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Thoughtful Thursdays is a monthly feature on the Step2 blog that honors people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others.

Brotherly Love

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Trenton and Lindsay Cochran are more than brother and sister; they are best friends.  Ever since Lindsay was born, Trenton has been by her side. Lindsay was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and has been in a wheelchair since she was two years old. Trenton has done everything he can to make sure his sister is taken care of and treated just like everyone else.

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At the end of last year, K-LOVE, a radio show dedicated to sharing encouraging and positive stories, selected this dynamic duo to be the recipients of their “Unsung Hero Award.”  This award was rightly earned by these compassionate siblings, shown by their unconditional love for one another.

This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the unbreakable bond of friendship that Trenton and Lindsay possess.

Teddy Drive

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As a child, waking up to presents on Christmas Day is an incredible feeling of excitement and love. Six-year-old Garrett Tews believes that every child deserves to feel that type of love and excitement, even if they don’t get to spend Christmas at home. That is why for the second year in a row, he has donated teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the UAMC Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Last year, Garrett rounded up 150 stuffed animals to give to the children at the two hospitals. This year, the amount he collected has doubled! To collect so many stuffed animals, Garrett went to local businesses and placed boxes where people could leave new stuffed animals for the patients.

Garrett says he wants to keep giving to the children at the hospitals each and every Christmas. This Thursday, we thank Garrett for his generosity and devotion to making others smile.

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Copyright: Darci L. Slaten

Sign Language Performace

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Christmas time is here and that means that holiday concerts are in full swing at most schools. There is nothing quite like hearing hundreds of gleeful children sing the classic songs dedicated to the holidays.

Five-year-old Claire Koch is a child of two deaf parents. Although Claire’s parents could not hear her perform at the holiday concert, she found a way to make sure they were able to listen to the show.  As a surprise to her parents, Claire performed the whole show in sign language.  Her parents were in awe by Claire’s thoughtful gesture and amazing recital.

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This Thoughtful Thursday, we applaud Claire on her terrific performance!

Here is just a preview of the songs Claire performed in sign language:

Also, check out HuffPost Live’s interview with Claire and her parents: