Former Viking Randy Moss Shows Up At H.S. Graduation

A long journey for one Pelican Rapids, MN High School student reached a milestone Friday night. And former NFL star Randy Moss was there to see it. Moss surprised many in Pelican Rapids by appearing at the graduation ceremony. Moss’ reason for being there was to hand a high school diploma to senior Kassi Spier, said Pelican Rapids Public School District Superintendent Deb Wanek.

Spier developed a friendship with Moss during his playing days with the Minnesota Vikings. Wanek said Spier battled leukemia in her youth. Then, in 2004, Spier’s father died in a car accident. And in 2013, Spier was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Yet through it all, she managed to graduate, and Moss wasn’t going to miss seeing it.

“She’s had many struggles in her life, and he’s been there for her,” Wanek said. “He told her he’d be at her high school graduation.”

An Associated Press story in 2003 mentioned that Spier befriended Moss during his rookie season of 1998, when Moss took the NFL by storm with 1,313 receiving yards and 17 touchdown catches. The story describes how Spier in 2003 followed Moss to lunch nearly every day during the team’s training camp that summer in Mankato, with “her tiny hand tucked inside his.”

The St. Paul Pioneer Press also published a story around that time regarding the friendship between Moss and Spier. It describes how Moss in September 2000 visited Spier, then a 4-year-old, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after her leukemia diagnosis. Spier told the Pioneer Press that Moss had a hard time saying goodbye during that visit. “He cried because he didn’t want to leave,” she said at the time.

Wanek didn’t know that Moss would be at the graduation ceremony until shortly before it started. “We had heard there was a possibility,” she said. “But we didn’t know.”

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A Rose For Mother

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A Rose for Mother
by Cleo M. Shoffstall

Another Mother’s Day is here,
Bringing joy and pleasures new,
On this special day, Mother dear,
I want to remember you.

I cannot give you costly gifts,
And I’ve told you this before,
No matter what I give to you,
You give back much, much more.

I’m giving you a pure, sweet rose,
Gathered in the early morn,
This rose you planted in my heart,
The day that I was born.

In kindly, loving thoughts of you,
And with the faith you still impart,
The rose I give to you today,
Is the love that’s in my heart.

 

 

J. K. Rowling and GYA on Twitter

J.K. Rowling is, financially, one of the wealthiest self-made people in the world.
On one night, not too long ago, someone reached out to her on Twitter for assistance.
Ms. Rowling responded, not with financial assistance,
but with a tweet …and a little bit of her time.
What a world of difference it made!

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Regardless of what you have,
it isn’t necessary to have a lot, to give a lot.
Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for being a humble GYA’er.

 

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A Crowd of STRANGERS Turn Up for the Funeral of the Baby With no Name

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Hundreds of mourners today attended the funeral of an unidentified baby boy whose body was found wrapped in a blanket on an Edinburgh (Scotland) railway track.

STRANGERS Turn Up for the Funeral of the Baby With no Name

Local residents and community leaders gathered at Seafield Crematorium, Edinburgh, this morning following an appeal by police, who feared that the no one would attend the service after police failed to identify the baby’s family.

The congregation of strangers bowed their heads in respect as the tiny white coffin was carried through the cemetery, accompanied by the moving sound of a single piper playing Amazing Grace.

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Dozens wept as the minister delivered a moving sermon about the infant, simply named in his death notice as ‘Little Baby Boy’, before laying balloons, flowers and soft animals on the site where he was finally laid to rest.

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The newborn’s body was discovered by a dog walker on a disused railway path in the Seafield area of…

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Your Baby Has To Be In A Car Seat

…We don’t have one officer. We can’t afford one. 

Now what?

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Disabled pensioner, 67, Who Was Mugged, Meets the Kind Stranger That Raised $413,000 in Just Four Days to Buy Him a New Home

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Until a stranger’s act of kindness turned his fortunes around forever, Alan Barnes’s life had been a hard luck story.

Born disabled, he has suffered from sight and growth problems, never been able to work and his distinctive appearance attracts stares in the street.

When a mugger pushed him to the ground outside his home and broke his collar bone, the 67-year-old was determined to soldier on as he’s always done.

But local beautician Katie Cutler heard about the cowardly attack and set up anonline appealto raise £500 to help the unfortunate Mr Barnes.

As of today the appeal had hit £330,125!

Alan Barnes mugged Mr Barnes, who is very frail, just over 4ft tall and weighs around six stone, has been overwhelmed by the response from well-wishers across the globe.

The donations mean he can buy a house of his own for the first time and not count the pennies…

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A Small Bouquet

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‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet 
And give to your friend this very day, 
Than a bushel of roses white and red 
To lay on his coffin after he’s dead.
                              —Irish Proverb

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