In the United States of America, there is one mass shooting every day, and countless other acts of gun violence resulting in injury or death.
Mass shooting is defined as four or more people being shot in one incident. We have so many of them that we’ve had to come up with new terminology. A major mass shooting, where more than four people die in one incident, like the one we just experienced in Las Vegas, happens every 72 days.
While we deal with the aftermath of all of these injuries and deaths, we can sometimes forget how close to home gun violence issues can be. When parents dropped their kids off at a home daycare the day after the Las Vegas shootings, they never could have guessed the terror their children would have to endure.
Gustavo Sepulveda, the ex-boyfriend of the daycare owner, showed up at her home with a handgun. He shot through the glass doors at the back of the home and into the daycare. (Did I mention that domestic violence is one of the key indicators that a person might turn to gun violence? And that we as a society and the court systems don’t take domestic violence seriously?)
Seven children were in the daycare at the time, and another worker helped them hide in the bathroom during the incident. Thankfully, they were able to get to safety quickly, but that easily could not have been the case.
When the homeowner shot back, the assailant then decided to set fire to the house. If police hadn’t arrived, hiding in the bathroom from the gunshots could ultimately have killed the children. Smoke inhalation is deadly.
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Having car trouble is the absolute worst.
It also always seems to happen at the wrong time. Maria Arriaga’s car died on her way to pick her daughter up from practice. Not only that, but it was during a total downpour.
No one was stopping to help her, even as she tried to flag someone down. A cop drove right on by, perhaps unable to see her in the rain.
That’s when high school senior Joseph Tapia stepped in to help her push the car and stay dry. But that’s not all.
He even let Arriaga drive his car to go pick up her daughter.
Arriaga shared the whole story with Love What Matters, publicly thanking Tapia for helping when no one else would. Here’s what she said:
“I was 10 minutes from getting home when my car died on me on Unser and Dennis Chavez. A senior from Atrisco [High School] was the only one that stopped and helped. Not even a cop stopped when they saw him push my car all by himself. To top it off it was raining like crazy.
He checked my car and told me ‘get in your car so you won’t get wet’. I told him someone was on their way to help me but that I was going to get in to call my daughter because she was about to get out of practice.
His response was ‘Take my car and pick her up so she won’t get wet while waiting for you.’
It started raining harder and I rolled my window down and told him ‘Please go in your car or you can leave I will be Ok.’
He said ‘no I will wait here outside and wait for someone to come and I don’t want to leave you alone with your kids, also it’s just water.’ He waited almost an hour with me.
His name is Joseph Tapia. GOD Bless this young man for helping when he didn’t have to. He was my angel today! Please share so all of Albuquerque knows we do have kind, helpful young men, and Angels! Joseph Tapia!!”
We need more people like him in the world. Even when things are crazy, use this good deed as inspiration to perform a random act of kindness for someone else today.
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If you own an expensive car, I imagine you’d do pretty much anything to protect it.
I’m not really a car person, but I protect my expensive items by being careful where I put them and treating them with care. Those are apparently not lessons that Markus Zahn learned despite having a car that’s more expensive than most people’s houses.
Zahn has a bright orange McLaren Spider, which costs $365,000.
He parked it near a pasture where a donkey named Vitus lives. Zahn claims Vitus bit the car, causing scratches that cost $6,000 to fix.
Police have a theory that Vitus mistook the bright orange speedster for a huge carrot, which is why he was drawn to it.
Instead of taking responsibility for parking too close to the fence, Zahn sued the farmer — and won. Check out the whole story below.
Youtube / Inside Edition
What an ass. I know I’ll be keeping my reasonably priced vehicle far away from any donkeys, though.
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Since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, it has caused widespread devastation on the island.
Thought it’s been two weeks since the nearly Category 5 hurricane hit, residents of the U.S. territory are still suffering and desperate for help. U.S. Marine veteran Mario Salazar has family in Puerto Rico and decided to take matters into his own hands when he received a brief and desperate call from them.
Yesterday, the governor of Puerto Rico updated the death toll to 34.
In some towns, officials reported that 80 to 90 percent of their structures had been destroyed. The storm also knocked out power to the entire island, and it still hasn’t been restored for about 95 percent of its citizens.
No power means no clean water for many on the island. Others have been struggling to find food as well.
With all this in mind, Salazar spent $19,000 on satellite phones and lifesaving supplies, then flew from New York to Puerto Rico with his half-brother, Jose Serrano, to help his family. Their heartbreaking reunion speaks to the devastation and desperation residents are still facing today.
(via Daily Mail)
While Salazar’s family is doing somewhat better with all the supplies he brought them, many others still need help. To learn what you can do for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, click here.
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It’s important that we all know the signs that a family member or loved one is going through a hard time, but the fact is that many people who are depressed or suicidal know how to hide their feelings well.
Whether it’s because they feel pressure to appear a certain way in public or they don’t want to burden others with their inner turmoil, the fact is that we don’t always know what depression looks like.
That’s why people on social media are raising awareness by sharing photos with the hashtag #facesofdepression. Just a warning: some of these stories are graphic and involve death. If they may upset you, please protect yourself by not reading.
1. “This was days before my husband took his own life. Suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know.”
2. “This photo was taken just 7 hours before I tried to take my own life for the 3rd time.”
3. “This is my son right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later, he followed through.”
4. “You can’t tell can you? You can’t tell by the look in my eyes or the sound of my voice even. You’re thinking ‘You’re smiling though!'”
5. “This is depression in our home. I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can’t break through. I don’t understand it. I don’t know why I can’t get rid of it.”
6. “My #faceofdepression, and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child. Hearing, ‘You don’t have a reason to be depressed with her around’ doesn’t do shit but make me feel worse about myself.”
7. “This is my boyfriend two weeks before hanging himself. Will never understand it.”
8. “Short, intense depressive episodes are real and horrible. Mothers with mental health problems, I see you. I’m here, standing with you, standing against all odds and raising the future one day at a time whilst battling with our minds. You’re not going unnoticed or unappreciated. You are incredible.”
9. “Currently at the doctor seeking help. Most have no idea what I’m going through and that I cry in the shower or in the car on my way home from work or can’t sleep at night because of panic attacks.”
10. “I get up, put on a full face of makeup, wear a fun dress, all while struggling with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts.”
11. “This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don’t dismiss people who are hurting.”
12. “You guys! This is the face of depression and suicidal thoughts. Three years ago antidepressants saved my life and then a year and a half ago they almost claimed it because I just decided I was happy and quit taking them suddenly. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Normalize mental health issues. No more shame in my struggle.”
The face of depression. Sometimes it looks optimistic. Sometimes it doesn’t. And having a smart, beautiful child doesn’t mean those feelings don’t exist or that they’re not valid. She loves me on my good days and my bad days.”
14. “Depression looks different on everyone. On me, it’s dirty hair, bags under my eyes even though I slept all day, and makeup from yesterday because I was too exhausted to take it off before bed. Yesterday was great until one phrase set me off. It can’t be helped sometimes. Just remember. There is no one look for depression.”
15. “When people think about depression, they tend to have a very specific idea of how it manifests itself. I’m in the middle of a very real depressive episode and here I am at work with my plants and headphones.”
It was so brave for these people to share their stories and experiences. Remember: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs help. Call 1-800-273-8255 or go to their official website to live chat with a counselor.
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A parent’s worst nightmare is something happening to their children.
Still, sometimes we can lose sight of why we take the safety precautions we do. We can even get lax and lazy about actually doing things correctly.
When it comes to kids’ car seats, using them and doing it right can be the difference between life and death. That’s why one mom’s message is so important to hear.
Jenna Casado Rabberman stopped to get milk after picking up her kids. Another car slammed into theirs.
She and her kids walked away with barely a scratch, something emergency responders credited to the proper buckling of her kids’ car seats. Read her entire plea below.
I’m not one to post anything too heavy or personal on Facebook but guys… THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time. Even when they scream because the straps are tight. Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing. We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday. We were minutes from home. Another car slammed into us. You never think it will happen to you. My boys escaped without a scratch but the paramedics told me it could have been very different had I not taken the extra 2 minutes to be sure they were buckled correctly. I will be fine, my kids are fine, everything else can be replaced. Sending thanks to God for keeping us safe (along with Honda, Graco & Chicco).
Edited to add:
I’m getting a lot of PMs asking these questions so I want to add this information.
My little one is 6 weeks old & my older son is nearly 3.
My car was a 2015 Honda CRV. (His name was Yoshi, may he rest in peace)
The seats are a Chicco Keyfit 30 (infant seat) & Graco Children’s Products 4ever. Both were rear facing.
AND YES THE SEATS ARE BEING REPLACED.
I never expected this post to be seen by so many people! I really only posted it for family & friends but hopefully it will save a life by making someone think twice about buckling their child in.
This is such an important reminder for all of us to buckle up and stay safe while out on the road. I’m so glad she and her kids are okay.
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Sometimes wanting to give your child the life you never had means making major sacrifices.
Travis Altman is a family man who loves his daughter and wants to give her everything she’s ever dreamed of. In doing so, his source of income as a lineman requires him to travel quite frequently, forcing him to be away from his daughter for several weeks at a time. So when Altman finally arrived home after an extended work trip, he wanted to surprise his daughter in the last place she’d expect.
Anxiously awaiting her arrival at a school lunch table, Altman couldn’t wait to be reunited with his mini-me.
After a warm embrace Altman’s little girl couldn’t help but smile as he presented her with a bouquet of roses and Happy Meal.
You can watch the adorable reunion below:
(via Love What Matters)
If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Hopefully this father-daughter duo won’t be separated again anytime soon.
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So many people dream of meeting a real life prince.
Toddlers, however, are the kings and queens of not giving a crap about your fancy titles. They want what they want, and they want it now.
One little girl named Emily Henson found herself seated next to Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. Prince Harry had some popcorn in his lap, and Emily decided she needed a snack. What happened next was hilarious.
At first, she takes a handful and no one notices.
He just catches her out of the corner of his eye. But what’s he going to do?
His reaction is too sweet. Check out the entire exchange in the video below!
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In September, the Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted a survey to gauge national sentiment toward same-sex marriage.
The one-question survey simply asked those eligible to participate whether or not they believed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in their country. And while this simple survey has quickly divided the nation, it really is just a tool to test the waters. There will be no direct legislative outcome.
Still, tensions nationwide were high and one woman’s dog almost bore the brunt of a hateful man’s rage because of it.
Same-sex marriage became a huge issue during the 2016 election after Malcolm Turnbull proposed a compulsory attendance plebiscite on the issue. After Parliament shot down the voluntary vote not once, but twice, the Coalition government instead chose to frame the inquiry as a postal survey in order to avoid legislative approval.
As the legislation stands under the Marriage Amendment Act of 2004, marriage is described as “a union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” So despite changing attitudes all across the world, same-sex couples cannot marry in Australia.
So when Australian editor and pet owner Claire Sutherland chose to vote on the issue alongside her pup, she gave the dog an equality bandana to wear on the big day.
But then things turned ugly when a man lashed out against the editor’s views by trying to hurt her dog. In a tweet concerning the incident, Sutherland recounts, “So some mouth-breathing cretin in the park tried to kick my dog while shouting homophobic slurs. Australia, you have truly shat the bed.”
You can read Sutherland’s full account of the political attack on her dog here.
This is just cruel on so many levels. Not only is the man trying to exclude an entire swath of people from a basic right, but he’s open to hurting animals to make his hateful attitude known. Unreal.
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Last Friday, Clayton Cook and his bride, Brittany, exchanged vows and became husband and wife in a beautiful ceremony. Clayton also saved a life.
After saying “I do,” the newly married couple from Kitchener in Ontario, Canada, began posing for their photographer, Darren Hatt. But right in the middle of their wedding shoot, Clayton ran toward a nearby pond and jumped in, suit and all. That’s because the groom had noticed a little boy who needed his help.
The boy had been pushed into the water by another child and was clearly struggling beneath the surface.
Thankfully, Clayton was right there to pull the little guy out.
Brittany isn’t surprised at all by her husband’s heroic actions. “That’s Clay, like that’s Clay to me,” she said. “It’s something he would just instinctively do.”
Learn more about what happened that day below.
That poor kid must have been so scared! It’s a good thing that Clayton didn’t hesitate to jump in and pull him to safety.
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