The Stanleys take in kids who need help. And the kids said thanks with the best surprise.
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Day by day, Adam and Becca Stanley's beautiful family just gets bigger and bigger.

Ever since they moved to Adair Park in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011, they've been welcoming more and more kids into their family. They already had three kids of their own, but to them, family is much more than just its biological definition. To them, a family connection can extend to anyone and be as simple as welcoming someone into your home when they have no other place to go.

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That's why when they moved, they started their own nonprofit focused on mentoring youth. Whether it's through organizing local sports leagues, throwing a big Sunday morning pancake breakfast, or welcoming new kids in need into their home, the Stanleys have truly made an impact with the people who make their community so great.

"We really just want it to be a safe place for the kids in the neighborhood," explains Becca.

Just check out the video below to learn more about the work they're doing and the moving story behind their growing family:

Life would be very different for the kids in this neighborhood without this super-dad.

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Without question, the Stanleys go above and beyond to give back to those who truly need a helping hand.

"When I was having a rough time," says Ashton Berot, one of the kids in the neighborhood, "they gave me a place to stay, they got me in college, helped me stay in high school."

"It kinda inspired me to think bigger and go bigger."

And because all the kids felt that same kind of love, they rose to the Minute Maid challenge and created a heartwarming gift for the Stanleys – a reverse care package.

They simply wanted to show their appreciation for all that Adam and Becca do for them. So Ashton gathered all the kids in secret to prepare the care package with surprise goodies like a signed football complete with personal messages, pancake mix (of course!), and some Minute Maid orange juice. After all, their breakfast gatherings always meant so much to Ashton and he looked forward to having many more morning meals together as a family very soon.

So to cap it all off, he wrote an incredibly touching letter to show just how wonderful his experience with the Stanleys was.

Dear Adam,
Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I am very thankful for everything you've done for me — getting me in school, keeping me out of trouble, giving me job opportunities, and allowing me to meet your family. You've helped me think and dream bigger. I really don’t know where I would be today if i had not met you and Becca. You've inspired me to be a better me and help people less fortunate than me. You've done so much for me, I wanted to do something for you. Here's a gift from all of us.
Be happy,
Ashton


When we open our hearts (and doors) to neighbors in need of a helping hand, truly amazing things can happen.

In fact, we get more in return than we could ever imagine: friends we can call family and people who have our backs no matter what.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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