Mom’s viral photo of crash aftermath serves as car seat safety reminder

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

Child safety seats are installed in a van at the opening of the Dorel Technical Center for Child Safety in Columbus, Indiana, on Sept. 2, 2010.
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Child safety seats are installed in a van at the opening of the Dorel Technical Center for Child Safety in Columbus, Indiana, on Sept. 2, 2010.(AJ Mast/ AP Images for Dorel)

A Pennsylvania woman’s photo showing the results of a horrific crash is serving as a reminder to parents around the world of the importance of car seats for children.

Jenna Casado Rabberman posted the photo, which shows her two sons’ perfectly intact car seats in front of her mangled vehicle, to Facebook on Tuesday, according to ABC News. The post, which has since been removed or made private, was shared nearly 100,000 times in about 24 hours. 

“I'm not one to post anything too heavy or personal on Facebook but guys, THIS is why you buckle your kids into their car seats correctly every SINGLE time,” Rabberman wrote in the now-hidden post, which continued to be shared across social media. “Even when they scream because the straps are tight. Even when they complain about the chest clip or being rear facing. We stopped for milk on the way home from preschool yesterday. We were minutes from home. Someone sped through a red light and slammed into us.”

Rabberman, of Lancaster, told ABC News that she was driving her sons, Beckett, 2, and Brooks, 6 weeks, when the crash happened. The car was totaled, but the boys were left without a scratch. 

She said that she is fairly relaxed in her parenting, but that the proper use of car seats is something she takes seriously. 

“I feel like it’s such an easy thing that I can do to keep them safe,” Rabberman told ABC News. “I know that I would never be able to forgive myself if anything happened to my children because I didn’t take the time to do something so simple to protect them. I don’t think any parent could live with that.”

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reports that 248 children under the age of 5 were saved by properly installed car seats in 2015. The agency offers several tips on how parents can keep their children safe in case of a crash.

The first step is finding the right car seat based on a child’s age. Children should graduate from rear-facing car seats to front-facing car seats before moving on to booster seats and then seat belts. 

Secondly, car seats need to be installed properly. An improperly installed seat could result in injury or death in a crash.

The NHTSA offers tips and installation instructions, as well as a search feature through which parents can find a car seat inspection station near them

Parents should also register their children’s car seats so they will receive safety updates or recall notices if there is a problem with the seats. 

Tyler Perry buys car for mother of boy born without kidneys

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Two-year-old A.J. Burgess with his parents, Carmellia Burgess and Anthony Dickerson. A.J. was born without kidneys. His father is a perfect match and willing donor, but hospital protocol pushed back the surgery after Dickerson violated probation.
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Two-year-old A.J. Burgess with his parents, Carmellia Burgess and Anthony Dickerson. A.J. was born without kidneys. His father is a perfect match and willing donor, but hospital protocol pushed back the surgery after Dickerson violated probation.(Handoff via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Georgia mother whose toddler has been waiting for a kidney transplant his whole life was gifted a car on Tuesday -- hours before a kidney donor was found.

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Carmellia Burgess brought her son home from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Nov. 8, where he’d been since Oct. 29. 

Burgess’s son, AJ, battled a potentially deadly infection, contracted pneumonia, had surgery to implant a new port for his dialysis treatments and received blood transfusions before he was released from the hospital, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

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But his mother didn’t have a car to get AJ to his hemodialysis appointments three times a week, she wrote on Facebook.

That trouble ended Tuesday, when actor Tyler Perry gifted Burgess with a new car.

The family later learned a deceased donor kidney would be given to AJ this week, attorney Mawuli Davis said.

Woman helps raise more than $300,000 for homeless veteran who gave her his last $20

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:32 PM

Homeless Vet Gives Stranded Woman Last $20, She Thanks Him by Raising Over $70,000

A New Jersey woman has helped raise more than $300,000 for a homeless man who helped her when she was in a time of need. (Editor’s note: The figure was updated Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.)

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Kate McClure was driving on I-95 in Philadelphia recently when her car ran out of gas. According to PhillyVoice.com, McClure got out of her car to walk to a gas station when she was approached by a homeless man, identified only as Johnny. Johnny told McClure to get back in her car and lock the door. He later returned to the vehicle with a can of gas. He had purchased the gas with what little money he had. 

McClure, who was in town to visit a friend, didn’t have anything to give to repay Johnny at the time, so she told him she would return. 

She kept her word.

According to a post online, McClure says she returned to visit Johnny, 34, at his spot by the side of the interstate with clothes, food and money. Each time, Johnny showed gratefulness and generosity.

“One day, I stopped to see him and had a few things in a bag to give him, one of which was a box of cereal bars so he could have something that he could carry around and eat,” McClure wrote. “He was very appreciative as usual and the first thing he said was, ‘Do you want one?’ Another time I dropped off (two) Wawa gift cards and a case of water. The first words that came out of his mouth were, ‘I can’t wait to show the guys’ -- there are (two) others he hangs out with, and they all take care of each other.”

McClure still felt compelled to do more for Johnny, so she created a GoFundMe account, hoping to raise $10,000 to help get Johnny a car, an apartment and some materials and amenities. 

In less than two weeks, McClure raised more than $318,000.

“With the money, I would like to get him first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle and 4-6 months worth of expenses,” McClure wrote. “He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal. (I) truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break.”

Johnny told PhillyVoice.com that he was once a licensed paramedic and also served in the Marine Corps. He said he moved to Philadelphia last year with plans to start a new job, but when things fell through, he became homeless. 

File photo - Man carrying gas can to car at roadside(Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage)

He says now he wants to get a job at the Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey, and hopes to one day become recertified as a paramedic.

“(This) changes my life,” he said.

British police respond to incident at London’s Oxford Circus station

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:31 PM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

Police set up a cordon outside Oxford Circus underground station as they respond to an incident in central London on November 24, 2017.
British police said they were responding to an
Police set up a cordon outside Oxford Circus underground station as they respond to an incident in central London on November 24, 2017. British police said they were responding to an "incident" at Oxford Circus in central London on Friday and have evacuated the Underground station, in an area thronged with people on a busy shopping day. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)(AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

British police said they were responding to reports of an incident at the Oxford Circus subway station, one of London’s busiest, Friday evening.

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Native Americans mark Thanksgiving with day of mourning

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Juan Gonzalez of Boston rekindles a small fire with“ the smoke symbolizing a ritual for healing and a connection with the
Juan Gonzalez of Boston rekindles a small fire with“ the smoke symbolizing a ritual for healing and a connection with the "creator." He has been attending this day of mourning for 30 years. "We feel the pain of the Wampanoag," said Gonzalez. United American Indians of New England gather for the National Day of Mourning across from Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, MA on Thursday, November 25, 2010. The day signifies the deaths of American Indians at the hands of early settlers and colonists and the independence of American Indians. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)(Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Members of Native American tribes from around New England gathered Thursday in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the town where the Pilgrims settled, for a solemn observance of National Day of Mourning.

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Thursday's gathering served to acknowledge and remember the disease, racism and oppression that European settlers brought.

This year was the 48th year that the United American Indians of New England organized the event on Thanksgiving Day.

Moonanum James, a co-leader of the group, said native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620.

"We say, 'no thanks, no giving,'" he said.

Along with prayers and public speeches, participants condemned environmental degradation and government restrictions on immigration. They also planned a "stomp dance" to symbolically stomp out opioid addiction, which has ravaged many native communities.