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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 18 Apr 2020, 21:22

PAN - Very Happy Very Happy WTF is the deal with Matt Lucas' song "Baked Potato" that I saw on MB's twitter page? Is it some sort of fund-raiser? scratch It's the silliest thing I've seen from a grown-up in ages!
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 20 Apr 2020, 01:08

Just wanted to add that as of today Capt. Tom has raised over 26 MILLION pounds!!!! and he's still walking for charity. He was on MB's radio show today and they announced that the purchase price of their song ("You'll Never Walk Alone") will go the NHS as well. They're hoping to get the song to No.1 in time for Tom's birthday on April 30th.

There's also a movement to get Capt. Tom a knighthood! Wouldn't that be a wonderful present for his 100th birthday?!
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Post by annemarie on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 17:12

[size=48]6-Year-Old Boy with Spina Bifida Raises More Than $110K for UK Healthcare by Walking Outside
Frank Mills, 6, was inspired by 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore after he walked 100 laps with a walker
By Eric Todisco 
April 21, 2020 11:56 AM


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Frank Mills, a 6-year-old boy from Bristol, England with spina bifida, is raising money for healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by achieving an incredible feat of his own.
Frank only began walking 18 months ago, and still struggles to complete even short distances due to his condition, his mother Janet told BBC News.
Spina bifida causes a gap in the spine after a baby’s spine and spinal cord do not develop properly in the womb, according to the NHS.
After Frank witnessed 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore walk 100 laps with a walker at his Bedfordshire home, the young boy became inspired to walk with his own walker while also raising money for NHS Charities Together.
“When Frank saw Captain Tom on TV, he said, ‘I want to do that,’ ” Janet said. “So we took his walker outside and chalked up [about 33 feet] on the pavement.”

“He was very enthusiastic and shouted at one of the neighbors to sponsor him,” she added.
The family then decided to set up a JustGiving account to raise the funds.
Though his initial goal was £99 (the equivalent of about $121) — the age of Tom Moore — Frank has far surpassed that objective. As of Wednesday afternoon, the fundraiser has amassed over £89,935, the equivalent of more than $110,000.
“We cannot believe how people are responding,” Janet told the BBC.


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Frank was born prematurely at 25 weeks, according to the BBC, and spent five weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital.

In the years since, he’s gotten “absolutely amazing care and dedication” from both Southmead and the Bristol Children’s Hospital, making Frank all the more inspired to support the staff, Janet told the outlet.
“People have been so generous, especially at a time when people are struggling financially,” his father Tony told the BBC. “It restores your faith in humanity.”


On Friday, the Mills family wrote on the JustGiving page, “WOWZERS!!! Thank you everyone so much. Frank says he’s going to try and do this everyday now!”
Donations to Frank’s fundraiser for NHS Charities Together can be made here.
As of Wednesday, there have been 124,743 cases and 16,509 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the United Kingdom, according to The New York Times.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 17:22

Great story, especially when the side flags of the Mail are full of well-off 'personalities' who have called the paps to complain that they're finding it really hard...and the likes of Beckham and McCarthy furlonging staff from government money.

Lizzy, yes I can confirm that Matt Lucas is often less than funny - his friend Rebel Wilson is a lot better and a good laugh..........

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 21 Apr 2020, 18:17

PAN - The only saving grace for that earworm Lucas released on the world is that he did it for charity - and that it's a reminder of what to do re: the corona virus. I can't get it out of my head!!! If he was standing in front of me I swear I'd smack him!

I hope someone tells Capt. Tom Moore how he inspired this lovely little boy. He'd be so proud! How's the campaign going to get him a knighthood?
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Post by annemarie on Fri 24 Apr 2020, 18:13

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[size=48]Publix Buying Fresh Produce and Milk from Farmers for Food Bank Donations
More than 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk will be donated to Feeding America food banks during the first week of Publix's new initiative
By Dave Quinn 
April 24, 2020 10:03 AM



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Publix is doing what they can to help those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The supermarket chain announced on Wednesday it would be buying fresh produce and milk from struggling farms and dairies across the country, donating the items to food banks feeding hungry Americans.
Their initiative comes as the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has forced restaurant, hotel, and school closures, leaving farmers who traditionally supply to those institutions with an excess of product.
Many of those farms and dairies have been left with no choice but to dispose of their stock, with no distribution process in place.
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But Publix's program will fix that hiccup in the supply chain. Buying the food from Florida produce farmers and southeastern dairy farmers, they'll give the products to local Feeding America member food banks — providing families with fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk during the pandemic.

More than 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk will be donated in the first week of Publix's new initiative, alone.
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"As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of families and farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic," Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. "In this time of uncertainty, we are grateful to be able to help Florida’s produce farmers, southeastern dairies and families in our communities."
"In addition to providing much-needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time," Jones added. "We’re honored to be able to work with these groups and do good together for our communities."
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Publix has long supported local charities helping to alleviate hunger, giving more than $2 billion in food to people in need since 2009 (with a pledge of an additional $2 billion in food donations over the next 10 years).

The company's new initiative also comes after it made donations totaling $2 million to support Feeding America member food banks during the pandemic.
Said Paco Velez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida: "As we respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Publix understands that more families are turning to us to help put food, especially fresh produce and milk, on their tables. We’re grateful to Publix for not only supporting growers, but also for their years of support of Feeding South Florida."
As of Friday morning, there have been at least 867,105 reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 44,464 deaths, according to The New York Times.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 24 Apr 2020, 21:59

I've been wondering why farmers haven't been offering to donate their excess product to people without enough to eat. I didn't think about the transportation problem. Kudos to Publix for figuring out a solution to the problem in their area. I wish it could be duplicated across the country.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sat 25 Apr 2020, 00:01

This is awesome.  I had been seeing news reports showing farms plowing under crops in their fields and dumping fresh milk and it was heartbreaking.  How can this be?  I never thought about how difficult it is for suppliers to transfer their products to the regular public when they normally sell their products to large institutions or restaurants.  Kudos to Publix.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 25 Apr 2020, 19:32

Just got back from shopping and one of my neighborhood stores has toilet paper (albeit at 2x the normal price). YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was getting scary there for a minute. Very Happy
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Post by annemarie on Sat 25 Apr 2020, 19:57

Who ever thought toilet paper would make us so happy. I found a big container of bleach and it was amazing.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 28 Apr 2020, 22:53

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[size=48]NJ Community Puts on DIY Disney Parade for 10-Year-Old Whose Make-A-Wish Trip Was Cancelled
When Khloe’s visit to Disney World got derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, her family and friends brought the magic to her
By Ally Mauch 
April 28, 2020 05:48 PM
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Khloe Sudol was gearing up for a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World when the coronavirus pandemic canceled her plans.
So her family and friends in Upper Township, New Jersey, rallied together to bring Disney World to her.
The 10-year-old, who has a rare blood disease, got a DIY Disney parade outside her home on her birthday in early April, complete with appearances from Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Frozen's Olaf and more, plus a magical rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The parade of characters also left Khloe gifts.
Khloe’s trip to Disney will eventually be rescheduled when it is safe, Michael Dominick, Director of Communications at Make-A-Wish New Jersey, told local news outlet ABC6.

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“We have ensured to our wish families that travel wishes in the near future have been postponed, but not cancelled,” he said. "Khloe's wish has not yet been scheduled. We remain committed to granting a wish to every eligible child we are working with as soon as it is safe to do so, including Khloe!"
On March 12, PEOPLE first reported that the Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California, would both close over that weekend, following the closure of other major tourist attractions and the cancelation of events around the world.
The Walt Disney Company then announced on March 27 that both Disney World and Disneyland would be closed “indefinitely” due to the ongoing spread of the virus. The parks were originally planning to reopen at the end of March.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 29 May 2020, 03:21

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[size=48]14-Year-Old Chicago Girl Earns Her Master's Degree: 'You Have to Be Dedicated'
Dorothy Jean Tillman graduated from Unity College with a master's degree in environmental science and sustainable engineering
By Rachel DeSantis 
May 28, 2020 01:38 PM
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Dorothy Jean Tillman
 
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Dorothy Jean Tillman is a typical 14-year-old in many ways: she loves dancing, scrolling through TikTok and hanging out with her friends.
But the Chicago teenager’s latest achievement — a master’s degree from Unity College — certainly sets her apart from her peers.
“I’m very proud of her and I’m proud of the example that she’s leaving behind,” mom Jimalita Tillman tells PEOPLE of her daughter, who goes by DJ.
DJ’s academic journey began in schools for gifted and talented children, though she soon came to feel that the distractions of a regular school environment were actually making it harder for her to learn.


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DJ Tillman graduates from Excelsior College
 
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With that in mind, she started dual enrollment for high school courses at 8 years old, going to regular class during the day, then taking online high school modules after school.
After completing high school, she earned her associate’s degree in psychology from the College of Lake County at age 10, then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College at 12.
Earlier this month, she accomplished her biggest feat yet with a master’s degree in environmental science and sustainable engineering from Unity College.

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DJ Tillman with Unity College President Melik Peter Khoury
 
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“We did a little family celebration,” she tells PEOPLE of her graduation, which was tentatively postponed to August due to coronavirus restrictions. “It was something small and simple because we still have to respect the rules of quarantine.”

DJ says it was her grandmother who first stoked her interest in STEM and engineering, as she’d buy her various magazines and books on the topic, which led the avid young pupil to join engineering and coding enrichment programs as a child.
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While she’s unsure what her future holds at the moment, she knows she wants it to somehow involve STEM — and she’s starting by giving back.
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Last year, DJ accompanied her mom on a business trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where she met a group of local girls who shared her passion for STEM — but lacked the resources DJ enjoyed back at home. Inspired, she developed a plan to bring STEM labs to her new friends, and began fundraising for things like computers and microscopes, which she hopes to bring to Cape Town once coronavirus restrictions have lifted.
“I know in the future I want to be an entrepreneur. I want to be my own boss,” she says. “I kind of want to be able to take everything that I’ve learned, all of my degrees, and group them into one thing. Because the way I am, I can’t stay on one project. I have to hop around to different things to make sure I stay passionate in everything equally.”
Meanwhile, she’s also working on a book called Unlock the Jeanius Within — which she calls a “wellness, goal-oriented” compilation featuring excerpts from various people — and also floats the idea of one day hosting a podcast.

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DJ Tillman
 
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“To get where you want to be, you have to be dedicated,” she says. “ like, ‘Oh man, she’s so smart, I can never do that.’ That’s not what I want them to think when they read or hear or see my story. I want them to be like, 'Oh my gosh, she's so goal-oriented. I need to be determined. I need to have tunnel vision to get to where I want to be. I need to be able to communicate my goals,' and things like that.”
While her academic achievements are certainly impressive, mom Jimalita says it’s her daughter’s ability to balance her studies with a thriving social life that makes her the most proud.
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“I try to keep myself really immersed in the arts, so like, normal, quote unquote, kid things,’” DJ says.
She’s a member of a local dance ensemble called The Happiness Club, with which she performs all across Chicago, and she’s also a student ambassador for the Harold Washington Cultural Center, a gig that earned her a trip to the Tony Awards several years back.

DJ has also performed with the Illinois High School Musical Talent Association and the Chicago production of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen — and even helped rewrite the Gettysburg Address to a rap, which Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes performed at the Illinois Bicentennial while dressed as Abraham Lincoln.
She’s also an alumnus of the Legacy Flight Academy, a youth aviation nonprofit inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen.

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DJ Tillman
 
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“She’s not isolated, and what I love about her is that she can code switch — she can talk with the adults who are her peers, and then she can be with the kids who are her peers,” her mom says. “Although she’s advancing academically, she gets all the things that her peers get.”

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Post by heartlove on Fri 29 May 2020, 17:45

It's always nice to read about Beautiful, Smart, African American women.

Thanks Annemarie.

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Post by heartlove on Tue 02 Jun 2020, 17:12

George Floyd’s Brother, Terrence, at Prayer Vigil: “Let’s Do This Another Way”
Posted at 3:15 pm on June 1, 2020 by Jennifer Van Laar

On Monday afternoon George Floyd’s brother, Terrence, led a prayer vigil in Minneapolis at the site where his brother died one week ago. The crowd was silent as Terrence knelt in the street, a poignant, powerful moment.

As he’s stated in earlier public comments (covered by my colleague Brandon Morse here), Floyd stressed that when protests turn into violence and looting they’re not honoring his brother and only further hurt a community already in emotional and economic distress. His comments at the prayer vigil went a little further and are worth highlighting. Holding a bullhorn and addressing the crowd, he said:

“I understand you’re all upset. But like it was already said, I doubt y’all are half as upset as I am.
“So if I’m not over here wilding out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing? What are y’all doing? You’re doing nothing, because that’s not gonna bring my brother back at all. It may feel good for the moment, just like when you drink, but when you come down, you’re gonna wonder what you did.
“My family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing. Yeah, we are upset. But we’re not gonna take it – we’re not gonna be repetitious. In every case of police brutality the same thing has been happening. Y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and things don’t move.
“So let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter, and vote. Not just vote for the president. Vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody. Educate yourself. Educate yourself. Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you who’s who. Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. And that’s how we’re gonna hit ’em, because it’s a lot of us…and we’re still gonna do this peacefully.”







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Post by heartlove on Mon 15 Jun 2020, 16:18

Barbra Streisand gives Disney stock to George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter




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Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, is now a shareholder in Disney. Barbara Streisand gifted the 6-year-old with Disney stock, according to Gianna's Instagram.

The post shows Gianna opening the special package the music icon sent her. Gianna received a letter from Streisand, stock certificates and two albums, according to the photos. "Thank You @barbrastreisand for my package, I am now a Disney Stockholder thanks to you 🥰🥰🥰," the caption reads.



Gianna has more than 52,000 followers on Instagram. Her account is often used to show photos of her late father and to promote justice. George Floyd died last month when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The officer was fired and charged with murder; three other cops involved in the arrest were also fired and face charges.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 01:32

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[size=48]24-Year-Old Student Who Collected Garbage to Pay for College Is Admitted to Harvard Law School
"It was the people that were on the bottom of the hierarchy who really lifted me up," Rehan Staton said
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Rehan Staton, a hard-working college student from Maryland, landed a spot at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country after collecting garbage to make ends meet.
"It was the people that were on the bottom of the hierarchy who really lifted me up," Staton told CBS News of his path to Harvard Law School. "It helps me keep my eyes on the prize. If this were just about me and just fighting for myself, I definitely would have quit."
Staton spent years waking up in the early morning hours to collect trash for Bates Trucking & Trash Removal before attending class at the University of Maryland. It was an arduous job that left him no time to shower, he recalled to the Boston Globe, and he often sat in the back of his lecture halls to steer clear of classmates. But the 24-year-old worked this tireless schedule to overcome some of the numerous obstacles he's faced.

From an early age, Staton said his father struggled to raise him and his older brother as a single parent.
“My mom abandoned my dad, my brother and I when she moved back to Sri Lanka,” Staton told the newspaper. “I was probably too young to notice some of the things that happened, but I know it was bad.”
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Rehan Staton and his father
 
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"Things just kept falling on us," Staton said. "My dad lost his job at one point and had to start working three jobs in order to provide for us. It got to the point where I barely got to see my father, and a lot of my childhood was very lonely."

These financial difficulties often meant the family went without food or electricity, Staton recalled.
Despite this, Staton excelled in high school while also training to become a professional boxer. But his dreams were diverted when he experienced a double shoulder injury during his senior year, CNN reported. When he didn't get into college, Staton signed up to become a sanitation worker — and the experience would be life-changing.
"It was the first time in my life people were lifting me up for the sake of lifting me up and not because I was good at sports," Staton told the outlet.
Soon, a higher-up at the company caught wind of Staton's story and took him to meet a professor at Bowie State University. That professor eventually persuaded the university's admissions board to allow Staton to enroll, and he started that year.
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Staton later transferred to the University of Maryland and set his sights on going to law school. But during his studies, his father experienced a stroke, and Staton rejoined Bates Trucking & Trash Removal to support his family and continue his schooling.
"We all took losses and made sacrifices to take care of each other," Staton told the Boston Globe.
After graduating in 2018, Staton took an analyst job at a consulting firm in Washington D.C. He eventually applied to law school, and was accepted to Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. (Georgetown University; New York University; the University of California, Berkeley; and UCLA placed him on their waitlist.)
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Ultimately, Staton chose Harvard Law School, and he'll start class this fall. A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for Staton's tuition and has raised more than $46,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
"When I look back at my experiences, I like to think that I made the best of the worst situation," Staton told CNN. "Each tragedy I faced forced me out of my comfort zone, but I was fortunate enough to have a support system to help me thrive in those predicaments."

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Post by heartlove on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 01:57

It's nice after years of dealing with trash, he now has hope in a better and brighter future.

It's really, really amazing this is a news story in 2020.

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 11:27



It's great, but it must have come as a bit of a shock that Harvard are still going to be

charging full university fees even tho many lectures will be online, whereas Princeton is not.

But no doubt he'd allowed for that way before Covid 19

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Post by annemarie on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 11:56

Harvard received stimulus money and said it was for the students. Trump got involved and said because of their endowment they should return the money. So they returned it and didn't give any to the students. It's not fair to the one's who want the full Harvard experience the price is too high.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 13:43

Considering all the great schools he had to choose from he must be really smart. I can't imagine he'd accept enrollment anywhere without a plan for paying his tuition and expenses. It wold be nice, though, if Harvard made it easier for students of limited means.
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[size=48]5 Siblings Adopted Together by Texas Family After Spending Time Apart in Foster Care
Andi and Thomas Bonura are proud parents to eight kids total, five of which they officially adopted via Zoom call in May
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Five siblings that were living apart in foster care have been reunited permanently thanks to one loving Texas family.
On May 6, husband and wife Andi and Thomas Bonura decided to officially adopt siblings Thomas, 8, Carter, 8, David, 6, Gabrielle, 4 and Bryson, 2, facilitated by DePelchin Children's Center via Zoom call.
Now, the couple are legal parents to eight kids total: their five newly adopted children and their biological children Joey, 11, Sadie, 10 and Daphne, 8.
"These are their brothers and sisters and there's no argument," Andi told Good Morning America in an interview published Monday. "The kids have been through a lot but they're the sweetest. They're amazing — and resilient."

Andi said that for years, she and Thomas wanted to adopt due to her struggles to conceive. She lost one pregnancy then became pregnant with twins, who arrived early at 25 weeks.
One of the twins, Eli, did not survive, while Joey, now 11, has cerebral palsy and is visually impaired — only able to communicate through sign language.
"He's very smart ... whenever people start to pity him, I tell them, 'Don't.' He's the happiest kid in this house," Andi told GMA of Joey.
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The mom went on to give birth to daughters Sadie and Daphne, neither of which she was able to carry full term — solidifying Andi's decision to not have any more children biologically.
In 2017, Andi and Thomas got licensed to become foster parents, she told GMA. That November, they began fostering baby Bryson straight from the hospital.

David and Gabrielle soon joined their brother in the Bonura's care, while older twin brothers Thomas and Carter, who lived with other families, would come to the home and visit their siblings.
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Not long after, the Bonuras were given the legal opportunity to adopt all five kids as their own.
"One day we got a call saying, '[The parents] are terminating rights. Do you want them?'" Bonura recalled. "We said yes."
After the adoption was finalized, the Bonuras neighbors organized a car parade with family and friends to celebrate the new family of ten.
"They're fun to be around and they're the greatest kids," Andi said. "God's hand was in it. Our family is complete."
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Post by heartlove on Mon 20 Jul 2020, 20:02

Future Doctors, Attoney's, Architect, Proffesors, Presidents,

Thank you and God Bless...

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 20 Jul 2020, 22:28

Wonderful story! So many children are in need of loving homes, wouldn't it be great if there were more families like the Bonuras?
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[size=48]Mother and Daughter Graduate Med School in Same Year, Begin Residencies: 'We’re in This Together'
Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and Dr. Jasmine Kudji started their next medical journey together on July 1 at The LSU Health System
By Caitlin Keating 
July 22, 2020 12:00 PM
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Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester vividly remembers the day 31 years ago when she knew she was going to become a doctor.
It was 1989 and she was visiting Ghana — the West African country her family left when she was just 2 — when a female stranger who needed urgent help approached the then-19-year-old.
“She was talking about her daughter who was sick and had a fever,” Cynthia, now 49, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “She picked us just because we were American. There was such a drastic divide between us, and that really hit home. It was in that moment that I knew I wanted to be a physician.”
What Cynthia never could have known was how long that journey would take — and the surprising person who would join her.

Just a year after that memorable trip to Ghana, Cynthia became pregnant with her daughter Jasmine during her senior year at Tulane University, and had to put her dreams on hold.
“Medical school at that time was out of the question,” says Cynthia.
She instead became a nursing assistant and eventually worked her way up to nurse practitioner over the next 10 years.
For more on this inspiring mother-daughter duo, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, or subscribe here.
With help from her family, Cynthia, who raised Jasmine as a single mom, had finally saved up enough money to go to medical school in 2013.
“I knew it was time,” says Cynthia, who went on to marry Mark Sylvester, a 50-year-old military IT assistant, last June. “Even though it was a long uphill journey, it shaped me. Every disappointment, every accomplishment made me want to push further and create a better life for my daughter.”

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Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and Dr. Jasmine Kudji
 
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It was then that Jasmine, who was a junior at Louisiana State University, had already decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps — even though she admits she struggled with math and science.
“My mom always inspired me to be everything that I wanted to be,” says Jasmine, now 26. “I watched her overcome things firsthand. We’ve come a long way.”
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Jasmine, who attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and Cynthia, who graduated from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, began their residences together on July 1 through the LSU Health System.
And while Jasmine is at LSU Health in New Orleans pursuing general surgery, and Cynthia is in Lafayette focusing on family medicine, the two are as close as can be despite the nearly 200 miles apart.
“Jasmine has always been my rock,” says Cynthia. “We’re in this together.”
Adds Jasmine: “My mom always inspired me to be everything that I wanted to be. I watched her overcome things firsthand. We’ve come a long way.”

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[size=48]Homeless Woman Who Slept in Kroger Parking Lot Gets Hired by Store: Her 'Spirit Is Contagious'
LaShenda Williams was living in her car outside of a Kroger grocery store when she applied to the location in December
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LaShenda Williams is making the most of a life-changing opportunity.
Late last year, 46-year-old Williams had fallen on hard times and was living in a car she regularly parked outside of a Kroger in Tennesee. According to USA Today, Williams had experienced abuse and drug addiction, making it difficult for her to find work and a stable home.
"I would lean my seat all the way back so no one would see me because, you know, I knew I wasn't supposed to be there," Williams told NBC News.
But she eventually crossed paths with Kroger hiring manager Jackie Vandal, who gave her a heads up about an upcoming job fair after Williams repeatedly asked if the store was hiring.
"You get a feel if someone's sincere or if they're just trying to get a job to say they got one and then quit a month later," Vandal told USA Today. "She was very sincere."

"It was just a sense, a gut feeling," she added to NBC. "You can just tell when people are really genuine and when people, you know, are trying."
On the day of the job fair, Vandal suggested Williams submit her application online. Williams retrieved an old laptop from her car and spent hours filling out her application with Vandal's help — and as soon as she submitted it, Vandal hired her on the spot.
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“We are so lucky to have Lashenda as part of our Kroger family,” Melissa Eads, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Nashville division, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Her uplifting spirit is contagious. She has made such a positive impact on her fellow team members, and so many customers as well. We are so proud to have her as an associate," she added.

In a recent report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 567,715 Americans experienced homelessness on a single night in Jan. 2019. More than 200,000 of them were sleeping outside or in locations "not meant for human habitation."
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According to the organization, one of the primary solutions to homelessness is "rapid re-housing," which works by recruiting landlords to shelter a person or family as soon as possible after becoming homeless. Doing so will help stabilize the person experiencing homelessness by connecting them with services and support while keeping them sheltered until they are no longer facing the threat of being unhoused.
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Williams has now been at the store for all of 2020 and is making the most of her opportunity. According to NBC, she saved up enough money to get her own apartment that her coworkers helped to furnish.
"I was sleeping in a parking lot and looking for something to eat," Williams, who helps customers at the self-checkout lines at Kroger, told USA Today.
"Now, all my babies here love on me," she continued. "No one abuses me, and no one calls me dumb and stupid. For the first time in my life, I finally got peace."

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