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A comedian's son put gas in the car. The significance of that accomplishment brought the dad to tears.

Watch the moving moment a dad realizes that his son is going to be just fine.

A comedian's son put gas in the car. The significance of that accomplishment brought the dad to tears.

Comedian D.L. Hughley recently appeared on Oprah's "Where Are They Now?" and opened up about his son's struggles.


Hughley said that his now-26-year-old son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder when he was young.

Autism Speaks explains Asperger syndrome as "an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the 'high functioning' end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements."

On the show, Hughley shared something that recently happened — something so significant that talking about it brought him to tears.

Some folks who have an autism spectrum disorder need a defined routine that remains consistent every day. That's the case for Hughley's son.


That's what all parents want, right? To know their child is going to be OK? And when a parent experiences something that allows them to feel that, it's big.

Be still, my heart.

You can watch Hughley talk about his son and see a few sweet family photos.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.