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Say you're in line at the grocery store when the woman checking out in front of you pulls a SNAP benefits card out of an expensive-looking, name brand purse to pay for her groceries. Let's say her nails are freshly manicured. Maybe she's carrying an iPhone as well. Is your first thought something like:

Why is she receiving public assistance if she can afford that nice purse, nails, and phone?

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The humanitarian aid organization World Vision has a new model for child sponsorship that's changing the way communities in need connect with people who want to help.

Traditionally, a child sponsor will commit to a monthly donation to sponsor a specific child, which they choose from a sea of children's faces and names. World Vision then funnels money to that child's community to "tackle the root causes of poverty and create sustainable change," including healthcare, economic opportunity, education, and clean water.

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As the old quote goes, "Life is like a ferris wheel. Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down. In the end, you just have to learn to enjoy the ride."

Nobody knows that better than Ronnie Foster, a retired Department of Transportation worker in North Carolina.

Foster was en route to his final chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer at a local hospital when he stopped by a Short Stop convenience store Beulaville. He won $5 off of a $1 scratcher and decided to double-down and get two more tickets with his winnings.

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