There are some people in this world who are not as fortunate as others may be. These children in the Dominican Republic are not used to a Christmas full of cheer and surprises. So the WestJet airline company decided to do something heartfelt for these children.
WestJet wants to show the world that miracles do come true! They are making sure the less fortunate people see that firsthand. They sent a blue snow covered sleigh with Santa on a video. Each and every person sits in the sleigh and tells Santa what they want for Christmas. Shortly after that, he sends a bunch of his helpers make these beautiful dreams come true. It is the perfect story shown on video with a perfect ending.
A video to show the world that giving is truly better than receiving on Christmas. Watching these children and adult react to the surprise will warm your heart. more >>
Bishop Eddie Long and his Georgia-based megachurch congregation recently held a rally in support of a local family who recently lost their teenage daughter to a shooting at a bus stop.
Bishop Long and members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb County held a "prayer walk" on Sunday at the scene of the murder of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins.
"#Prayer walk on Sunday with Bishop Eddie L. Long & #ChiefAlexander to the MARTA bus stop just near our church where Marcaysia Dawkins who was 19 years old and a recent high school graduate was murdered on November 23," noted New Birth Missionary on social media. more >>
The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park after Rice displayed a toy gun was reportedly deemed unfit for duty by another police force just two years before the incident.
Officer Tim Loehmann shot Rice in Cleveland on Nov. 22, and the boy died the following day from his injuries. Loehmann told officials that he believed the boy had a real firearm, which is why he fired his own gun. However, Rice's death has set off calls for reformation within the police department and now more is being revealed about Loehmann's time as a police officer, not just with the Cleveland police force but with the department he worked with prior, in Independence.
"His handgun performance was dismal," deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo in 2012. He should also be "released from the employment of the City of Independence," the memo concluded. Loehmann "could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal. … It was clear to Sgt. Tinnirello (Loehmann's trainer) that the recruit was just not mentally prepared to be doing firearm training." more >>
The American Humanist Association filed a legal complaint Monday against Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Georgia, for allegedly promoting Christianity and prayer during athletic events.
"This action challenges defendants' policy, practice, and custom of authorizing faculty, coaches and other school officials to lead and participate in prayer with students during school-sponsored activities, and their policy, practice, and custom of inserting biblical references into official football team documents and banners," read the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
"Defendants' policy, practice, and custom of permitting faculty and other school officials to lead and participate in prayer with students during school sponsored activities violates the Establishment Clause. … Defendants' policy, practice, and custom of including religious biblical references in official team documents and banners violates the Establishment Clause," it continues. more >>
Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
Even though the Disney Channel's website, over the Thanksgiving weekend, asked children to submit a post stating what they're thankful for, a 10-year-old girl from North Carolina was blocked from submitting her thanks to "God."
As Lilly Anderson was surfing the Disney Channel website this past Sunday, which also happened to be her 10th birthday, she came across a question posed by the website asking her to post what she was thankful for. She felt strongly that she wanted to give thanks to God, since she believes that God is the reason why she has everything she owns.
When she typed and submitted her initial response of "God, my family, my church and my friends," Lilly received a response back from the website's automated moderating system stating in red letters: "Please be nice!" more >>