Stranger gives single mother new car for Christmas

Published: Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 2:27 AM
Updated: Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 2:27 AM


            
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A single mother in Henry County, Georgia, got the shock of a lifetime when she came home to an unexpected Christmas present in her driveway.

A stranger had given the woman and her two children something they desperately needed – a new car.

For Cristy Ethridge, traveling anywhere in her beat-up car hasn’t been easy.

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She had owned her 1996 Ford Explorer for 18 years and said she had problems with the car for most of that time.

Every fluid leaked, the car overheated and the transmission was shot, Ethridge said.

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“Everything was leaking in my garage. We’re always changing out cardboard boxes under the car to catch the oils,” Ethridge said.

Fixing the car cost money she didn’t have.

The mother of two teenagers said she lost her job last year. She was unemployed for a year before becoming an accounts manager at a pest-control company in August.

The family has not been on a vacation in more than 11 years, Ethridge said, because her car couldn’t make it out of Henry County.

“My son plays travel baseball, and I can’t travel," she said. "I’ve never been to his World Series game in Florida because I was never able to drive a car."

That all changed last week thanks to the kindness of a total stranger.

On Dec. 19, Ethridge’s 15-year-old daughter, Avery, was home from school and noticed a white SUV in their driveway. When her brother, Evan, got home, he noticed a red bow on the hood.

The teens called their mom at work to tell her about the car.

“I told them to go check it out. Inside, they found a note that said, “Merry Christmas, Cristy,” and there were the keys and a title,” Ethridge said.

The one thing that was missing was a name. The note was not signed and there was no indication as to who may have left the 2006 Toyota Sequoia in her driveway.

“The person who did it went through great lengths to be hidden,” Ethridge said. “I think at one point their name was on the title, but it had been taken off.”

Ethridge says at first she could not believe it, but the longer it sat there, the more it started to sink in.

“The scripture that comes to mind is Matthew 6: 1-4 that says when you do good deeds for people you’re supposed to do them in secrecy,” Ethridge said.

After the shock subsided, Ethridge’s next step was to call the Henry County Tax Commissioner's office to get information since it had been nearly two decades since she’d had a new car.

When the employee asked for information, Ethridge decided to share the whole story.

“I shared it with her, and then she put me on her speaker phone and asked me to share it with the whole office,” Ethridge said.

Ethridge says she’s still amazed and overwhelmed by the random act of kindness.

“It’s a true blessing,” said Ethridge, who credits her faith in God for helping her through the hardest of times. “It means so much more than my words can ever even express. I’m a very faithful person. I had lost my job. I was out of work for a year, but I knew that I’d be taken care of. I know that God has a plan for me. I know that everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe that.”

Ethridge says the life-changing gift is living proof of a lesson she has taught her children – kindness works, so pass it on.

“I’ve always taught my children to be kind to others and we do a lot of things for others,” she said. “I just tell them what we put out in the world always comes back to us, and this is really a true testament to that."

When asked if she wants to know who gave her the gift, Ethridge said, “Honestly, I am content with never knowing. My intuition tells me that this person knows me well enough to know what an impact this has had on my family and how truly grateful we are, beyond words. If I knew, I would probably worry myself sick trying to figure out how I could ever repay them.” 

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Fairborn to host block party, parade and fireworks over two days

Published: Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 11:07 AM


            Fairborn hosted a parade for Fourth of July in 2017. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF
Fairborn hosted a parade for Fourth of July in 2017. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF

The city of Fairborn has two days for residents to celebrate the Fourth of July with a block party, parade and fireworks.

On Tuesday, the city will host a block party from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Fairborn. The block party will have vendors catering to food, crafts and information.

Cherry on Top will be one of the bands that perform at the block party. There will be rides, and Main Street stores will be open.

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The city hosts a Little Mister and Misses Fairborn contest that starts at 6:30 p.m. The contest is for students of the Fairborn City Schools that are ages six to nine.

On Wednesday, the city will have a Fourth of July Parade that starts at 10 a.m. There will be bands, floats, police and fire vehicles and the Shriners.

The party moves to Community Park at 5 p.m. for food, rides and entertainment. The party ends with a fireworks show that starts at 10 p.m.

“A nice, fun, family event for every age,” said Fourth of July committee member Jamie Bauer.

Visit the event’s Facebook page or contact Bauer at (937)672-1928 for more information.

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Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

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Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.

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Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:

1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround

2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR

3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns

4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x

5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt

6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy

7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles

8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie

9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309

10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38

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Twins born Memorial Day weekend celebrate 'cookout style' in adorable costumes

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 7:22 AM

Twins Born Memorial Day Weekend Celebrate "Cookout Style"

Twins born at Pittsburgh's Washington Health System Washington Hospital over Memorial Day weekend were dressed to impress.

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The hospital wrote on Facebook: "We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day with cookouts and spending time with family. Even our newborns were celebrating 'cookout style' over the weekend!"

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How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Published: Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
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Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, and before everyone gets ready for happy hours and parties, it helps to go in with a plan.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862, during the French-Mexican war.

Make sure you do not do any of the following:

Dress up in sombreros and fake mustaches

There is no need to "dress up" for this day, but if you do, do not wear a sombrero, mariachi suit, serape, fake mustache or anything of the sort if you are not a member of that culture. Those things have historical and cultural significance, and donning them just for a day caricatures and stereotypes people. That's not fun.

Go out and get drunk

There is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation and doing it socially, but responsibility is key. What is the use in celebrating a day if you get sick or can't remember it?

Make English words Spanish by adding an "o" on the end

Not only does it not make any sense, but by doing this, it makes fun of another language and turns it into a joke. The same goes for plays on the holiday name, so no parties or themes like "Cinco de Drinko."

You can make a margarita cupcake or a fun cocktail, or have dinner at a family-owned Mexican restaurant. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without doing any of the three above.

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