, selfless kids would have been enough. Nobody expected the bracelet business to gain national attention, and they never would have guessed that their little bracelet stand would raise over $90,000 since opening shop on May 30.

“She has a huge heart and simply wanted to be of help in whatever way she could,” said Johnson. “She and her friends are finding ways to feed the families of Minneapolis and give back to their community in the way they know how.” He also set up a GoFundMe to raise more funds for Minneapolis food drive initiatives and to support local businesses affected by the riots.

It’s fitting that friendship bracelets are a tried and true symbol of camaraderie and connection because these six friends are uniting the world for an important cause, one bracelet at a time.

Texas Dad Buying Milk for Twins Ends Up Saving a Woman’s Life

Texas Man Out to Buy Milk Ends Up Saving a Woman’s Life
(Youtube/KPRC 2 Click2Houston)

Anyone who has ever gone grocery shopping with a child knows that it’s a feat in and of itself. Between somehow ending up with 16 boxes of Lucky Charms in your cart and attempting to keep your kid from running a full marathon through the aisles, it’s a lot to handle. We would have hailed Justin Thomas for taking the plunge and running to grab milk from his local Kroger with his twins in tow, but that already challenging trip took a lifesaving turn.

Justin Thomas of League City, Texas is no stranger to being a hero. Aside from his medical background, Thomas spent a decade in the U.S. Coast Guard. His current job as an electrician requires him to know CPR (a registration which he makes sure to renew every year), but a routine trip to the grocery store was the last place he expected to put his life-saving skills to use.

Thomas only intended to pop into the grocery store for some milk – a quick trip in and out, barring any tantrums. But Thomas’s errand was abruptly sidetracked when he heard a scream come from another aisle. Without hesitation, he ran towards the sound. It didn’t take long for Thomas to find the source of the scream – in the middle of the grocery store, a woman had suffered an apparent cardiac arrest and collapsed to the ground.

Just as he had been trained to do, Thomas began to administer CPR to the unresponsive woman, occasionally switching places with another customer so neither got too tired to properly perform the exhausting chest compressions properly.

The woman was taken to the hospital, and her family later contacted Thomas to let him know that his actions likely saved her life.

“I just saw someone in need. I didn’t even think about it, I just jumped in to help,” Thomas told KPRC 2 News. “Afterward was kind of strange, a strange feeling… like I have all this adrenaline and I still have to go get the milk.”

Good work, Justin. The next pint of milk is on us.

7-Year-Old Creates “Bryan’s Book Corner” and Reads to Kids Who Miss Story Time

7-Year-Old Creates “Bryan’s Book Corner”, Reads to Kids Who Miss Story Time
(Youtube/Bryan's Book Corner)

School closings due to the coronavirus have left kids isolated from their friends, grandparents, and far-removed from their daily routines. Schools not only provided kids with days packed with learning opportunities, but they were designated places where kids could just be kids. There’s a lot to miss about the school day routine – playing games at recess, doing science projects, trading names with your best friend to see if the sub notices – it’s tough not knowing when we’ll experience that again.

7-Year-old Bryan Rumfelt of Bay Ridge, New York wasn’t going to let the coronavirus stop him from participating in one of his favorite school activities, reading. Anyone can read at home, of course, but this big-hearted kid realized that younger students may not be able to read to themselves. So, Bryan decided, he’d read to them.

Bryan has always loved reading (especially out loud, to anyone within earshot), and one day while talking to his grandma, she asked if she could record him reading. Bryan’s grandma posted the video to Facebook, and “Bryan’s Book Corner” was born.

“I love reading books and I wanted to help kids that couldn’t read or wanted to hear stories while they are stuck at home,” Rumfelt told the Brooklyn Reporter.

The Facebook group already has over 1,000 members, most of whom are parents of kids who can’t get enough of Bryan’s stories. Bryan reads classics like “There is a Bird on my Head” and “Dragons Love Tacos” with enthusiasm and passion that bring the stories to life.

This isn’t the first time Bryan has stepped up to help people in need. According to Bryan’s Facebook page, after seeing news of devastating floods in Huston in 2017, Bryan raised over $3,000 for Huston charities. Now, Bryan is stepping up once again to bring a little brightness to the world during a not-so-bright time. Not only is Bryan helping kids fall in love with reading, but he’s also setting a pretty great example for them as well. Honestly, we could all stand to take a page out of Bryan’s book.

For more of Byran’s videos, you can also visit his Youtube channel.

Skateboarding Man In Suit Lives in Shelter, Teaches Low-Income Kids to Skate

Skateboarding Man In Suit Lives in Shelter, Teaches Low-Income Kids to Skate

Watching Tony Hawk tear up skate parks for decades has conditioned us to be more or less obsessed with all things skating. Between the thrill of watching someone seemingly defy gravity with ease and fantasizing about one day doing it yourself (please don’t try), the art of skateboarding is exhilarating. Earlier this week, a viral video of a man skateboarding in a full suit kick-flipped its way into our hearts. Little did we know, his skateboarding skills weren’t even the coolest thing about this mystery man.

Fortunately for us, Jenkem Magazine managed to track him down – his name is Avery Baxter, and his story is worlds away from what anyone expected. When you see a man in a suit, you probably assume that he’s off to work (skateboards would definitely be cheaper than Uber). However, Baxter is currently homeless – he lives in transitional housing. He lost his house several months ago, and as a result, had to separate from his children and fiancé. According to the update to the viral video, Baxter wears a suit wherever he goes. His adoptive dad always said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. After his dad passed away, the suits became a staple in Baxter’s wardrobe. Not only was it a great way to honor the memory of his late father, but the suit was the tool to ensure he was always ready to meet someone who may be important to him later down the line.

Baxter’s dad is undoubtedly smiling down on him now, vindicated that the trusty suit helped catapult his son into the public eye. The video, taken on Mother’s Day, shows Baxter on his way to surprise his adoptive mom. While passing a group of skaters, he decided to stop, ask them to borrow a skateboard, and attempt a trick he had never actually tried before. As you can see, he absolutely nailed it.

Baxter has always loved skating – he’s been doing it since he was little, and even taught his kids to skate. “I also teach kids skating from age three to 11, since they’re easier to work with,” Baxter told Jenkem Magazine. “They don’t think they know everything. I work with low income or Section 8 families. It’s more important for their kids to do something positive.”

Baxter has had far from an easy time in life. He was homeless, in foster care, horribly abused – he has seen more hardship in 38 years than most people would see in the course of 10 lifetimes. Even through all of it, he maintained a positive attitude. He continues to try his best to support his children, teach kids on the street to skateboard (and channels his own anxiety into skateboarding), and perhaps most importantly of all, he never forgets his suit.

Teen Out Buying Socks for his Grandpa Finds and Returns $135,000

Teen Out Buying Socks for his Grandpa Finds and Returns $135,000

Seeing Ed McMahon delivering giant checks, dreaming of finding buried treasure – we’ve all had plenty of time to think about what we would do if we suddenly became extremely rich. Buying a new car, traveling the world, maybe eventually getting around to paying back your student loans; there’s so much you can do when money is no object. One thing most of us never considered when planning out our lavish life is the very thing 19-year-old José Nuñez Romaniz did after coming into an enormous sum of money – he gave it back.

Nuñez was heading to the store to buy socks for his grandpa (which I guess is a major spoiler – we all know he has a heart of gold) when he saw something that caught his eye sitting next to a Wells Fargo ATM. Upon closer inspection, Nuñez realized that he was looking at a large plastic bag filled to the brim with cash – $135,000, to be precise. Like any teen who happily goes to the store to buy his grandfather socks, he called both the phone number on the side of the ATM and the police.

Nuñez soon learned that the bag was left there accidentally by an employee whose job it was to fill the ATM. Talk about a rough day at work.

“In the back of my head, I was just thinking about my parents, especially my mom,” Nuñez recounted to KRQE News. “What she would do if I came home with the money and what she would do with her chancla to hit me,” he laughed. “I did the right thing and I know my parents are proud and my family is proud as well.”

Nuñez received plenty of praise for doing the right thing. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller commended him for setting a great example for his community, PNM gave him a $500 check to help with tuition, even ESPN radio gave Nuñez a pat on the back in the form of season tickets for football games and an autographed Brian Urlacher football.

Nuñez, an aspiring crime scene investigator and detective is currently a criminal justice student at Central New Mexico Community College. Honestly, this seems like the weirdest final ever, but Nuñez absolutely nailed it.

Deputy Becomes Godfather to Baby Whose Life he Saved

Deputy William Kimbro Godfather
(YouTube/CBS 17)

Getting a speeding ticket is almost always an enormous pain. On very rare occasions though, getting pulled over can be the difference between life and death.

Last year, Deputy William Kimbro of South Carolina was performing what he believed to be a routine traffic stop. Out patrolling on June 11th, 2019, Deputy Kimbro noticed a car speeding. As he had done countless times before, he pulled the car over and approached the window only to find a woman frantic inside. Panic-stricken, the woman informed Deputy Kimbro that her 12-day-old baby wasn’t breathing.

Without hesitation, the deputy jumped into action, giving the baby CPR, and saving her life. In that moment, the pair was bonded forever – Ryleigh made a complete recovery thanks to the heroic actions of Deputy Kimbro, but their story was just beginning.

Ryleigh recently celebrated her first birthday; a birthday she never would have experienced had it not been for Deputy Kimbro. So of course, the deputy was first on the guest list. Soon after, the family visited Deputy Kimbro’s house to deliver a very special letter.

The deputy opened his card, which held a scratch-off hidden message inside. As Deputy Kimbro began to scratch, a message was slowly revealed underneath: It read, “will you be my godfather”?

Without hesitation, the deputy happily agreed. Ryleigh’s family even provided a similar card for Deputy Kimbro’s wife.

“I want him to feel like we’re family, which we are family,” Ryleigh’s mom told ABC 11. “I felt like I had to give him a title, let him know, ‘hey, thank you, thank you so much.'”

Dogs Save the Day When Toddler With Autism Wanders From Home

Dogs Save the Day when Toddler Wanders From Family’s Home
(Facebook/Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.)

There are few things more terrifying than the realization that your child isn’t where you thought they were. At first, you may hope it’s just a poorly-timed game of hide and seek, but that doesn’t stop you from jumping into action.

One Florida family experienced this exact, horrifying scenario recently upon realizing their 3-year-old son, Marshal Butler, was missing. Marshall has autism, and as a result, is non-communicative. He would not be able to ask for help, nor would he be able to give a neighbor his name or address if he was found. This was truly a nightmare for this frantic family.

Family, neighbors, along with law enforcement from several counties set out to find the toddler upon discovering he was no longer in his home.

“We were panicked. All sorts of worst case scenarios are running through their heads,” Marshal’s aunt, Kayla Stewart, told WJHG. “Through the whole process you’re terrified.”

Though the family was rightfully hysterical about the whereabouts of their toddler, one small detail of the child’s disappearance gave them a bit of hope. The family’s trusty dogs, Nala and Buckwheat, were also missing from the home. Maybe, the family hoped – just maybe, Marshal and his protective pups were safe and sound together.

A collective sigh of relief could be heard across the entirety of Ponce de Leon – about a mile from the family’s home, a neighbor named Carol Shelton found Marshal and his loyal companions. Muddy, wearing only a diaper, but completely unharmed. Marshal had wandered nearly a mile to go on what we can only imagine is a 3-year-old’s version of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, his furry protectors never leaving his side.

Of these heroic pups, Butler’s mom says, “They’re doing their job”. Hopefully, a bonus is due for these overtime workers, preferably in the form of a nice juicy steak.