When Norah Wood, four, saw widower Dan Peterson, 82, alone in a supermarket in Georgia she said ‘Hi old person!’ Since then the two have developed a life-changing friendship. Norah’s mother Tara snapped a picture of the pair’s meeting in the supermarket, and went on her way. Days later she learned Peterson was a widower who had lost his wife in March. She found him through a Facebook friend and reached out. Since then, Norah frequently visits her friend Mr Dan. They even celebrated his 82nd birthday together and exchange gifts, cupcakes and hugs.
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Love: The other dogs in the home stayed vigil over him as well, nuzzling him when he needed comfort
Farewell: His caretakers covered him in rose petals, wrapped his paws around a single sunflower and said goodbye
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Determined: Seven-year-old Annie Clark, who was born with no hands, has won a national penmanship award
Support: Annie is pictured with her teacher and her mother Mary Ellen. Her mother said her daughter easily dresses and feeds herself, and uses a computer
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
Annie Clark, a 7-year-old at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pa., got a trophy and $1,000 as one of two national winners of the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship from the Zaner-Bloser language arts and reading company.
Annie writes by wedging a pencil between her arms, the same way she feeds herself and even paints her toenails, the newspaper reports.
The national award is one of two given to students with disabilities — the other went to an Ohio student with a visual impairment.
But no one even knew there was a special category for the disabled until after Annie had won top penmanship honors among all students at her school and the entry was forwarded to the state competition.
Contest organizers, reading a letter accompanying the entry, noted her disability and suggested that she also enter the special category, the newspaper reports.
Minnesota Waitress Stacy Knutson Left $12,000 Tip?
By DINESH RAMDE04/ 4/12 05:50 PM ET
– A Minnesota waitress who says a customer told her she could keep a box containing $12,000 has sued after police impounded the cash as suspected drug money.
Stacy Knutson of Moorhead, Minn., filed a lawsuit asking that the cash be returned to her. She said she believes the money was meant as an anonymous gift from someone who knew that she, her husband and five children were struggling with severe financial difficulties.
“I do know that the person gave me what was in that to-go bag,” Knutson wrote in the lawsuit filed in March. “Thus as I understand it, it is mine.”
A message left at Knutson’s home Wednesday was returned by her attorney, Craig Richie, who said his client is “overwhelmed” and didn’t want to speak to a reporter.
The lawsuit says Knutson was working at the Fry’n Pan restaurant when a customer left behind a takeout box from another restaurant. She followed the diner to her car and tried to return the box but the lady said, “No, I am good, you keep it,” the lawsuit said.
When Knutson went back into the kitchen and opened the box, she found three wads of bills – $100s, $50s, $20s and $10s – wrapped in rubber bands, Richie said.
Even though she really needed the money, she decided to call police, her attorney said.
Officers told her to wait 90 days in case someone claimed the money. No one did but police still refused to return the cash, saying it was being held in a drug investigation because it smelled of marijuana, Richie said.
But if Knutson believed the diner was the rightful owner of the cash, and that the diner gave her explicit permission to keep the money, why would Knutson even bother going to police?
“She’s saying, hey, this is a lot of money,” Richie said. “She doesn’t want to be in a position where she’s doing something wrong.”
After no one claimed the money, that confirmed for her that the money was truly a gift, Richie said.
Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said when money is usually found and turned over to police, the finder can keep it if no one claims it in 90 days. But in a narcotics case, the money goes to the county attorney’s office unless the finder persuades a judge to award the cash to them, he said.
“That doesn’t mean she can’t raise the issue with the judge,” Jacobson said of Knutson. “It’s just not the police department’s decision to make.”
Richie said police told him they smelled marijuana on the bills and that a police dog confirmed their suspicions. Jacobson acknowledged that a police dog detected an unspecified drug.
But Richie said at least one of Knutson’s co-workers took a deep whiff of the bills to jokingly see what that much money smells like, and the man didn’t detect any scent of marijuana.
And even if the bills did smell of drugs, Richie said that doesn’t give police the right to keep them. Jacobson declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
The lawsuit says Knutson is not being accused of having anything to do with drugs herself.
Knutson said she was convinced about what really happened: that the windfall was God’s way of answering her family’s prayers.
“It is a complete miracle to see our prayers answered,” she wrote, “but then difficult to face the reality of the struggle it is to obtain it (the money) from the Moorhead Police Department.”___
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Winter Slade, 7-Year-Old, Raises Thousands For Wildlife Preservation After Being Told Her Idea Was ‘Stupid’
Posted: 04/21/2012 7:07 pm Updated: 04/22/2012 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON — When 7-year-old Winter Slade decided that she didn’t want presents for her birthday, but instead wanted people to give money to a charity to help protect endangered animals, her mom couldn’t have been more proud.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Michelle Slade, who, along with Winter and her other four kids, lives in London, Ontario. “She thought that was a great idea because she had enough toys already.”
Winter got the idea from a public service announcement on television for Bring Back the Wild, a children’s conservation program that works with kids to raise money to protect wild animals and their habitats. The program, run by the Canadian nonprofit Earth Rangers, encourages kids to have birthday parties where they don’t take gifts but instead have their friends donate money to help protect their chosen “hero” animal featured on the Earth Rangers website. Kids who want to do this for their birthday get a conservation-themed “party pack.” They also get a personalized fundraising page on the Earth Rangers website, where kids and their parents can keep tabs on how much they’ve raised for their animal. Half of the proceeds go toward teaching conservation in schools, and the other half go to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a partner of Earth Rangers.
In Winter’s case, she chose to help protect the pine marten, a ferret relative. Michelle says Winter hasn’t been able to stop talking about her birthday plan (which isn’t even until November) ever since she got the idea in her head. But one day after school, as she was telling her friends about her birthday idea while they stood around with their parents, Winter overheard some of her friends’ parents making fun of her.
“One mother said to me, ‘Why would you do that? That is so stupid,’” Michelle said. “Mind you, my daughter is right next to me.” Two other parents also called the idea “stupid” within earshot of Winter, predicting that the charity would use most of Winter’s money to pay for administrative costs versus actually helping the pine marten. Michelle was stunned by the parents’ reactions.
“I leaned over and said, ‘Well, I guess your child won’t be invited to her party then,’” she said.
On their walk home from school, Winter started crying and asked why her friend’s mom “said I was stupid.” The whole incident infuriated Michelle, who said she “realized very quickly” that Winter’s fundraising idea probably wouldn’t work out too well since her friends’ parents “seemed very diametrically opposed to it.” So she decided to try another tack: reaching out to people online to see if anyone would be willing to donate to Winter’s fund in a show of support for what she is trying to do. She created an account on Reddit, a social news website, and posted a link to Winter’s fundraising page, asking complete strangers to pitch in even $5.
“Please help me restore her faith in humanity,” Michelle said she asked people. “I didn’t want her to think that adults think she was stupid.”
She posted her Reddit plea on Thursday night. By Friday morning, she was surprised to see that she’d gotten some nibbles.
“When I woke up, it had a whole bunch of replies and she was already at less than $100. I thought, wow, people are really donating money,” Michelle said. “These people don’t even know me.”
As the day went on, more people began kicking in money. One person donated $100. Another woman wrote a long message about how inspired she was by Winter and how she, too, loved nature when she was a child. Word of Winter’s fundraising campaign started gaining traction on blogs and got picked up by Grist.org. People from the Nature Conservancy of Canada contacted Michelle and said they wanted to send Winter a T-shirt. They also put a tribute to Winter on their Facebook page that featured a picture of a pine marten saying, “Thank you, Winter!!”
By Saturday afternoon, Winter had raised close to $2,500. While Michelle said her daughter doesn’t really understand the traction her story is getting, she does understand that she hit her goal of $500, which means she gets a free Bring Back The Wild T-shirt.
“Winter is just so excited. She talks about it all the time. The pine martin, blah blah blah, the pine martin.” Michelle said. “The funniest thing is she keeps saying she’s raised $15,000 instead of $1,500, which is funny because she doesn’t really understand money. She’s only seven.”
Winter spoke briefly to The Huffington Post.
Asked why she likes animals so much, Winter said, “Because they’re cute and they never want to stop playing with you and they never say no.” She said she has a dog, but that her favorite animal is the pine martin because “you don’t have to do as much work” compared to dogs.
Michelle was reluctant to give much attention to the fact that, amid all of this, she’s been in a long battle with cancer. She said she intentionally left that detail out of her Reddit posts because she didn’t want to seem like she was asking people “to give money to this poor girl whose mom has cancer.” Still, the reality is that Michelle’s illness has taken a toll on Winter.
“Everything in our life is about cancer. You get cancer and suddenly the whole world revolves around the person with cancer,” Michelle said. Winter is “my oldest and most concerned. She thinks about it a lot and cries about it a lot.”
So for Michelle, even more important than seeing the dollars come in for Winter’s fundraising effort is just seeing her daughter happy again.
“All she wants to do is raise money for the pine marten. It’s funny and it’s sweet and I don’t think she even understands the scope of what’s happening,” Michelle said. “She just thinks it’s awesome because they sent her a T-shirt.
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