Connecticut Teen Completed Her Bucket List The Day She Passed Away

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(PCM) Friends and family continue to mourn the loss of Connecticut teenager Rebecca Townsend, who tragically passed away after being struck by a car back on July 2nd. When going through Rebecca’s belongs her sister discovered a bucket list written by Rebecca for a school assignment about three years prior to her passing.  The final item on the bucket list was to save another person’s life and that item sadly checked off the day of Rebecca’s passing.

At the time of accident, Rebecca was walking with her friend Ben Arne, who she was able to quickly push out of the way of the car that hit her, leaving him injured but thankfully still alive and completing her goal of being responsible for saving another person’s life. Rebecca had already accomplished the other two goals on her bucket list which were taking a trip to Spain and being kissed in the rain.

Rebecca had just graduated high school and was scheduled to attend the University of Notre Dame this fall. Rebecca’s family have set up a memorial page of Facebook titled “Remembering Rebecca” and were able to share the story of her bucket list and selfless act to save her friend with the world. The Facebook remembrance page continues to grow in popularity as more and more people around the world are praising Rebecca for her bravery and offering up their condolences to the family.

Her sister feels that by discovering and being able to share Rebecca’s completed bucket list it is a little sign that her sister is ok.

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This is Jacobi Oscar Kafer, by Ginger Fish

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BY: Ginger Fish

Jacob1I stopped for coffee & to go the bathroom at a Starbucks in the Venice, CA area, & this gentleman walked up to my cycle today to spray windex on it, & clean it. My first reaction was “Stay away from the bike” then I stopped myself; he looked broken & mentally & physically worn from the sun, so I turned to him and said “Go ahead and clean it, I’m gonna run into Starbucks for coffee, & when I come out I’ll give you $10″.

I’ve been meaning to clean my bike but I just haven’t found the time to do it. The Starbucks was busy & I wondered when I came back out if he would still be there. When I returned, he was working up, down, & all around the bike. I’ve had my bike detailed at my local Harley dealership & it costs around $150 for them to do the same job this gentleman is doing right now for a fifteenth of the cost.

I finished my coffee & told him I didn’t want to take up anymore of his time today. I reached into my pocket & pulled out all of the spare bills I had that totaled a whopping $36 & handed them to him. I said I wished I had more to give him, & the expression of respect and joy that built up inside of him was immeasurable.

As I bent down to unlock my Helmet, and after I had put it on my head, I reached into my saddle bag to organize a few things I was carrying, and as I did this, he starting working feverishly scrubbing my helmet clean right as I knelt there wearing it. I thanked him for a job well done & went on my way. I got about a half mile away when I decided to turn around.

I found Jacobi in the corner of the parking lot crying with his head held down as tears ran down the bridge of his nose, as if to say I’ve had enough of the struggle & humiliation today. I asked him if could please take a photo of him with my cycle so I could remember him & this job he has done so well. Again he filled with great joy and gratitude for the little bit of respect I bestowed upon him.

He stood proud and strong with an inherent sense of satisfaction & pride for his ability to bring happiness to another person & to contribute to something that brought someone else so much joy today. I was homeless for about a year around 1990 & 1991, so I understand some of what this man has to endure on a day to day basis. As I thanked him again & began to exit, more tears started streaming down his face.

I said to him “please don’t cry” “I have an old friend named Jacobi, & now I have a new friend named Jacobi”. I saw my own feelings of self worth and pride shining through Jacobi as if he was my own child. Never take for granted a helping hand. Even if it’s from someone whom you truly feel doesn’t have a helping hand to give. We are all one.

Sincerely, Ginger

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21 Year-Old Saw An Old Man At Walmart, Who Refused Any Help.

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By Morgan Wheeler Via Facebook:

“I walked out of Walmart today and got in my car. As I began to pull out, I had to wait for a man in a wheelchair to pass by. As I watched him, I noticed that he was missing his right leg from the knee down and was wearing, what appeared to be, old, government issued, combat boots.

He was (from my guess) in his late sixties/early seventies and seemed to be stopping to take a break.

He had not realized that I had started my car and was attempting to pull out, so when he saw me, he waved in an apologetic manner and rolled forward three more times and took another break. I backed up my car the inches I had previously pulled forward, put it in park, turned off the engine, and got out.

I walked up to him and introduced myself. I asked him if I could assist him with his shopping today, and he, quite grumpily, said that he was doing just fine and was not getting much anyways. Me, being as stubborn as I am, insisted and proceeded to push him and tell him a little about myself. He interrupted me and said that he only needed help to the door, to which I picked up where I had left off before he interrupted me. I told him about Fayetteville, and my horses, and my nephews (I had parked a good ways away from the doors).

And when I reached the doors, I continued to push him and talk. We reached the produce area and I asked him to tell me about himself. He reluctantly looked at me and began telling me that he lived in Sod – Lincoln County, and that he just recently lost his wife. I asked him if he was a veteran, to which he replied that he was – but with pain on his face, so I changed the subject and asked if he had made a shopping list.

He handed me a list with only four things on it: peanut butter, soup, bread, and bananas. So we began shopping and I continued to talk… hard to believe – I know. Once we had gotten the items he needed, I asked if he needed the essentials: milk, eggs, butter. He told me that he might not make it home, without them going bad. So I questioned how he got to the store. He told me that he did what he was doing in the parking lot until he got to 119 and then hitch hiked with a trucker to the parking lot. So I called a taxi for him and grabbed the essentials plus a few other things and put them in the cart.

After placing a gallon of milk in his cart he was crying. People were passing by us, looking sideways at him. I knelt down and asked him what was wrong and he replied, that I “was doing far too much for an old man that I barely knew.” I told him that where I am from, and from the family I was raised in, we help one another, no matter the task and that I had never met a stranger. I also told him that he deserved everything I was doing for him because he fought for my freedom and sacrificed so much. We made it to the check out line and I paid for his groceries, against his request.

When we got outside, we waited for the taxi together. He thanked me over and over again and appeared – to me- to have been in a much better mood than when I found him. When the taxi arrived, I helped him load his groceries and wheelchair into the taxi and asked the driver to take him home and help him into his house with his groceries. I gave him the only cash I had on me – $44, also against his will. I told him thank you for his service before closing the door. Tears formed again and he thanked me one last time and said, “God bless you.”

I returned to my car, and could not help but cry. This is the world we live in today. How many people passed him and would have continued to pass him while he struggled? How many people are willing to give their money to Vanity Fair to read all about Bruce Jenner and not help a veteran pay for his groceries?

Today was a truly humbling experience for me, and I consider myself extremely blessed to have the capability of understanding what is truly important in this world.

THAT man was a HERO, and far too many will say otherwise. I am sorry that this post was so long, and if you have read it to this point, I hope you are as humbled as I was. God bless the men and women who have fought for our right to view the wrong people as heroes, and thank God for the people who know better.”

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Taylor Swift Grants The Wish Of A Cancer-Stricken Delaware Teen

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photo credit: Matt Christine for PCM

(PCM) Thanks to the assistance of the police department in Dover, Delaware, pop superstar Taylor Swift was able to grant the wish of a cancer stricken teen who was unable to attend Swift’s sold-out concerts at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend.

The Dover PD produced the following video about the life of 13-year old Victoria Marsh, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer late last year after discovering some pain in her ankle. The video has been viewed over 1.4 million times on Facebook, and eventually got the attention of Taylor Swift and her team, who made young Victoria’s wish come true.

Swift invited Victoria, who also suffers from Downs Syndrome, and two of her sisters to a private meet & greet back stage just prior to her amazing performance on the “1989 World Tour”. Unfortunately, Victoria’s doctors were not able to clear her to attend the actual concert, but she did receive an 8-hour pass for the hospital to attend the meet & greet with her favorite musician.

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The Dover PD were overjoyed to help make Victoria’s dream come true and posted images of Victoria and her sisters meeting her idol on their official Facebook page. Such an amazing story, as we are so glad to hear that young Victoria’s #Swiftawish came true.

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Mom Publicly Shames Teen For Lying About Her Age On Facebook

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(PCM) It is always important for parents to monitor their children’s activities online, especially when it comes to social media networks such as Facebook.  When one Colorado mother discovered that her 13-year old daughter was posing as a 19-year old and posted a photo of herself in a bra and lace panties her reaction has now gone viral.

In addition to banning her child from Facebook this mom took things a step further and created a video, which she posted on both her’s and her daughters Facebook pages, publicly shaming her for her online behavior.  She made her daughter tell everyone her real age, that she watches Disney channel, has a bedtime and that her underwear still has the days of the week on them.

The video has since gone viral and has been viewed over 11 million times since the mother posted it and many people are praising the mom for taking control of her daughters behavior. Others feel that she went too far, as the daughter can been seen in the video with tears streaming down her face.

The mother posted another video thanking other parents for their support and tells critics that she is not there to be her child’s friend, but rather to keep her protected. She reveals that she is a convicted felon and she refuses to lose her child to the streets. She claims what she did came from a place purely of love and hopes to encourage other parents to pay more attention to their children’s behavior online.

Watch the full video below:

ATTN ALL PARENTS PLEASE WATCH WHAT HAPPENS TO A GROWN ASS 13 YEAR OLD… MY CHILD

Posted by Val HairLyfe Starks on Sunday, May 17, 2015

 

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Eye-Opening I Wish My Teacher Knew Project Goes Viral

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(PCM) In an attempt to get to know the lives of her students a bit better, Kyle Schwartz, a Denver area elementary school teacher came up with the idea to have her students write her a note completing the sentence “I wish my teacher knew … “.

The responses she received were incredibly eye-opening, adorable and some were even absolutely heartbreaking. Schwartz began sharing many of the children’s response on her Twitter account and they have since gone viral.

Schwartz revealed to  ABC News, “Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch. As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students’ lives and how to best support them. I just felt like there was something I didn’t know about my students.”

Schwartz is also encouraging other teachers to use her project in the classroom and has started the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew as a way to share and communicate with other teachers all over the world.

The point of the project was for Schwartz to be able to build a better community in the classroom, so that she and her students could have a better understanding of each other. It is the hope that everyone will learn how to support each other in the process by learning some details about another’s life that they may not have known before.

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