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Reddit, you did it. 300 people showed up at a Virginia boy's birthday party after his mom feared no one would come. The Eubank's have received hundreds of cards and presents from around the world.

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"Von Lester... in his mid-twenties and doesn't normally attend birthday parties for 10-year-olds."

Original Poster915 points · 3 years ago

I lol'd as I wrote that line

I exhaled sharply through my nose as I read it!

"Heh."

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Passing gas?

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That was my favourite part! It was very funny. :)

Oh my dick, Shane is ON REDDIT?!?

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234 points · 3 years ago

My god, his name literally rhymes with 'molester'.

Hi I'm Maurice Lester. You can call me Mo.

The Maurice? The Gangster of Love?

Aye the one which speaks of the pompitous of love.

Waah waaaoowww

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Moderator of r/UpliftingNews, speaking officially313 points · 3 years ago

Really happy to see this, and thanks for the update and great news segment! We almost always remove FB posts from this subreddit for a number of reasons, but this one seemed special and we are really glad the community here agreed and wanted to help rally support.

Do FB posts break a rule or are they just annoying?

Probably too much personal information (such as real names and locations)

I'd assume it is for a number of reasons, most importantly to limit the potential of doxxing, and /r/UpliftingNews being a potential host to that.

In addition to that, it could be to reduce the amount of spam that could be produced.

Original Poster1.6k points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

EDIT: Here is an extended cut of just footage from the water balloon fight. His mom described it as "epic"

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-a-botetourt-county-boys-epic-water-balloon-fight/34037400


EDIT: For those that asked, here's the video of me getting sprayed in the face by a water cannon on a fire truck while setting up the gopro shot.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-shayne-dwyer-gets-sprayed-070715/34037778


My name is Shayne! I'm the reporter who did this story, and the guy you see in that video with the bad hair.

Feel free to ask me any questions about it, I'll try my best to answer.

We had a close up of one of Camden's cake but not the entire thing. u/technicolor-cakes posted these pics of the ones. http://imgur.com/IfydnCp http://imgur.com/nAlYIAU

Edit add pics of cake


EDIT: For those that have questions about the money raised for the water slide, I've got answers. I was told logistically the water slide wasn't able to happen, but the money is already in the Eubanks possession and will be used to buy Camden a new iPad for therapy and his education. Sounds like he accidentally dropped his and broke it (maybe cracked the screen, who hasn't?). Wayne, Camden's father, is currently out of work and income is tight. Traci deleted posts about it on the facebook page because she was overwhelmed with it all. If you donated to the tilt, are upset there was no water slide, and want your money back, they will refund it.

You can read more about it at this post on the facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/ultimatewaterballoonfight/posts/398307793700091

I've confirmed this information to be accurate and truthful with /u/anotherpinkpanther (Lisa, the original poster of this facebook page) and /u/shawntruu (Shawn, the Virginia Tech student who created the tilt campaign).

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Original Poster858 points · 3 years ago

Yes I was there with my photographer partner. Everyone was normal. No creepers in sight. The Eubank's were overwhelmed with all the support and the local fire department really stepped up to the plate and helped.

To me it seemed like most who attended saw the facebook post or the story on the news here in town, and the folks who sent gifts and cards from around the world were thanks to Reddit.

That's actually quite incredible. Makes me happy.

Original Poster472 points · 3 years ago

I interviewed a real-life redditor on camera. If you watch the story you can see him. Von, if you're out there, which I know you are, feel free to chime in.

931 points · 3 years ago

I, too, am a real life redditor. AMA!

Haha wow! Never thought I'd see one in the wild.

230 points · 3 years ago

A wild redditor appeared.

Haha nice grass meme

Dankest in the early morning dew.

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10 points · 3 years ago

He use upvote.. It was super effective!

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In its natural habitat, watch how the redditor initiates a feeding frenzy with the flock.

Feasting on Karma internet points and dank memes there's nothing quite like a wild redditor feeding

My mom karma fed me until I was eleven

When did you first realize you were "real life"? Bonus question, has becoming a redditor affected your relationships with others?

125 points · 3 years ago

Real life redditor status was a euphoric time for me. I noticed reddit verbally attacking a poor damsel in distress and felt M'lady desperately needed me, her white knight, to rescue her from the trolls of Le reddit. However, M'lady felt as if I was a nice guy, but we were best off as friends. Obviously she's just a disoriented bitch who likes assholes and will never know what it's like to date a nice guy like M'self. My relationships have been meh, however, the fine gentle sirs over at /r/pcmasterrace are a classy bunch of lads and the finest group of individuals on reddit.

Redditor confirmed

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Not OP, but I have also recently started identifying as a so called "real life redditor". I do believe deep down I always knew but it did come as a shock when I really started realizing.

I like your joke about having relationships with others! Haha!

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Where's your proof? We're gonna need a selfie with you clutching your fedora.

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I'm sure Camden was very excited to see you, cat_with_giant_boobs

Everyone was ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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I'm not the Von in question, but I'll pretend to be.

Also, I totally forgot about this which is sad because I'm only about an hour away. Glad people came out to make the day great for the kid!

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/u/anotherpinkpanther was the one who posted it here in /r/UpliftingNews since she knew of the family's plight from her speech impediment support page:

http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/UpliftingNews/comments/3bjeb3/10_year_old_with_apraxia_speech_disorder_wants_a/cso2dcw

Original Poster106 points · 3 years ago

Thank you for posting this. Camden's father talked generally about not knowing the people on Reddit or knowing who was posting and talking about it. Sounds like he was a little confused about the process. To his credit he did say his wife Traci was handling if all

What motivated people to attend?

Original Poster273 points · 3 years ago

I talked to one redditor who attended and he drove about four hours one way to be there. He said he attended because he wanted Camden to know that just because he has a speech delay doesn't mean he shouldn't have friends.

118 points · 3 years ago

That for some reason got me all emotional.

Me too. Four hours is a long drive.

46 points · 3 years ago

Some people are really into speech problems.....

I'm so going to hell for this

I mean sure, the kid has a bad speech impediment. On the other hand, 8 hours is a lot of fucking driving.

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11 points · 3 years ago

yup. I'm sure the world will beat it out of me shortly

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71 points · 3 years ago

I live in the UK so I couldn't attend, but what motivated me was a sweet sweet water fight. Ain't nobody sad at a water fight.

79 points · 3 years ago

California ... Maybe Nestlé...

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People aren't all miserable and do give a crap! WTG Reddit (and facebook?)!

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36 points · 3 years ago

To be fair, it's hard to LOOK like a creeper when you're laughing and throwing water balloons.

There's also a big difference between being a creeper and just looking like a creeper.

9 points · 3 years ago

It's true. I don't look like a creeper at all.

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Normal people in weird basements.

HAHA! Little do you know, trailers don't have basements! BWahahahaha!

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Shayne, are you happy?

Original Poster185 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

Yes I am. This was a great story to cover. A little chaotic but we made it work. It was a nice story that a lot of people are interested in, a change of pace from other stories.

Like another story I'm currently working about a missing girl who is with a sex offender she met online. You can read more about that here if you'd like.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/woman-unknowingly-gave-directions-to-ben-shook-and-hayleigh-wilson/34006074

Edit- phrasing

Edit 2 - Overnight developments in the missing girl case for anyone who cares. She was located early Tuesday morning July 6 not far from where she was last confirmed seen with the sex offender last week. Don't know if anyone down where she was found saw this post ;)

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/southern-virginia/update-authorities-give-news-conference-on-hayleigh-wilson-ben-shook/34030862

Edit 3 - We had a close up of one of Camden's cake but not the entire thing. u/technicolor-cakes posted these pics of the ones.

http://imgur.com/IfydnCp http://imgur.com/nAlYIAU

178 points · 3 years ago

That escalated fast.

Reddit?

Original Poster85 points · 3 years ago

Hey that's the news biz. Takes a strong heart and a clear mind

23 points · 3 years ago

And stuff on fire!!!

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Seriously! What a change of pace

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45 points · 3 years ago

I went from feeling really happy for a 10 year boy and the kindness of strangers to shrinking into myself about a missing girl and the perversion of strangers

Thanks M Night Shyamalan shaynedwyer

P.S no need to be self deprecating about your hair. Try shaving it all off, it's very liberating and I bet you'd look great with it

Original Poster34 points · 3 years ago

Haha thank you for the kind words. I will eventually be shaving it, probably have at least two years left. The difference between me at 18 and me now at 23 is amazing.

I need to lose a few before I shave it too to balance out my facial structure

I'm 26 and I started losing my hair a year or two ago as well. My hair looks similar to yours now, except I'm sporting a massive beard with it. Hey, we're a rare breed buddy.. but we are a PROUD people! \ o /

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I had to start shaving my head at 23 for the same reason. Best decision I ever made.

Don't wait, use your current Reddit fame to get people to donate to Apraxia research association of your choice in exchange for you shaving it on air. I'll put up money for that

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Sounds like this Ben Shook guy needs a slammin' birthday party!

Original Poster11 points · 3 years ago

I would say be needs something, but I don't know if it's a birthday party

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Shayne are you happy? Are you happy, Shayne?

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Were there a lot of attendees around Camden's age that showed up?

Original Poster211 points · 3 years ago

Yes a whole ton of kids and their parents. One family came all the way from northern Virginia because their son has the same speech disorder Camden does. It was incredible.

but there were also randoms, including a big bike group, 20 somethings without kids like the one I interviewed, and regular adults without kids who just wanted to be there for him.

That's great to hear! I'm sure it meant a lot to him to see that many people. I know his parents must be overwhelmed

Did camden play with the kids? Any more on him meeting another boy with apraxia?

Original Poster22 points · 3 years ago

Yes he was playing with all sorts of kids and I believe bad a great time. Not sure if he got to play specifically with the other little boy with apraxia I knew of

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Thanks for reporting this, and for posting it back to here. That was a lovely story. :)

Original Poster37 points · 3 years ago

You're welcome, thanks for watching and reading!

You know I liked that Camden wasn't forced to give a TV interview. It probably would have been exactly what makes him feel like crap so that was a +1 for journalism.

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The video showed a startling lack of water balloons. Was this an issue because of how many people showed up?

Shayne said there were thousands, probably just weren't shown in the video.

The video was very short, too. Why did everyone only stay for 2 1/2 minutes. :0

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13 points · 3 years ago

Darn it people, you made me shed a few tears taking in my morning wake up moment with my Internet Friends....

Holy shit!! You are the first person I have ever seen that spells Shayne the same way mine is spelled.

Original Poster19 points · 3 years ago

My mom did it so that I'd be unique. Why did yours do it??

Pretty much the exact same reason I think. I'm not sure where she got the spelling from though. Do you know where she got the spelling for you? It's been a bit of a mystery for me most of my life.

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3 points · 3 years ago

Shane came from the pronunciation of the Irish name Séan by those living in Northern Ireland because they've got a strange accent up there! Shayne the spelling is further 'Englishing up' of the name. Well done to Shayne #1 and of course all the good redditors who made this happen. I´m glad this boy enjoyed his birthday.

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Amazing job! That traveled 3 hours?! I have a friend that does cake decorating and I KNOW how hard that is to do and to transport. Scary!!!

Thank you for putting so much time and love into his birthday. For some reason your gift made me tear up the most.

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You're fucking awesome. That's all. Have a great day!

That cake looks amazing!

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what kinda cake??? Asking bc now i am craving cake.

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A gold for you sir or madam. Thank you for helping make this kids birthday special.

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4 points · 3 years ago

That is awesome stuff right there.

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For those of you who didn't initially see it, here's the orginal thread

Thank you and your entire delicious estate.

It tasted good but the texture...not so much.

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you wouldn't happen to have a King Beetle on that Coconut Estate?

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Yep, that was the part where my eyes got wet and I couldn't read anymore for a minute

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Slight tear in eye from this. Followed this post close and bought/shipped about 500 water balloons. Little dude deserved to have one hell of a bday and I'm glad to see the outcome. Reddit, good fucking job.

Original Poster175 points · 3 years ago

I bet Camden was very thankful. He was so excited and seemed to have a great time. You are a great person for making that kind of effort.

Probably a good idea you didn't show up to a ten year olds birthday party per your username. /Jokes.

The original thread I got so many comments about my name for the same joke. Haha.

Everyone deserves to have an epic bday like that and all of us coming together was beyond amazing.

Original Poster58 points · 3 years ago

Funny you say epic, because him mom actually described it as epic. That quote didn't make the story but you have my word she said it.

And I guess my jokes are old. But then again what joke on the internet isn't old these days.

The point is that you tried pats on back

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14 points · 3 years ago

Yeah. Probably a good thing I didn't show up either.

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Such an uplifting comment. Such an unexpected username.

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Moderator of r/UpliftingNews, speaking officially112 points · 3 years ago

Great job to all those who made it there. Stories like this really give a credit to our sub and to it's positive subscribers! I love being a part of /r/UpliftingNews

So much bad news lately that this was a much needed bright spot on my day. What a wonderful story! Thanks for helping keep /r/UpliftingNews so uplifting! ;)

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You know, I'm leaning more in this direction myself and I have a terrible outlook on society as a whole. I think you're right, no I know you're right there are more good people in the world, the dicks just get more attention.

I am speaking from the other end. Honestly I child care less about this person because he is a stranger, but even after saying that I would absolutely go to his party and shower them with presents if he was within a 45 min drive from where I was.

Yeah this is an extremely interesting topic. I don't know too much about philosophy, but from what I recall there are two guys from the Enlightenment.

  • Hobbes - people are naturally selfish and manipulative

  • Rousseau - people are born with entirely good intentions, the world forms them and necessitates these 'evil' actions, written in response to Hobbes.

But since these are from the 1600 or 1700s, science has evolved just a little bit since these ideas spread. And nature v. nurture. I would think genes that will result in disease do exist, but both genes and environment seem like they would be influenced actual behavior.

So today we have a better understanding of how each person is born with a particular genome, and certain genes affect health, intelligence, addiction, personality. But there's so much more to learn.

And so finally to come to the point of this comment on this article, it definitely is awesome to read something where a child without friends (because of a speech disorder) can have the most awesome water balloon party through the kindness of strangers. Whether it's the community of the town(who appear to be most of the attendees, or that guy who drove 4 hours because he also had a speech problem, just to tell the b-day kid that everything will be okay. This is monumental, this one day will be remembered forever by the kid.

So I think people will tend to help, even if it's slightly inconvenient. But there are different criteria for every person. In this we have: a kid, check, speech disorder, check, no friends because children are horrible, check, awesome water balloon fight to show support for this kid, absofuckinlutely check.

But then the example of Ellen Pao where everyone jumps to take a jab at her. The kid was an unknown victim of society's problem with educating people on disabilities, and the physical disability itself. Ellen Pao is.. well that's a little too complicated. Let's just say, responsible for Reddit, multiple sketchy gender discrimination suits, plus she's married to a hedge fund Ponzi guy. And she eliminated all raise negotiations for Reddit employees because men have an unfair advantage. It's 's not hard to see why Reddit's rage was directed at her.

We seem more inclined to giving when there is someone who is a victim of circumstance we can help. Even if not a part of the community in VA, everyone feels a communal connection to humanity. And we seem to hate when there is a clear figurehead and the system crumbles.

It gets progressively more complicated, but I have decided for now that people are good for the most part. We need other people because we don't want to be alone, and we will usually give whatever it takes to feel like we belong. Other people can then take advantage of goodwill and that's where evil and cynicism comes in. Jesus this is long, sorry about that, get carried away sometimes by things that strike a chord. I definitely was a cynic but it felt too defeatist, now I try to stay informed for my own sake. Even if it won't help others, it feels better to try to understand, and to reevaluate and question rather than just give up on fellow mankind.

TLDR: People can be bad or good, but are usually both. People are naturally inclined to be good because it's human nature to be accepted by others, and the bad stuff happens when others take advantage of that. This story should make everyone proud.

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84 points · 3 years ago

Ya know what's actually really uplifting about this? Someone posts a "hate on this person" or "kill this person" and they get next to no support.

mmmm really? what about the whole thing about reddit's ceo?

Haha. ( , _ ,)

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19 points · 3 years ago

Unless it's about Ellen Pao...

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Helping someone isn't illegal, though.

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Dammit, someone threw water balloons directly into my eyes.

I had 4 kids decide I was their only target. Possibly because I was stealing baskets of balloons for some of the fire dept to throw.

Well don't come over here as I'm cutting onions for some reason.

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Alright Reddit, now lets get /u/keptfloatin707 a House Boat!

Original Poster69 points · 3 years ago

Lol. While we're at it let's pay off U/shaynedwyer 's student loans! Journalism doesn't pay well.

whoa whoa whoa /u/keptfloatin707 got debt too now , he'd rather just have a house boat then wait for the 3 more years in collections for it to just drop off the map or pay it off. PLUS, I will throw a party for 5 redditors and 5 of their friends on said houseboat - ONCE a year until I die or have to sell the house boat to take care of more debt...(must be 21+ to enter, results may vary)

Caution: First few rows may get wet.

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Thanks for the story. From what you saw do you think he was able to make friends or potential playmates for future water balloon sessions? At least did the parents connect with other parents for potential friends? Just wondering if this will be a one time event for him.

Original Poster37 points · 3 years ago

You know I'm not quite sure and I didn't ask that question. Camden's dad and some other family members talked to lots of people. I heard some kids say really nice things about Camden too. I can't say for sure if he made any new permanent friends, but one can hope and infer based on who showed up. Most of the kids were local in the area.

Some of the other news outlets quoted kids about being friends but I wasn't able to talk to those kids as well. I just know that the young boy had a great party.

Well at the very least he gained some confidence to make new friends and had the best birthday 🎂. Thanks for responding!

Original Poster20 points · 3 years ago

You're welcome! OP's are real people too ya know

Awww, I should have asked if you were able to make a new friend at the party. ;)

I'll be OPs new friend ;)

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As a parent of a special needs kid, this story got me. Life is hard and no one knows it better than anyone who is a little different. It's stories like this that keep my faith in humanity.

Original Poster66 points · 3 years ago

As the brother of a special needs sister, I'm with you. I'm thankful that my sister is very well accepted by people she goes to school with, but there are those tough days that happen.

Side note: I always like to be as accurate with my stories as possible. So I asked the Eubank's if special needs is a term I could use, since that's the one we use around my house for my sister. They said no because they don't see him as special needs, they see him as Camden. They preferred "speech delay" which is what I went with.

I'm curious, do you know why exactly his speech delay led them to home-school him?

Original Poster33 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

Camden's dad said they chose to home school him so that he wouldn't be labeled by the school system and so that other kids wouldn't make fun of him.

I didn't pry too much into that part of his life as it was not essential to the story at hand. I only really got to briefly talk to Camden. There were other reporters there and lots of cameras so he kinda stayed away from us. Camden's mom also didn't want him talking on camera.

Thanks for answering. I was just wondering. Glad you got to report back to us :)

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You wrote this article? Great story, though I am pretty sure you've misused the term "Reddit Hug". Once I read that in the title I kept expecting things to go wrong, the party becoming overwhelmed with too many visitors and things getting out of hand. "Reddit Hug" is usually used when we crash a site that isn't prepared for a large attendance.

Original Poster122 points · 3 years ago

I see a difference between the use of "Reddit Hug" and "Reddit Hug of Death"

The family wasn't expecting for it to go viral and has been overwhelmed with gifts and cards, although nothing negative has happened yet.

What do you think?

I've always thought it was just a shorter version of the same thing, but you might be right.

32 points · 3 years ago

Yup I agree with /u/shaynedwyer. Reddit hug of death crashes sites. But a nice bump in traffic is simply a hug.

Sometimes Snoo hugs gently, and everyone walks away feeling good.

Sometimes Snoo likes who is being hugged too much, and they turn purple and the head comes off, and then Snoo is mad-sad, mad because it's no longer there to be hugged, sad it's dead.

Snoo does not know it's own strength. Poor alien, still trying to figure this out.

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17 points · 3 years ago

I was honestly surprised someone didn't send him a penis plushie or something. I guess even trolls have hearts.

Original Poster30 points · 3 years ago

I kinda was thinking someone would do something. I asked Camden's parents about it and they didn't mention anything. Hopefully their view of Reddit stays positive and no one messes it up.

"So, Mr. And Mrs. Eubanks, did you get any dildos in the mail? Maybe a blowup doll? A penis plushie? No? Huh."

Original Poster37 points · 3 years ago

Meh more along the lines of did you get any negative feedback online or any bad things in the mail

I hope so too, but I'm afraid some bozo around here just read that as, "Challenge accepted."

I'd be lying if the thought didn't flash across my mind for just a second.

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18 points · 3 years ago

CROATOAN

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For what it's worth, this is a different Roanoke. Roanoke Colony was on an island in Northern North Carolina, and this Roanoke is in Midwestern Virginia.

Original Poster9 points · 3 years ago

Before I moved here I had driven up and down 95, through Roanoke Rapids NC many times. Never been to Southwest Virginia.

Think Roanoke and say oh great I can be right near the coast. Look on a map and see Roanoke is basically west Virginia.

fwiw Roanoke is a beautiful city with very nice people. Virginia Tech is just about 30 mins away.

Bonus points: Roanoke Rapids NC is named after the Roanoke river which originates near Roanoke in the app mountains. The Roanoke river runs down through va and NC to the Atlantic ocean, including the town named after it Roanoke Rapids.

Even more bonus points: Roanoke's original name was big lick. Then the railroad came to town and it became big luck junction. Someone decided that name wasn't appealing so it got changed to Roanoke, a word I believe means wealth.

Roanoke has major railroad history as a headquarters and major train building shop of the Norfolk and western, now Norfolk and southern railroad.

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family feels "Reddit Hug"

It's called the Reddit hug of death...

OMG. WE KILLED THEM!?

Original Poster17 points · 3 years ago

We're currently discussing this in another comment on this thread. I feel there is a distinction between Reddit hug and Reddit hug of death. Hug of death support and kills. Hug just shows a mass outpouring of support.

In this case to people who don't really know what Reddit is and are just starting to understand why people in china are sending their kid gifts.

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Fucking hell I'm crying so hard right now.

11 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

Dude, tears were definitely shed. Really brightened my kinda crappy mood. Don't forget to smile, though! :)

Oh don't get me wrong I'm super happy for that kid. People doing stuff like this for someone just evokes a super emotional response for me while I'm generally pretty emotionless. I work in icus and this is the stuff that makes me cry.

That's a good thing to be able to feel so strongly. I'm glad it's a positive emotional response and not a negative one. :)

13 points · 3 years ago

Who put all these onions around my computer... the bastard...

19 points · 3 years ago

We did it reddit. We did something useful!

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5 points · 3 years ago

Fuck yeah. I sent a card with a nice message and $20. Hope the kid got some bookoo money and gift card gifts (hope the cash goes towards a college fund if it was significant).

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Somebody was trolling the poor kid. Blake Shelton tickets are no gift.

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I wonder what his next birthday(s) will be like?

13 points · 3 years ago

His next birthday will suck.

I plan on sending him a birthday gift next year too. Hopefully I'll have more money next year so I can get something better. I imagine a handful of people will do the same.

Original Poster11 points · 3 years ago

You're good people

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I was there, It was a lot of fun. One group brought a pickup truck loaded with 3000 water balloons. It made my 300 look silly. The park is amazing and everyone had a great time!

I seemed to be a natural target for several kids at 6'4'' tall and got blasted several times in the face and torso. However revenge was sweet and I even dodged a balloon by using my wife as a human shield and when balloon missed us both it hit some guy behind me in the dick. So that was pretty funny! GoPro edit of the whole thing coming soon!

The internet is fucking awesome thanks Reddit!

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I love the scrolling banner at the bottom "Reddit CEO apologized..."

9 points · 3 years ago

i sent him a card. :D

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This is one of the real feel good stories of Reddit - everyone should be so proud that this little boy had a better day than he would have otherwise had. It really fills me with joy to see the kindness many showed this family.

Wait. I thought we were the hate portal of the world :/

Oh Gawker, you silly guy!

(PS glad that kid had such a positive experience for his Bday!)

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12 points · 3 years ago

When people talk about Reddit like it's a den of harassment and "Fat People Hate" like communities, remember these moments. When we, as a community of absolute strangers, came together to help a 10 year old kid have the birthday party he had always dreamed of. Good job, everybody.

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Yay us!

proud of the reddit community and just a small example of what good social media can bring, if it's used properly.

Original Poster6 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

Social media is good people and the Eubanks have Reddit to thank

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This is awesome but I do hope he made some friends that he could hang out with in the future from this. Whenever I see these stories it kind of bums me out to think that the kid has this one amazing day and then goes back to being lonely after.

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After all the shit that reddit has been through in the past few weeks, it's really nice to see a story like this to show the great side of reddit.

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5 points · 3 years ago

This story makes me happy. My son actually has apraxia as well and this is a pretty awesome feel good story! If this raises more awareness towards Apraxia and helps just a few other people out there understand what it is, I'm all for it!

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Read that as Virgin boy's birthday party. Was really confused on why that was relevant.

WE DID IT! So happy the kid had a great time.

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YES!!! I amost cry! I feel so happy for him!

This is AMAZING!!!! I am so glad that it all worked out, I liked them on facebook after the reddit post went up and the park was charging them for using the space or they needed a bit of extra help for balloons/ food. It's heart warming to see everyone pull together to make his birthday super special.

My wife and I took our children, I have a ton of pictures and videos of the beautiful madness. When I get off work today I will upload the pictures to imgur and post here. It was truly an amazing birthday that happened yesterday. Thank you reddit for being there for the important things.

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3 points · 3 years ago

Reddit delivers. +1

3 points · 3 years ago

Reddit users on a whole are just awesome. Great story!

"Von Lester is a firefighter from Newport News in his mid-twenties and doesn't normally attend birthday parties for 10-year-olds."

That's where I'm from. Thanks for making sure they don't think our firefighters are pedi paws!

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I thought the Eubanks were more concerned about the crisis in Greece

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I'm not tearing up

Totally not

No man tears of super joy for the kid here

Nope No way, no how

Yeah.....I lied

we actually did something reddit

I love uplifting news like this. Aww the feels!

i wish our local news would do more stories like this one

Original Poster4 points · 3 years ago

For what it's worth, I really enjoy stories like these and wish I could do more of them. Everyone tends to like them and be receptive of them

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The internet is awesome sometimes. Like what we do every year with Child's Play

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