We are more blessed than we could ever think of; unfortunately, we almost always never recognize that, unless we see stories of other people struggling to make ends meet. Stories like that of Gaspar Marcos.
Gaspar’s typical day starts at school, which he spends studying as a sophomore at Belmont High. After his classes, he heads to his full-time work as a dishwasher. Only after can he head home to sleep, in a room he rents for USD600.
Gaspar hails from Guatemala, a country where the police and notorious drug cartels are currently embroiled in a fierce and violent battle. Like other children, Gaspar fled his country in hopes of escaping the violence and drugs. He left his country at the age of 13 sans parents, who both died when he was just five.
To raise awareness about the struggles of immigrants like Gaspar, the LA Times published a video about his story – a video whose message was so strong it has been viewed and shared over millions of times.
Users were quick to offer help for Marcos – in the form of monetary contributions and a place to live in. Gaspar has been informed of the outpouring of support for his plight, and he has never been more thankful. As he has said in his thank you video,
It feels great to feel visible and loved by all of you.
A GoFundMe page for Gaspar’s college education and daily expenses has been set up by Federico Bustamante, an administrator at LA’s Casa Libre – a shelter for undocumented youth in LA. But ever the selfless teen, Gaspar has said that 50% of the donations he will receive will be shared with other undocumented teens at his school and at Casa Libre.
If you want to help Gaspar and Casa Libre’s cause, you may donate to his Go FundMe page.
Beauty Blogger Born With Facial Tumor Redefines Beauty And Emphasizes Self-Love
Inspiring words from a beauty blogger born with a facial tumor.
Some of us associate beauty with how one looks good with make up on, eyebrows on 'fleek' or how your chic outfit complements your favorite Mac lipstick. But beauty isn't only about a person's physical attributes. Rather, it is how you see or carry yourself--about feeling beautiful regardless of what other people think or say.
Despite being born with a facial tumor called cystic hygroma which left her unable to speak, YouTuber and beauty blogger Marimar Quiroa is redefining beauty and inspiring us to love and accept ourselves despite our imperfections.
The Latina make up enthusiast shares that she 'once hid from strangers and even undergone multiple surgeries to shrink her face and mouth.'
Watch the Miracle of a Syrian Baby Being Born After His Mother Got Hit by a Barrel Bomb
The baby was born after a barrel bomb almost killed his mother.
For the past days, news channels and social media platforms have all been ablaze with the news of recent bombings in Aleppo, Syria. Omran, the child who was rescued from the rubble after Aleppo was hit by an airstrike, became the new face of the war's adverse effects on humans. This time, a new video has surfaced - that of doctors performing an emergency C-section on a pregnant woman after she almost got killed by a barrel bomb.
The unidentified pregnant woman was one of the victims of the latest bombing in the war-torn town of Aleppo, Syria. Nine months pregnant, she was en route to the hospital when the airstrike hit.
Racing against time, doctors fought to save the life of the unborn child, who they fear was gravely injured due to Mayissa being struck by shrapnel in her belly. Mayissa was also barely holding on, with a broken leg and arm, and a steadily weakening pulse. Despite having only basic medical equipment and facilities, doctors and surgeons rallied to save the life of both the mother and her unborn child.
Honest Security Guard, Who Could Barely Afford Lunch, Returns a Bag Full of Money
This security guard finds a bag of money lying around at the airport where he works. But instead of keeping it for himself, he decides to return it.
Different people have different responses to temptation, especially when it comes to money. Some people are guilt-free with ripping off honest citizens, while others would be more than happy to call out a cashier if they've been given too much change.
In the case of an upright citizen from the Philippines, though, he was more than willing to give back a bag of misplaced money despite having financial troubles himself.
Danny Namion, security guard at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
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