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Houston waiter refuses to serve customer who insulted Down syndrome boy

Published January 20, 2013 FoxNews.com

Usually, when a waiter refuses to serve someone at a restaurant, customers complain. In this case, customers cheered.

The waiter in question, Michael Garcia, has been receiving goodwill and friend requests on the restaurant’s Facebook page since word spread that he stood up for a child with special needs.

Garcia, who works at the Houston restaurant Laurenzo’s, was waiting on a family, regulars with a 5-year-old child, Milo, who has Down syndrome. The server said that another family at the restaurant commented on Milo’s behavior, which Garcia described as “talking and making little noises.” Garcia moved the complaining family to another table, but they were still unhappy. “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” the father reportedly said.

The waiter then took a stand. He told FoxNews.com that such talk is ignorant and is due to people’s fear of the unknown. “My personal feelings took over,” he said, leading him to tell the father, “Sir, I won’t be able to serve you.” The family left the restaurant.

It didn’t take long for the story to get out. The eatery’s Facebook page has received praise from people in Texas and beyond.

Facebook user Tisha Baker wrote, “Thank you so much for speaking up when most just turn away.”

Rick Park posted, “Thank you Mr. Garcia, I have a 17 year old son with Down syndrome and I love to hear about people like yourself standing up for people with disabilities.”

Stephanie Painter added, “Thank you Michael for standing up for this beautiful little boy! Anyone who has ever come in contact with a child, or adult, with Down’s knows how loving and happy they are. Milo is a precious gift from God and so is Michael!”

Outside of Texas, Garcia gained other fans. Sue Pusztai posted, “I wish I lived in Texas so I could eat at your restaurant. I would loved to have met Mr. Garcia and thank him for his compassion and courage.”

Grateful mom of Milo, Kim Castillo, added her thanks online the night of the incident on a friend’s Facebook page: “Yay for people like Michael … who not only love (my son) Milo for who he is — a customer and little boy with Down syndrome, but stand up for him no matter what.”

 

FoxNews.com’s Alexandria Hein contributed to this report. 

 

Harvard Lawyer Does The Most Incredible Thing for a Homeless Family

At the age of 51, lawyer Tony Tolbert decided to move back into his parents house just so a homeless family could move into his own. This unbelievable act of kindness just has to be seen! This man is truly an angel.

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The Amazing Story of Ian and Larissa

This is truly a beautiful display of God’s design for love and marriage. 10 months into their dating relationship, Ian was involved in a tragic accident that caused significant damage to his brain. Larissa has been faithfully by his side the entire way.
Larissa and Ian have overcome unimaginable obstacles in their relationship and continue to face them daily, however they have put Christ in the center and are living out a beautiful love story. Do not miss this incredible story! desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-story-of-ian-larissa
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Powerful Story of a Woman Who was Aborted – but Survived

The video at the link below is a story of survival and God’s plan for a life.

Her biological mother decided to have an abortion, but by a miracle of God, she survived and has grown up to be a powerful tool for the Lord.

Powerful Story of a Woman Who was Aborted – but Survived


Good Samaritan in shiny shoes aids woman stranded at O’Hare

Good Samaritan in shiny shoes aids woman stranded at O’Hare

January 5, 2010 1:25 PM

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Elsie Clark was having one of the worst days of her life when fate intervened in the form of a Chicago businessman wearing shiny shoes.

On her way home to Winnipeg from Christmas spent with her family in Texas, the 79-year-old was stranded at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport for hours after an airport employee left her at the wrong terminal and she missed her plane.

When she finally boarded another plane to O’Hare
International Airport on the evening of Dec. 30, Clark — who suffers from a bad hip and uses a wheelchair — had not eaten for about 12 hours and did not know if she would make her connecting flight.

“Then I noticed a man sitting across the aisle from me wearing shiny shoes,” said Clark. “I said, ‘Sir, do you mind telling me what you do because I’ve always admired shiny shoes.’ “

Dean Germeyer, who runs a computer software consulting company in Chicago, had been scheduled to depart Texas later that evening, but at the last moment caught an earlier flight. Seated across the aisle from Clark, Germeyer said he had immediately noticed that she was having a bad day.

“People were coming by and putting their hands on her shoulders and saying, ‘I hope you get home tonight,'” said Germeyer. “She was doing OK, but you could tell she was at a breaking point.”

Although Clark didn’t ask for his help, Germeyer found himself making arrangements with the stewardess to have a wheel chair ready when the plane landed so that they could rush across the airport to catch her connecting flight.

When they landed, Germeyer hurried Clark to her next terminal, but Clark had already missed her second flight. The airline offered her a night for a discounted rate at a nearby hotel or she could sleep at the airport. That didn’t sit well with Germeyer.

“She is somebody’s grandmother,” Germeyer said. “And to slide this piece of paper across the desk and say, ‘Here is your voucher, good luck,’ when she hasn’t eaten, doesn’t have her luggage, and doesn’t know Chicago… I just wanted to make sure that she got some sleep that night.”

So, Germeyer called his wife, who had dinner waiting at their Streeterville condo, and said to put an extra place setting on the table.

Suddenly, Clark found herself being whisked away to their home some 56 floors above the city looking up Lake Shore Drive and out over Lake
Michigan. After dinner, Germeyer took her on a tour of the city before putting her up in a suite at the Affinia Hotel next to his building. He arranged for a car to take her back to the airport the next day.

“I just sat down when I got to the hotel and I cried and cried and cried,” said Clark. “Everything he did for me was just so beautiful. How do you say thanks to a man like that?”

Cynthia Dizikes

92-Year-Old Takes the Ride of Her Life



92-Year-Old Takes the Ride of Her Life

A daring great-grandmother earns her wings

 


 

We’ve all been taught to respect our elders, but 92-year-old Jane Bockstruck
surely deserves our admiration, too.


Bockstruck, who lives in the western New Hampshire town of Swanzey, celebrated her most recent birthday by dropping 13,000 feet out of an airplane.

So, what made her do it?

“I don’t know what gave me the idea, but I thought, ‘I guess I’ll jump out of a plane.’ Then I stuck with the story and did it,” Bockstruck told The Associated Press after her 120-mph tandem free fall in Orange, Massachusetts. “But it’s scary. It’s scary mostly when you get up there getting ready to go out the door.”

After going out the door and making it safely to the ground, Bockstruck’s instructor, Paul Peckham Jr., decided that the daring great-grandmother deserved much more than just a certificate. So the former Air Force combat controller cut the parachutist wings he had sewn 30 years ago on his own helmet bag and gave them to his student.

“These silver wings represent courage, and you certainly displayed that today,” Peckham told her.

Said Bockstruck of the jump, which she accomplished in front of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: “It was nice. It was quite windy and cold, but we had a lot of clothes on. Of course, if you’ve got somebody with you, it’s a little warmer. You know, two of us.”

Their outing lasted roughly 10 minutes. “She was asking, ‘Where’s the landing area?’ I pointed down to the airport,” Peckham said. “I pointed out the Quabbin Reservoir and Mount Monandnock and the Berkshire Mountains. She acknowledged they were there; she could see them.”

She started waving to her family between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.

Peckham said he has seen people much younger balk at the prospect of skydiving.

“She knew exactly what she was doing,” he said. “I’m sure she was nervous
and anxious and possibly a little afraid. She went ahead and did it. I call that courage.”


A man and his dog riding on a Hog

September 19, 2009

When JoJo Kordik rides through town, adults stop and smile.

Children wave and cheer.

Even the cops are inclined to blare their sirens.

Kordik readily admits the reception has nothing to do with him. The
56-year-old Merrionette Park road maintenance worker says, "It’s all
about the dog."

Snowbaby, an 8-year-old Siberian Husky, loves to ride on the back of
Kordik’s 2005 Ultra Classic Harley-Davidson. Wearing "doggles," she
sits in a custom-made basket that has a built-in harness.

Kordik had to weigh Snowbaby and take her measurements sitting down
before he could order the all-leather, fur-lined seat from Beast Riders
in Maryland.

"It’s specifically made for my model, but it can be modified to fit
any motorcycle," he said. Straps hold Snowbaby secure in three places.

Kordik’s been riding Snowbaby around the Southland, and even as far north as the Wisconsin border, for the past five years.

"She’s got 16,000 miles under her," he said, many of them logged in
parades and Toys For Tots events. She rode in the Mokena Fourth of July
parade and the Manteno Veteran’s Run.

Kordik’s a member of the Oak Lawn chapter of Illinois Harley Owners
Group and Hogs for Hope, a nonprofit group of Harley-Davidson owners
who help raise funds for Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.

"I always sell the most chances for Hope – 3,500 this year," he said. "But I cheat. I use the dog."

The impressive bike and the extensive tattoos belie a soft spot in
Kordik’s heart for sick children. Perhaps because he was one.

He endured several bouts of pneumonia as a child and at one point
doctors told his mother he would likely die. At 16, he was diagnosed
with scoliosis. When he was 23, he had surgery and today his spine is
completely fused from the base of his neck to his tailbone.

"I live in pain, but I figure I can sit here and worry or get out and do something to help others," he said.

The kids are the ones who benefit from his outings with Snowbaby.
And the kids are the ones who are his biggest fans when he passes them
on the streets.

"They go nuts," he said.

Adults can be just as awe-struck, though. Once Kordik was stopped by two cops who said, "See you got your co-pilot with you."

To which Kordik replied, "Nope, she’s my seeing-eye dog."

Snowbaby seems to enjoy the attention, although it took a good six months for her to get acclimated to the ride.

When she was first placed in the harness, she went wild. She didn’t like being constrained, Kordik said.

"She’d shake the bike so bad, I’d have to stop," he said.

But now she loves it. She has her own vest and when she hears the sound of a motor revving, her ears perk up.

Despite her celebrity status in the community, Kordik said, Snowbaby is not a big fan of the dark glasses.

"She gets fed up with them sometimes," he said, "and flings them while we’re riding."

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