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Top 3 Heartwarming Stories Of The Week

This week's heartwarming stories include a good deed, a surprise prom and a reunion between a father and his son.
Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 18, 2014

Good news is the best news, so we've rounded up the this week's top three heartwarming stories, including a good Samaritan paying it forward and a sweet reunion between father and son.

Coming in at No. 3 is Ryan Cox out of Indianapolis. He raised over $1,000 and paid off all the students' overdue lunch accounts at a local elementary school. (Via WDRB)

​LATIOUSHA SMITH: "He was like, 'You know, I just want to come and pay someone's balance.' And I was like, 'OK, so what's your student's name?'"

RYAN COX: "I said, 'Well, I have a few nephews who go there, but their accounts aren't delinquent. I just want to pay random accounts.'"

SMITH: "And I said, 'Are you sure?'" (Via WTHR)

On his blog, Cox explained the inspiration behind his good deed. Earlier, he had learned kids weren't eating lunch because they were too embarrassed to eat the lunch given to kids with no money in their accounts. 

After reaching out to people on social media, Cox was able to come up with the $1,200 needed to cover every student's overdue balance at Lakeside Elementary School. 

Our No. 2 heartwarming story of the week comes out of Alabama, where Jazmen Holloway was hospitalized for pancreatitis just a few days before her senior prom. (Via WTVM)

On the day of, Jamzen swapped her hospital gown for a gold dress, thinking she was going to be taking photos with her grandfather. Little did she know her mom and her date had teamed up to bring the prom to her. 

"The word spread, and more than 100 students came to her for prom. ... The nurses helped decorate the hospital room. Jazmen's mom says they treated them like family." (Via HLN)

"A dream come true. She was our princess for the night." (Via WTVM)​

Jazmen told local Alabama station WTVM the surprise meant a lot to her. 

And the No. 1 heartwarming story this week is surprise reunion between Army National Guard Spc. Jamie Bledsoe and his son Logan at a Phoenix Suns game. (Via KTVK)

Eight-year-old Logan had been called out to participate in a halftime contest during Monday night's game. 

"Now he thought he was supposed to follow the cheers of the crowd to meet the team's mascot, but instead he found his dad." (Via NBC

Bledsoe told KPHO he wasn't expecting Logan to burst into tears, even though the two hadn't seen each other in nine months.

"It worked out perfectly, and I didn't expect that much of a reaction from him. But it was good." 

Aww, you can't help but smile after watching that. Check back next week for more heartwarming stories.