1. Rebecca and Frankie married, then added a pit bull mix puppy to their family, named Apollo. They both loved Apollo dearly, just like their own child. Unfortunately, Rebecca and Frankie divorced a little more than a year after their marriage, and Rebecca kept Apollo and moved. But every year, Apollo receives a birthday card from his “daddy” Frankie. In the last card, he ended it with “As always, continue to take care of yourself and your mom. Continue to be there for her like you were for me.” This brought Rebecca to tears and she posted it. Because of the great response she received from the posting, Rebecca and Frankie are now talking again. Maybe things can work out for them and Apollo after all.
2. In Santa Clara, a fire did minimal damage to a home, but managed to destroy a prized possession of a young girl… her Minnie Mouse desk that she did homework on every day. But the firefighters who responded to the blaze went above and beyond when they all pitched in to get her a brand new Minnie Mouse desk. In doing so, they not only brought back a smile to the little girl, but also a great level of comfort.
3. An officer on his way to an emergency in Philadephia was broadsided by a truck, pinning him in and nearly knocking him out. But 17-year-old Joe Chambers heard the crash and sprinted out of his home. He could see that officer Mark Kimsey was in bad trouble, with the bottom of his car on fire. So Joe yelled for help and Dante Johnson came. The two of them pulled Kimsey out of the car through the window, and moments later, the car exploded into a fireball. The teen is credited with saving the police officer’s life.
4. 42-year-old Jay Clarke was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, and he fought very hard to stay around for as long as he could for little Maxie and his partner Caroline. Maxie was their miracle baby, who was born only months earlier after the couple had long thought they could not produce babies. Jay struggled for eight days until Caroline held Maxie up to him in bed so they could be cheek to cheek and share their love for each other one last time. Caroline then assured Jay that he would always be a part of Maxie’s life. A few hours later, Jay could fight no more. The horrible cancer had run its course, and he was gone. But with his passing, Jay’s brave fight helped to raise awareness for the terrible cancer. And, hopefully, someday, all that awareness will result in a cure.
5. When animal rescuers saved a pit bull from a Staten Island crack house, they had no where to take her. She was extremely malnourished and had cigarette burns all over her body. But a New York Fire Department station decided to take her in temporarily. Strangely enough, that station is called Fort Pitt. Before long, an official with the department asked the rescuers if they could adopt the dog. They did, and named her Ashley, or Ash for short. Now Ash even rides with the crew on runs and has her own Instagram account with more than 20,000 followers. And updates on Ash are posted almost every day.
6. Fraser is autistic, and at 4 years old, he would cry and throw temper tantrums all the time. But a stray cat named Billy came along, and life has changed quite a bit for Fraser and his family. Since their first meeting, the boy and the cat have been inseparable. And when Fraser starts getting frustrated, Billy is there to offer a comforting paw, cuddles and purrs to completely calm down his friend. Their relationship, says Fraser’s mom, is something really special.
7. In the late 90s, Bilkis Banu was looking after 5 orphans when a mentally challenged woman came to her home with a baby girl who she could not care for her. Bilkis asked if she would give her to her and the woman did. Bilkis named her Pritilata. That same night, she had the baby girl in her lap and had a vision of Mother Theresa. After that, Bilkis and her husband decided to build an orphanage. The two buildings in Sudan now house 55 children of different ages. Says Bilkis: “My aim is to bring up the children as good human beings.”