Salvation Army Finds Extraordinary Donation For Boy

Salvation Army Finds Extraordinary Donation For BoyWhen Salvation Army organizers sifted through donations from Midland, Michigan, on Dec. 4, they found something more than the typical handfuls of change and dollar bills: An engagement ring and a handwritten note. The ring was a Marquise-cut diamond in a gold setting, worth about $2,000. The note attached simply read: “Paying it Forward Jayden Style. God Bless.”

‘Small way to say thank you’

It was in honor of Jayden Lamb, who died at MidMichigan Medical Center on November 27 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 8 years old, a third grader at Pine River Elementary School. He would have been 9 on Wednesday, Dec. 12. After Jayden’s death, the Lamb family coped with their grief by doing little things to help others.

“The ‘Pay it Forward Jayden Style’ movement actually started the day before the showings of his funeral when we were just getting coffee,” the Lambs told Yahoo! Shine. “Not knowing the person behind us, we still felt compelled to buy their coffee. It was just a small way for us to say thank you.”

‘Random acts of kindness’

After his funeral on December 1, the family went to a local Walmart and asked to pay off someone else’s layaway bill. And so the challenge began. The Lambs asked people to help others and document their good deeds on their Facebook page, “Keep On Truckin’ Team Jayden” which they had launched in August so people could follow Jayden’s progress.

Friends, family, and members of the community responded immediately. “Keep on Truckin’ Team Jayden” now has more than 24,000 fans, and is filled with dozens of stories about random acts of kindness and generosity. The outpouring of good will isn’t just about being caught up in the Christmas spirit. It’s about celebrating the spirit of a brave child and helping others, and the Lambs hope that it will continue long after the holidays are over.

Have you been inspired by the ‘Pay it Forward Jayden Style’ movement? Tell us about your recent random act of kindness!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: MSN

Would You Wear These ‘Scary Beautiful’ Shoes?

We’ve seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed “Scary Beautiful” is definitely the most treacherous footwear we’ve ever seen. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front “heel” end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today’s impossible standards of beauty.

Van der Vyver is South African, and recently graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. We spotted “Crazy Beautiful” on her website,, and reached out to her for the inside scoop.

Van der Vyver told Yahoo! Shine exclusively, “My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought ‘Scary Beautiful’ into fruition… People are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves…”

Unsurprisingly, Van der Vyver’s “Scary Beautiful” shoes were nominated for a design prize at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Jury members Barbara Visser, visual artist and Xander Karskens, and curator of De Hallen had this to say about the shoes: “The object created by Leanie expands the concept of a shoe into multiple new meanings. The beautifully made leather object is accompanied by a video registration of a girl wearing it. One observes the design forcing the wearer to develop a new way of walking, leaning forward while refining a painfully fragile balance. The jury applauds the way aesthetics, ergonomics and prosthesis merge into an awkward choreography…”

We find the clip shocking but also oddly moving. The shoes are obviously not practical, but as art they’re intriguing.

What do you think of today’s beauty standards? Would YOU wear these Scary Beautiful shoes?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: The WOW Report