+

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.

When the levees broke, thousands of people scrambled to their roofs and attics in an effort to stay alive.


Marceline and her 2-year-old daughter were among the stranded.

She shared her heart-breaking experience with Save the Children: After waiting for help for a long time, a helicopter finally came for her daughter and other kids who needed rescuing.

Images by Save the Children USA.

Rescuers told Marceline they'd be back for her in 25 minutes. But they didn't return for six hours. By then, she couldn't find her daughter anywhere.

Like any parent, Marceline was flooded with worry about her missing child. "Where is she? How am I going to find her? Is she OK?" she wondered. "I couldn't eat. I couldn't sleep. I just had to stand there ... picturing her face in my mind. I knew she was frightened."

For four days, Marceline had no idea where her daughter was or whether she was safe.

Then, she got a phone call. Her daughter had been located. Marceline recalls their reunion with tears. "I didn't even give the plane enough time to land. I ran to it."

"She did not let me go. She held me tight for days," Marceline recalls.

Fortunately, Marceline's story has a happy ending. But they weren't alone in their separation. Nearly 5,000 children were reported missing after Hurricane Katrina. It took six months for the last missing child to be found.

What can parents do in the face of natural disasters and emergencies we may not see coming?

Save the Children USA has created a child contact card you can fill out online. It will create a PDF, and you can print a few copies. Place one in your child's backpack. Have another handy to stick in a pants pocket in the event of an emergency evacuation, like what happened during Hurricane Katrina.

Most Americans have a pretty solid sense of security, but we never know when an emergency or natural disaster will occur. "I just want everybody to be prepared ... because [an emergency] is going to happen again. Believe me, it is," says Marceline.

You can watch Marceline recount the day she and her toddler were separated.

Joy

Delivery driver's reaction to snacks left for him shows how a little kindness goes a long way

'Seeing a grown man get so excited about Capri Sun is extra wholesome.'

"Dee" the delivery guy stoked to get some Doritos.

Sometimes the smallest gesture can change someone’s day for the better, especially when that act of kindness lets them know their work is appreciated. Over the last few years, delivery drivers have done a fantastic job keeping people healthy during the pandemic, so Toni Hillison Barnett told News 11 that she and her husband started a tradition of leaving snacks for their drivers on the front porch.

The Barnetts, who live in Louisville, Kentucky, can see the drivers' reactions by recording them on their doorbell cameras. “I live for reactions like this to our snack cart! Thx to all of the delivery drivers out there! We appreciate you!” Toni wrote on an Instagram post.

Recently, one of the Barnetts’ delivery guys, a joyous fellow that we believe is known as Dee, went viral on TikTok because of his positive reaction to receiving some snacks during his deliveries. The snacks are tasty, no doubt. But it’s also wonderful to feel appreciated. After Toni posted the video, it received more than 100,000 views.

“Oh my God, you guys are the best, I gotta take a snapshot of this,” Dee can be heard saying in the video. “Oh, Capri Suns are my favorite, Yes!”

Keep ReadingShow less
Pop Culture

'Princess Bride' star Mandy Patinkin shared a moving detail about the film with a grieving woman

Two souls connecting over the loss of their fathers. (Phew, grab a tissue for this one, folks.)

via Mandy Patinkin / TikTok

This story originally appeared on 08.25.21


There was an emotional exchange on TikTok between two people who lost their fathers to cancer. One was actor Mandy Patinkin, the other was TikTok user Amanda Webb.

Patinkin currently stars on "The Good Fight" but one of his most famous roles is Inigo Montoya in the 1987 classic "The Princess Bride." In the film, Montoya is a swordsman who is obsessed with confronting a six-fingered man who killed his father.

Webb recently lost her father Dan to mantle cell lymphoma. She had heard a rumor that Patinkin used his father's death from cancer as motivation in a pivotal scene where he confronts the six-fingered Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) in a duel.

Keep ReadingShow less
Photo by Roméo A. on Unsplash

Cat hilariously rats out owner in front of the landlord.

Maybe it's a right of passage into adulthood or maybe some landlords discriminate against pets because they can't tell people kids are forbidden in their residence. Either way, just about everyone has lived in a rental home that didn't allow pets. Most people just abide by the rules and vow to get a pet when they find a new home.

Some people, on the other hand, get creative. I once came across a post on social media where someone claimed their pit bull puppy was actually a silver Labrador. But one woman on TikTok was harboring a secret cat in her rental that had a no pets policy, and either her cat was unaware or he was aware and was simply being a jerk.

My money is on the latter since cats are known to be jerks for no reason. I mean, have you ever left something on the counter for a few minutes? They make it their mission to knock it on the floor. So I fully believe this fluffy little meow box wanted to make his presence known in an effort to rat out his owner.

Keep ReadingShow less

This article originally appeared on 04.15.19


On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

Keep ReadingShow less