Good Triumphs Over Evil … 15 Year Old Christian Lunsford Apologizes & Repays 78 Year Old Widow Tona Herndon Who His Father Had Mugged
GOOD REALLY DOES TRIUMPH OVER EVIL … Son pays for the sins of his father, literally!!!
It is the feel good story of the day and should provide us hope for the future.
First the unthinkable evil … 78 year old Tona Herndon was visiting the grave of her recently departed husband who she had been married to for 60 years. As she lay flowers at the grave she was mugged. What type of dirt-bag does such a thing and robs an old lady at a fresh grave? Talk about a one way ticket to Hell. The unconscionable incident occurred in Bethany, Oklahoma (VIDEO). However, the suspect attempted to use the widow’s credit card at a Walmart and the store’s surveillance video captured him on camera.
“After 60 years, there’s a lot of memories there. That should be a place that she should be able to go to and have peace and comfort. She’ll tell you that’s the closest she can get to him at this point,” Greg Herndon said.
“When someone will go to that point and rob a little old lady at a fresh grave, what is it that they will not do?” Herndon continued.
Thus far, police believe they might have a lead as to the man’s identity. The suspect attempted to use Mrs. Herndon’s credit card at a Walmart and the store’s surveillance video might have captured him on camera.
HOWEVER, GOOD PREVAILS … 15-year old Christian Lunsford was watching television when he saw his father’s mugshot appear on the screen as the man who committed the heinous act of robbing Tona Herndon. The 15 year old boy reached out to the victim and stated, “she needed an apology from someone”. Christian Lunsford met Tona Herndon in a church parking lot and apologized for the sins of his father, who had been absent from his life. Christian’s father had also been in jail a half a dozen times. But the apology was only the first part of the boys amazing act. Christian’s father had given him $250 for his band trip; however, the boy had no idea where the money had come from and was not sure if it may have been a part of the mugging. Christian Lunsford then did something that should bring a smile to all our faces, he gave $250 to 78 year old Tona Herndon. It was not the son’s crime, but he paid the debt anyhow. Talk about the apple falling way far from the tree. Herndon accepted the money and then brings us to the best part of the story … Tona Herndon then gifted the $250 back to the boy to that he could go on his band trip.
The mugger got away with her purse and $700, but not for long. Police caught him, and the news put his mug shot on TV.
Fifteen-year-old Christian Lunsford says the first time he saw the picture, he recognized it “in detail.” He had no doubt that it was his dad.
Christian says his parents divorced when he was two, and his dad has been mostly absent ever since. Last time he heard from him was a few weeks ago. His dad gave him $250 for a band trip Christian really wants to go on.
But that’s been the extent of his parenting recently. In fact, over the years, Christian says his dad has been in and out of jail more than half a dozen times.
“There’s times that you just feel really low, like, ‘Is that going to be me?’” he says. “‘Am I going to end up like that?’”
The apple wants nothing to do with the tree. Which is why, after Christian heard about his dad’s latest crime, he reached out to the victim and asked to meet her in a church parking lot. (Read the full story HERE).
TRUE INSPIRATION FOR ALL … DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T EVER GIVE UP!
The following is the definition if courage and inspiration. When 11 year old Matt Woodrum, who has cerebral palsy, struggling through his 400 meter race at school, his physical education teacher walk over to check on the 5th grader and provide some encouragement. Then an amazing thing happened. As Matt continued to run, more and more of his school mates converged and congregated alongside him, running and cheering hims on until he completed the race. Heroic!
Must see video of Matt Woodrum and his schoolmates
John Blaine, physical education teacher: “Matt, you’re not going to stop, are you?”
Matt Woodrum: “No way.”
It was his fourth race of the day, and one he didn’t have to run. Only a handful of students opted to give it a try, said Anne Curran, Woodrum’s mother. She said her son doesn’t exclude himself from anything, playing football and baseball with friends and his two brothers.
“He pushes through everything. He pushes through the pain, and he pushes through however long it may take to complete a task,” she said. “He wants to go big or go home.”
The sometimes shaky footage shows Woodrum beginning the race on a steady pace with his classmates, though he quickly lags. As several students pass him on their second lap around the grassy course, Blaine walks over to make sure Woodrum is OK.
“The kids will tell you that Matt never gives up on anything that he sets out to do,” said Blaine, who has been Woodrum’s teacher since kindergarten. “They knew he would cross that finish line, and they wanted to be a part of that.”
Matt thru his viral YouTube video has shown many, don’t ever give up or not try something just because it doesn’t feel good or you are scared.