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The Most Inspiring Stories of 2017 You Need to Know About

  • 9. Preschooler Friends Get Same Haircut so Nobody Can Tell Them Apart These five-year-olds are not blinded with prejudice like the rest of the world. In fact, they don't even see racial differences at all. Although Jax is white and Reddy is black, the only thing that differentiates these best friends, according to themselves, is their hairstyle. It all started when Jax's mother, Lydia Rosebush, mentioned that it was time for her son to go to the barber soon. The boy smiled and knew just what style he wanted. "He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy," Rosebush posted in a Facebook status. "He said he couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy’s so that his teacher wouldn’t be able to tell them apart." Their loyal friendship supplies us with a dose of innocence that the world today greatly needs.
  • 10. Woman Becomes Best Friends With Homeless Man She Saw for Three Years on the Same Street Corner After three years of seeing the same homeless man on the same street corner—rain or shine—Ginger Sprouse finally got the courage to walk up to him and ask him a few basic questions. What's your name? Victor Hubbard. How old are you? 32 years old, ma'am. What are you doing here on this particular corner? No passerby had ever showed any kind of interest in getting to know Victor before. He was touched enough by Sprouse's concern for his well-being that he shared his heartbreaking tale with her. A sufferer of a severe mental illness, Victor had been abandoned at this exact corner by his mother three years ago. In the hopes that she'd return to take him back, Victor waits and waits every day. Sadly, she has yet to appear. Sprouse was so moved by Victor's story, she began to visit him more frequently. Soon, she helped to find him mental health treatment, offered him a job at her cooking school, Art of the Meal, and invited him to sleep in the guest room at her family's home. The two are not only roommates and foster family members, they are best friends. You can find out more about Ginger and Victor's inspiring adventures together on the Facebook page, This is Victor.
  • 11. 7-Year-Old Girl Applies to Google and Receives Personalized Response from CEO Along with dreams of swimming in the Olympics and working in a chocolate factory when she grows up, 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater wants to secure herself a job at Google. She recently was inspired to handwrite a cover letter to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, describing her interest in working for the multinational tech corporation someday. Like any successful application, Bridgewater outlined her strengths (spelling, sums, and reading), her extracurricular activities (computers and robots), and she had no trouble listing the reasons why she would want to be part of the Google team (she heard employees "sit on bean bags and go down slides and ride go karts"). Her letter touched the man she addressed as "google boss" that Pichai himself wrote a response back to Bridgewater. chloe-bridgewater-7-year-old-applies-to-google-2 In it, Pichai thanks Bridgewater for the thoughtful note and encourages her continue her passion for technology. "I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams," the successful app-creator says," you can accomplish everything you set your mind to—from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics. I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! :)" Although Bridgewater isn't "in" with Google yet, Pichai's personalized response has sparked a desire in Bridgewater to work even harder in school. The future is bright for Bridgewater. All young girls deserve to be inspired and encouraged to follow their passions, just like her. chloe-bridgewater-7-year-old-applies-to-google-3