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Devoted Uncle Dresses As A Princess To Take His Niece To See “Cinderella”

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(PCM) Showing some serious devotion as an uncle 26-year old Jesse Nagy donned a princess costume to take his 4-year old niece Isabella to see the movie “Cinderella”.

Nagy truly made it an incredible night out for his young niece. He says that the reason he wore the princess costume was due to the fact that his niece, who normally runs all around the house wearing various princess costumes was suddenly embarrassed to wear a princess costume to the movie theater when he made the suggestion.

In order to make her feel better about wearing the costume, Nagy decided that he would wear one as well, that way they could both be princesses. Nagy borrowed an old prom dress from a family friend and the two “princesses” made their way to the theater to enjoy “Cinderella”.

A ticket taker at the theater who was quite taken with Nagy and Isabella’s costumes snapped a photo of the pair and posted it online. Nagy claims that halfway through the film his phone began to go off like crazy as his family and friends began alerting him that the image had gone viral on both Reddit and Facebook.

It has received well over 4,000 upvotes and over 1,000 comments as well!

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Father Refuses To Give Up Baby Born With Downs Syndrome

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(PCM) Samuel Forrest, a New Zealand man living in Armenia, is making headlines after he refuses to give his newborn baby, born with Downs Syndrome, up for adoption.

When the child was born the doctor came out and said to Forrest, “There’s a real problem with your son” and then they took him back to see his son. Forrest responded to the doctor saying “He’s beautiful — he’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him”.

However, his Armenia wife had other ideas and informed Forrest that if he didn’t agree to put the baby up for adoption than she was going to leave him.  When he refused, the wife filed for divorce just one week after little Leo was born.

It seems that when a baby is born with Downs Syndrome in Armenia, the hospital gives parents the option right away of putting the baby up for adoption.  Forrests’ wife had already made that decision behind his back without first speaking with her husband.

In the country of Armenia, it is the social norm to be non-accepting of children born with certain birth defects and/or imperfections. The families often feel that an orphanage is a safe option for these children.  Hopefully with more awareness to these types of situations things can begin to change for the better in these areas of the world.

Even, the wife’s family was urging Forrest to put the child up for adoption and he was unfortunately no longer welcome in the family’s home.

Forrest who is a freelance business contractor will take baby Leo and move back in with his family who have agreed to help him out with raising the child.  He has also started a GoFundMe page to help raise some additional funds to assist with baby Leo’s care.

Forrest started out with a $60,000 target and has already well-surpassed that number garnering tons of supporters who were touched by this story across the globe.  Thus far Forrest has raised over $481,000! He plans to donate the additional funds received to help support abandoned children in Armenia and families with disabled children.

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Famous Delaware Hotel Cancels Reservation For The Homeless On Christmas

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(PCM) We have recently come across a story that was reported exclusively to WDEL.com where a man by the name of Matthew Senge who works for the Road To Redemption Ministries had reserved a two room suite at the famous Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware on Christmas Day as a gift for six homeless individuals in the area.

It was Senge’s hope that the homeless guests would be able to enjoy a warm bed and a hot shower at the hotel as a way to lift their spirits and take them off the streets for a night.

It was a wonderful gift idea and Senge was able to speak with management and the reservation clerk at the Hotel DuPont, all of who thought it was a wonderful idea as well. According to WDEL.com, Senge was very clear with the hotel from the beginning that the suite would be for the homeless.

All was well and Senge booked and paid $639 for a one night stay in the two-bedroom suite, even receiving a confirmation letter that everything was secure.  Here’s where things take a turn for the worse.

Senge gift-wrapped a copy of the confirmation letter and delivered it to the two men, a woman and her three children who make their home in deplorable conditions under the Amtrak bridge in the city of Wilmington.  WDEL.com claims that Senge let them know that they would be having a warm place to stay on Christmas night.

The individuals were blown away by the act of kindness and Senge had even planned to have gift baskets filled with food and hygiene products placed in the room for their stay as well.  It was his hope that after a comfortable night and a hot shower the individuals might wake up in the morning with a different attitude to face life.

Approximately three hours before check-in time, Senge received a phone call from the Hotel DuPont with the terrible news that they were canceling his reservation.  The staff member told him “What if one of those people rapes or robs one of my guests?”

Apparently, according to Hotel DuPont, just because someone happens to be homeless that automatically makes them a robber or a rapist.  We are sure that there is plenty of white collar crime that goes on behind those hotel doors in which they are able to turn a blind eye.

A spokesperson for Hotel DuPont told WDEL.com that the true reason for the cancelled reservation was that the guests would not be able to check in with proper photo identification which is part of hotel policy. The spokesperson went on to say that it was an issue of hotel security but would not comment either way if the statement above was actually made.

Senge tells WDEL.com that he was not given that reason by the hotel and that the individuals in question do in fact have photo identification.  He also says that the hotel should be ashamed for their behavior in letting down these individuals, as the effect could have the potential to be devastating.

Senge reveals that he has no plans on letting this go and that we need to realize that some of us are only a paycheck away from being in their situation, so how can we live with a conscious that says that’s ok?

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Young Girl Who Survived Family Plane Crash Was Taught Survival Skills

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(PCM) Additional details have emerged about the incredibly tragic plane crash that occurred in Kentucky in which 7-year old Sailor Gutzler was the only survivor.

Sailor was able to climb out of the upside down wreckage of her family’s Piper twin-engine plane and trek nearly three-quarters of a mile through the Kentucky woodlands battling freezing cold temperatures with broken bones and being clothed for warmer weather.

Sailor is said to have been taught survival skills from her father and was able to light a stick from the burning plane before starting her trek into the woods. She also attempted to “wake-up” her family members who tragically passed away in the crash.

The four Gutzler family members and a 14-year old cousin were traveling back to their home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois after a Christmas vacation trip to Key West, Florida.  Sailor’s father Marty was flying the plane during inclement weather and made a distress call at around 5:55pm CT.

After leaving the scene of the crash, Sailor ended up on the doorstep of 71-year old Larry Wilkins about 40 minutes after air traffic control lost contact with Marty’s plane.  Wilkins says that Sailor was dressed in summer attire and only wearing one sock. When she arrived he asked what he could do for her and she asked if she could stay there. Wilkins grabbed a wash cloth and cleaned the girl up and of course immediately contacted the local authorities.

Sailor remained fairly calm throughout the entire ordeal and was able to direct authorities to the crash site when they arrived at Wilkin’s home. She told authorities that she believed her mother, father and the rest of her family were dead, but she had hoped that they were just sleeping.

Marty, Sailor’s mother Kimberly, 46, her sister Piper, 9 and cousin Sierra Wilder, 14 all perished in the crash. Sailor is a true survivor and gave her very best efforts to get help for her family. She was treated for her injuries at a Kentucky hospital and released the next day.

A donation page has been set up online to “help Sailor obtain the emotional, physical and educational support she will need in the years to come,” and can be found at  sailorgutzlerfund.com.

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November 25 in Pop Culture History

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1792 — The Old Farmer’s Almanac first published by Robert B. Thomas. He added “Old” to the title in 1832 because there was so much competition in the Farmer’s Almanac business.

1920 — The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the US, starting on this date.

1937 — World’s Fair of Paris (Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne — International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life) closed, with 31.2 million visitors.

1940 — Woody Woodpecker debuted with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock.” He was actually the antagonist to Andy Panda (already established character) in the cartoon.

1947 — The ‘Hollywood Ten’ consisting of Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott and Dalton Trumbo were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities

1959 — “Once Upon a Mattress” opened at Alvin Theater New York City. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.

1963 — John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half-staff from a half hour before the first funeral until a half hour after the last funeral each day.

1973 — Maximum speed limit was cut to 55 MPH as an energy conservation measure.

1979 — Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcasted a NFL game (Vikings vs Buccaneers) together for the first time.

1984 — Band Aid which was founded by Bob Geldof to help raise money to assist famine stricken Ethiopia, recorded the single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ in a London studio. The group included Adam Clayton (U2), Phil Collins (Genesis, solo), Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), Chris Cross (Ultravox), John Taylor (Duran Duran), Paul Young, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran), Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats), Marilyn, Keren (Bananarama), Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Jody Watley (Shalamar), Bono (U2), Paul Weller (The Style Council), James Taylor (Kool & The Gang), Peter Blake (credited as ‘sleeve artist’), George Michael (Wham!), Midge Ure (Ultravox), Martin Ware (Heaven 17), John Keeble (Spandau Ballet), Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Roger Taylor (Duran Duran), Sara (Bananarama), Siobhan (Bananarama), Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats), Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool & the Gang), Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang), Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Jon Moss (Culture Club), Sting (The Police), Rick Parfitt (Status Quo), Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats), Boy George (Culture Club), Holly (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings) and David Bowie .

2009 — Wikileaks — Information about 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were distributed online, with more than 500,000 intercepted pager messages, mainly from US officials posted by wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.

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Woman Sues Sperm Bank For Having A Mixed-Race Child

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(PCM) An Ohio woman named Jennifer Cramblett is suing a sperm-bank in the Chicago area for $50,000 claiming that she received the wrong sperm donation and became pregnant with a child who was a different race.

We would like to think that these types of situations were behind us, however Cramblett, who expressed unconditional love for her daughter, is wrestling with the decision to move out of her predominantly white Ohio neighborhood for the psychological well-being of her child.

Cramblett, who is a lesbian, says the she and her partner found out that she was given the wrong sperm donation when she was about four months pregnant. The couple had a very specific request for a sperm donation from a white male with blonde hair and blue eyes.

The couple’s daughter is now 2 years old and Cramblett claims that her only worry is how the child will grow up in an all white-environment and pointed the finger at her unconsciously insensitive family.  In her lawsuit, Cramblett claims her daughter was a “wrongful birth” and a “breach of warranty” and she described her hometown as racially intolerant. Those seem like incredibly harsh words when talking about a child, at least to us!

At first the sperm-bank refused to communicate with Cramblett, however after a while they made an apology and refunded half the amount for the sperm, but have made no comment on the pending lawsuit.

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