09:10 AM EDT 12/11/2013
Originally posted 12/10/2013 07:45AM
For cancer patients, a surprise often means bad news. One French charity decided to change that.
The Mimi Foundation is an organization devoted to improving cancer patients' quality of life throughout the treatment process. For its "If Only For a Second" project, the charity teamed with photographer Vincent Dixon to give extravagant makeovers to 20 cancer patients.
Each was told to close his or her eyes during the session, and only open them once the transformation was complete.
Originally posted 12/07/2013 10:00AM
Prince Harry showed that the freezing cold temperatures at the South Pole haven't got the better of him as he joked with a group of soldiers on a phone call a few days ago.
The 29-year-old, who's on a 300 km (186-mile) trek across Antarctica in support of the Walking with the Wounded charity, called the four members of the Row2Recovery team ahead of their 3000-mile race across the Atlantic. (See the video below.)
All bundled up against the freezing temperatures and sitting on a camp bed inside a tent, the prince joked with the soldiers, who were standing in the sunshine in the Canary Islands. "It's minus 30 [Celsius] here, apparently it's plus 30 where you are," he said.
Originally posted 12/06/2013 10:35AM
When Patricia and Richard Logan agreed to foster a blind 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy 22 years ago, it was an easy decision.
"We got really attached to Michelle," says Patricia, 60, of Warren, Mich. "I wanted to give her the best life she could ever have."
It went so well that not only did they adopt her, they later adopted four more children with cerebral palsy.
"Everyone needs a loving home," says Patricia, who worked at a nursing home before deciding to care for their special-needs children full time.
"If I had a bigger home I would adopt even more," she says.
Originally posted 12/05/2013 08:00AM
Almost 10 years later, Kyle and Kristen Upham are still bowled over by Paul Walker's unbelievable generosity – after he changed their lives with a single gesture.
The couple were shopping for an engagement ring in a Santa Barbara, Calif., jewelry store in 2004, when Walker overheard them talking about a gorgeous ring – one they couldn't afford, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Walker bought the $9,000 ring for them, then slipped away without a word.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 02:10PM
Prince George may have sporty parents, but his father sees only one game in his 4-month-old son's immediate future.
"I think the only sport he will be good at is playing tiddlywinks," Prince William joked to Ryan Gordon on Wednesday.
Gordon, 18, was among a group of budding sports coaches with whom William visited at Coach Core, a training and apprentice coach development program established by the prince, wife Kate and brother Prince Harry for 16- to 23-year-olds living in London's most disadvantaged communities.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 02:30PM
Most people's Black Fridays involve frantically throwing money at merchants, but last Friday, a few lucky Mall of America patrons were the ones being pelted with currency.
As a trio of vocalists sang "Let It Snow," Serge Vorobyov, aka Serge the Car Hauler, lobbed $1,000 in dollar bills on the assembled crowd from the top of an escalator. He stamped each of the bills with the URL for his YouTube channel beforehand, which is a pretty effective form of marketing, we suppose. However, he did receive a security citation for his actions, which may offset the net gain from traffic to his account.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 09:30AM
It's always nice to hear stories of unrestrained generosity. Or, in this case, see them on your Instagram feed.
Since September, someone (or possibly more than one someone) has been leaving generous tips at restaurants across the country and documenting them all on an Instagram account called TipsForJesus.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 01:15PM
Paul Walker's final few hours were dedicated to people in need.
Before he lost his life in a car crash on Saturday, the actor attended his Reach Out WorldWide charity car show in Valencia, Calif., to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the Illinois tornados.
During his last few hours, the star was thrilled to see how many toys had been collected for the children suffering as a result of those devastating storms.
"He was excited because we got more toy donations than expected," Bill Townsend, 48, a friend of Walker's through the automotive scene, tells PEOPLE. "Paul said to me, 'The toy pile is twice as big as I thought it was going to be!' "
Originally posted 11/27/2013 10:00AM
Joel Hartman has been homeless for a year. He spent last Thursday sleeping in the woods outside of Duluth, an Atlanta suburb. He made it into Atlanta, and was looking for food in a dumpster outside the Omni Hotel when he found a wallet. What happened next is pretty extraordinary.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 03:05PM
There's no question that Justin Bieber has had his share of controversy this year, but giving back is what ultimately matters most to the pop star.
On Oct. 27, the 19-year-old traveled to a remote village in Guatemala with the organization Pencils of Promise, a charity he's long supported that builds primary schools in developing countries like Nicaragua, Laos, Guatemala and Ghana.
And he didn't just watch: He helped sift concrete, lay down cinder blocks, and spent time playing with the children who will one day attend the school.
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