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She opened up a gift bag and learned she was a grandma. Her reaction is the best!

Hold onto your heartstrings! This is gonna tug at them.

She opened up a gift bag and learned she was a grandma. Her reaction is the best!

Laura Dell recently decided to stop by her mom's work and surprise her with some good news.

She handed over a small gift in a bag and her mom, Sharon Bloomingdale, dug right in. That's when the fun begins. Luckily, Dell filmed the one-minute encounter and uploaded the heart-melting video to YouTube.


All GIFs and images via Laura Dell/YouTube.

See, this was no ordinary gift. Oh no. It was the gift of amazing news — delivered by way of a onesie. And judging by the look on Bloomingdale's face, it was pretty much the best news ever.

She was totally overcome with emotion.

The news? Laura and her husband had adopted a baby.

Laura explained below the YouTube video she uploaded:

"My husband and I had been in the adoption process for about a year. My mom, who is adopted herself, knew that we were home study approved. She had no idea, though, that we had been matched, let alone that we had been placed. Needless to say, she received the shock of her life that day as she met her first grandbaby! She thought she was just getting an anniversary present.
PS - the onesie says 'Grandma's Little Girl'"

The overjoyed grandma knew that her daughter and son-in-law were in the process of adopting — they'd finished their home study and were waiting to be matched. But as adoptive parents know, the process can take a while.

So this surprise — that a beautiful 4-month-old baby named Ellie had joined their family — was a little unexpected.

There are a handful of moments in life that stick with us. Learning you're a grandparent is one of them ... and so is meeting your grandchild for the first time.

And how's this for a double whammy? Right after learning she was a grandma, Bloomingdale got to meet her new beautiful granddaughter.


Just look at that first encounter. So. Much. Love.

Adoption is far more nuanced than a one-minute video can even begin to capture, but one thing is for sure: The more people who love a new member of the family, the better.

And grandma? Well, she's bursting at the seams with love. "It'll be great for Ellie to see the video when she grows up and know that grandma loved her even before she got to know her," Laura told Huffington Post.

If you've got a minute (literally) and a tissue, watch this beautiful first meeting.

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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.