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Craigslist Request: Family for the Holidays


by CBS News

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Posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At William Jessup University near Sacramento, there’s a junior who seems to have it all. Jackie Turner has straight As, good friends and a big heart. She works part-time as a tutor and eventually wants a career helping troubled kids.

Her future is definitely bright, but the clouds still roll in every December.

“This time of year is hard,” Jackie said. “Everyone is talking about their cousins, their families, all the things that make up Christmas.”

Jackie says she doesn’t have any of that — and never did.

Asked to recall some of the pleasant memories of her childhood, Jackie said, “I remember getting locked up and locked in rooms. And I remember getting beatings for stealing food.”

Born to a mother she never met and dad she wished she hadn’t, Jackie said she was abused, neglected, and starved.

She’s been able to move on — for 11 months out of every year, at least. But that 12th has always posed a problem, which is why this year she decided to take action.

Jackie said, “This hurting, you’re tired of it, what are you going to do? And I was like, ‘Craigslist.'”

That’s right, she said Craigslist — where most people go to find a new apartment or used car, Jackie went looking for a happier holiday. Specifically, her classified said, “I want to rent a mom and dad.”

“Maybe for like a couple hours — just be like the light of their life for that moment,” Jackie said.

She was even willing to pay, she said, “Eight bucks, just to sit, which for a college student is affordable.”

She got dozens of responses — about half from parents who wanted to help, for free of course — and about half from other young people who felt the same way she did.

“People are hurting and broken and we need each other,” Jackie said. “We need to be loving people. And I think that’s what tonight’s about.”

source: http://www.khou.com/news/California-woman-who-tries-to-rent-family-via-Craigslist-gets-so-much-more-237304631.html

College Athlete Shortens Career to Donate Bone Marrow


April 23, 2013
Cameron Lyle

Cameron Lyle

Cameron Lyle, a Division I college athlete in New Hampshire, has decided to shorten his athletic career for a chance to save a life.

The University of New Hampshire senior will donate bone marrow Wednesday, a decision that abruptly ends his collegiate athletic career but one that he calls a “no brainer.”

Lyle, 21, had his mouth swabbed to join a bone marrow registry two years ago in the cafeteria at school. He didn’t think any more of it until a few months ago when he got a phone call that he might be a match. He took more tests and discovered a month later that he was a perfect match.

“When they first told me, I was like, ‘OK, cool. I’m definitely going to do it,'” Lyle said. “After that I kind of went to tell my coach and then I realized slowly that my season was over.”

Lyle’s main events are the shot put and the hammer throw.

“It’s just a sport,” he said. “Just because it’s Division I college level doesn’t make it any more important. Life is a lot more important than that, so it was pretty easy.”

Lyle competed in his last competition Saturday and said it was “kind of emotional.” His teammates rallied around him to cheer him on.

The man who needs his help is a 28-year-old suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lyle was told that the man only has six months to live without the transplant.

Lyle of Plaistow, N.H., said he had been told there was a one in five million chance for a non-family match.

“It was kind of a no-brainer for a decent human,” Lyle said. “I couldn’t imagine just waiting. He could have been waiting for years for a match. I’d hope that someone would donate to me if I needed it.”

After he got the call, Lyle knew he needed to speak to his mom and his coach.

“My son and I have a pretty funny rapport together so when he tells me things, it’s usually in humor,” mom Chris Sciacca said. “He simply sent me a text that said, ‘So I guess I have a chance to save someone’s life.'”

The two sat down and talked through the decision, but Sciacca said it was ultimately a decision that “came from his heart.”

“We talked about in five or 10 years, is he going to look back and say, ‘Damn, I wish I went to that track conference,’ or is he going to say, ‘Damn, I saved someone’s life,” she said.

“I know my son very well and I know where his heart is and I knew that he would make the right decision.

“He made his decision. He gave up his college season to do this. He’s a gentle giant,” Sciacca said of her 6-foot-2-inch, 255-pound son. “He’ll do anything for anybody.”

What Lyle was most nervous about was telling Coach Jim Boulanger, who has been his coach for four years.

Boulanger said that a nervous Lyle came into his office, shut the door and told him he wouldn’t be able to throw next month at the America East Conference championship for which he had been training.

When Boulanger asked why, Lyle told him and found that his coach was completely supportive.

“Here’s the deal,” Boulanger told Lyle. “You go to the conference and take 12 throws or you could give a man three or four more years of life. I don’t think there’s a big question here. This is not a moral dilemma. There’s only one answer.”

Boulanger said he’s “very proud” of his athlete.

“He’s very approachable. He’s very funny,” Boulanger said. “I don’t have any doubt that he’s very compassionate and it was just a given that he’d do it.

“You can’t ask for any more out of a person than to help another person,” he said.

Lyle’s mother is just as proud.

“I am beyond words proud. He is my hero,” Sciacca said. “When your children inspire you to be better people, you know it’s come full circle and he’s inspired his mom to be a better circle.”

Lyle will make the bone marrow donation Wednesday morning at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. A needle will be used to withdraw liquid bone marrow from his pelvic bone. After the surgery, he will not be allowed to lift more than 20 pounds over his head, which rules out all his athletic events.

Lyle and the man have to remain anonymous to each other for at least a year, but can then sign consent forms to release their identities if they want.

“I really want to meet him,” Lyle said, “and I hope he wants to meet me.”

source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/university-hampshire-athlete-shortens-career-donate-bone-marrow/story?id=19022049#.UXhzaavuWPU

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Woman Finds $36,000 in Bag and Returns It


A woman who works at a golf course in Miami Beach found a bag filled with $36,000 cash on the property but didn’t keep it, local media reported. Instead she contacted police who discovered the money belonged to a 76-year-old man. (April 23)

Man Offers His House to Homeless Family for a Year


Tony TolbertBy Lee Cowan

(CBS News) For most parents, when a child leaves the nest it’s usually for good. But at age 51, Tony Tolbert has come home again. And it’s for all the right reasons — or so says his mom.

“He is so giving, and he’s always been that way,” said Marie Tolbert.

Tony grew up in a home that always seemed to have a spare bed — thanks to his father – Jimmy Tolbert.

An entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, Tolbert’s dad extended a hand to almost anyone down on their luck. In fact, Tolbert can’t remember a time there wasn’t someone extra living in their house — and that gave the Harvard-educated attorney an idea.

He decided to take his dad’s generosity one step further.

He announced he was moving back home, because he was giving up his own fully furnished L.A. home, rent free, for a full year  — to a family he’d never even met.

“You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” Tolbert said. “We can do it wherever we are, with whatever we have, and for me, I have a home that I can make available.”

But to whom? Tolbert sought out a shelter for homeless women and children called Alexandria House. It was there he found Felicia Dukes.

Needless to say, she couldn’t believe the offer when she heard it.

“They had a young man that wanted to donate their house to you for a year,” Dukes recounted. “And I’m looking at her, like, what? Like — Are you serious?”

Dukes had been sharing a single room at the shelter with three of her children. But it was for kids only and her older son couldn’t join them. So not only was the family homeless and broke, but separated.

Until the boxes arrived at Duke’s new home — Tolbert’s old one. And shortly after the boxes, her son showed up too.

“My heart just fills up and stuff, um….I’m just really happy,” Dukes said tearfully.

And those weren’t the only tears of joy.

Tolbert also became emotional when he talked about the life lessons he learned from his father, who is now suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Kindness creates kindness. Generosity creates generosity. Love creates love,” he said. “And I think if we can share some of that and have more stories about people doing nice things for other people, and fewer stories about people doing horrible things to other people, that’s a better world.”

Not a bad thought to begin the new year.

source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57561565/man-offers-his-house-to-homeless-family-for-a-year/

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Good Samaritan Helps Girl, 7, Reunite with Stolen Dog


By REBECCA HARSHBARGER and KEVIN SHEEHAN

Mia Bendrat with Marleyphoto credit: Robert Miller

Mia Bendrat with Marley
photo credit: Robert Miller

A 7-year-old girl got the best present ever yesterday — she was reunited with her best friend, who’d been dognapped by a cold-hearted thief the day before.

“I couldn’t sleep last night without Marley smiling,” Mia Bendrat said of her little pal, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel stolen from in front of a Washington Heights grocery.

Her relieved mom, Angie Estrada, said, “It’s a Christmas miracle. Oh, yes!”

The hero of the holiday story is good Samaritan Tena Cohen, who was headed to the Greenmarket in Union Square at about 1:30 p.m. Monday when she heard a man yelling, “Dog for sale!”

“It looked nervous and sad, and was kind of an older dog,” Cohen said. “I figured it was stolen.’’

She offered to buy the pooch.

“I said I had $100. He said the guy who owns it wants more” and pointed to a man, Cohen recalled.

The supposed “owner’’ was “very stoned, on drugs,” said Cohen, who teaches Spanish at Brooklyn Tech HS. “He said he paid $3,200 for the dog, and had it for years.”

SAVIOR: Tena Cohen (above) paid $220 out of her own pocket to reunite Mia Bendrat with Marley. photo credit: Robert Miller

SAVIOR: Tena Cohen (above) paid $220 out of her own pocket to reunite Mia Bendrat with Marley.
photo credit: Robert Miller

Cohen then walked into a nearby Staples and made three debit-card purchases totaling $220.

Then she returned them for cash and went back to negotiate.

“I said, ‘Look, this is all the money I have,’ ” Cohen said. “He gave me the dog. I gave him the money.”

She took Marley to a vet and also called cops. Both men were gone by the time police arrived. But last night they picked up 29-year-old Brad Bacon, of Washington Heights, and charged him with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

The vet checked out the dog for free and held him overnight. Cohen called a group called Cavalier Rescue USA.

Its president, Carolyn Stigler, remembered the story about Marley in yesterday’s Post.

Stigler contacted the vet, who called the Post reporter. She arranged for the dog to be taken to Mia’s family, to see if it was Marley. It was.

“This was my daughter’s Christmas wish,” said Estrada.

Until then, the family had been devastated.

“It was so sad,” Estrada added. “She sat in Marley’s nook and refused to dress up the tree.”

The happy ending came just in time.

“I can’t believe a grinch would steal our Marley,” Estrada said. “But the grinch didn’t win.’’

Mia chimed in, “I’m not going to let Marley go now, no matter what!”

source: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/christmas_presence_nY7U8iTpeKUGlUDSk62z1K

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Middle School Wrestler Lets Boy With Cerebral Palsy Win Match


By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo! News | The Lookout

Justin Kievit, a middle-school wrestler from Tennessee, showed off his sportsmanship when he matched up against Jared Stevens, who has cerebral palsy.

The match, which was taped and posted to Facebook by Kievit’s father and to YouTube by Stevens’ dad, begins with Stevens being gently laid down on the wrestling mat by a coach. Once the match begins, Kievit maneuvers around Stevens in a low crouch. Kievit then gets down on the mat and slides underneath Stevens so Stevens can pin him. The crowd went wild for Stevens’ win and Kievit’s heart.

According to Kievit’s father, the act wasn’t planned. The proud dad remarked to Franklin Home Page: “The first time he met Jared was when he shook hands with him before the match. So it really was spontaneous. They just picked this kid. If you watch the video, he just did an amazing job. There’s not many adults comfortable putting hands on a disabled kid, much less another 13-year-old.”

This was Jared’s first wresting match. “I think a lot of people are scared to put kids like me on the mat, but they don’t need to be,” Jared told his local paper. Jared’s father explained that while his son has roughly the physical capacity of a six-month-old, he is close to his age level intellectually.

“Jared just likes to do stuff like everybody else,” his father told the Franklin Home Page. “There’s a limit to what he can do, but something like wrestling, he can do that as much as he can do. He just enjoys being out there participating. He doesn’t mind trying anything.”

source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/middle-school-wrestler-lets-boy-cerebral-palsy-win-222254658.html

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NYPD Cop Buys Homeless Man Boots


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You have to like what NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo did for a barefoot man in Manhattan one frigid night this month. In fact, more than 260,000 Facebook users have “liked” DePrimo’s actions, a number that’s growing every day.

After a tourist from Arizona snapped a photo of DePrimo, of Holbrook, giving the man socks and boots to ward off the cold, the image became an instant hit on the NYPD’s Facebook page.

As of late Wednesday, the photo had been shared 47,716 times, boosting subscribers to the department’s 5-month-old page by 7,000, to 95,000, officials said.

“I had two pairs of wool winter socks and combat boots, and I was cold,” DePrimo, 25, said Wednesday, recalling the night of Nov. 14, when he encountered an unidentified, shoeless man on the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue near 44th Street.

DePrimo offered to get him socks and shoes.

“I never had a pair of shoes,” the man replied, according to DePrimo, who’s assigned to the Sixth Precinct and has been on the force nearly three years.

The officer walked to a Skechers store on 42nd Street and shelled out $75 for insulated winter boots and thermal socks. He returned to the man, knelt down and put the footwear on him.

“He smiled from ear to ear,” DePrimo said. “It was like you gave him a million dollars.”

The officer asked the man if he wanted a cup of coffee, but he graciously declined and went on his way.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” DePrimo said of his generosity.

But during dinner that night, he got a text message from a friend. The photo had gone viral.

“I was absolutely shocked,” he said. ___

(c)2012 Newsday

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/larry-deprimo-nypd-cop-gives-homeless-boots_n_2209178.html

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