The holidays: A time when people participate in gift giving, spend more time to be close to their loved ones, and when goodwill takes over the hearts of many. For some reason, it is this time of year when people try to do good by each other more often than usual and if that isn’t enough to get them in the holiday spirit, they try to seek good in the world around them.
These Christmas Miracles Will Make You Believe In Magic!
After all, what is Christmastime without a little holiday magic and the occasional miracle? If you’re not quite feeling it yet, these next stories will surely warm your heart so much, that you’ll want to go around and spread a little holiday cheer yourself.
Infant Ejected from Car
In a recent story out of Arkansas, it was the day after Thanksgiving when a family was driving along the interstate in the city of Texarkana, according to a story published by CNN. Late that Friday night, an 18-wheeler was changing lanes when they clipped a car that was driving next to it.
The car then flipped over, causing an eight-month-old passenger to be ejected from the vehicle. All passengers in the car survived the accident, but the infant was nowhere to be found. While waiting for authorities to arrive at the scene, they searched the area to no avail, but you won’t believe what happened next.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they helped search for the infant along the interstate median, searching under patches of hay up to 25-feet away from the scene. Suddenly, they heard a sound that prompted them to dig up some of the hay when they found a storm drain.
In the drain, they found the infant looking up at them with her arms stretched out, waiting to be picked up. One of the firefighters at the scene called it “some kind of divine intervention” that the infant must have rolled down the hill and into the drain. It took three firefighters to rescue the infant, who sustained only a scratch on her head. Thankfully, she was alive and well, as well as the other passengers with the exception of the driver, who is recovering in the hospital.
Woman Goes into Labor on Train
It was Christmas Day in 2014 when NBC Philadelphia reported the story of a woman who went into labor while on board Philadelphia public transit. That Thursday evening, officers of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority got wind of the event as it was occurring on the underground rails beneath them, and sprung to action to help the new mother and her frantic husband.
Passengers banded together, helping the woman lay flat on a row of seats as she was about to deliver in the rail car. They even stood in the way of the car doors, to prevent them from closing so that authorities could arrive promptly at the scene. Keep reading to find out what happened next.
The Best Christmas Gift
Arrive promptly they did, because soon the transit officers arrived at the scene and coached the woman through her delivery, unwrapping the baby’s umbilical cord from its neck before they handed it over to its mother. The father removed the shirt off his back to help warm the baby. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and mother and son were taken to a nearby hospital.
One of the officers admitted that he was praying the medics would arrive soon, but he and his cohort had done a pretty decent job of handling the situation as it was happening. In the days following the event, the two officers visited the woman and her baby in the hospital, who were in good health. The officers’ police chief tweeted about the moment, saying “Now that’s a Christmas gift!!!”
A Social Experiment
When you give homeless people money, do you ever wonder how they spent it? That’s the question that YouTuber Josh Paler Lin asks at the beginning of his video “How Does a Homeless Man Spend $100?” The video, which was published in December 2014, has amassed over 45 million views and here’s why.
Lin, who is popular on YouTube for his prank videos, decided to conduct an experiment, in which he gave a homeless man at a freeway entrance $100 and then secretly followed him around to see what he would do with the money. Lin was astounded at what happened next.
Major Plot Twist
They first followed the homeless man, whose name is Thomas, to a liquor store. At that moment, Lin’s expectations were met as he thought Thomas would just spend the money on alcohol or something of that nature. When Thomas left the liquor store, they continued to follow him to a park, expecting to confirm their suspicions.
Instead, they watched Thomas as he took his liquor store purchase and distributed food to fellow homeless people who were at the park. Lin reportedly told The Today Show that when he saw these events unfold, his heart was crushed. He walked up to Thomas once again, explaining what he was doing and apologizing for expecting the worst. After witnessing his acts of kindness, Lin gave more money to Thomas, who in the video said “There’s things money can’t buy. I get a happiness out of what I’m doing.”
The Hat Box Baby Mystery
A story in the archives of azcentral.com that was published Christmas Eve 2011 recounts the tale of the Hatbox Baby, which goes like this: The year is 1931 and it is Christmas Eve. A young couple, Ed and Julia Stewart, were in the middle of the Arizona desert when their car broke down. As Ed was working on the car, Julia walked a little way down the road and stumbled upon an old hat box. The couple discovered a living baby inside the box and quickly rushed it to the next town over.
The baby was soon put up for adoption. To this day, nobody knows exactly how the baby came to be in the middle of the desert by itself, but it sure was an act of fate that the Stewarts were there to find her. In 2011 the baby, whose name is Sharon Elliott, grew to be 80 years old and is pictured above. Elliott discovered the story of her adoption in 1986 and began a relentless search for some answers.
Miracle On 34th Street
No, this is not about the movie. This story comes from Huffington Post’s Patrice Bendig, who wrote about a young boy who was fighting for his life at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which happens to be on 34th Street. From a young age, Weston Keeton had suffered from heart disease and pulmonary hypertension for most of his life, having to spend nearly three years in the hospital from 2011.
While the disease was taking a toll on Weston’s health, his parents remained hopeful as they tried to maintain a strong family front for the rest of their children. Weston’s only hope was to receive a heart and double lung transplant from a generous donor. While Mrs. Keeton prayed that someone would come along, she also understood that that meant another family would have to lose their child.
A Double-Edged Sword
By some miracle, in December of 2013 the Keetons were told they found the perfect donor for Weston’s new heart and lungs. While Mrs. Keeton was grateful for this news, she began to pray and grieve for the family (which she never knew) that generously donated their child’s organs for the life of her own. Within 12 hours of the news, Weston had undergone the transplant and was on the way to recovery at just seven years old.
Because of the time of year that this transpired, it came to be known as “the miracle on 34th street.” Unfortunately, although the transplant was a success, Weston passed away three months later. Still, his legacy and the story of his Christmas miracle lives on as inspiration for other children in his position. Since then, Weston’s parents have been working to raise awareness for the need for organ donors with their cause, Weston’s Warriors.
Craigslist Ad For Family
In 2013, CBS Evening News reported the story of a Northern California woman who posted an ad on Craigslist, that read “I want to rent a mom and dad.” Jackie Turner was, at the time, a junior at William Jessup University who was willing to pay eight dollars and hour to a “mom and dad” that would spend time with her during that holiday season.
When asked about any fond childhood memories, Turner draws a blank. Turner never met her mother and grew up with a father who abused, neglected, and starved her. She has left that life behind and is visibly one of the nicest people around. But she says that when the holidays come around, she has always felt a great sadness. By 2013, she grew tired of the pain she felt during that time of year and decided to do something about it.
Bringing People Together
After posting her ad for a family on Craigslist, Turner received an overwhelming response. Not only did families offer their support (for free, even though Turner offered to pay), she also received responses from individuals who felt exactly how she did. So instead of taking up just one couple on their offer, Turner decided to bring all her respondents together at one big meeting.
In her search for a family to spend the holidays with, Turner was not only able to find the support she longed for, but she was also able to bring others together in the same way. Lonely individuals were matched up with welcoming families at the meeting that Turner orchestrated. Because of Turner, no one was forced to feel lonely that holiday season.
Call 911, It’s Thanksgiving!
This Thanksgiving, Huffington Post reported the story of a Florida boy who was so excited for Thanksgiving, that he even wanted to invite the police over for dinner. He did what any other five-year-old would reasonably do, utilizing 911 as the easiest way to get a hold of the cops. When Billy Nolin’s 911 call was answered, he reportedly told the operator, “Will you come over because we are having Thanksgiving. Thank you, bye.”
After his call, he told his mother what he had done. His mother explained to him that he shouldn’t have done that, because 911 calls were strictly for emergencies. Because the call was a non-emergency, Billy and his mother probably assumed the authorities wouldn’t do anything, but what happened next had Billy in tears.
A Welcomed Call
When two deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office actually showed up at the Nolin’s door that day on Thanksgiving, Billy thought he was in serious trouble. After the deputies and his mother calmed him down, Billy was assured that he was not in trouble. Instead, the deputies gave Billy his own sheriff’s badge and even let him sit in the sheriff’s car.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office shared this story and the pictures above on their Facebook page, saying “While we do not encourage this use of 911… we are so honored at the invitation.” They also said, “With all the bad calls we take on a daily basis this one was a welcomed happy call that made all of us smile.”
Man Falls 43 Stories…
Alcides Moreno and his brother were veteran window washers for skyscrapers in New York City. They’ve held the same job for 12 years before tragedy struck in December of 2007. They were 43 stories up the side of a skyscraper when their scaffolding collapsed to the ground. Moreno’s brother died instantly, but somehow Alcides had survived the fall.
He sustained multiple injuries to his chest, abdomen, and spinal column. Both of his legs were broken and his brain was bleeding. He underwent nine surgeries and fell into an 18-day coma. But soon, a miracle happened that would baffle doctors..
On Christmas Day 2007, Moreno woke up from his coma. Many authorities are in disbelief at Moreno’s survival from the 500-foot drop, but it is now known as a miracle. After all his surgeries he was even expected to be able to walk again and indeed he did.
In 2014, the New York Post caught up with Moreno, who was by then living with his family in Arizona, appearing rehabilitated and living day to day life. He had even recently completed a three-mile walk in just under an hour to raise money for his local church. He should not have survived the drop, but by some miracle he did. In addition to the fact that he woke up from his coma on Christmas Day, we can be sure that the Christmas spirit was alive and well that year. It would return in 2010, to a woman in Colorado in our next story..
Woman Dies While Giving Birth…
In 2010, CNN reported the story of a Colorado woman, Tracy Hermanstorfer, who went into cardiac arrest as she was giving birth on Christmas Eve. Doctors were confused about why this had occurred, since the woman was completely healthy and had no history of heart problems. Tracy’s husband recounts the events, saying he felt his wife’s body go cold and lifeless in his own hands.
Once Tracy went into cardiac arrest, doctors had to act fast. Because her heart stopped beating as she was giving birth, the baby was at risk of dying as well. At this point, Tracy’s husband was sure he would lose his wife and child on the same night, unknowing of the miracle that was about to unfold before his eyes..
…But Magically Comes Back To Life!
After unsuccessfully trying to resuscitate Tracy within the first five minutes of her arrest, they performed an emergency cesarean section to rescue the baby in time. Minutes later the Hermanstorfer’s son, Coltyn, was born with a faint pulse. After Coltyn was retrieved, Tracy started breathing faintly again, causing doctors to worry that she was going into re-arrest.
They completed her c-section and put her on a ventilator. That Christmas Eve, just as quickly as Tracy’s heart stopped beating, she suddenly came back to life. Meanwhile, they successfully resuscitated Coltyn as well and soon he was breathing normally. A miracle truly happened that day as Tracy and her baby were on the brink of death, but were able to come back to life.
Woman Loses Her Dog
In April of 2006, Vonda Lundstrom of Aurora, Colorado was devastated to discover the loss of her two-year-old rat terrier named Daisy. Daisy, who Lundstrom labeled as an “escape artist” dug herself a hole underneath the Lundstrom’s fence in Colorado and was never seen again.
Although she had looked for the dog, she thought all hope was lost. Lundstrom assumed Daisy must have been stolen after her escape from their yard. She even got a new dog that year, to make up for the loss of Daisy. Lundstrom was probably unprepared for the fateful call she received that Christmas…
A Doggone Miracle
Seven months later, Lundstrom received a call from her veterinarian, who told her that Daisy had been found. Just where did Daisy end up though? The dog was found about 1,300 miles away in Knoxville, Tennessee by a good Samaritan named Tracie Crass. On Christmas night of 2006, Crass found Daisy as a stray in her neighborhood. She took Daisy home, hoping someone would come looking for her.
When nobody came, Crass called the number on Daisy’s collar, which led her to Lundstrom’s veterinarian in Colorado. After Crass confirmed that Daisy was Lundstrom’s dog via photograph, she sent Daisy back to her home in Colorado. Lundstrom was happy to get Daisy back, saying “It’s the best Christmas present,” in an interview with the Washinton Post.