A moment captured in a picture also captured the attention of thousands on social media. A teen working at Waffle House is now being rewarded with a big surprise.


This mom came face to face with the teen who murdered her son. Courtroom veterans had never seen a response like hers.


This black teacup poodle named Nala is making everyone smile at a nursing home in Minnesota. She scurries from room to room, even riding the elevator by herself, to see her friends. For more heartwarming stories of triumph, acts of kindness and special relationships subscribe to Humankind: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at usatoday.com Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


After helping a young boy who didn't have enough money to pay for his treat, a cashier got a surprise of his own. Find out how frozen custard brought two strangers together. For more heartwarming stories of triumph, acts of kindness and special relationships subscribe to Humankind: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at usatoday.com Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


They're known as gentle giants - a breed of horses plucked out of the pastures of Scotland are now world-famous for their beer roots in St. Louis. Get an exclusive look into the world of Budweiser Clydesdales.


Trooper Mark Gilberg started his job with the Arizona Department of Public Safety on March 11, 1981. 37 years later, he signs off one last time. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter:


Do you remember your first friend? Two-year-old Deacon Ross has made his first friend, and it's a pretty special relationship. For more heartwarming stories of triumph, acts of kindness and special relationships subscribe to Humankind: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at usatoday.com Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


Judge Frank Caprio has sat on the bench in Rhode Island’s Providence Municipal Court since 1985. His rulings are compassionate and kind, and he regularly offers valuable advice. Read more about this story here: . ********************************** Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Get Humankind in your inbox: Follow us on Instagram:


Stranger Things are happening. Again. The smash Netflix show of the summer, Stranger Things, will be returning for a second season in 2017, the streaming service announced on Wednesday. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer will return to helm the horror/sci-fi show, which in its first season centered on the disappearance of a young boy in a small town in Indiana in 1983. The new season will take place in 1984, and will consist of nine episodes, up an episode from the first. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at *************************************************************************** Want even more? Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


An adorable time-lapsed video of a baby polar bear shows the stages of her growing up. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful. *********************************************************************************************************************************************** Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


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Fourteen-year-old Ke'onte is full of life and laughter - largely because of his parents and partially because of WFAA anchor Gloria Campos. For more heartwarming stories of triumph, acts of kindness and special relationships subscribe to Humankind: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at usatoday.com Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


Zianna Oliphant, a young girl who could barely reach the podium, wept as she scolded city leadership. We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this, we shouldn't have to protest but y'all are treating us wrong, she said. We do this because we need to and we have rights. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at *************************************************************************** Want even more? Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


A very alert 4-year-old girl in Boise, Idaho saw smoke coming from a house in her neighborhood. She told her dad, and he was able to alert the family inside before it was too late. For more heartwarming videos like this, visit Humankind's YouTube channel:


Rob Scheer wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had. Warning: descriptions of abuse. Video from Upworthy.com, Read more here:


After a high school wrestler lost the state title, his kind gesture toward his opponent shocked the crowd. For more Inspiring stories like this one click here: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at usatoday.com Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


Marcus has a very special relationship with his stepdad Paul. For Paul’s birthday, Marcus came up with the best way to show his gratitude. Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel:  Like us on Facebook:  Follow us on Twitter:  Follow us on Instagram: 


A Michigan man is over 100lbs lighter after having a large tumor removed from his scrotum.


In 2012, we met a little girl named Alida and her dog Mr. Gibbs. He was more than just her playmate though, he was also looking after her. Watch the video to learn how Mr. Gibbs helped Alida be the playful toddler she was meant to be. For more heartwarming stories of triumph, acts of kindness and special relationships subscribe to Humankind: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at usatoday.com Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


Without the extensive free care from Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, a little girl would not be walking. To show her thanks, the 7-year-old set out to raise $8,000 for the hospital. She didn't just meet her goal.she blew it out of the park.


After aging out of the foster care system, this 19-year-old homeless teen was reunited with his long-lost sister. What happens next is the best part. For more Inspiring stories like this one click here: Click here to subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook:


Taylor Thyfault was hit and killed during a high-speed chase in May 2015. Since then, his mother has been texting his old phone as a way to deal with her grief. She never expected a text back. ********************************** Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Get Humankind in your inbox: Follow us on Instagram: ************************************************************ As a teenager, Taylor Thyfault was exceptional. His ambition and passion led him to make a list of 25 future goals when he was in high school. Those goals were: -Join the Army and be the best that I can be -Go bungee jumping -Get married -Start a family -Buy an English Bull Dog and name him Diesel -Swim with sharks -Visit Hawaii -Visit the tribe I am from (Saquangue Lakota Oyate) -Save a life -Coach a Lacrosse team -Graduate high school -Get a masters part time in the military -Get a job -Buy my own truck -Wrestle an alligator -Meet the 'Jackass' crew -Buy my Quad -Play football for a minor league -Go cliff diving -Volunteer in the community -Go to Alaska -Be there for all of the people that have been there for me -Never be arrested -Go to Oktoberfest in Germany -Be the best man, husband, son, soldier, and friend as. possible As apparent, Thyfault didn't dream about becoming rich or buying a mansion. Thyfault's mom, Carole Adler, knew about those dreams, and she knew he was capable of accomplishing them. They were extremely close. For more of the story, click here:


In matching outfits, four-year-old Carter and his buddy 'Postman Mike' go around the neighborhood delivering mail.


Police Officer Sally Zheng stands roll call every night before she patrols NYC's subways. There was a HUGE surprise waiting for her at this roll call. Video courtesy of the New York Police Department. Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram:


An eight-year-old boy named Zion has made history as the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child. But his spirit is what is capturing the world's attention. For more heartwarming videos like this, visit Humankind's YouTube channel:


One Texas family's home is high and dry while thousands of homes have been evacuated and damaged by flooding. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at *************************************************************************** Want even more? Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


One business owner is paying his respects to a family who lost five children during a house fire by creating custom caskets. Trey Ganem is creating works of art for the children who died in a mobile home fire in Edna, Texas.


After a group of 5th grade boys noticed a classmate with a learning disability getting teased, they banded together and made him a part of their gang. ************************************* All the students at Franklin Elementary in Mankato, Minn. start every day with the Pledge of Allegiance. But the justice for all part belongs to five fifth-grade boys. Why pick on someone, Jack Pemble begins to ask, as Jake Burgess finishes his question, who has special needs? They're talking about James Willmert, a fifth-grader from another classroom, with a learning disability. Which, it turns out, can get a guy teased. READ MORE: ********************************** Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Get Humankind in your inbox: Follow us on Instagram:


A Michigan home that recently hit the market has a hidden a 2,300-piece pipe organ inside. The whole organ takes up more than one third of the house.


After a family health crisis and financial issues threatened to take a beloved crossing guard from his post, parents at an elementary school pitched in to give him an unbelievable surprise. For more Inspiring stories like this one click here:


In the last two Olympics Kenyan runners have won 25 distance running medals. Find out why. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at *********************************************************************************************************************************************** Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY Sports YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY Sports on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY Sports on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY Sports on Instagram:


Erick Scott knows first-hand what it's like to suffer from PTSD. He was paired with a special service dog to help him combat his anxiety. He was amazed to see how his dog, Gumbo, reacted when he became agitated. ********************************** Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Get Humankind in your inbox: Follow us on Instagram:


Rising British star Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in the movie 'The Theory of Everything', recalls the nerve-racking meeting with Hawking himself and talks about the transformation he went through portraying the iconic physicist.


When construction workers outside of a hospital noticed they had little admirers waving at them from windows, they got together to send a special message. But one little girl in particular caught their attention. For more on this story: For more heartwarming stories of triumph, acts of kindness and special relationships subscribe to Humankind's YouTube channel: Like Humankind on Facebook: Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at Want even more from USA TODAY?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


A class full of second graders sacrificed their field trip to give books to other children who are sick.


Country singer Miranda Lambert gave USA WEEKEND a tour of her newly decorated tour bus.


At Louisville's Rodes City Run, there are no losers, not even the person who finishes dead last. Asia Ford wears that badge with a smile as big as the race itself.


The cast of Crazy Rich Asians gather around the dinner table to talk about their favorite dishes growing up. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter:


A moment from Friday's Garth Brooks concert in Minneapolis went viral after the singer stopped mid-performance to honor a fan whose sign caught his attention. After the show, Brooks talked about why this fan put it all in perspective for him.


10-year-old Ayden was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in August. Doctors told his dad he had eight to 12 months to live.


A Georgia couple whose dog had been missing for two years is reunited with their best friend right before Thanksgiving. Kelly Thomas and Ted Kupferman live in a monument to Christmas, but this year, they will cherish Thanksgiving. These are the times we think of people who can't be with us … or animals that can't be with us, Kupferman said. Years ago, the couple rescued their dog named Bear. Two years ago, Bear ran away. Ted said he ran away after being scared in a car accident. I rear-ended somebody and the accident startled Bear, and he ran across 120 and into the woods, he said. I spent 12 hours that day searching his name, combing the area, finding absolutely nothing and that's how I lost him They knew they would find him someday but they didn't know how. Meanwhile, two ladies who live in Marietta were trying to catch a dog that had taken up residence in an auto parts yard. They could see his paw prints and would feed him two times a day but for a year, they could never catch him. This past Sunday, with help from several rescue groups, they rescued Bear. Then, they found a microchip listing his owners. A day later, the family reunited. I'm still crying over it … This was not just a dog … this was my best friend; this was my child, Kupferman said. Now Bear is home. Home for Christmas. Home to make every holiday ever more special. ******************************************************************** Want even more?! Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


After tragedy struck, a mother was able to save lives by donating her son's organs. Two years later, she came face to face with the little girl who received his heart. She was given a gift that brought her to tears. *********************************************************************************************************************************************** Want even more heartwarming stories?! Subscribe to Humankind's YouTube channel: Like Humankind on Facebook: *********************************************************************************************************************************************** When you see 4-year-old Jordan running through the lobby of the Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital you would be impressed with the amount of energy the little girl has, considering she’s only two years removed from a heart transplant. The first few years of Jordan’s life were filled with severe health issues. “She had seizures. She had a brain bleed. She had a stomach bleed; a stroke. She had brain surgery -- so many issues, said Esther Gonzalez, Jordan’s mother. The list of health problems were complications from a faulty heart valve. At 18 months old, Jordan received a new, donated heart. Gonzalez says news of an available heart was both a blessing and concern. “Instantly you feel relief, you know, she may make it. But on the flip, it took me a half a second for me to turn and say, 'a mother lost her child tonight,' she said. That child was 7-month-old Lukas from California. Just the happiest kid. He only cried when he was hungry, his mother Heather Clark said. Lukas was Heather Clark's only child. He died as a result of child abuse. Clark was unable to elaborate because the case is still pending. Despite the tragedy, Clark didn’t hesitate to make the decision to donate Lukas’ organs. The only thing I can think of is: I can't save my own son. Why not save someone else's, she said. Now, thanks to Clark’s selfless decision, Jordan can run around and play like any other child. For more of the story, click here:


A Seattle artist has turned his love of paper mache from a hobby into a career. The artist is known for his elaborate sculptures of dragons, monsters with real human teeth, and 'greedy politicians.'


A Parker County, Texas, jailer who had an apparent heart attack may very well be alive thanks to inmates who put themselves at risk to help him. It happened on June 23 in a holding cell in the basement of the District Courts Building in Weatherford. At least eight prisoners were behind a locked door in a small room off to one side. Their lone guard sat outside and had been joking with them when he slumped over unconscious. “He just fell over, said inmate Nick Kelton. Looked like an act. Could have died right there.” Kelton and other inmates began shouting for help. Then they managed to bust out of their holding room, even though they knew it was dangerous. Be Smarter. Faster. More Colorful and get the full story at *************************************************************************** Want even more? Subscribe to USA TODAY's YouTube channel: Like USA TODAY on Facebook: Follow USA TODAY on Twitter: Follow USA TODAY on Instagram:


For the firefighters and EMTs of Station 4 in Baytown, Texas, it was another normal assignment: rushing to a 911 call to help save someone's life. But, it's the act of kindness they did afterward that went viral.


It was a reunion three years in the making for Army Specialist Vance McFarland. Thanks to help from Mission K9 Rescue, McFarland and his former Tactical Explosive Detection Dog were reunited for good.


Before they were stars of heist movie 'Ocean's 8', Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett were running their own childhood heists.


Christine Pattillo has struggled her entire life with the personalities of other people living inside her head. There have been a total of 11 over the past 49 years.


A former Carolina Panthers player and his wife open up about the loss of their septuplets and how they are still hopeful for the future.


Matthew Christian recorded the moment he came out to his mom, Robin. Her reaction is heartwarming. You can read more about this story here: . Check out more Humankind stories: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram:


Al Pacino sat down with USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander and reveals that he had an uphill battle to be part of 'The Godfather' movie franchise.


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