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This eight-year-old homeless, refugee chess champion now has a place to live. And so much more.

Earlier this month, Upworthy shared the remarkable story of Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi, the eight-year-old refugee who won the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade.

His family fled Nigeria in 2017 to avoid being killed by Boko Haram terrorists.


At the time he won the championship, he had only been playing chess for only about a year. During the same period, he and his family lived in a homeless shelter in Manhattan.

To improve their situation, his father worked hard as an Uber driver in a rented car and sold real estate through Brick & Mortar. His mother studied to be a home healthcare worker.

Tani’s victory gained national headlines and people from all over reached out to help the family.

A GoFundme campaign was started by Russell Makofsky, the head of the chess program at Tani’s school. The campaign has since raised over $240,000.

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Now, thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the Adewumi family has a modest two-bedroom apartment near Tani’s school. Plus, someone donated a car to his father so he can take more home from his Uber driving and his mother has a job offer to be a healthcare aide at a hospital.

Three film companies have approached the family about making a movie based on their lives.

“I think I am still dreaming,” Kayode Adewumi, Tani’s dad told The New York Times. “I hope I don’t wake up.”

Although the family has received a massive windfall, they’ve decided to pay it forward. After tithing 10% to the church that gave them shelter while they were experiencing homlessness, the family are using the rest of the money to establish the Tanitoluwa Adewumi Foundation.

The foundation aims to help African immigrants struggling in the United States. “Anybody who is coming from Africa who is in the position we were in, we will help them,” Kayode told The New York Times. “God has already blessed me,” he continued. “I want to release my blessing to others.

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Adorable Dexter and his new chew toy. Thanks Chewy Claus.

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Every holiday season, millions of kids send letters asking for everything from a new bike to a pony. Some even make altruistic requests such as peace on Earth or helping struggling families around the holidays.

But wouldn’t the holiday season be even more magical if our pets had their wishes granted, too? That’s why Chewy Claus is stepping up to spread holiday cheer to America’s pets.

Does your dog dream of a month’s supply of treats or chew toys? Would your cat love a new tree complete with a stylish condo? How about giving your betta fish some fresh decor that’ll really tie its tank together?

Or do your pets need something more than mere creature comforts such as life-saving surgery?

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Teen raises $186,000 to help Walmart worker retire.

In America, many people have to work well past the age of retirement to make ends meet. While some of these people choose to work past retirement age because it keeps them active, some older people, like Nola Carpenter, 81, work out of necessity.

Carpenter has been working at Walmart for 20 years, way beyond most people's retirement age just so that she can afford to continue to pay her mortgage. When 19-year-old Devan Bonagura saw the woman looking tired in the break room of the store, he posted a video to his TikTok of Carpenter with a text overlay that said, "Life shouldn't b this hard..." complete with a sad face emoji.

In the video, Carpenter is sitting at a small table looking down and appearing to be exhausted. The caption of the video reads ":/ I feel bad." Turns out, a lot of other people did too, and encouraged the teen to start a GoFundMe, which has since completed.

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Philadelphia is taking the city back to the past.

Remember when calling your parents, a tow truck or a friend when you were out and about meant digging in your pocket for a quarter to make a pay phone call? Well, a Philadelphia-based collective, PhilTel, is jumping into the past with a modern twist, by installing free-to-use pay phones throughout the city.

Of course, the pay phones that many of us grew up were removed from public places years ago. There no longer seemed to be a need for them when most people had a phone in their pocket or in their hand. But it's easy to forget that not everyone has or wants that luxury. For some people, staying that connected all the time can be too much and for others, it's simply financially impossible to own a cell phone.

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As if a Canada goose named Arnold isn't endearing enough, his partner who came looking for him when he was injured is warming hearts and having us root for this sweet feathered couple.

Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts shared the story on its Facebook page, in what they called "a first" for their animal hospital.


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Think all cats are the same? These pictures prove they each have their own personality

Photographer Nils Jacobi shows how cats aren't nearly as aloof as one might think.

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Catographer purrfectly captures cats' purrsonalities.

People often mistakingly attribute a singular personality to cats—usually the words "aloof" or "snobby" are used to describe them. At best, they might be given the "evil genius" label. But in actuality, no two cats are alike. Each has their own distinct ways of being, whether that’s silly, sophisticated, affectionate, downright diabolical or somewhere in between.

This photographer has the pictures to prove it.

Nils Jacobi, better known online as furryfritz, the catographer, has photographed literally thousands upon thousands of cats—from Maine coons who look like they should be in a perfume ad to tabbies in full-on derp mode.
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