- A carpenter dishes out an act of kindness by rescuing a newborn baby boy after finding a moving trash bag by a dumpster in Ecuador
- Despite his rough start in life, this baby boy manages to find a family, making the carpenter's act of kindness the tipping point what would be a huge change in one family's life
- Five years later, this boy, Eddie, has become a constant source of joy to his family, as he inspires the rest of the world
Many years ago, a carpenter noticed a moving trash bag by the dumpster just outside his workshop in Ecuador. The carpenter became curious, opened the trash bag and found a newborn baby inside staring at him in silence.
The baby boy was presumably thrown in the dumpster like garbage due to having Down syndrome. But because of the heroic efforts of the kindly carpenter, the baby boy was rescued and taken to an orphanage for kids with special needs which would also lead to an American family’s life changed forever.
During a 2004 family vacation to Ecuador, Jim Van Eerden and his wife Rachel took their kids for a tour on the orphanage where the abandoned baby was taken.
“While we’re on the tour, my eyes met this little baby. It was love at first sight,” said Rachel – who majored in special education and had a brother with Down syndrome. According to Rachel, she immediately felt bonded with the abandoned baby named Eddie.
Five years after their fateful encounter, Eddie was officially adopted by Jim and Rachel.
The family’s viral video – which shows how Eddie was able to bring more joy, love and fun for the entire family – has melted the hearts of its viewers. Despite having a disability, Eddie is an affectionate and fun-loving boy who is willing to learn and loves to interact with his family.
His family even calls Eddie the “Ambassador of Love,” for his unique ability to bring love to the people he interacts with. Rachel also added that Eddie was able to enrich the entire family’s spiritual life and bring them closer to Christ.
The story of the Van Earden family shows that all children – even those with disabilities and special needs – should be valued and loved.
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