Pregnant Mom Works 2 Jobs To Feed Family. Then Her Boss Says He's Made A Change To Her Paycheck

On his popular CNBC TV show The Profit, self-made millionaire Marcus Lemonis puts his own money on the line to fix small businesses that are failing. Lemonis knows that when you treat your employees with fairness and kindness, it makes them care more about their jobs — which in turn is better for business and productivity.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United States is dead last among developed countries when it comes to paid maternity leave. And Forbes reported that women with 12 weeks of maternity leave and fewer than eight weeks of paid leave are more likely to have more symptoms of depression. In 2015, Lemonis met with a woman preparing to take her maternity leave and struggling to make ends meet for herself and her growing family.

Tami Forbes is a store manager at Key West Key Lime Pie Company. Despite the fact she handles everything from inventory to marketing, Tami is only paid $300 a week. At the time, she had 8-year-old twins at home and was pregnant with her third child. Not only would she spend nine hours on her feet during the day, but theexpecting mom also bartended to supplement her meager income.

“I’m gonna need your help before you leave. I gotta get some stuff done and you’re gonna be our leader here,” Lemonis tells Tami in the clip below. “In order for you to have good piece of mind, I wanted to give you some money.”

Lemonis offers Tami six months’ worth of pay, which is enough to make her break down in tears.

“It means everything, knowing that I have a salary when I come back — a salary that I can live on, and still save money… I’ve never had that,” she says.

But there’s an even bigger surprise in store…

This is exactly how more businesses should treat their hardworking employees. If you agree, please SHARE this touching moment with your friends on Facebook!

Abused Dog Never Felt Love, Until A Volunteer Decides To Sit Down In Her Cage

Many well-meaning people today still go to a pet store to get puppies, but one thing I wish I could tell all of them is that those puppies are usually from puppy mills: disgusting places that only focus on money and not on the safety of the breeding dogs or their offspring. According to the Humane Society, it’s hard to regulate or even outlaw puppy mills because it’s not always easy to tell if breeders are mistreating their dogs from the outside. The only way to truly do away with the practice is for people to only get their puppies from shelters or from breeders who are known to have a safe and loving environment.

Dogs like Moxie, who was finally saved after 12 years at a puppy mill, typically need some time to rehabilitate themselves to the outside world and to people after they’re rescued. Years of abuse make it hard for them to trust, even if their natural instinct is to reach out for a loving touch.

In the video below, little Harleigh is petrified of the people who have come to rescue her, but after only an hour with a male volunteer, her entire demeanor changes. Initially terrified and cowering in her cage, by the end of the video, Harleigh makes her way cautiously to the volunteer, her fear overridden by a natural need to connect.

As they say in the video, it will take some time for Harleigh to fully regain her trust in humans, but if there are those kinds of changes in only an hour, imagine what could happen after a day or even a week in a loving home!

Please SHARE to help us get the word out on puppy mills!

Judges Marvel At 40-Year-Old Preacher Who Reveals Heavenly Voice After Losing 400 Pounds

In 2012, Freddie Combs, a 40-something southern minister and loving husband, delivered one of the most unexpectedly touching performances in The X Factor history.

The 500-pound man — who had already lost 400 pounds after nearly dying from morbid obesity — was wheeled out onto the stage by his wife, Kay. In fact, the entire stage crew had to assist getting Combs out onto the stage.

At first, his appearance shocked the judges, but before they could comment on his weight, he was prepared with the clever quips. “Give a fat boy a chance,” he joked.

Once Combs revealed his heavenly voice, the judges and audience alike were completely blown away. His performance of Bette Midler’s hit song “Wind Beneath My Wings” showcased his gorgeous voice. Britney Spears, one of the judges, was brought to tears by Combs’ bravery and determination to publicly pursue his passion for singing, risking his chances of being body-shamed and ridiculed.

Combs dedicated his audition to his wife and said, “My biggest dream would be to give hope to people who are my size to know that they can achieve their dreams.”

Just more proof that you should never judge a book by its cover.

Watch Combs’ performance below, and please SHARE this performance with your friends on Facebook!

Local Woman Creates A 'Blessing Box' To Help Neighbors In Need Get Through Tough Times

In a small town, it’s very easy to become close with your neighbors. Local events, barbecues, and even just running into one another on a walk around the block can lead to friendships.

And who better to hang out with than someone who lives right next door? It’s so easy to just grab a few minutes and have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee to catch up. No travel time to worry about!

And after years of conversations and watching each other’s families grow, those relationships feel so solid. That’s why it’s difficult to ignore a neighbor in need, even if they aren’t necessarily comfortable with broadcasting the fact that they could use some help.

When you see a neighbor down on their luck or struggling, it only feels right to step in and do what you can.

This was exactly the attitude that led Indiana woman Jeannetta to create the “Blessing Box.”

Like the Little Free Pantry, the Blessing Box gives neighbors the opportunity to quietly help one another through tough times. And it also allows those neighbors in need to pay back the favor once they get back on their feet.

It’s a constant chain of kindness and a very easy way to show some support to the people who live around you.

Please SHARE this amazing idea with everyone you know!

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Abandoned Puppy And Veal Calf Form Inseparable Bond And Overcome Their Sad Pasts

Sometimes, remarkable, heartwarming friendships come out of the strangest and most difficult circumstances. The bond between Sri Ram the puppy and Bernie the calf is one of those stories.

It all began when Juliana Castañeda, the founder and director of Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary in Colombia, came across four abandoned puppies in the woods while surveying the sanctuary’s grounds.

At first, it seemed that the puppies were doing fine, and could join in with the packs of wild dogs in the area.

But come 5 a.m., Castañeda found herself unable to sleep for thinking about them, and went out in the wee hours to bring them home. She ended up finding forever homes for three of the four dogs, but Sri Ram was left all by himself.

Meanwhile, a calf named Bernie was born on a dairy farm. As a male, he was considered undesirable, so the owners decided to sell him. But they soon realized that he’d likely be slaughtered for veal, so they contacted Castañeda and gave him a new, safe home instead.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

It might seem strange to see this pair cuddling and playing together, especially because of their size difference (and Bernie will get much, much bigger), but animals have the unique ability to see a friend in anyone, no matter how different they might look.

Read on to see this adorable friendship blossom!

[H/T: The Dodo]

Juliana Castañeda, founder and director of Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary in Colombia, came across four puppies in the woods one day.

She took them in, and on a trip to the U.S., managed to find forever homes for three of the four puppies.

But one puppy, named Sri Ram, was left behind. But he was lonely. Castañeda moved him to the area where the older dogs were kept in the hopes that he would find someone to bond with.

Instead, Sri Ram met Bernie.

Bernie was a male calf born on a dairy farm. Male calves are typically slaughtered for veal, but Bernie’s owners wanted him to have a happier fate, and so sent him to live at the sanctuary.

According to Castañeda, it was love at first sight.

She attributes how well they get along to their ages. “Both are just kids,” she says. Sri Ram is 5 months old, and Bernie is 3 months.

Today, the pair are nearly inseparable, playing in the grass together for hours at a time.

And when they’re tired out from a day of playing, they curl up for a nap together.

And while they’re different species, Castañeda says they don’t see those kinds of differences.

“Bernie thinks he is a big dog and Sri Ram thinks Bernie is a big dog,” she says.

The pair also like to spend time with the older dogs at the sanctuary, who are a bit more subdued, but enjoy the company all the same.

And Bernie likes snuggling up to his human friends, too. He really does seem to think he’s a dog, hopping up on the beds without a care in the world.

Of course, he’s not always allowed on the beds. But he gets his own place to snooze among the other dogs.

Best of all, Bernie and Sri Ram will be able to grow up and grow old together.

They’ll spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary with Castañeda, her family, and the horse, pig, quail, pigeon, three rabbits, seven chickens, two turtles, 13 cats, and 35 dogs that call the sanctuary home.

And Sri Ram has also made friends with Castañeda’s son, Bhimal.

Watch the video below to see the pair in action, and watch Sri Ram give Bernie lots of kisses.

Check out more of the animals on the sanctuary’s website, as well as on Instagram and Facebook, and consider donating to keep all the animals healthy and happy.

And be sure to SHARE these adorable babies with all your friends!

Patient Pit Bull Waits His Turn In Line For A Vanilla Ice Cream Cone

Every time this adorable pit bull hears the ice cream truck turn onto his block — and the sound of that famous jingle — he can’t contain his excitement. He’s a lot like me in that way.

In this hilarious clip, this big ‘ol pittie turns into a little kid and hurries over when he sees the ice cream man. Nothing is going to come between this dog and his favorite scoop.

But patience is a virtue, and none of this is lost on the hungry canine. As if the sight of a dog rushing for ice cream isn’t heartwarming enough, watch as he patiently sits down and waits his turn in line! That’s right — rather than just barging in on another customer’s transaction, this guy is all about manners and respect.

The second he’s finally handed his ice cream cone, I really feel like it’s really a victory for everyone.

Please SHARE this adorable video with your friends and family, just in time for summer!

Source: Pit Bull patiently waits in line for ice cream by LeslieYip on Rumble

Old Abandoned Train Is Transformed Into A 400-sq-ft Tiny House, And It's Gorgeous

Back in 1939, the town of Essex, MT was picking up steam. It had always been in close proximity to the gorgeous Glacier National Park — in fact, it was nestled between its two main entrances. But when the Great Northern Railway placed a stop in Essex, it was like putting coals in the boiler of a train, and a plan to make a third entrance to the park got rolling.

In anticipation of all the future tourists and rail workers that Essex was sure to attract, the Izaak Walton Inn opened. The grand, $40,000 hotel was “modern in every detail,” with 29 rooms, 10 bathrooms, a lobby, dining room, and kitchen with a two-ton cook stove.

Yet, when the United States entered World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, plans for the new park entrance hit the back burner, and it never materialized. The small town of Essex was then left with its “Inn Between” two park entrances…and not much else.

But, much like The Little Engine That Could, the big hotel in a tiny town persevered. Its warm staff and cozy rooms attracted ski and nature enthusiasts seeking a quiet refuge, and the hotel eventually earned a reputation as one of the state’s best recreational secrets.

Fast-forward to 2015, and the hotel is thriving thanks to a very creative nod to its locomotive roots…

This caboose that zoomed through Essex in 1941 belonged to a Great Northern X215. It has been converted into something really special for this hotel.

This caboose that zoomed through Essex in 1941 belonged to a Great Northern X215. It has been converted into something really special for this hotel.

It’s a beautiful and modern dwelling that can house up to six. Once you step inside, you almost forget that you’re standing in the belly of a caboose.

It’s a beautiful and modern dwelling that can house up to six. Once you step inside, you almost forget that you’re standing in the belly of a caboose.

A family can keep cozy in this renovated caboose that has a fully equipped kitchen, two sets of bunk beds, and a queen-sized bed with a gas fireplace in the master bedroom.

A family can keep cozy in this renovated caboose that has a fully equipped kitchen, two sets of bunk beds, and a queen-sized bed with a gas fireplace in the master bedroom.

This 60,000-pound rail car was hoisted by crane before it was trucked to Essex.

This 60,000-pound rail car was hoisted by crane before it was trucked to Essex.

“We get a lot of rail fans here who just go crazy over the trains,” Elise Wright, assistant general manager at the Izaak Walton Inn, told the Daily Inter Lake.

“We get a lot of rail fans here who just go crazy over the trains,” Elise Wright, assistant general manager at the Izaak Walton Inn, told the Daily Inter Lake.

The GN X215 Caboose isn’t the only reason why train buffs are attracted to this inn. There are other beautifully restored cars on the premises as well, like the Great Northern 441 Locomotive.

The GN X215 Caboose isn’t the only reason why train buffs are attracted to this inn. There are other beautifully restored cars on the premises as well, like the Great Northern 441 Locomotive.

This car represents the diesels that once rolled past the Izaak Walton Inn every day.

This car represents the diesels that once rolled past the Izaak Walton Inn every day.

Each car boasts lovely, rustic details as well. The birch walls in this car accent the 400-year-old reclaimed oak floor.

Each car boasts lovely, rustic details as well. The birch walls in this car accent the 400-year-old reclaimed oak floor.

This larger car can hold up to two couples or a small family. The modern kitchen is the perfect place to cook up some fresh, river-caught trout.

This larger car can hold up to two couples or a small family. The modern kitchen is the perfect place to cook up some fresh, river-caught trout.

This car, obviously the conductor’s locomotive, still retains some of its original parts. “Kids love the train cars, too,” Wright noted.

This car, obviously the conductor's locomotive, still retains some of its original parts. “Kids love the train cars, too," Wright noted.

The hotel also boasts other converted cars, like the JJ, Green, and Orange cabooses.

The hotel also boasts other converted cars, like the JJ, Green, and Orange cabooses.

Nowadays, though a track still runs by Essex, Amtrak only stops when there are passengers waiting.

Nowadays, though a track still runs by Essex, Amtrak only stops when there are passengers waiting.

Although it never became the third entrance to Glacier National Park, the stop has become important over time, especially for BNSF Railway Co. freight trains that need helper engines to push their heavy loads over Marias Pass.

Although it never became the third entrance to Glacier National Park, the stop has become important over time, especially for BNSF Railway Co. freight trains that need helper engines to push their heavy loads over Marias Pass.

Please SHARE this amazing restoration of American history with everyone you know as a reminder that even when things don’t initially pan out, with a little creativity, something you love can still succeed.

10-Year-Old Leaves A Store On His Birthday With Bags Full Of Brand New Shoes For Kids In Need

Can you remember what you asked for on your eleventh birthday? Or if you have kids, do you remember what yours asked for when they were around that age? Most kids have a list approximately a mile long, full of new toys, gadgets, or articles of clothing, in the weeks approaching their birthday.

When Gunner Robinson’s birthday was on its way, he didn’t have a list anything like this.

With his birthday at the end of the summer, it leaves the new school year right around the corner. One thing Gunner always gets for the new school year is a spiffy new pair of shoes.

But a few years ago, he realized something. Not every kid in his area gets to pick out a new pair of shoes that fits them properly for the school year.

All he wanted for his birthday? To make sure that as many kids as possible are able to walk into the new school year with a fresh set of shoes.

There really aren’t many kids who would forgo gifts for themselves to make sure that others are happy, but that’s what makes Gunner so special and one of a kind.

I bet that he’s going to grow up to do wonderful things for his community and beyond. If only there were more kids like him, doing good for the community!

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Town Refuses To Help The Poor Dog Next Door, So They Decide To Jump The Fence Themselves…

The dog you’re about to meet once had no name. No real family, either. Whoever owned him kept him always chained up by the side of the house, his snout muzzled with a tight roll of duct tape.

He slept on the cold and hard concrete, ignored by the world. He barked, he pleaded for attention… but nothing changed. As time passed, the neighbors eventually noticed the heartbreaking sight next door. Day after day, there was the dog — alone, neglected and hopeless.

The neighbors grew more concerned and frustrated, but even their angry calls to the police did nothing. The dog remained outside. Finally, the neighbors had enough.

When no one was home next door, they jumped the fence and saved this poor, nameless dog.

From that day on, his life would never be the same…

For no other reason than being a dog, this nameless senior dog was muzzled, tethered and treated like dirt.

For no other reason than being a dog, this nameless senior dog was muzzled, tethered and treated like dirt.

Chained up, and all alone. Every single day.

Chained up, and all alone. Every single day.

Laying on the hard concrete.

Laying on the hard concrete.

He’d bark in an effort for attention, but nothing worked. Instead, he learned to mistrust humans and fend for his life.

He'd bark in an effort for attention, but nothing worked. Instead, he learned to mistrust humans and fend for his life.

While the neighbors started to take notice and make frantic phone calls, time passed and the dog grew older. Finally, one day at last, the neighbors had enough. They freed the dog themselves.

While the neighbors started to take notice and make frantic phone calls, time passed and the dog grew older. Finally, one day at last, the neighbors had enough. They freed the dog themselves.

He was saved! Finally! And not only did he finally get a name, Alfie, but he found himself with the loving forever family he’d always wanted and needed. Here’s Dad.

He was saved! Finally! And not only did he finally get a name, Alfie, but he found himself with the loving forever family he'd always wanted and needed. Here's Dad.

The empty concrete slap was replaced with wide open spaces.

The empty concrete slap was replaced with wide open spaces.

No more chains, no more muzzle.

No more chains, no more muzzle.

And toys! Lots and lots of toys!

And toys! Lots and lots of toys!

Even a canine sibling came with his new family, a pup who looked just like Alfie. Days were spent outside in the sun…

Even a canine sibling came with his new family, a pup who looked just like Alfie. Days were spent outside in the sun...

Family picnics with the whole gang…

Family picnics with the whole gang...

Exciting adventures, swimming and playing…

Exciting adventures, swimming and playing...

…and of course, love and freedom. This is how Alfie lived out his final years. Happy at last.

...and of course, love and freedom. This is how Alfie lived out his final years. Happy at last.

I’m so glad Alfie was able to live out his remaining years the way he’d always wanted: loved. Please SHARE his incredibly moving and triumphant tale with your friends on Facebook.

Hunky Fireman Cracks Up When Grandma Reveals A Detail About Her Wedding Night

Shawn Wiebe might be famous on the internet, but he never let that fame get to his head as he remains humble and continues on with his important job.

Back when Alberta, Canada, was suffering from dangerous flooding, Wiebe did everything within his power to save as many lives as possible. People were stuck in their homes as the cold water continued to rise, they were stuck in their cars, and the situation quickly got a lot worse than anyone initially expected.

But when he came across an older woman in need of help, instead of leading her through the water,Wiebe realized it would be a lot more efficient just to pick up the stranded grandmother and carry her to higher ground.

The woman seemed tentative at first, worried that he wasn’t strong enough, but if you take a look atWiebe, something tells us that he’ll probably be able to carry a small woman a hundred feet to safety!

While Wiebe was carrying her to safety, she suddenly let out a laugh along with the hilarious sentence, “Oh! I haven’t been carried like this since my wedding night!”

Wiebe suddenly burst into laughter. After such a tough day, it must have been incredibly nice just to laugh for a moment. And thankfully, it was right then and there that Calgary Sun photographer Lyle Aspinall snapped a photo that went viral nearly instantly!

Since his fame, this firefighter has stayed on the job and continues to work hard. But much to the heartbreak of many, this man is happily married with children!

Please SHARE this adorable photo if you wouldn’t mind being carried by Shawn Wiebe like this!

No wonder this photo went viral. Look at that smile!