H/T Universal Free Press
H/T Universal Free Press
Thousands of Christmas carollers have gathered to sing outside the home of a terminally ill American girl.
The singers fulfilled one of 8-year-old Delaney Brown’s wishes: a huge holiday sing-along outside her home in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Delaney was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia in May. Supporters have been trying to fulfil a number of her wishes.
She also video chatted with singer Taylor Swift on her 8th birthday a few days ago.
The mayor of West Reading came out to support the young girl and her family.
“With her birthday yesterday and Christmas coming next week, I just can’t even fathom what [the family is] going through,” he said.
Many people held back tears.
“All she wants is carols? We can do that,” caroller Meghan McGee said.
Another caroller, Melanie Searfoss, just wanted to show her support.
“To put her mark on the world as she did in these eight years, especially the last year of her life. I think it’s something that should make her family very proud,” she said.
A social media page was set up to support Delaney and her family. It has attracted more than 45,000 followers.
Her family confirmed earlier this week that doctors have given Delaney only days to live.
Delaney’s parents issued a statement thanking the public for their support and asking for privacy in the difficult days ahead.
An 11-year-old Oregon girl who wanted to help her father pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, found herself embroiled in city bureaucracy. On Saturday, Madison Root went to the downtown market to sell fresh mistletoe she cut and wrapped herself from her uncle’s farm in Oregon.
She told KATU News, “I felt like I could help my dad with the money.”
However, a private security guard hired by Portland Saturday Market blocked her path to a straighter smile by telling her to stop selling the mistletoe, citing city rules that ban conducting business or soliciting at a park without proper approval and documentation.
Specifically, Chapter 10.12 of the Portland city code states that soliciting or conducting business includes the display of ”goods, or descriptions or depictions of goods or services, with the intent to engage any member of the public in a transaction for the sale of any good or service.”
The guard reportedly told Madison she could set up shop outside the boundaries of the park… or she could simply ask for donations. Her father, Ashton, told ABC.com, “The guard told her she can beg if she wanted but she can’t sell the mistletoe.” He went on to say that his daughter “does not want to encourage begging and wants people to earn their living… She is so keen on high work ethic.”
Madison confirmed this, “I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg. I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place.”
The young entrepreneur also seemed confused that vendors could openly sell pot while her mistletoe business was shut down: “There are people next to me that have big signs that say ‘Got Pot?’ They’re raising money for pot.”
Pot or no pot, officials say vendors pay to rent vending booths and are screened before qualifying for the Portland Saturday Market. One vendor, Viki Ciesiul, explained the process to ABCNews.com saying “Applying for a booth is a juried process. I had to show samples of my jewelry to a panel of jurists… We have to pay to maintain our spot at the market.”
Ciesiul expressed mixed feelings about Madison’s plight: “We [vendors] are trying to avoid too many types of street vendors who might bring the place down,” she said. “There are many ways she can participate and rules are there for a reason.”
Mark Ross, a spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park said asking for donations is “a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment,” but declined to comment about Madison’s story. He did note, however, that the Saturday Market administration designates and enforces its rules once the space has been leased to them.
Since the story broke Sunday evening, Madison’s father said “mistletoe orders mushroomed… even McKinzei Farms, one of the biggest selling Christmas tree farms in the area, made a $1,000 donation to Madison’s braces.”
The 11-year-old got her first set of braces on Monday.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Juan Miranda tossed the ball to the child at Houston’s Minute Maid field when the overzealous older fan grabbed it from her and then high-fived her friends. The ‘Evil woman steals ball from little girl’ clip has gone viral.
A shameless adult fan at an Arizona Diamondbacks game rips a foul ball from a little girl’s grasp.
Have a heart!
A grown woman sparked online outrage after being caught on camera snatching a foul ball from a little girl.
The video has amassed more than 1.6 million views.
The small fan was tossed the globe by generous Arizona Diamondbacks’ Juan Miranda at Houston’s Minute Maid field.
As the girl stretched her arms and prepared to receive the ball, her older neighbor grabbed it from her and ran off.
The big bully celebrates her dubious achievement.
The devastated girl turned around and walked back up the bleachers to her seat.
To make matters worse, the ball snatcher high-fived her pals to celebrate her catch.
The announcer at the game said, ‘She took it right from her! That is beyond wrong.’
“She took it right from her! That is beyond wrong,” the announcer said.
The clip, called “Evil woman steals ball from little girl,” was first posted online last year from a game in 2011 but has gone viral this week, with more than 1.6 million views.
A fifth grader at a South Philadelphia elementary school made the mistake of pulling out a gun constructed out of paper in class last week.
An official at D. Newlin Fell School searched the student, Melody Valentin, in front of her entire class, reports FOX 29. After the search failed to turn any more weapons (paper or non-paper), the staffer intensely scolded the little girl – also in front of the whole class.
Valentin explained that she had attempted throw the contraband away, but a boy saw it and notified administrators.
“He yelled at me and said I shouldn’t have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun but he wouldn’t listen,” the fifth grader told the station.
Describing the paper firearm, the girl’s mother, Dianna Kelly, said it looked similar to a folded sheet of paper. The little girl’s grandfather had made it for her the day before, she added.
Valentin told FOX 29 that she had put it in her pocket and forgotten about it. She said she only got it out to throw it away.
She added that her classmates had jeered her and called her a “murderer” after the incident.
According to Kelly, the taunts and the dressing down in front of her classmates were allegedly too much for her daughter to take. The fifth grader has been suffering from nightmares, her mother told FOX 29.
“Why did he threaten my daughter?” Kelly asked, according to the Daily Mail. “Why did he stand over my daughter and tell her that he should call the cops on her. Why did he try to scare her?”
Since the Sandy Hook mass shooting in December, the incident at D. Newlin Fell School is at least the third time elementary school officials have reacted strongly to things that represent guns but aren’t, actually, anything like real guns.
In rural Pennsylvania, a kindergarten girl was suspended for making a “terroristic threat” after she told another girl that she planned to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that bombards targets with soapy bubbles.
At Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Maryland, a six-year-old boy was suspended for making the universal kid sign for a gun, pointing at another student and saying “pow.” That boy’s suspension was later lifted and his name cleared.