Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. ~John 15:13

Florida teen dies protecting 5-year-old sister during home invasion

A 15-year-old is being remembered as a “hero” after he died protecting his younger sister during a robbery at their Florida home. 

Khyler Edman was at his family’s house in Port Charlotte, Fla., last Thursday when a man broke in, according to WPTV. The burglar, identified as 27-year-old Ryan Cole, fought with Edman, who was reportedly defending his 5-year-old sister

“The suspect broke into this residence and a violent encounter ensued where we believe the teenager was trying to protect the home and protect his younger sibling,” Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell told WPTV.

Cole received multiple stab wounds during the fight and eventually fled the scene. He was later caught and identified while trying to break into a different home, police said.

Authorities canvased the area where they found Cole, and noticed that the Edmans’ door had been forced open. Inside the house, they found Khyler’s dead body, as well as his younger sister, who was unharmed. 

“There is no hero that can amount to Khyler,” Crystal Stone, a spokesperson for the Edman family, told WINK-TV. “He loved his family. He was his sister’s keeper.”

Khyler, a 10th grader at Charlotte County High School, was remembered by teachers and classmates as an honor student who was well-liked by his peers.

“[He] the kind of kid that anyone would be proud to call their son,” a spokesperson for the school told WINK. 

“Khyler was a hero. He was a gentle soul. His life was taken away too early,” a neighbor also told the station.

Cole, who has been arrested multiple times this year, is now being held on burglary charges. Police said they will continue to investigate to determine if he’ll face further charges.

Meanwhile, Khyler’s family and friends have planned a “Celebration of Life” ceremony for Saturday, Oct. 5. The event will also serve as a fundraiser, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the Edman family.

A GoFundMe page was also set up, in remembrance of Khyler, with donations going toward funeral costs and helping the family move to a new house so “they aren’t faced with having to relive the traumatic experience over again.”

The fundraising campaign, which had an original goal of $25,000, has now raised more than $33,000.

“Khyler was a hero protecting his sister but please continue to keep her in your prayers as she witnessed this,” the description for the page says.

Florida man pays overdue power bills of 36 families to give neighbors ‘happier Christmas’

GULF BREEZE, Fla. – When Michael Esmond got his utility bills – due December 26 – his mind went straight to the 1980s, when he had trouble making ends meet.

So the Florida business owner found out who in his Gulf Breeze community was at risk of having their utilities disconnected. Then, he paid 36 families’ bills ahead of Christmas.

Esmond, who owns Gulf Breeze Pools & Spa near Pensacola, told CNN he spent $4,600 to give his neighbors “a happier Christmas and take a little bit of stress out.”

“I actually lived that back in the 1980s,” he said. “I experienced the same thing, having trouble paying bills. My gas was shut off, and we had no heating for the whole winter.”

“It was one of the coldest winters in Florida; temperature got down to the single digits,” Esmond continued. “That was definitely in my mind when I received the bill this year.”

Esmond has close ties with his community of 6,000 people and wanted to give back, he said.

“I got a great feedback on my Facebook page and business phone. People were texting me and calling me to thank me for what I had done,” he said.

“It made me cry. It made me cry,” Joanne Oliver, Gulf Breeze’s utility billing supervisor, told CNN affiliate WEAR. “For someone like him, a veteran to come in and do some grand gesture. It was heartfelt for me.”

To their relief, the families received from the city holiday cards — not warnings. They read:

“It is our honor and privilege to inform you that your past due utility bill has been paid by Gulf Breeze Pools & Spas. You can rest easier this holiday season knowing you have one less bill to pay. On behalf of Gulf Breeze Pools & Spas we here at the City of Gulf Breeze would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.”

Acts of Kindness

Homeless Man ‘What Can I Get for $0.50?’–Boy’s Answer Is Wise Beyond His Years

Everyone working in the hospitality industry knows how gruelling it can be. Careless customers who are somehow “always right,” have bad attitudes or absolutely no manners, and the list goes on.

But after hearing this story, it got us thinking… How joyful could every industry be if they had more employees like Matthew Resendez?

It all happened on a regular day at Burger King, when a homeless man walked into the fast food restaurant Matthew works at. The man strolled in wearing scruffy clothes and looked untidy.

None of that stopped Matthew from treating the man like he treats everyone else – as a human being.

With some change in his hand – 50 cents in total – he asked Matthew if there was anything on the menu he could buy.

Knowing that the man, unfortunately, would not be able to afford anything on the Burger King menu, Matthew answered a question with question.

He asked the man what he would purchase if he could, to which he responded that anything would help his aches and pains.

Time and again, employees or managers kick homeless people out of establishments with little to no dialogue. Whether it’s some food or kind words they’re looking for, those generous acts can go a long way.

Already, Matthew’s story of kindness has reached millions and we hope it reaches millions more! It’s stories like this one that keep us hopeful for the world and younger generations.