America Strong: Tales of kindness and gratitude

This Thanksgiving, we look at five touching stories of humanity -- from a homeless woman who's given an apartment to a young boy experiencing colors for the first time.
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Finally tonight, as we gather around the table, a spotlight on those giving extra thanks this year, filling us all with an extra helping of gratitude. It's America strong. In St. Louis, the hockey team there, the blues, so thankful for their toughest fan. We told you about her. 11-year-old Laila Anderson, battling a rare autoimmune disease. When they won their first Stanley cup ever this year -- It was Laila they wanted on the ice with them. Woo! The team then stopping by Laila's home with something just for her. The giant championship ring. Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Etched inside, Laila's name. In Massachusetts, one family thankful to a teacher. 14-year-old Jake manning's mother battling breast cancer for years. I fell in love with him instantly, and as she got sicker that year, I just thought, what is she going to do? His teacher, Kerry Bremer, making Jake's mom a promise. If you need a backup plan for Jake, then our family is happy to make him part of our family. And she said, "I'll sleep better tonight than I've slept in a long time." When she passed, Kerry and her husband kept their promise. My mom went to heaven. Yes, she loved me so much. She did. She did. Do you love her so much? Yeah. Oh, why thank you. And tonight, this photo from the new family's first Thanksgiving together. In Pittsburgh, we were there when relatives of World War II veterans were so thankful for something they thought they'd never witness. This footage showing what explorers just found 1,400 feet below the surface off the coast of Japan. The uss grayback. The resting place of 80 American sailors. A sub marine that has not been seen in 75 years. Gloria Hurney and Kathy Taylor's uncles were on that vessel. This is the grayback. Oh, my god. Yeah. And we wanted to be -- do this in person. All right? This is where your uncles are. The discovery, a type of remedy for all those years of pain. He's come back. He's come back, yes. Thank you. Thank you very much. You're entirely welcome. All yours. And this past weekend, we were also thankful for this moment out of southwest Minnesota. Seventh grader Jonathan Jones, extremely colorblind, handed a pair of special glasses that let him see vivid colors for the first time. He's trying. I was feeling joy and happiness that I could finally see all this color and a little bit of sadness, because I wasn't able to see color my whole life. Come here, dude. Jonathan got the glasses from his principal, who is also colorblind. After this video went viral, the family started a gofundme page to help out others. In just a few days, donations poured in. Skyrocketing to now roughly $30,000. It's just snowballed in a beautiful, beautiful way. And Jonathan now anxious to see the world in full color. One thing I'm looking forward to is this winter, we are going to the caribbean and I'm excited to see the ocean blue. And we will be on the lookout for that video from the caribbean. We want to thank our staff tonight who worked this Thanksgiving and we thank you for watching. I'm Tom llamas in New York. I'll see you on "Gma" tomorrow morning. Happy Thanksgiving and good

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