After 4,057 Days In Foster Care, Teen Finds Forever Home
December 12, 2018
An Indiana teen who’s spent most of her life in the foster care system has finally been adopted by her forever family, just in time for Christmas. Scarlet has been in and out of foster care since she was a baby, but now the 17-year-old has a family of her own to spend the holidays with, for the first time ever.
Patty and Mike (who declined to give their last name) decided to adopt a child and went into the process looking for a kid between six and 10, but then they met Scarlet and she changed their minds. Patty says the three of them really hit it off and Mike told her he had a feeling they needed to adopt her, so they decided to go for it. The couple submitted paperwork and were found to be a match for Scarlet and have now officially made her one of their own, after she spent 4,057 days in foster care. That’s more than 11 years!
"Scarlet said, 'I just so hoped you were going to be the ones to adopt me because I really liked you,'" Patty says. "I told her, 'I wish I could've met you earlier and I wish I could take [the bad times] away,' but all I can do is make it good for her from now on."
Source: Good Morning America
National Guard Soldier Helps Rescue Snowed-In Baby
A heavy snowstorm in North Carolina has left some without power for days and that became a scary situation for a family with an infant who had recently been sick. After three days with no power, the family from Lenoir was really concerned their young baby would get sick again, so they called 911 for help.
Sergeant Donovan McPherson with the National Guard was working with emergency responders, escorting them and providing back-up to first-aid workers, when the call came in. When they arrived to rescue the family, the mom had her arms full as she tried to carry a lot out of the house, so McPherson took the infant carrier with the baby inside and carried it to safety.
The mother was very thankful for the National Guard’s help, especially McPherson for holding the baby. Now the family is staying with relatives in Hudson, who are fortunate enough to have power.
VW Restores Cancer Worker’s Beetle With 350,000 Miles
December 12, 2018
Back in the ‘60s Kathleen Brooks bought her first Volkswagen Beetle. It was a red 1967 model nicknamed “Annie” and she’s been using the car as her daily transportation for 51 years now, racking up 350,000 miles along the way. Now the 73-year-old still loves to drive Annie to work, where she provides comfort and cosmetic care to breast cancer patients and survivors during treatment and recovery.
And when Volkswagen of North America heard about Kathleen’s special relationship with her Bug, they wanted to do something nice for her. The company has spent the last year restoring the car, bringing it back to factory-quality specifications and adding custom touches to “celebrate Kathleen’s dedication” to Annie. It wasn’t easy for her to be without her Beetle for so long, but it was worth the wait.
VW replaced 40% of the car’s parts, restored 357 original pieces, and even recreated all the stickers Kathleen had put on the car over the last five decades. Now Annie is in better-than-new condition and should last another 50 years.