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Toddler Just Can’t Handle Listening to Her Parents’ Wedding Song

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Get ready for a dose of cute, because you’re about to get it. This little girl listening to her parents’ wedding song is so adorable, so preciously and perfectly overcome with emotion, that you may just tear up yourself. Watch the video on The Stir…

Aww: Missouri Grandfather Uses His Social Security Check To Build Dollhouses For Disadvantaged Kids

This holiday season, a dozen Missouri kids whose parents couldn’t afford gifts received an ornate, handmade dollhouse, all thanks to an 81-year-old retiree named Earl Hurshman. For the past year, Hurshman has been using nearly all of his monthly social security checks to buy dollhouse supplies at his local hobby store, and assembles the miniature Victorians, Tudors, and Colonials (plus fire stations and barns for boys) in the basement of his modest home. He finds recipients for his dollhouses by putting up flyers and asking around the community for families that might need some help with gifts. “He is a real angel on earth,” says the mother of a dollhouse recipient. “Earl makes me want to be a better person. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to repay him, but I’ll pay it forward.” As if Hurshman’s heartfelt deeds weren’t touching enough, wait until you hear the reason he started doing it… Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: A Mom’s Christmas Wish Is Granted 2 Years After Her Death

Brenda Schmitz Star 102.5 Christmas Wish
"My reason for writing is this. I have a wish."

“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer.” So began a letter written by Brenda Schmitz, a mother of four who had passed away in 2011. A month before she died, Brenda gave the letter to a friend and asked her to keep it a secret until her husband, David, had found love again, at which point the friend was instructed to mail the letter to Des Moines radio station Star 102.5. Why the radio station? Because every year, Star partners with local businesses to grant listeners’ Christmas wishes, and Brenda had some very specific wishes in mind for her husband, his new wife-to-be, and their family. Here’s an excerpt of her beautiful letter: Keep reading »

2013: The Year In Stories That Made Us Cry At Our Desks

2013: The Year In Stories That Made Us Cry At Our Desks

Was there a lot of covert onion-chopping going on at the office or was 2013 particularly packed with heartstring-pulling stories? After reviewing our archives, I’m going to go with the latter. From tearful dog reunions to tales of heartbreaking loss to kids showing kindness and compassion far beyond their years, here are the stories that had us unabashedly sobbing at our desks this year: Keep reading »

Watch This: “Homeless Mozart” Composes Beautiful Music On Thrift Shop Piano

Homeless Mozart Plays Thrift Shop Piano
You won't believe your ears.

Since he was just 6 years old, David Allen Welsh has been living on the streets and in shelters. Now 50, Welsh is still homeless, bouncing between shelters and park benches in Vancouver, Washington with only a backpack of belongings. But there is one place he always feels at home: sitting down to play a piano at a local thrift shop. Since he was young, Welsh has been able to play beautiful original melodies on the piano. He’s never had a lesson, can’t read music, and even though his fingers are badly frostbitten from years living outside in Minnesota, his performances often move onlookers to tears. ”I don’t know how to play music, but I like what I hear in my head,” Welsh says. “Sometimes I don’t even know what key I’m pushing. My eyes aren’t even open. I’m just letting the music play the music.” Click play to watch Welsh play a song called “Aerial Aquatas,” which he describes as his own version of “Amazing Grace.” You might want to grab a tissue, just in case. [YouTube via KATU]

It’s Time To Cry: Watch Unsuspecting Families Get Their Holiday Groceries Paid For

Watch Familes Get Their Groceries Paid For
"Are you serious? Are you serious?"

Most YouTube pranks involve smug bros pretending to cheat on their girlfriends, but this one has a much kinder agenda: a YouTube prankster set up a hidden camera at a grocery store to capture the reactions of families as they were told they wouldn’t have to pay for their huge holiday grocery bills. There’s actually no prank about it — the groceries really were paid for and many tears were shed. (The video is sponsored by an energy supplement, so just ignore the awkward infomercial at the end, but I swear the first four minutes are worth it.) [Laughing Squid]

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