Baby With Down Syndrome Brought Unexpected Happiness to Family
Four years ago, a couple was confronted with a difficult decision—to keep or terminate a risky pregnancy. In the end, the couple made a decision they thought could end their happiness. Instead, they were blessed with more.
Breast Cancer Survivor’s ‘Tribe’ Helps Her Overcome the Trauma
A woman was able to channel her energy into helping others after hearing the dreadful news of being diagnosed with breast cancer. She said that she turned to a variety of resources in the aftermath, but none was as effective as the emotional support she got from her breast cancer community. She shared with NTD […]
Results Released in Girl’s Request for DNA Evidence of Santa
CUMBERLAND, R.I.—The Rhode Island Department of Health says it was not able “to definitively confirm or refute the presence of Santa” in a young girl’s home after she requested to have a partially eaten cookie and a couple of gnawed-on carrot sticks tested for DNA to see if Santa Claus is real. The department said […]
Guinness Names 23-Year-Old Chihuahua World’s Oldest Living Dog
Spike, a 23-year-old Chihuahua mix from Ohio, was named world’s oldest living dog by the Guinness World Records (GWR). As of Dec. 7, 2022 Spike was 23 years and 7 days old, approximately 9 inches tall, and weighed 12.9 pounds. Spike was adopted over 13 years ago by Rita Kimball, when she found him in […]
Charity Takes Food Service to the Road
The world is reeling from inflation not seen in decades, with many people’s budgets taking a hit. In Hobart, the capital of the Australian island state Tasmania, a charity is upping its services to help more of those struggling to make ends meet.
Father and Twin Sons Chop and Deliver Firewood to Those in Need
Winter can be awfully cold, and it may be surprising to some to learn many have to go without heat. One father and his twin sons took it upon themselves to do whatever they could to make sure as many people stay warm as possible.
Army Hockey Trainer Credited With Saving Life of Player Whose Neck Got Cut by Skate
Army hockey coach Brian Riley credited a team trainer with saving the life of forward Eric Huss, who suffered a severe neck injury caused by a skate during a game at Sacred Heart University. Huss, a junior from Dallas, Texas, caught an inadvertent skate to the neck in the second period of Army’s 5–0 loss […]
Running Legend Overcomes Injury, Loss, and Addiction
A story of courage and faith against all odds. Dick Beardsley was a former athlete addicted to prescription painkillers after a series of injuries. Beardsley shares how he overcame his demons and how he deals with the loss of his son to suicide.
Oldest Living Pearl Harbor Survivor Marks 105th Birthday
NEW ORLEANS—Flag-waving admirers lined the sidewalk outside the National World War II Museum in New Orleans on Wednesday to greet the oldest living survivor of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor as he marked his upcoming 105th birthday. “It feels great,” Joseph Eskenazi of Redondo Beach, California, told reporters after posing for pictures with his […]
Organization Returns Veterans to Battle Sites For ‘Trips of Honor’
Forever Young Veterans is an organization that helps veterans and the community realize the impact veterans’ sacrifice has had on the world. The organization takes veterans on trips of honor to the nation’s capital and also returns them to their place of service.
Mother of 4 Passes On Lessons From Grandmother About Life on the Land
In Tennessee, a homesteading mom is teaching her four children the self-sufficiency lessons that her parents’ generation missed out on. On their 23-and-a-half-acre farm, hard work and dedication are keeping alive the skills that served her ancestors.
Meet the Headmistress Who Believes Traditional Values Are Key to Success and Growth
A famous British headmistress known for her use of rigorous application of school rules said that progressive teaching is failing students as it misinterprets compassion as letting a child off easy while enforcing “white” guilt on teachers. NTD takes a look at the school’s values and methods applied in teaching its pupils.
Turning Adversity Into Strength—Not Letting Trauma Define Me by Staying Silent: Haley Slade
NTD has the story of a young woman, who is now a successful business owner. Haley Slade is now the CEO and founder of a six-figure business called Slade Copy House. But her path taking her here was not easy. As a young teenager, she was sexually assaulted by a leader of her church, and […]
Set of Texas Twins Born in 2 Different Years
A pair of twins in Denton, Texas, were born in two different years after their mother went into labor earlier than she expected on New Year’s Eve. The mother of the twin girls, Kali Jo Scott, had to be taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton on New Year’s Eve, FOX 4 reported. The mother […]
Paraglider Saves Woman From an Alligator-Infested Canal
Soaring through the air over South Miami, a paraglider spotted a woman in a dire situation. She drove her car in an alligator-infested canal and was in imminent danger. Then, the glider had no choice but to execute an emergency landing and save the woman. It sounds like a scene from a James Bond movie, […]
‘It’s Like a Miracle’: Son Presumed Dead, Found Alive 12 Years Later in France
Joyce Curtis is celebrating a Christmas miracle after learning her son, presumed dead for over 10 years, is still alive and may return home soon. Curtis filed a missing person report in 2009 after not hearing from Nicholas for a while. He had gone to Europe to find work and was last heard hitchhiking across […]
Girl, 5, Saves Younger Brother’s Life After Car Crash Kills Parents
A 5-year-old girl saved her baby brother’s life after a car crash killed their parents, leaving three young children trapped in the wreckage for more than two days in a remote part of rural Western Australia, CNN affiliate Nine News reported. In a statement, Western Australia Police said the family’s Land Rover Discovery was found […]
Bucs’ Gabbert, Brothers Rescue People in Tampa Chopper Crash
TAMPA, Fla.—Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert became an unexpected hero Thursday when a helicopter crashed into Hillsborough Bay in Tampa. He and his two brothers were cruising nearby on jet skis, checking out from afar some of the sail boats at a yacht club, when they heard a “faint noise” south of Davis Island and […]
Man Spreads Kindness Driving a School Bus
You may be familiar with Curtis Jenkins, people called him the world’s nicest school bus driver. He went viral for all the kindness he showed the kids riding his bus. He encouraged them, inspired them to do what they love, and made that bus into a little family. Now a couple of years on, he […]
Buffalo Woman Saves Man With Severe Frostbite After Getting Him out of the Storm and Pleading for Help in a Facebook Livestream
As a powerful storm battered western New York with blinding blizzard conditions in the early hours of Christmas Eve, a Buffalo woman jumped into action when she saw a man who was caught in the storm. Sha’Kyra Aughtry said she was home when she heard someone screaming on her street. When she looked out her […]
Wisconsin Waitress Gets $1,000 Tip From Christmas Customer
MADISON, Wis.—A Wisconsin waitress got a Christmas morning surprise from a customer—a $1,000 tip. Callie Blue, 29, was waiting tables at Gus’s Diner in Sun Prairie, just outside Madison, at 6 a.m. Sunday when she started chatting with one of the few customers in the restaurant at that hour, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. He […]
Sheep Dog Videos Create a Storm on Social Media
Sheep-herding takes a lot of patience and skill. And it involves having the right kind of sheepdog. A shepherd in Scotland whose videos have attracted plenty of views on social media shares the art of commanding sheepdogs.
A Buffalo Family Who Became Stranded in Blizzard Conditions Got to Spend Christmas at Firefighters’ Firehouse
When the blizzard first hit Buffalo, New York, a family of six packed up their bags and headed to a local hotel after they lost power at their home—but they ended up celebrating Christmas somewhere a little more surprising. Demetrice and Danielle, along with their children Aayden, 8, Aubree, 4, Jordynn, 2, and 9-month-old Judah […]
Pilot Adopts Dog Abandoned at San Francisco Airport
A dog abandoned at the San Francisco airport has found a forever home with a United Airlines captain, according to the San Francisco SPCA. A pup named Polaris had arrived to San Francisco with a traveler from an international destination. But the dog was abandoned at the airport when “the customer chose to continue traveling […]
Police Unexpectedly Find Missing Baby During Break
Missing Ohio infant Kason Thomass was discovered seemingly by chance on Dec. 22. Thomass and his twin brother Kyair were abducted in a black Honda Accord in Columbus, Ohio, on the night of Dec. 19, about 175 miles away from where he was found, according to police. After Kyair had been found at the Dayton […]
Pippi Longstocking House Wins Annual Swedish Gingerbread House Competition
A house based on Astrid Lindgren’s “Pippi Longstocking” books won the people’s prize at the annual Christmas gingerbread house competition at the Swedish Museum of Architecture and Design on Dec. 18.
‘Tiny Things Can Make Massive Differences’: Baker Helps With Neighbors’ Energy Bills
With gas prices still sky-high in the UK, many are struggling to keep warm this winter, let alone throw on the oven for a Christmas cake. But in one English town in North Yorkshire, baker Ed Trewhitt is warming hearts as he has opened up his oven and a lounge to the public to share […]
Aussie Motorcycle Club Fosters Brotherhood
Some of Australia’s military veterans are turning to motorcycle groups to help with mental health issues like depression. The groups give the veterans a vital support network. The members also help each other find important information and resources for life after the military.
90-Year-Old Woman Graduates 71 Years After Starting College
A 90-year-old woman finally walked across the stage and receive her diploma, 71 years after she first enrolled in college. Joyce DeFauw, then Joyce Viola Kane, started her freshman year at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1951 with a plan to graduate with a degree in home economics. But those plans changed when DeFauw met […]
Men and Dog Missing for 10 Days Found on Powerless Sailboat
Two men and a pet dog were rescued from a sailboat without power or fuel more than 200 miles off Delaware, 10 days after friends and relatives had last heard from them, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday. Kevin Hyde, 65, and Joe Ditomasso, 76, were sailing from Cape May, New Jersey, to Marathon, Florida. […]
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Actor Reflects on Movie
Fathom Events and TCM will celebrate 75 years of “It’s A Wonderful Life” in theaters nationwide on Dec. 18 and 21. It’ll be the first time coming to Fathom. NTD spoke with Jimmy Hawkins, who plays one of the Bailey children in the movie. Hawkins explained what makes this movie so special, and why it […]
Santa Visit Brings Joy to a Frosty Alaska Inupiat Village
NUIQSUT, Alaska—Though the weather outside was frightful, schoolchildren in the northern Alaska Inupiat community of Nuiqsut were so delighted for a visit by Santa that they braved wind chills of 25 degrees below zero just to see him land on a snow-covered airstrip. Once again, it was time for Operation Santa Claus in Alaska. And […]
Discovering New Life After Having a Stroke
Strokes impact people in different ways and after hospital rehabilitation ends, the journey of recovery can be challenging. Some stroke survivors though are discovering their new life after having a stroke, through performing arts. NTD spoke to some of them who were attending a workshop organised by Brain Odysseys.
Lifting Spirits Through Creative Health: Lord Alan Howarth
Lord Alan Howarth, is the co-chair of a parliamentary group on arts, health and wellbeing, and chair of the charity, National Centre for Creative Health. He says this more holistic approach to health is growing at pace and is supported by NHS England. NTD spoke to Lord Howarth to gain more insight into the health […]
Texas Woman Breaks Guinness Record for World’s Largest Feet
A Texas woman found out from a social media comment that she broke the record for the world’s largest feet on a living female. She shared with NTD her struggles and inspiring life journey growing up as a tall woman.
‘The Trifecta of Hope Helped Me Through Depression’: Dr. Mark Goulston
Dr. Mark Goulston used to suffer from depression after he almost dropped out of medical school twice. He came across something that he said helped him take back control of his life. Now, he is a psychiatrist himself who hasn’t lost one patient to suicide in the last 30 years.
Celery Stalk in Trash, Luck, Lead to Lost Wedding Rings
WINDHAM, N.H.—A celery stalk sighting and a little luck came together to help a New Hampshire man find his wife’s wedding rings in a 20-ton trash trailer, the jewelry wrapped in a napkin he had accidentally thrown away. Kevin Butler had taken the trash to a transfer station in Windham last Wednesday. Unwittingly he had […]
‘Thanksgiving Miracle’: Man Rescued After Falling Overboard From Cruise in Gulf
In the first hours after the Carnival Valor set sail from New Orleans on Thanksgiving eve, a brother and sister set off for a place apropos of a holiday mood: They headed to an onboard bar. Predictably, the man at one point stepped away to use the restroom. But he didn’t come back. Hours passed. […]
‘More Crunch, More Flavor’: Deep-Frying Thanksgiving Turkey With a Texas Chef
Deep-frying a turkey might not be the healthiest way of preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal, but a Texas chef claims it could be the tastiest, sharing his technique for preparing the iconic bird.
Missouri Teen Who Aided Wounded Police Officer Honored for Heroism
High school student Ava Donegan was on a shopping trip with a friend in October, when she rushed to assist a Missouri Police Department officer who had been shot. Donegan helped tie a tourniquet for the officer and was later honoured for her bravery on Nov. 17. The 17-year-old and her friend were stopped at […]
Waukesha Dancing Grannies Return for Parade
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are a hit at the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. But last November, a driver sped onto the parade route, killing 6 people and injuring 60 more. Now, the grannies are making a comeback after the tragedy.
Indiana Police Officer Receives Heartwarming Thank You After 24 Years
A police officer from South Bend, Indiana, was in for a surprise when a 27-year-old man, whom she saved as a toddler, paid her a visit to thank her for saving his life. On July 16, 1998, officer Anne Hayes responded to a 911 call where a caller reported a child walking in and out […]
The Couple Traveling the World in Ambulance They Bought on eBay
Two veterinarians driving around the world in an ambulance with their dog in tow might sound like the premise of a movie. But it’s very much the reality for UK couple Lawrence Dodi and Rachel Nixon, who are currently about a year into a global trip across more than 50 countries in a bid to […]
Divine Messengers | Socrates Secrets (Episode 2)
Scholars agree that the ancient Greeks laid the foundation for Western civilization in various areas, including art, science, theater, and democracy. In the center of all of this was a man who would become one of the most well-known Greeks throughout time, and maybe one with the greatest influence on our thinking in the Western […]
Divine Messengers | From Nun to Genius (Episode 3)
Saint Hildegard was not only a nun, poet, and musician, but also a divinely inspired philosopher who observed the patterns in our universe, from microcosm to macrocosm. She had remarkable visions, and was consulted by kings, emperors, noblemen, and the clergy. Hildegard wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts and there are more surviving chants by […]
Concert Cellist Spends 100 Days Carving Cello From Scratch—and Its Sounds Will Give You Goose Bumps
After falling in love with the sound of the cello as a child, a Copenhagen-born cellist eventually decided to build one of her own from scratch. She gave herself 100 days to finish the complex task, and, with the support of the internet, realized her dream. Ida Riegels comes from a musical family. Her grandmother […]
22-Year-Old Raises Teen Half-Sister After Parents Die: ‘She’s My Own Child’
A 22-year-old college senior, who filed for guardianship of her 16-year-old half-sister after the teen’s mom died, says that giving her sister the chance to live her teenage years to the fullest is worth the sacrifice. Hunter Nelson, originally of North Carolina, now lives in Kentucky with Gracie Nelson, a high school sophomore. The half-sisters’ father […]
Cowboy Cosplayers in Washington Recreate Wild West
The Renton Fish and Game Club, about half an hour from Seattle, played host to Cowboy Action Shooting Aug. 6. It’s an annual firearms competition that sees its participants dress up in cowboy costume. To compete, they use vintage firearms on various old-fashioned themed courses. The Renton club is part of a global Single Action […]
‘God Speaks to Me All the Time,’ Says Mother of ‘Miracle Child’ Who Survived Terrible Accident
A 3-year-old girl has defied the odds when she achieved a significant step in her ongoing recovery after surviving being hit by a car. After months of surgery and years of therapy, Shaylie Edwards, now aged 6, has graduated from kindergarten. “This kid was just destined to do something incredible,” Erica Edwards, Shaylie’s mother, told […]
Meet the 81-Year-Old Climbing Scottish Mountains for His Sick Wife
BALLACHULISH, Scotland—At the windswept summit of Buachaille Etive Mòr, a Scottish peak more than 3,350 ft)above sea level, 81-year-old Nick Gardner stops to gaze down at the rugged peaks, lochs, and valleys visible through the drifting clouds. “It’s so exciting every time I still feel like a little boy,” he said. “I need my hat […]
Give Tweens and Teens the Pasta Tongs and Let Dinner Magic Happen
We all have a soft spot in our heart for buttered noodles, but it’s not going to cut it for a family dinner on the regular. Luckily, pasta is a quick meal that nearly always tastes fancier than it really is—and it’s easy for teens and tweens to cook themselves. Instead of throwing things at […]
Hearts and Minds: Renowned Surgeon Helps Children Reach Their Full Potential
Dr. Nche Zama is a nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon. Although some may say that he has attained the American dream, the road to his success began with tragedy. Dr. Zama was born in Bamenda, a small African village in Cameroon. As a child, he watched his mother die during childbirth. “I was standing there as […]
Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant-Garde Is Now Aiming for Harvard, the NBA and NASA
Zaila Avant-Garde wasn’t focused on her place in history on Thursday when she became the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 93 editions of the competition. Instead, she was thinking about Bill Murray. The 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, won the 2021 crown after correctly spelling murraya—a type of tree—that […]
A Customer Left a $16,000 Tip After Ordering Some Hot Dogs, Chips, and a Few Drinks
It was an ordinary Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire when a hungry customer walked into a restaurant, sat at the outside bar, and ordered some food. Roughly two hot dogs, some chips, a coke, a beer, and a shot of tequila later, he paid his $37 tab and left—but not before including a $16,000 tip. […]
This Woman Is a Chess Champion, and She’s Blind
Jessica Lauser is relentless on the chessboard. She plays quickly, applying constant pressure on her opponents. She attacks constantly, not unlike the Beth Harmon character from the Netflix television series “The Queen’s Gambit.” She baits her opponents out of their comfort zones, then leverages the element of surprise. Her success in the game has won […]
Falun Dafa Helps Brothers Through Pandemic
Two twin brothers tell NTD their experience of studying at university during lockdowns last year. The pandemic threw some challenges at them, but they say practicing their spiritual faith, Falun Dafa, gave them the strength and wisdom to get through it.
Baby Miraculously Recovers From Illness
Every year, millions of mothers face one of life’s greatest difficulties: giving birth to unhealthy babies. One mother-of-eight shares her family’s miraculous story of overcoming her son’s illness. Parents of eight, Todd and Brooke Tilghman have faced many challenges and celebrated many victories before Todd won Season 18 of NBC’s The Voice, such as when they […]
An Ohio Dad Runs His First Marathon Around Hospital for 4-Year-Old Son With Cancer
There were two thoughts pushing Kolt Codner forward in his first marathon race: his 4-year-old son Andrew’s fight against cancer and the hospital that provides him care. Codner, of Poland, Ohio, ran 26.2 miles around Akron Children’s Hospital on October 17 to raise money for the hospital treating his son, who has 26 months left […]
Meet the 1-Year-Old Chef With 1.3 Million Followers on Instagram
A 1-year-old chef is cooking up a storm on social media, with more than a million followers on Instagram tuning in to “Kobe Eats” to enjoy his baby-faced tutorials. “Chef Kobe” likes “to cook, eat & explore in the kitchen,” his bio says. Videos show him helping to prepare recipes ranging from mac and cheese […]
NYC Restaurant Salutes Medical Workers, Stays Open After Big Loss of Revenue Due to Outbreak
He’s on one hour of sleep yet he still has glowing skin and no bags under his eyes. He runs a restaurant, works as an attorney, and takes care of his elderly mother and disabled sister. And despite the pandemic, he keeps his Hawaiian-themed restaurant open and even offers free meals to medical workers at local hospitals.
The Podcast Host Who Beat Shyness
NEW YORK—Podcast host Uluç Ülgen has created a thriving livelihood out of desperation. The professional conversationalist once felt socially awkward and lonely. And until six years ago, he even had a hard time looking into people’s eyes. But today, Ülgen sells his Podcast Superstar experiences for $300 a session on Airbnb. “It is the best […]
Young Achiever Shares His Secrets to Achieving the American Dream
Entrepreneurship requires full dedication. So, can you be a part-time entrepreneur? Shaan Patel, a resident physician, a ‘shark tank’ veteran, and CEO of his multi-million-dollar business said you can, if you work hard and have the right productivity skills.
We Bought a $1 House in Italy. Here’s What Happened Next
It seemed like a deal too good to be true. A new house—and potentially a whole new life—for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar. Over the past year or so, numerous small towns from Sicily in the south to the northern Alps have […]
Kim Kardashian Says She Will Dress More Modest in Future to Honor Husband Kanye West
Kim Kardashian West has announced she will dress more conservatively in the future out of respect for her husband, Kanye West, who has become a devout Christian. In the Oct. 13 episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kardashian and her husband had a “row” about a revealing dress Kim wore at the Met Gala in […]
Marie Kondo’s Doing What She Can to Make Your Kids Tidy
NEW YORK—Not even Marie Kondo can follow all her rules for tidying all the time. “Of course, when things get very busy, I need to let go of some of my standards and methods, and I think that’s a completely natural thing,” the decluttering guru, Netflix reality star, and mother of two told The Associated […]
120-Year-Old Family Store Continues Traditional Craft
On the west side of Manhattan in New York, a small 19th-century store is known for its unique handicraft. The traditional craft—called chair caning—has a history of hundreds of years. The store opened in 1899, with this fourth-generation family business being a neighborhood fixture. The inconspicuous store has repaired chairs of every shape and size. […]