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Walmart cashier helps struggling family pay for groceries

A South Carolina Walmart cashier's heartwarming act of kindness for a struggling family of five has gone viral.

According to WGHP, Ashley Jordan; her husband, Michael; and their youngest daughter went to a Columbia Walmart on Saturday to buy groceries.

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"We literally dread going to Walmart and buying groceries, period, because my husband's whole check goes to food for our family," Jordan, a stay-at-home mom, wrote on Facebook. "I will say that I'm not a fan of shopping at Walmart because of how rude some of the people can be. But after tonight, my whole perspective has changed."

That's because of cashier Sharnique Dasant. As the Jordans started to unload two carts of groceries while trying to soothe their fussy daughter, Dasant knew she had to help.

"As we're scanning and scanning, she got in front of me, and it's like I saw a different face on her," Dasant told WLTX. "And I just had ... a little man on my shoulder that was like, 'Give her $100, give her $100.'"

Dasant said she told Jordan, "God told me to give you $100," walked to the other side of the register and slid her own card to pay half of the family's grocery bill. 

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"This sweet woman whom I never met in my life paid for half of my groceries! I was in complete shock because I never expected anything like that to ever happen," Jordan wrote on Facebook.

After the Jordans got back into their car, "we just looked at each other and smiled, and at that moment, we both knew things were going to be OK because there truly are good people out there," Jordan wrote. "Thank you so much, Sharnique Dasant. You truly are a blessing and you will never realize how much you helped us out and how much faith you have put back into our hearts."

Jordan's post quickly went viral, garnering more than 27,000 likes and 6,600 shares.

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Texas boy collects food for hungry children through kid-friendly non-profit

When a little boy visited a food bank, he didn’t like what he saw.

“It was not like kid-friendly,” 7-year-old Kaden Newton told WFAA. “They didn’t have like Chef Boyardee or pancake mix.”

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So the boy from Rockwall, Texas started his own nonprofit called Mac & Cheese and Pancakes.

“Those are my two favorite foods,” said Kaden.

His parents helped organize everything and advertised his cause on social media, making an Amazon wishlist. Soon, it went viral.

“And my mom’s goal was 100,” Kaden said. “And my goal was like 5,000!”

The Newtons collected 7,000 food items at their house. This week, a Helping Hands, a food bank, came to collect all the kid-friendly foods.

“It made my heart feel happy,” he said. “It will always makes me feel happy.”

School sends note to mother of 8 about food she packed for lunch

A school in Australia is receiving some backlash after a writer posted on Facebook that a friend of hers, a mother of eight, was sent home a note with her child advising her to “choose healthier options,” not “from the red category” like the slice of chocolate cake that she gave her child.

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It was leftover birthday cake.

“Your child has chocolate (cake) slice from the Red Food category today. Please choose healthier options,” the note read.

My friend (mother of 8 healthy children, what follows relating to no. 7) received this today from her 3 year old's kindy. I told her to put in two slices tomorrow and tellthem to get lost.Posted by Melinda Tankard Reist on Thursday, February 2, 2017

The story has brought up familiar debates about childhood obesity and adults being told how to parent their children.

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“My friend (mother of 8 healthy children, what follows relating to no. 7) received this today from her 3-year-old’s (school). I told her to put in two slices tomorrow and tell them to get lost,” Melinda Tankard Reist wrote.

Reist’s friend and husband hold degrees in health science and make all their food from scratch, Yahoo News Australia reported.

“My friend ended up digging out the kindergarten’s food policy, which banned only 'processed' cakes and biscuits. She hadn’t broken the rules after all,” Reist later wrote in an opinion piece.

“My friend felt bad that she has broken the rules. I posted the image because I reacted to it. I support healthy eating, but I’m concerned about where this approach takes us,” she told Kidspot. “Organic sugarless zucchini muffins and banana and almond muffins (have been) sent home. Cupcakes were sent home which had less sugar and calorie content than the approved muesli bar.” 

Reist contended that such an approach to food is harmful.

“Treating foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ contributes to eating disorders,” she added. “Parents are telling me their children are being shamed at school for having treats in their lunchbox and are taking that shame home, impacting their ability to enjoy a range of foods.”

Parents claim children who took MiraLAX developed 'neuropsychiatric problems'

An ongoing Children's Hospital of Philadelphia study is looking into parents' claims that their children developed "neuropsychiatric problems" after taking an over-the-counter laxative.

According to WPVI-TV, MiraLAX "is regularly prescribed off-label to infants and toddlers, when it's not recommended for use to anyone under 17." 

Some parents said their children became angry, aggressive and paranoid after taking the medication, WPVI reported Tuesday.

Jeanie Ward told the station that her daughter, Nicole, began experiencing "near psychiatric events" and mood swings soon after she started taking MiraLAX at 3 1/2 years old. 

"It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not completely go back to normal," Ward told WPVI.

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Jessica Aman of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, echoed the sentiment, telling WPVI that her son "was absolutely robbed of most of his childhood."

Ward helped to petition the Food and Drug Administration for a warning label and investigation, which prompted the CHOP study of MiraLAX's active ingredient, polyethylene glycol 3350.

Although the study is still underway, the FDA told WPVI that there isn't enough data "to demonstrate a link between PEG 3350 and serious neuropsychiatric issues in children."

Bayer, MiraLAX's manufacturer, said in part: "As part of Bayer's ongoing commitment to consumer well-being, we regularly track, analyze and report all adverse event data related to the use of the product. Results of this ongoing monitoring support the continued safe use of MiraLAX."

In a 2015 article on Parents.com, Dr. Steve J. Hodges, an associate professor of pediatric urology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, pointed out that "more than 100 studies have found PEG 3350 is safe to use in children."

"I have found no published studies linking MiraLAX to severe or harmful side-effects," said Hodges, who was responding to a New York Times article about the Philadelphia study.

Hodges added that he welcomes "all inquiries into the safety of this ubiquitous laxative" and looks forward to learning the study's findings.

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Proposed Tenn. bill says children born of artificial insemination are illegitimate

Two bills proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly have struck a chord with groups in the Mid-South.

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Those bills look to repeal a statute legitimizing children born via artificial insemination. House Bill 1406 and Senate Bill 1153 are being opposed by families who have used artificial insemination to fight infertility.

WHBQ has been looking into these bills. Nationally, there are 6.1 million women in the country who struggle with infertility that go the route of artificial insemination, not to mention those in the LGBT community.

 

The House Bill as it is written is very vague. It repeals the statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with the consent of the husband, to be a legitimate child. But the people WHBQ spoke with wondered why a statute like this needs to be repealed at all.

One local mother showed WHBQ what her child, born through IVF was able to accomplish.

“She won the citizenship essay contest and she was given a plaque by the mayor at the time," Nancy Paschall, a proud mother, told WHBQ.

She took WHBQ through a wall of awards won by her daughter.  Paschall and her husband are one of the first families to have a child via IVF in the Mid-South. She is opposed to House Bill 1406, de-legitimizing children born via artificial insemination.

"It made me angry,” Paschall remembered. “To think that they would put that label on children born in this manner." 

Paschall was so mad, she contacted the bill’s sponsors, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver and State Senator Joey Hensley, via email. But the response she got from the senator did little to sway her anger.

"It also did not explain anything that made me understand, 'Oh, I see why this is where it came from.' The explanation left me going, 'What?'" Paschall said.

It also made her think of how many other people or groups might be affected.

"Perhaps they're trying in a roundabout way to de-legitimize couples that may not be a man and woman trying to have children, and that occurred to me. Maybe that was what was behind this, and that scared me,” She said. "My initial reaction to the bill is that it's just another attempt to target the LGBT community undercover. Talking about trying to clean up a law that is obsolete."

Will Bats is the executive director of Out Memphis, a group of advocates for the LGBT community. He told WHBQ that these proposals will label kids and strip his community of protections, especially lesbians couple trying to have children through IVF.

WHBQ reached out to Representative Terri Lynn Weaver multiple times via email and phone on Tuesday and has yet to hear back.

Florida man fights for paternity rights of son over mother’s husband

After losing contact with his 3-year-old son when he broke off a relationship with the mother, a Florida man is fighting for paternity rights to his son, WPTV reported.

John Karpinski's legal fight is complicated by the fact that the mother of his child was legally married when the boy was born. Florida law gives all paternal rights to her husband.

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 The boy's mother says she and her husband recognize the child as their own, and they plan to raise him together, WPTV says.

"Mr. Karpinski was a great dad and was doing all of the things that are expected of a father and then to have that ripped away from him is certainly a different circumstance that even this law ever contemplated," said his attorney, Shaun Plymale.

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"I will never stop as long as there is breath in my body," Karpinski told WPTV. "I want my boy home." 

Similar battles over fathers' custody and paternity rights have made headlines in recent years. Most state laws tend to favor the mother in a custody battles, but there's been a growing movement over the rights of fathers. 

Valentine’s Day takes on special meaning for parents of hospitalized babies

Hospitalized babies can pull at the heart strings of even the most courageous among us.

When babies are sick or born prematurely, the families of these children are under enormous emotional and, often, financial pressure.

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 Some 380,000 babies, or one in every 10, are born prematurely, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, in the United States every year, the March of Dimes estimated. Most end up in the hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, the March of Dimes said.

In Kansas City, Missouri the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program at Saint Luke’s Hospital is aware of the hardships parents face when their babies are hospitalized. That’s why they’ve planned a special Valentine’s Day celebration.

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The staff and volunteers, calling it a “special celebration of love,” have assembled tiny knit caps with hearts that each baby in their care will wear for a special Valentine’s Day photo shoot. They’re also making baby footprint valentines for the parents.

“Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home,” March of Dimes NICU Family Support coordinator, Rebecca Keunen said in a press release.

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 The nonprofit developed the NICU Family Support program to help families while their babies are in the intensive care unit, but even when these babies leave the hospital, they often face serious health challenges. The March of Dimes said these children are at higher risks for lifelong disabilities, including breathing problems, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays.

The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that focuses on pregnancy, baby health and conducts research into premature births.

Single mom draws on beard, dons 'best dad outfit' for son's 'Dads and Doughnuts' event

A single mother's determination to give her son a "normal" life, captured in an image of herself in a baseball cap and a drawn-on goatee with her beaming son, has gone viral.

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Utah mom Whitney Kittrell said her heart sank when her kindergartner came home from school with a flier for a "Dads and Doughnuts" event at his elementary school.

"My heart (kind of) sank," she wrote in a Facebook post detailing her experience. "When I became a single mom over 3 years ago I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone, to give my kids a 'normal' life and the same experiences as other kids."

As a single parent filling the roles of mother and father, she said she's taught her son how to play catch, how to kill bugs "with minimal screaming" and has created countless memories.

"Being a single parent, or any parent for that matter, is a hard job," she told KUTV. "We are all doing the best we can."

She said she sat her son down and asked whether she would prefer that his grandfather take him to the event Tuesday at Arrowhead Elementary School in Santa Clara, KUTV reported.

"He just smiled and said, 'No. I want you to go. You're my mom and dad,'" Kittrell wrote on Facebook.

She awakened Tuesday morning, donned her "best dad outfit," drew a goatee on her face and took her son to "Dads and Doughnuts."

When I became a single mom over 3 years ago I made a promise with myself that I would do anything I could, even if it... Posted by Whitney Kittrell on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"I was so embarrassed, but I couldn't help but smile when he introduced me to his little friends saying, 'This is my mom... She's my dad too, so I brought her,'" she wrote. "When I went to leave, he ran after me and hugged me tight around my neck and whispered, 'Mom, I know that you'll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you.' (He) kissed my cheek and ran off."

She told KUTV that her outfit garnered a few strange looks and giggles from the children, but no one said anything to her about being at the event. Her son later said he was teased by classmates because of his mom's outfit, but, she told the news station, "He said he told them that his daddy decided not to see him anymore, so… his mom is 

his dad now too."

"I've tried my best to let (my kids) know they are loved, but I wonder a lot if I'm actually succeeding at it," she wrote on Facebook. "I hope he remembers this day (because) I'll never forget it or his sweet words."

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Huggies develops diapers for smallest babies

Huggies has come up with a new product that is designed for the smallest of consumers -- a new diaper sized for nano preemies.

Nano preemies, according to Huggies, are babies who are born premature, but who weigh less than 2 pounds.

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Neonatal intensive care units have had difficulties finding diapers for babies that small, so the diaper company worked with nurses and other healthcare professionals to come up with the Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper.

The diapers, which are barely the size of an adult's hand, went from design phase to shelves in only six months.

Included in the design are smaller fasteners, a narrower absorbent pad so babies can tuck their legs into a fetal position and  a soft liner that is said to be gentle to the fragile, underdeveloped skin.

Nine NICUs tested the diapers before the general release.

Huggies said that both their Nano and Micro Preemie diapers go through a hand inspection and are individually folded.

PHOTO: Boy visiting twin's grave on first day of school breaks hearts

A picture of an Alabama boy visiting the grave of his twin brother on his first day of school has gone viral as the twins’ mother speaks out about the condition that killed her son before he was born.

Walker Myrick, of Florence, is now 9 years old, but it is a picture taken in 2012, when he was 5, that has gained international attention. Walker’s mother, Brooke Myrick, said she vividly remembers that day.

Walker was at his brother’s grave before Myrick could get out of the car. When she caught up with him at the burial site, she found Walker sitting with his back against his brother’s headstone, telling him about his first day of school.

She snapped a photo to remember the moment.

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Myrick said Thursday that Walker has always felt a bond with his brother, Willis, who died after the boys developed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in the womb.

“He truly has a connection with him and always has,” Myrick said.

Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, or TTTS, can occur when identical twins share a common placenta. According to the Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation, the condition results in abnormal blood vessels connecting the twins’ umbilical cords and circulation.

The placenta, and the blood and necessary nutrients for survival, are shared unequally by the twins, according to the TTTS Foundation. The “donor twin” suffers from decreased blood volume, slower than normal growth and little or no amniotic fluid.

The “recipient twin” then becomes overloaded with blood, which puts a strain on the heart, and ends up with too much amniotic fluid. The condition can be deadly for both twins.

TTTS can occur at any time in a woman’s pregnancy, including during birth, the foundation said. The majority of identical twins share a placenta and, of those twins, about 15 percent develop TTTS.

Myrick and her husband, Michael, learned that their twins were in trouble only after a routine ultrasound, during which the technician could not find Willis’ heartbeat. Placenta testing and signs exhibited by Walker throughout the remainder of Myrick’s pregnancy pointed to TTTS as the cause of Willis’ death.

Willis, who died about two months before the boys were born, weighed just 4 ounces at birth.

Myrick said the family honors Willis’ memory every year with a charity walk, held around the twins’ March 6 birthday, to raise awareness of TTTS. This year’s walk will be held on March 5, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the event.

Myrick said Walker has read several of the stories written about him and his brother, though she has tried to shield him from any negative reactions that readers have had.

“I have showed Walker a few of the articles, and he leaned his head on me as he read them. We have always had a strong bond,” Myrick said.

Some people who have read the twins’ story have accused Myrick of instilling grief in Walker and his siblings, 2-year-old Bryant, 4-year-old Cooper and 8-year-old Jolie. The children visit Willis’ grave on holidays and other special occasions.

“They love to pick him out little cars, (or) some kind of trinket,” Myrick told “Inside Edition” in an interview. “It’s just always made (them) feel good to do things like that for their brother.”

Myrick said Thursday that Walker is “very confident” about remembering his brother.

“He doesn’t care how anyone views it,” she said. “He loves his brother.”

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