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Emotional 10-Year-Old Boy Starts Crying During Goodbye Song to Elementary School

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We’ve watched the slap-happy and downright hilarious steal the spotlight on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for nearly three decades. Even the website of the popular family program boasts to be “the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC.”

From the Bob Saget years to the show’s latest host, Alfonso Ribeiro, the show has remained a cultural icon during its 28 seasons. And it’s still going strong.


Winners have laughed and cried, excited to spend their earnings on everything from family vacations to debt payoffs. While $10,000 could certainly purchase many things, one young man from Colonie, New York decided his prize money had a higher cause.

In 2016, the Finlan family entered the video contest. The moment their son, Luke Finlan, got more than a bit teary-eyed during a graduation concert made America laugh and cry.

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Luke’s dad admitted he expected his son to end up on AFV for something eventually. However, he couldn’t have anticipated just how meaningful his son’s television debut would be.

“What’ll you do with the money?” Ribeiro asked Luke, 10 years old at the time. “Donate,” was the elementary student’s one-word response.

I’m not crying. You’re crying.

Watch as Luke earns every penny of that ten grand. You can’t help but get emotional over his… well… emotions!


His parents were more than a little proud, to say the least. Even the show’s host claimed to get “sentimental.”

“He’s touched by the less fortunate,” Luke’s mom explained. “I’m really proud of him… he’s a really good kid,” his dad added.

Some of Luke’s earnings were sent to Soldier’s Heart, an organization that helps those who have served in the military heal from the kinds of wounds that can’t be stitched by a surgeon.

The New York native also donated to Equinox, a local organization dedicated to helping those in need.

No doubt Luke has great things in his future. For such a young person, he already has a bigger heart than some people twice his age.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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