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A Homeless Man Offered A Freezing Couple His Coat, Now They’ve Changed His Life Completely!

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“Wednesday 4th January my boyfriend and I are on a night out in Covent Garden. People are quick to judge and say that we are crazy and assume what they may, there are still family & friends that we haven’t told just because we were hesitant on how some people would react, please do not be offended if we haven’t yet told you, but we live in a pretty messed up society where people are quick to jump to assumptions. In the early hours of Thursday morning my boyfriend and I were out in minus conditions waiting for the train station gates to open, only to realize we would have to wait 4 hours for them to open.

In our drunken state we had gotten confused and missed the last train. After waiting for a while it’s getting pretty nippy. Only for a voice from behind me to say “You can burrow my coat and duvet if you want? It’s a long wait and it’s freezing tonight” I turn round and see Joey for the first time. I jump straight under the duvet and thank Joey for his kind offer as Taylor gives me the look 😂

Yes he was “homeless” but after spending the past 5 days with Joey I despise even considering him as “homeless” Joey is our friend, and he was just down on luck. After Taylor and I sat with Joey waiting for our train, there was just something about him that was so sincere I couldn’t leave him out there on his own. No one deserves to be out in these conditions.

I’m not saying that you should trust everyone you meet on a street corner, but who exactly should you trust? Because Joey was “homeless” people were quick to judge and even though I do understand why people panic, but why should it be that way?why have we let it get this way? It doesn’t need to be this way? We are all the same, the same beginning the same end. Just some people carry more paper than the next in between.

Just because someone is “homeless” it doesn’t make them any less of a person than me or you and it doesn’t mean that all “homeless” people are drug or alcohol abusers, not all homeless people should be instantly tarnished as bad people. They are just like me and you. I told Joey that I refused to leave without him, at first he declined in dismay at the offer of coming back home with my boyfriend and I to have a good night kip, a shower and shave and a good old meal.

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He thought I was joking.. I really wasn’t. It took Taylor to explain that if you don’t come with us I’m not going to get her home. Joey finally accepted.We get a cab home and much to Joeys horror he ends up in the cabin in the woods, in the middle of nowhere (I can’t even begin to imagine what he must first initially of thought😂) Joey put all his trust into us. As much as we put all our trust into him.

We drank some more, we talked for hours, we exchanged life story’s and instantly became the best of friends. It’s something I can’t even explain, it was just meant to be. I don’t expect everyone to get it. Before the night is over, before Joey had his first night in a bed- Joey offers the coat on his back as a token gift to my boyfriend as a thank you, as a token of his appreciation.

In my eyes this gift had such a powerful meaning behind it more than any ever gift you could ever receive. Morning comes and I’ve somehow got to tell my mum I’ve bought a “homeless guy” back to our “cabin in the woods” You can imagine how my mum was probably feeling, probably fuming that my boyfriend and I have bought a stranger into their home.

However being the kindest soul I know she would immediately come round. As soon as she met him she understood why we had done what we had done. I knew she would understand. (My dad does not know the exact story as to why Joey was at ours, and I would like to try keep it that way) it’s a dad thing, all dads go crazy if you bring random people home right? Sorry dad, I love you.

We invite Joey to meet some of our friends who (all initially said that we were mental) but now all completely understand and have all fallen in love with him. I cannot thank my friends for how amazing and generous you have all been, especially Jenni, Brad & Gemma. We have taken him for Indian, we have had his hair cut, we give him a phone, my friends give him a new wardrobe, they go play football, watch Django, the boys play PlayStation, he helps my mum feed the horses, he has a roast dinner!!!

We treat him as we would treat anyone else. We have faith in him, we help him. But more importantly we give him our time and friendship. But most importantly his taught us what life really is, his taught us what real friends are and I can honestly say that it’s the most amazing feeling I’ve ever felt. Joey in 5 days had a job interview today, I can now confirm that he now has a job.

IN 5 DAYS!!! Joey is now not living on the streets!!!! All he needed was someone to have faith in him and to help be that stepping stone to make a difference to someone’s life. Joey is the most amazing, caring and incredible human that we have ever met, and I’m so blessed to of been a part of getting him off the streets.

Sometimes all someone needs is someone to give them a little bit of their time. Someone to restore their faith in humanity. I share this story for one reason only, please just give a little time to stop and ask them how there day is, make them know that there is people out there that do care. Just give them a little bit of your time. It costs nothing.Have faith, take the risk, be kind, make that change, and be that change. Because at the end of the day we all have the ability to be good people.”

source:CHARLOTTE ELLIS

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Female Chief Rises To Power, Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Sends Girls Back To School

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Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi, is certainly a force to reckon with. She has not only been able to establish a new law to prevent child marriage, she is also very dedicated to enforcing it!

From the moment Kachindamoto became senior chief, she immediately set about ending the practise of child marriage among her people.

Though illegal, the practice has been culturally accepted in the area. Many families, usually out of financial need, had consented to having their children married off very young.

Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi

Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi

According to Al Jazeera, Kachindamoto decided to take a stand and made 50 of her sub-chiefs sign an agreement to end child marriage in her area of authority. “I told them, ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.’” She said.

But that was not all, Kachindamoto made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school and swore to dismiss any chiefs that continue to allow these controversial practices. “First it was difficult, but now people are understanding,” she told Al Jazeera.

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To ensure all children have a chance to go to school, Kachindamoto operates a secret network of parents to keep an eye on others. And when parents can’t afford to pay school fees, she’ll pay them herself or find someone else who can.

“I don’t want child marriages. They must go to school. No child should be found at home or doing household chores during school time.” Chief Kachindamoto told U.N. Women.

In June alone, she annulled more than 300 child marriages, according to the organization. And over the past three years, the figure reaches close to 850.

She also abolished “kusasa fumbi”, a cleansing ritual that requires girls as young as seven to go to sexual initiation camps in order to train them to perform sex acts to please their future husbands.

Kachindamoto made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school

Kachindamoto made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school

Kachindamoto received death threats for her work, but simply said: “I don’t care, I don’t mind. I’ve said whatever, we can talk, but these girls will go back to school.”

Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with an alarming one in two girls married under age 18. Marrying underage negatively affects girls’ development, interrupting their education and putting them at higher risk of domestic violence and early pregnancy.

“I talk to the parents, I tell them: if you educate your girls you will have everything in the future.” she said to U.N. Women last year.

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Ohio Teen Unrecognizable After Losing 115 Pounds While Walking To School Every Day

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Ohio Teen Unrecognizable After Losing 115 Pounds While Walking To School Every Day

Two years ago, weighing in at 335 pounds, Michael Watson was overweight and in a rut with no self confidence. He was always bullied at school because of his weight and always had his mates make fun of him.

One day, the 6-foot-4 inch teen decided to make a change in his life and never looked back again. As it turned out, it was the best decision of his life. “My self-confidence was zero,” Watson told CNN.

The teen decided to make a commitment to walk to and from school every day, about 20 minutes each way. Apart from that, Michael also made some changes in his diet.

Michael Watson was overweight and in a rut with no self confidence. He was always bullied at school because of his weight and always had his mates make fun of him.

Michael Watson was overweight and in a rut with no self confidence. He was always bullied at school because of his weight and always had his mates make fun of him.

One time, a classmate told Michael he had something on his chin. When Watson rubbed his chin, the boy told him, “‘No, third one down. That really hurt.” Michael said.

But it was instances like that that fueled his desire to stay committed to his weight loss journey even more.

Now Michael is a senior at McKinley High School and has lost 115 pounds. He says much of his success was as a result of walking the 20 minutes to and from school every day, rain or shine.

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Even if Watson wanted to take a day off, he couldn’t. “I didn’t even know when the bus came,” he said.

Michael also revealed that it took a lot of discipline to remain committed to his goal especially with his diet considering his part-time after-school job was at a fast-food restaurant.

Terrance Jones, who works as a family specialist and graduation coach at Michael’s school said that Watson’s story stuck with him. Speaking to CNN, he said, “It’s an example of courageous personal development that’s rare for a high school student. Mike’s decision to the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle and to stay consistent with it will always stay with me.”

Jones revealed that Michael’s story was motivation for him to create a “McKinley Senior Limelight” on Facebook to showcase students’ stories and Watson was a recent feature.

“After years of being overweight, Michael took matters into his own hands. He adopted a healthier lifestyle of eating and exercise by taking the road less traveled…” the post reads.

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Retired Cop Bursts Into Tears When Former Partner Hands Him Card Offering Him Her Kidney

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Retired Cop Bursts Into Tears When Former Partner Hands Him Card Offering Him Her Kidney

A retired Maryland police officer gave a piece of herself to save the life of her former partner. Stanley Barsch from Middletown, Maryland found out he had polycystic kidney disease in 2002. His mom, who also had the disease was in need of a transplant. “I went through all the testing, and in the final phase I found out I too had the same disease,” Barsch told Liftable.

“It was devastating, but from the aspect that I was trying to save my mother’s life and wasn’t able to provide her the gift of life that I desperately wanted. She ended up on dialysis until 2005 until she got a cadaver kidney, and she passed away in 2017 with a weak heart and sepsis.” He added.

A retired Maryland police officer gave a piece of herself to save the life of her former partner.

A retired Maryland police officer gave a piece of herself to save the life of her former partner.

Barsch revealed that the genetic disorder caused fluid-filled cysts to grow inside his kidneys. The organs had swelled to 15 to 20 pounds each, the average kidney weighs 0 .25 pounds. “The massive cysts caused my function to drop steadily over the past couple years. I started losing a lot of my energy noticeably in the past few years. This past December I entered stage 5 kidney failure, and with 17% function and dropping I desperately needed a kidney.” He said.

Barsch posted on his Facebook account looking for a donor. Without telling him, his former partner in the police force, Megan Ambrose, underwent testing to see if she was a match. The results showed she was 100% compatible.

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So she planned a little surprise to break the news to Barsch. She invited her former partner and his wife over to her home on February 14, which is both Valentine’s Day and National Donor Day. She then handed them a handmade card that read, “So I heard urine need of a kidney … want mine???… Turns out that we are a perfect match, not only on the job but in blood and organs, too. You always had my back on the road and off. Now you can have my kidney.”

Barsch burst into tears and both he and his wife embraced Ambrose in a tight hug. As it turns out, Ambrose knew she was a match for Barsch in the middle of January but wanted to first talk it over with her husband and family.

“Later in January she asked if me and my wife Jessica would meet with her and her husband Chris. We didn’t know if she wasn’t going to be able to do it, wasn’t a great match, was scared to do it or what. We didn’t know what to expect.” Barsch revealed.

The procedure was done on May 14. In a Facebook post Barsch said it was not only a success, the surgeon declared that Ambrose’s kidney was beautiful.

The procedure was done on May 14. In a Facebook post Barsch said it was not only a success, the surgeon declared that Ambrose’s kidney was beautiful.

“There are no words that do our partnership justice. You experience things with your partner that you can’t really explain. … He’s my ride or die.” Ambrose told PEOPLE.

The procedure was done on May 14. In a Facebook post Barsch said it was not only a success, the surgeon declared that Ambrose’s kidney was beautiful. “The kidney is functioning normally. We are happy.” said transplant surgeon Dr. Seyed Ghasemian.

“We were always close, now we are one. We are bonded for life, she is more than a sister that I never wanted.” Barsch said.

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