Outside the box: Former orphan finds hope in unexpected gesture of love from strangers

WATCH: Church volunteers who send gift-filled shoeboxes every Christmas to needy children overseas are hearing from one former recipient about the impact that their generosity has made in her life. BURLINGTON — She lifted the lid and saw pink colors and frilly things. The shoebox filled with gifts arrived at the orphanage where Elena Nicholson…

Strangers intervene to help homeless man loyal to his dog

Among a population that has sadly faded into the everyday background in a growing cityscape, Spencer Parks stands out for one big reason when he panhandles near busy intersections. Duchess, his sweet, 120-pound Staffordshire Terrier mix, stands watch nearby. “They say don’t choose a dog, let the dog choose you,” Parks said. “She chose me….