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Panthers' Thomas Davis donates $15K for high school state championship rings

Carolina Panthers defensive linebacker Thomas Davis has made a huge donation to help the Harding University High School football team get its players and coaches championship rings.

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Davis confirmed he donated $15,000 to the team in a tweet to WSOC-TV anchor John Paul.

The football team finished its 14-1 season with a 30-22 win over Scotland County in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State Championship game in Winston-Salem. It’s the first state championship for the team since 1953.

Head football coach Sam Greiner was on the radio Friday morning when Davis called in and said he would help. The football program was trying to figure out ways to purchase rings for its players who couldn't afford them.

The rings cost about $400 apiece, so the school was trying to raise about $20,000. A GoFundMe page was set up to help the team buy rings, which had raised nearly $7,000 by Friday morning.

When Greiner accepted the head coach position two years ago, the football program was one of the worst in the state -- winning just one game in both 2014 and 2015. The players didn't have uniforms until the coach’s church bought them. They still practice on a beat-up baseball field and have to dress behind the stands.

"If someone wrote a movie script about everything that's happened, they would think it's a fairy tale,” Greiner said. “They wouldn't think it's real life.”

WSOC-TV asked what expenses Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cover and was told it provides for game officials, security and coaching stipends.

Everything else is up to the school, families or a booster club.

Harding doesn't have a booster club, and a majority of the students’ families don't have the money.

"We have kids on our rosters that don't really have homes,” Greiner said. “They really don't know what they're going to eat (from) day to day.”

Greiner and his church created a family before building a state championship-caliber team. The church provides meals before games and Greiner let his quarterback, Braheam Murphy, who was homeless, live with him.

"I have two daughters because I think the good Lord knew I had enough sons, coaching football," Greiner said.

Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Walmart

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift.

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For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported. 

According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor paid off $46,000, Fox News reported.

The store had been notifying the families of Santa B’s generosity. Monday was the layaway pickup day, but Walmart officials said there was a grace period of a couple of days.

“In this area you don’t hear a lot, I mean you hear small things where somebody pays somebody’s grocery bill or things like that, but this was pretty big,” employee Barbara Karns told WJAC.

Kristen Martin said she received a call from Walmart and said she “couldn’t wait” to get to the store.

“I was like driving and shaking,” she told WJAC. “Look at me, I'm shaking. It's crazy.”

Martin's kids can now get their X-Box games and toys, WJAC reported.

"I think it means more to me, but I think they'll be happy. I remember when I was growing up for Christmas. I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that," she said.

Three sisters, three Ivy League colleges

Community college probably won’t cut the mustard when two sisters get accepted into the Ivy Leagues.

Xaviera Rowan found out this week where she was going to school and it was met with cheers from her fellow classmates from Democracy Prep Harlem High School, WNBC reported.

Xaviera’s oldest sister, Chris, was accepted to Dartmouth College two years ago. Last year it was Ella and Yale. 

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This year, Xaviera found out she is going to be a freshman at Harvard University, WNBC reported.

The family’s story is a true American Dream tale.

They immigrated from Cameroon and didn’t speak much English when they arrived in the United States, except for phrases they picked up watching television.

“We started learning English, going to the library, reading books and using dictionaries,” Xaviera told WNBC.

“We essentially had to learn English within a period of six months before standardized exams,” Chris said.

The girls said their parents made education a priority at all times and credit the school Democracy Prep for their success, WNBC reported.

Watch: He’s going to Harvard, and Louisiana student’s reaction is priceless

It has been quite a week for two Louisiana brothers. Both were accepted into big-name colleges, and separate videos of their reactions have gone viral.

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On Tuesday, 16-year-old Ayrton Little and his classmates at T.M. Landry College Preparatory waited as he opened his email to see if he had been accepted into Harvard University’s 2019-2020 class, WAFB reported. The junior’s reaction is priceless when he gets the good news.

His classmates shout “three-peat,” as it is the third consecutive year that a T.M. Landry student has been accepted to Harvard, WAFB reported. 

Ayrton said he plans to major in applied math and computer science.

His celebration came on the heels of a joyous day for his older brother, Alexander Little. On Friday, Alexander got the news that he had been accepted into Stanford University.

Alexander said he plans to major in physics with a minor in computer science.

Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Pennsylvania Walmart

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift.

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For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported. 

According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor paid off $46,000, Fox News reported.

The store had been notifying the families of Santa B’s generosity. Monday was the layaway pickup day, but Walmart officials said there was a grace period of a couple of days.

“In this area you don’t hear a lot, I mean you hear small things where somebody pays somebody’s grocery bill or things like that, but this was pretty big,” employee Barbara Karns told WJAC.

Kristen Martin said she received a call from Walmart and said she “couldn’t wait” to get to the store.

“I was like driving and shaking,” she told WJAC. “Look at me, I'm shaking. It's crazy.”

Martin's kids can now get their X-Box games and toys, WJAC reported.

"I think it means more to me, but I think they'll be happy. I remember when I was growing up for Christmas. I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that," she said.

Stranger surprises Goodwill shoppers with impromptu piano performance

A stranger started playing a thrift shop piano on Monday surprising and delighting shoppers.

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Chris Matta shared a video, which has been viewed more than 920,000 times, of the impromptu performance at the Norwalk Goodwill.

“This gifted gentleman just walked into my store and moved me to tears,” she wrote.

Matta told WJW that the man, who was not identified, was kind and full of joy. She is happy she shared the video.

Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.

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Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.

Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.

This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.

Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.

Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”

The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”

Family hopes its ‘A Christmas Story’ house becomes Lego playset

What started as a family project could now become an actual playset sold by Lego. 

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Jason Middaugh and his daughter worked six months to recreate the house in the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story.” 

He scoured the internet sourcing the 2,000 blocks, which features the “fragile” shipping container, Ralphie, in a bunny suit and the leg lamp.

“I said, okay if we found a "fragile" piece maybe this is fate," Middaugh told WSTM

The set was submitted to a special Lego site that will make a playset that gets 10,000 supporters. The Middaughs have more than 9,500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

George Clooney once gave 14 of his best friends $1 million each, pal reveals

George Clooney is charitable, but one of his pals just revealed it pays to be his friend, too.

Rande Gerber told a never-before-heard story about how the Hollywood heavyweight once gave 14 of his closest pals suitcases filled with $1 million each.

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Gerber — Cindy Crawford’s husband — opened up about his friend’s amazing generosity on a recent episode of MSNBC’s “Headliners.” According to the entertainment executive, in 2013, Clooney invited 14 of his crew — nicknamed “The Boys” — over for dinner where he presented them with the massive payload and a heartfelt message, reported E! News.

“George begins to say, ‘Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life. I came to L.A., I slept on your couch,” Gerber related. “I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you, and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you.'”

“We’re in shock. Like, what is this? He goes, ‘I know we’ve all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don’t have to worry about your kids, you don’t have to worry about, you know, school, you don’t have to worry about paying your mortgage.'”

Going above and beyond, Clooney told his inner circle that he’d paid all the taxes on the cash, so each of them had the money — in the form of stacks of $20 bills — free and clear.

Gerber, a co-owner of Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila company and wealthy in his own right, tried to turn down his share of the cash.

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“I pull him aside and said, ‘I absolutely am not taking this million dollars,'” Gerber said. “Immediately George goes, ‘I’m just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it.'” According to Gerber, he donated his million to charity, but he remains in awe of his friend’s gesture. “One was working at a bar in Texas at the airport, trying just to support his family,” Gerber said. “Rides a bicycle to work every day. I mean these are guys that took care of George, and now he’s giving it all back.”

He continued, “This is who George is. That was Sept. 27, 2013. Now Sept. 27, 2014, he marries Amal. Now that’s good karma right there.”

Considering the Clooneys recently welcomed twins, it looks like the karma is going to keep on coming!

WATCH: Joe Biden puts politics aside on 'The View' in emotional moment with Meghan McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden set political differences aside on “The View” when he consoled Meghan McCain over the cancer diagnosis of her father, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, telling her that there’s “hope.”

Sen. McCain was recently diagnosed with the glioblastoma, the same cancer that took the life of Biden’s son, Beau, in 2015.

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“The View” co-host brought up her father’s illness while talking with the former vice president on the show Wednesday, saying that she thinks about Beau “almost every day,” but she wasn’t able to talk about it very long before breaking down.

Biden quickly consoled Meghan, telling her “there’s a lot of hope.” He then went on to talk about how Beau and Sen. McCain had become friends years ago and told her how his son talked about her father’s courage.

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The former vice president also talked about how there are cancer therapy breakthroughs every day, but he kept coming back to Sen. McCain’s courage.

“There is hope, and if anybody can make it, your dad [can],” Biden said, before talking about his relationship with John McCain, saying that they were like brothers from “different fathers.”

Biden also joked about his political differences with the ailing senator, but added, “I know if I picked up the phone tonight and called John McCain, and said, ‘John, I’m at Second and Vine in Oshkosh, and I need your help. Come,' he’d get on a plane and come. And I would for him, too.”

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He continued: “Beau insisted on, and your dad’s gonna insist on, you gotta maintain hope. You have to have hope."

Sen. McCain was diagnosed with the deadly form of cancer in July, according to The Hill. He revealed in September that his doctors gave him a “very poor” prognosis, the Arizona Republic reported.

Meghan McCain, who tied the knot last month with Ben Domenech, revealed that she had moved up her wedding because of her father’s diagnosis, saying that she lives from “scan to scan," People reported.

Military wife includes deployed husband in this year’s Christmas card

The life of a military spouse can be one of adjustments. When one half of you is serving overseas, you have to come up with creative ways to celebrate and mark the milestones, even holidays, while you’re apart.

2017 marks the first year that Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith will be away from his daughter Charlotte, 3, for Christmas, despite his 10-year career in the Marines, ABCNews reported.

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But Smith’s wife, Andrea, has come up with a way to include Andrew during the holidays here in the United States as he’s fighting for our country thousands of miles away.Andrea and Andrew Photoshopped “catching” Charlotte as their little girl stands on top of toys and a filled Target cart, ABCNews reported

Charlotte was digitally set atop the toys and standing on the cart, Andrea said in her post.

Andrew’s photo was taken in-country, while Andrea had a friend, Leslie Owen, photograph her and her daughter at home stateside, ABCNews reported.

Andrea picked Target because it’s Charlotte’s favorite store. She said the setting of her, sitting on the store’s floor enjoying a cup of Starbucks, shows how she gets through the tough times.

Grocery store helps reunite toddler with lost stuffed rabbit named Rabby

A 3-year-old Texas boy was reunited with his beloved stuffed animal thanks to a Round Rock grocery store, caring community members and social media. 

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According to a Facebook post by Ashley Inglet Sanchez, she and her son Noah were at the H-E-B grocery Friday night shopping for a Christmas party. When they were leaving the store, Noah realized his favorite stuffed animal, a rabbit named Rabby, was nowhere in sight. 

Determined to find his closest companion, Noah convinced his mother to return to the store. Sanchez and her son placed the groceries in the car before retracing their footsteps and asking the floor manager and business center for help. With little success, the family left the store and went home hoping they would be contacted with good news about Rabby.

Once the groceries were put away, Sanchez posted a photo of the rabbit on her Facebook and the “People of Round Rock”community page before deciding to head back to H-E-B for a second search. With her husband, Jason, and her baby daughter, Zoey, the family scoped the market a second time. No luck.

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But news traveled fast. Sanchez was shocked when she received a handful of Facebook notifications with people commenting and sharing her posts about Rabby. One message in particular caught her eye.

“It was from a lady who said she showed my post to her husband, Lyle Wells, when he got home from work at the HEB on 620. She showed him the picture of the missing rabbit and he knew right away where he was,” the post read.

Rabby was safely handed to the floor manager, Lisa, who offered to drive him across town in case he could not be picked up.

As Jason made his way to the store, a text from Lisa to Sanchez revealed that the stuffed animal was in perfect condition and covered in H-E-B gear. Lisa told Sanchez to let Noah know about all the adventures Rabby had at the store, which included helping at the deli and checking out customers. 

>> Related: 6-year-old boy makes $11 million doing toy reviews on YouTube

“I just couldn’t believe how so many people went out of their way to help a three year old boy find his favorite most treasured stuffed animal, Rabby,” Sanchez said in the post. “It was a nice reminder during this season of giving of how people need to slow down, really help those in need — no matter the need and spread kindness.”

New Mexico policeman who adopted drug-addicted baby receives award

A New Mexico police officer, who adopted a drug-addicted baby girl born to a woman fighting an addiction, was honored by the Albuquerque Police Department on Monday, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

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Ryan Holets received the Outstanding Service to the Community award from Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

The baby, who Ryan and Rebecca Holets named Hope, was born Oct. 12. She had heroin and crystal meth in her system and had to endure detox for about two weeks, suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Ryan Holets said his wife was the real hero, KRQE reported.

“She didn’t hesitate, because you know, she had to take a few seconds to understand what I just said, but she immediately said, ‘Let’s do this, this is a wonderful thing,’” he said.

>> Police officer adopts homeless mother’s addicted child

Ryan Holets was responding to a possible theft at an Albuquerque convenience store on Sept. 23. As he was leaving, Holets said he noticed a couple sitting outside against a cement wall, allegedly shooting up heroin. He turned on his body camera and confronted the couple, and then he noticed the woman was pregnant.

“It's not every day I see a sight like that and it just made me really sad,” Holets told CNN.

Crystal Champ, 35, told Holets that she was eight months pregnant.

“You're going to kill your baby,” Holets told Champ. “Why you have to be doing that stuff? It's going to ruin your baby.”

Already a father of four -- including a 10-month-old infant -- the officer decided to adopt the baby when it was born, and his wife agreed.

Rebecca Holets said she was excited about the prospect of adopting.

“He walked in and said, ‘So, I met this lady today,’” she told the Albuquerque Journal. “I thought that was an interesting choice of words. He said, ‘She’s shooting up heroin and eight months pregnant. I agreed to adopt her baby.’”

The adoption will become final by the end of the year.

The Holetses agreed to pay for counseling for Champ and the father of her baby, who was the man seen in the video, in addition to attorney’s fees for the adoption.

Twin NBA stars pay off customers' layaway orders at Philadelphia Walmart

NBA stars Marcus and Markieff Morris generated some Christmas cheer among Walmart layaway shoppers waiting in line at a Northeast Philadelphia Walmart on Monday, footing the bill for $6,000 in presents, WPVI reported.

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The twin brothers grew up in North Philadelphia. Marcus Morris plays for the Boston Celtics, while his brother plays for the Washington Wizards.

Their basketball schedules prevented the brothers from visiting the store in person, but the news was delivered by their mother, Thomasine Morris, WPVI reported. It was the final day to pay for layaway items, and customers were moved by the gesture.

“God bless them. God bless them!” customer Roberta Williams, of Germantown, told WPVI. “It's wonderful what they are doing for the people.”

“It's a blessing to be able to give people anything,” Thomasine Morris said. “Even though we play in Boston, even though we play in Washington, Philly is still our family.”

Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster takes nearly 200 kids to the movies

Some children in Pittsburgh got to go to the movies with a Steelers star.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster held an advance screening of "Jumanji" with nearly 200 children from the United Way, Bike Pittsburgh and Beyond Type 1.

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"I didn't think there would be this many people here today. It's a great crowd," Smith-Schuster said. "I'm seeing more and more people wearing my jersey and that's exciting."

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The children got the chance to meet Smith-Schuster and then watch the movie with him, with free popcorn and drinks.

Father’s heart-warming talk with emotional 6-year-old daughter goes viral

A video of an Ohio man consoling his daughter has gone viral with its positive message. Randy Gaines of Kettering didn't know his wife, Deceena Gaines, was recording him at the time, but neither of them knew the video was going to reach over 3.2 million views by Monday afternoon. 

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On Dec. 2, Gaines found his 6-year-old daughter upset in her room because he had teased her by calling her a name after a book he reads to her, "Moody Moose Buttons." Gaines said his family of six are very playful and like to tease each other. "We are very close," he said. 

Gaines said he began to talk with his daughter and got her to open up about what was bothering her. He discussed with her how to handle her emotions and to talk with him in the video. 

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Gaines said he thinks the story is viral because, "It's an open, honest, genuine moment that was very personal and positive. I don't think you see a lot of that in the media or online. Most people aren't used to seeing this parenting style. People all over the country are reaching out. A lot of people have said they didn't receive this as a child and are going to do this for their kids." 

Gaines said he is honored, humbled, and flattered by all of the positive feedback.

Family, friends celebrate Kirk Douglas’s 101st year

Kirk Douglas had a lot of help to blow out his many birthday candles over the weekend.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the Hollywood legend rang in 101 years on Saturday at his Beverly Hills home and was showered with tributes from his famous family. 

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The senior Douglas’ 17-year-old grandson, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on an Instagram of himself planting a peck on his grandfather’s face.

“Happy birthday 101 years and still sexy love you with all my heart Pappy,” Dylan captioned the photo.

Dylan’s mother, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, offered her own well wishes for her father-in-law. She shared a photo on Instagram of Douglas and herself with the caption, “101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee. Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart.”

Zeta-Jones’ posts came in lieu of her presence at Douglas’s lunchtime birthday bash, but she definitely didn’t miss out on singing her father-in-law a personalized rendition of “Happy Birthday” through FaceTime, according to The Daily Mail

In addition to his 73-year-old son, Michael Douglas, — who flew in and out of the celebration to rejoin his son Cameron at the birth of his granddaughter — Kirk was joined in celebration by his wife of 63 years, Anne, 98, nieces and nephews and Hollywood bigwigs. 

Douglas’ family presented him with a bright, sunflower-patterned cake with his age written in frosting, and his cardiologist allowed the “Spartacus” star to enjoy his yearly, physician-permitted shot of vodka, according to Deadline

Born on Dec. 9, 1916, Kirk Douglas has enjoyed a storied career spanning several decades. The veteran was known for playing the title character from “Ulysses” (1954), starring in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954) and his famed role as “Spartacus” (1960). 

Considering the 101-year-old actor was up and dancing just last year, he’s still got plenty of youth left inside.

Kesha, Macklemore announce 2018 tour

Kesha is about to embark on her first tour in five years and is teaming up with Macklemore to do so.

Billboard reported that the musicians announced “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour” Monday across their social media platforms and in the form of a promotional video.

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The tour will be  the first for Kesha since being involved in a nasty round of lawsuits with her former producer Dr. Luke. She also has released an album, “Rainbow,” which includes the critically acclaimed song “Praying.”

Related: Kesha releases ‘Praying’ music video, first new song in 4 years amidst legal battle

“Entertainment Tonight” reported in September that Macklemore and Kesha released a song together called “Good Old Days.” The reflective single comes from Macklemore’s latest record, “Gemini.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 15 at noon local time. Presales begin Dec. 13. Both artists will donate $1 from every ticket. Variety reported that Kesha is donating her proceeds to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and Mackelmore is donating his to M Plus 1, an organization that advances racial and social justice through the M&RL Equity Fund.

Kesha and Macklemore will tour across North America from June to August. The first of 30 dates is June 6 in Phoenix.

The full list of tour dates is below.

June 6 in Phoenix at Ak-Chin PavilionJune 8 in Inglewood, California, at The ForumJune 9 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Events CenterJune 12 in Chula Vista, California, at Mattress Firm AmphitheatreJune 14 in Mountain View, California, at Shoreline AmphitheatreJune 16 in Salt Lake City at USANA AmphitheatreJune 17 in Denver at Pepsi CenterJune 20 in Dallas at Starplex PavilionJune 22 in Austin, Texas, at Austin360 AmphitheaterJune 23 in The Woodlands, Texas, at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by HuntsmanJune 25 in Rogers, Arkansas, at Arkansas Music PavilionJune 26 in Kansas City, Missouri, at Sprint CenterJuly 10 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, at Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreJuly 11 in Cincinnati at Riverbend Music CenterJuly 13 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Bridgestone ArenaJuly 14 in Tinley Park, Illinois, at Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreJuly 16 in Toronto at Budweiser StageJuly 18 in Clarkston, Michigan, at DTE Energy Music TheatreJuly 19 in Noblesville, Indiana, at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music CenterJuly 21 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at Hersheypark StadiumJuly 22 in Darien Center, New York, at Darien Lake AmphitheaterJuly 24 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, at Xfinity CenterJuly 25 in Camden, New Jersey, at BB&T PavilionJuly 27 in Holmdel, New Jersey, at PNC Bank Arts CenterJuly 28 in Bristow, Virginia, at Jiffy Lube LiveJuly 30 in Wantagh, New York, at Northwell Health at Jones Beach TheaterAug. 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at PNC Music Pavilion CharlotteAug. 2 in Atlanta at Cellairis Amphitheatre at LakewoodAug. 4 in Miami at American Airlines ArenaAug. 5 in Tampa, Florida, at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 

Christmas shoppers can usually find superheroes on toy shelves at Target. But, here’s a twist: shoppers at a Kansas City area Target discovered superheroes shopping for toys at Target.

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Iron Man, Thor, Supergirl, Snow White and Captain America were among the comic book heroes shopping for kids Sunday night at the Target in Mission, Kansas, The Kansas City Star reported.

Armed with $17,000 in donations collected by Elite Comics in Overland Park, the superheroes picked out toys that will be given to kids staying at Children's’ Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, the Star reported.

“It means a lot,” said Captain America, also known as Jerry Holtorf of Overland Park.

Holtorf’s parents battled cancer. In his trips to the hospital, he said he saw children in their own fights against the disease. He wanted to help make the kids’ Christmas a happier time.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate in age,” Holtorf said. “What (my parents) were going through in their room, a 6- or 7-year-old was going through in the next room and it breaks your heart.”

The caped crusaders summoned a rental trailer to cart away their packages, bound for children in the hospital. And if anyone wants to join the crusade, there are still opportunities ahead.

“We’re not done,” said Elite Comics owner William Binderup, who added that he will be accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 22.

Not a fan: Hilarious Santa photo shows baby pleading for ‘help’ in sign language

Kerry Spencer has an annual Christmas tradition that brings a smile to the faces of her family members, and this year, the public is getting in on the laughs.

Spencer, of Parkton, Maryland, every year shares a photo of her son, Samuel, sitting on Santa’s lap at a mall in Provo, Utah. What’s unique about Samuel’s visit with Santa 12 years ago is that he wasn’t crying, and he wasn’t telling the big guy what he wanted for Christmas.

“We taught our baby sign language,” Spencer wrote in a Dec. 5 Twitter post. “This is the sign for ‘help.’ You’re welcome.”

In the photo, a very authentic-looking Santa smiles for the camera while a solemn-looking, 1-year-old Samuel averts his eyes. His chubby little toddler hands are making the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for “help,” or as close to it as he can get.

Mashable reported that Spencer, whose Facebook profile states that she is a faculty member at Stevenson University, taught both of her children ASL.

“We taught both our kids baby sign (language) because they can sign before they talk and it is so very useful to be able to communicate with your baby,” Spencer said. 

Spencer said she shares the photo each year on Facebook, but this year, her friend, author Mette Harrison, asked her to tweet it so she could retweet it to her own followers.

As of Monday morning, the tweet had more than 25,000 likes and had been shared close to 6,700 times. 

Some of the reactions to the photo were nearly as funny as the photo itself. 

“Wonder what my son was trying to say,” one Twitter user wrote above a photo of a little boy showing Santa his middle finger, with Santa looking on with great interest.

“Something boss. I can tell,” Spencer responded.

“This is how I signed ‘help,” another woman wrote, sharing a photo of herself as a child, screaming on Santa’s lap and desperately trying to get away.

“That works, too,” Spencer wrote.

Other commenters pointed out that Samuel’s technique wasn’t quite right. 

“It’s ASL baby sign,” Spencer wrote in response. “Like with spoken language, certain words are ‘mispronounced’ by babies learning them.”

She posted an image of the ASL sign for comparison. 

Overall, people found the photo as hilarious as Spencer and her family do. Samuel, now 13, even got in on the Twitter action.

“I happen to be the baby in this photo,” he tweeted. “You may direct all likes and follows to me now.”

“You’re a big boy now,” his mom responded.

“You got that right, Hun,” Samuel wrote. 

Spencer said the entire family laughs at the photo each year.

“Posting it is one of our favorite family traditions,” she said, according to Mashable

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