A construction worker made this life-sized 'Where's Waldo?' cutout for hospitalized children to follow and play along.

Where’s Waldo? The children in an Indiana children’s hospital have the answer, thanks to construction worker Jason Haney.

When a new wing of Memorial Children’s Hospital (now known as Beacon Children’s Hospital) in South bend, Indiana was under construction in 2016, Haney hid an eight-foot cutout of the elusive literary figure in various parts of the structure under construction.

The children had the task of finding Waldo from the windows of their hospital rooms next door.


As soon as Waldo was spotted, Haney would move the cutout to a different location.

Now that the wing of the Hospital has been completed, Waldo is still on display for children to enjoy.

Haney understands the importance of bringing cheer into children’s lives, as they have first-hand experience with childhood illness.

Haney’s daughter, Taylor, received care at a different children’s hospital after she had a stroke in utero. When she was three, they were told that Taylor would not learn past a third-grade level due to the brain damage. According to Haney, "We were shocked, but the brain is amazing, and it righted itself." Taylor has since graduated high school with honors, and was accepted into Ball State University.  

Taylor even had a hand in Waldo’s creation. She helped Haney paint the 50-pound cutout and move it on weekends when no one was working.

Haney was floored by the response Waldo received while the project was underway.  "I can't believe a simple piece of wood can bring so much happiness," he said in an interview with TODAY.

"The other day a girl who is about 10 years old was getting chemo, and you could just see her eyes light up when she met Jason,'' said Heidi Prescott, a spokesperson for the hospital. "You would've thought he was the biggest rock star. What Jason is doing is far and above what any construction worker would normally do."

"You walk into the pediatrics unit and you ask the kids, 'Where's Waldo?', and we have seen children in the play area or their rooms run up to the window and look out,'' Prescott said. "It really helps take their mind off what they're going through for a couple minutes, and it's been very heartwarming."

But this elaborate game of Where’s Waldo didn’t just bring joy into the children’s lives – it made strangers on the internet smile as well. Reddit’s faith in humanity was restored:

Haney, himself, was impressed by the outpouring of support on Reddit and had this to say:

To donate to, or get involved with Beacon Children’s Hospital, click here.  

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Leah Menzies had no idea her deceased mother was her boyfriend's kindergarten teacher.

When you start dating the love of your life, you want to share it with the people closest to you. Sadly, 18-year-old Leah Menzies couldn't do that. Her mother died when she was 7, so she would never have the chance to meet the young woman's boyfriend, Thomas McLeodd. But by a twist of fate, it turns out Thomas had already met Leah's mom when he was just 3 years old. Leah's mom was Thomas' kindergarten teacher.

The couple, who have been dating for seven months, made this realization during a visit to McCleodd's house. When Menzies went to meet his family for the first time, his mom (in true mom fashion) insisted on showing her a picture of him making a goofy face. When they brought out the picture, McLeodd recognized the face of his teacher as that of his girlfriend's mother.

Menzies posted about the realization moment on TikTok. "Me thinking my mum (who died when I was 7) will never meet my future boyfriend," she wrote on the video. The video shows her and McLeodd together, then flashes to the kindergarten class picture.

“He opens this album and then suddenly, he’s like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God — over and over again,” Menzies told TODAY. “I couldn’t figure out why he was being so dramatic.”

Obviously, Menzies is taking great comfort in knowing that even though her mother is no longer here, they can still maintain a connection. I know how important it was for me to have my mom accept my partner, and there would definitely be something missing if she wasn't here to share in my joy. It's also really incredible to know that Menzies' mother had a hand in making McLeodd the person he is today, even if it was only a small part.

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Found out through this photo in his photo album. A moment straight out of a movie 🥲

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“It’s incredible that that she knew him," Menzies said. "What gets me is that she was standing with my future boyfriend and she had no idea.”

Since he was only 3, McLeodd has no actual memory of Menzies' mother. But his own mother remembers her as “kind and really gentle.”

The TikTok has understandably gone viral and the comments are so sweet and positive.

"No the chills I got omggg."

"This is the cutest thing I have watched."

"It’s as if she remembered some significance about him and sent him to you. Love fate 😍✨"

In the caption of the video, she said that discovering the connection between her boyfriend and her mom was "straight out of a movie." And if you're into romantic comedies, you're definitely nodding along right now.

Menzies and McLeodd made a follow-up TikTok to address everyone's positive response to their initial video and it's just as sweet. The young couple sits together and addresses some of the questions they noticed pop up. People were confused that they kept saying McLeodd was in kindergarten but only 3 years old when he was in Menzies' mother's class. The couple is Australian and Menzies explained that it's the equivalent of American preschool.

They also clarified that although they went to high school together and kind of knew of the other's existence, they didn't really get to know each other until they started dating seven months ago. So no, they truly had no idea that her mother was his teacher. Menzies revealed that she "didn't actually know that my mum taught at kindergarten."

"I just knew she was a teacher," she explained.

She made him act out his reaction to seeing the photo, saying he was "speechless," and when she looked at the photo she started crying. McLeodd recognized her mother because of the pictures Menzies keeps in her room. Cue the "awws," because this is so cute, I'm kvelling.

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School should feel like a safe space. But after the tragic news of yet another mass shooting, many children are scared to death. As a parent or a teacher, it can be an arduous task helping young minds to unpack such unthinkable monstrosities. Especially when, in all honesty, the adults are also terrified.

Katelyn Campbell, a clinical psychologist in South Carolina, worked with elementary school children in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. She recently shared a simple idea that helped then, in hopes that it might help now.

The psychologist tweeted, “We had our kids draw pictures of scenery that made them feel calm—we then hung them up around the school—to make the ‘other kids who were scared’ have something calm to look at.”



“Kids, like adults, want to feel helpful when they feel helpless,” she continued, saying that drawing gave them something useful to do.

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Alberto's legs can't even reach the pedals, but that doesn't stop his little hands from flying expertly over the keys as incredible music pours out of the piano at the 10th International Musical Competition "Città di Penne" in Italy. Even if you've seen young musicians play impressively, it's hard not to have your jaw drop at this one. Sometimes a kid comes along who just clearly has a gift.

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