Getting over the hump!

British boy leaves an adorable note to reserve a stuffed animal prompting the store employees to buy it for him.


When 10-year-old Leon Ashworth was shopping with his mom in England, he fell in love with a stuffed panda bear. But when it was time to check out, his mom, Debbie, told him to put it back because she couldn’t afford it that day. But she assured her son she would come back and get it for him when she got paid again.

So this clever boy put his new buddy “Pandy” back on the shelf, inside a box, where he scribbled a note to other shoppers. “My mom didn’t have enough money to buy me Pandy, so she’s buying me Pandy on June 15,” he wrote. “So please don’t buy him as it will make me sad and I will cry. Thank you so much from hopeful future owner.”

And when staff at the store found the note, they pooled their money to buy Pandy for Leon and tracked his mom down on Facebook with the good news. Now the boy has his bear and all is right in his world. As they left the store, he told his mom it was the best day of his life!

Source: The Mirror

North Carolina woman is committed to spreading happiness in her business and personal life.


Durham, North Carolina entrepreneur Carrie McQuaid wants to spend her life spreading kindness. She’s openedCarrie Grace Shop, a “Southern boutique” that sells T-shirts and accessories with a positive message, and she runs The Kindness Box, a subscription service with the goal “to make the world a kinder place.”

Each quarter they send out a box filled with seven to nine items meant to “uplift, inspire, and add more joy” to the life of the person who gets it. And who wouldn’t want to open a package of happy?

McQuaid also tries to spread happiness on a daily basis in her community. She’s known for handing out ice cream, or popsicles, or balloons, or donuts for free but in exchange, she asks each person to do an act of kindness. What a great way to pay it forward.

Source: Hooplaha

Allstate Insurance has determined the safest and least safe driving cities in America


  • Allstate Insurance looked at insurance claims across the top 200 cities in the country to determine which cities have the safest drivers
  • Drivers in Kansas City, Kansas were named the best, with the average driver involved in a collision every 14.9 years, 32% less than the average driver
  • For yet another year, Boston, Massachusetts ranked dead last, with Worcester, Mass and Springfield, Mass also making the bottom five.

We all may think we’re excellent drivers, but with the amount of accidents we see on the road, that’s obviously not true. In fact, drivers who hit the road this July 4th weekend should beware since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims the July 4th holiday is the deadliest day of the year for drivers.

Of course, there are some cities were folks on the whole are better drivers than others. Allstate Insurance looked at claims across the top 200 cities in the country to determine which cities have the safest drivers, and Kanas City, Kansas gets the top honors. Just how good are drivers in Kansas City? Well, the average driver there gets into an auto collision every 14.9 years, which is 32% less than the average U.S. driver.

Top Ten Safest Driving Cities (average years between collisions)

  1. Kansas City, Kansas (14.9)
  2. Brownsville, Texas (14.5)
  3. Madison, Wisconsin (12.5)
  4. Huntsville, Alabama (12.4)
  5. Cape Coral, Florida (12.2)
  6. Boise, Idaho (12)
  7. Loredo, Texas (12)
  8. Port Saint Lucie, Florida (12)
  9. McCallen, Texas (11.8)
  10. Olathe, Kansas (11.8)

And we’ve bet you’ve heard people say Massachusetts drivers are the worst, and it seems they aren’t kidding. For yet another year, Boston, Massachusetts came in dead last at number 200, with Worcester, Mass (198) and Springfield, Mass (196) also making the bottom five.

Source: Allstate Insurance

Adam Driver Surprises Military Family With A Scholarship

  • Adam Driver is a former Marine 
  • He teamed up with the Folds of Honor Foundation to award the daughter of an injured veteran a college scholarship
  • The vet's daughter will now be able to finish her nursing degree

You may know him as Adam from "Girls," or Kylo Men from "Star Wars," but you may not know that Adam Driver is also a former Marine. The actor teamed up with the Folds of Honor Foundation and Budweiser to award the daughter of an injured veteran a college scholarship. 

Hayley Williams is studying to be a nurse and was inspired by her dad, John, who was severely injured right before his Army regiment was being deployed into Desert Storm. As Adam explains, he can relate. 

"I understood where Hayley’s father John was coming from right away. I was also injured right before deployment, so that sense of not finishing your job with the people you started with is something we connected on," he says. "Unfortunately, he is left with limited mobility and over the past 20 years he has received multiple back surgeries to try to help. Despite his injuries he works incredibly hard as a bus driver to support his family." 

Thanks to Folds of Honor and Budweiser, Hayley will be able to finish out her final year of nursing school completely on their dime. Check out the video of Adam delivering the Williams' family the good news and be warned, you're going to want to have some tissues handy. 

Source: Huffington Post

 


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Report reveals that more of America’s pets are either overweight or obese

  • A new report reveals that America’s pets are getting fatter
  • Of the 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats who visited a Banfield Pet Hospital last year, one in three were either overweight or obese
  • Owners of overweight pooches spent 17% more on healthcare costs over the past five years, while those with fat cats spent 36% more than those with healthy weight cats

We’re always hearing about the obesity problem in America, and apparently that isn’t limited to humans. A new report reveals that America’s pets are getting fatter and while you may think a chubby dog or cat is cute, it could cause some real problems.

According to a report by Banfield Pet Hospitals, of the 2.5-million dogs and 500,000 cats who visited a Banfield facility last year, one in three were either overweight or obese. This is an issue because, as Dr. Kirk Breuninger, a veterinary research associate at Banfield, notes “more than 20 disease conditions have been linked with pets being overweight."

  • And having an overweight animal can prove pretty of costly to owners. The study finds that owners of overweight pooches spent 17% more on healthcare costs over the past five years than those with healthy weight dogs, while those with fat cats spent 36% more than those with healthy weight cats.
  • As for why there are so many more overweight animals, experts say it could be because owners aren’t making sure their pets get enough exercise, or pets are eating too much, with owners possibly at fault for giving them too many treats as a way of communicating with their animals. The good news is it isn’t hard to get your animal back down to a healthy weight. Breuninger suggests taking your dog for more walks could help, as could cutting back on the treats, no matter how much love they give you for them. 

Source: USA Today

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