Blind Teenager Creates Braille Menus for Restaurants

High school senior Mason Fessenden has been blind since birth. The 17-year-old used to rely on family members for assistance when ordering food. Today, he can do it himself, and so can other visually-impaired diners thanks to Fessenden’s kindness.

Fessenden has created braille menus for local California restaurants. Next, he hopes to do translations for nail salons, spas, and clothing stores.

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Cheerleader Saves Choking Boy During Parade

Cheerleader Tyra Winters jumped off a homecoming float to save a choking child along the parade route.

The 17-year-old saw the boy choking on candy and his mother searching for help. Winters jumped into action and off the float, saving the child’s life.

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Man Saves the Life of Child on His Way to Receive an Award

Kenneth O’Brien was on a flight from Japan to Texas. When he noticed a child on the plane was unconscious, he didn’t hesitate to help.

O’Brien performed CPR on the 1-year-old who had choked. With the help of another passenger, O’Brien cleared the child’s airway and saved his life.

A special tactics section chief in the Air Force, O’Brien was on his way to collect an award as one of the Air Force’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

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Teacher Carries Girl With Spina Bifida on His Back

Ryan Neighbors has been in a wheelchair her entire life. The 10-year-old has spina bifida.

When her class scheduled a field trip to an Ohio State Park, Neighbors was left out. The rough terrain would be too difficult to navigate.

That’s when Jim Freeman stepped up. Freeman, a teacher at the school, carried the young girl on his back through the park so she could join the rest of her class.

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School Offering Free Semester for Students Displaced by Hurricane

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, costing families their homes, lives, and plans.

Hampton University hopes to ease some of the loss. They’re extending relief to displaced students in the Bahamas by giving them a free education for one semester. The university will pay room, board, and tuition for students affected by Dorian.

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Blind Man Engineers Smart Cane that Uses Google Maps

We no longer need to ask for directions. No matter where we’re going, a quick search on Google Maps leads us to our destination. Things are more challenging when you’re sight-impaired.

Kursat Ceylan, a visually-impaired engineer, developed the WeWalk smart cane. Using Bluetooth and a specialized walking stick that syncs with Google Maps, those without sight can now navigate the world using technology.

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WWII Vet Breaks His Own Scuba Diving Record

When Ray Woolley turned 96, he didn’t settle back in his easy chair with a piece of cake. The WWII vet donned scuba gear and plunged into the water.

Woolley has been diving for 59 years. He set a new record with his birthday dive, beating his previous dive by several meters and a few minutes. Woolley hopes to repeat the experience and set the bar a little higher on his 97th birthday.

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Senior Dogs for Senior Citizens

It’s called the “Cuddle Club,” and it’s an animal rescue organization that pairs dogs 7 and up with senior citizens.

Older dogs have a difficult time in shelters, and an even harder time finding a forever home.

Young families go searching for puppies that will grow with their children. Retired adults are filling the void by walking, cuddling, and even adopting aging canines. Another positive: senior dogs are housebroken.

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Former Shelter Dog Now Disney Star

A dog that once called animals shelters “home” is now a Hollywood star.

Monte, a 2-year old terrier mix, is part of the canine cast of the live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp.” When not acting or strutting his stuff on film, Monte spends his days relaxing in his new “forever home.”

All dogs in Disney’s new movie are former rescue dogs that have been adopted.

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School Supplies Instead of Wedding Gifts

Most soon-to-be-married couples ask wedding guests for dishes, towels, and other household items. Kelli Cameron and her fiance requested school supplies.

Kelli, a first-grade teacher, created a registry on Amazon. The only things listed were pens and pencils, backpacks and notebooks, and other back-to-school necessities.

At their wedding, the superhero duo filled several carts with supplies to donate to a local school.

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