They all ganged up to stay out of gangs.
Four young men who live at LaGrange Housing Authority in Georgia have gotten summer jobs working for their community after months of persistence.
The clincher occurred when the teens confessed to Zsa Zsa Heard, CEO at LaGrange Housing Authority, that all four of them had been approached to join gangs and wanted to stay out of trouble. The interaction prompted Heard to write a moving Facebook post, in whichshe said:
“I hired them on the spot! The streets will not have our children!”
Dylik Smith, 13, Jalen Parham, 13, and twin brothers, Desmond and Deion Woodard, 14, now tend to a community garden, pass out flyers and perform other odd jobs around LaGrange Housing Authority for $7.25 an hour.
The teens have been consistently asking Heard for jobs since May, when their school year ended for summer break. But Heard assumed that the boys wanted to work purely for monetary reasons.
“I thought they just wanted to work for money,” she told HuffPost.
Heard finally gave the boys an opportunity on July 26, telling them she had to speak to the financial department at LaGrange Housing Authority about hiring them first, but if they came by her office the next day, she’d talk to them about possibilities.
She made an appointment with them for 11 a.m. for July 27. The young men arrived at her office the next day at 10:15 a.m.
Heard then asked the teens why they wanted to work, assuming that they would say they wanted money. The response Heard got instead surprised her.
“That’s when Desmond told me, ‘We just don’t want to be in gangs.’”
Heard said the other three teens turned their heads away, but Woodard pressed on.
“He said, ‘Tell her the truth, tell her they’ve approached all of us, not just me.’”
The boys confirmed that they had been approached by gangs.
“I knew then we had to put them to work fast,” Heard said.
The boys were hired that day!
So far the post has received over 600 shares, over 400 likes and comments from people beaming with support.
Heard told HuffPost that the boys are hard workers that don’t turn up their noses at any task — even when tending to the community’s new chickens.
“Even cleaning out the chicken coop yesterday, they do it and they don’t complain at all,” Heard said. “Anything we ask they do it.”
When a rolling car bumped into a Walmart in Wayne, West Virginia, on Friday, witnesses probably didn’t expect to find mans best friends behind the wheel.
The owner of the car says she left her two dogs in the vehicle while she went shopping. She left the car running in order to keep the pups cool.
Big mistake!!!!! The wonder dogs shifted the car out of park and took a little joyride.
Confused shoppers watched as the slow-moving vehicle collided with the building.
The incident is yet another lesson in why it’s a bad idea to leave your dog in ahot car, even if the air conditioning is on.
Witnesses said the car owner appeared to be in her late 70s. The station reported that the dogs were fine and that both the car and the building sustained only minor damage.
Now, if the dogs do decide to take another shot at driving, perhaps they should first visit New Zealand, where a very talented pair of canines completed adriving test in 2012 on live TV.
These West Virginia dogs could learn a thing or two about checking your blind spot and making a left turn.
Black, 55, who lived in Egg Harbor Township, died of cancer on Aug. 2. The top obituary published in the paper on Aug. 5 states that he “is survived by his loving wife, Bearetta Harrison Black.” Another obituary, placed directly below the first, makes no mention of the wife, but notes that Black is survived by “his long-tome [sic] girlfriend, Princess Hall.”
An unidentified man who answered the phone at the funeral home said that both women knew the double-obit situation was happening, and that they were printed that way because “the wife wanted it one way, and the girlfriend wanted it another way.”