We hear enough these days about people doing mean or bad things: bullying a classmate, stealing from the elderly, driving recklessly, cheating the government, throwing garbage in a river, vandalizing a historic building. People doing bad things often makes the news. So today, let’s focus on true stories about ordinary people doing good things.
Food for firefighters
Two firefighters were waiting in line to order at a fast food place. Suddenly their siren sounded in their truck. They went to leave when a couple who had just received their orders, handed them their food. The firefighters accepted gratefully. The couple got back in line to order again. When they placed their order, the manager declined to take their money.
My mother’s flowers
When the clerk in the supermarket tallied my groceries, I was $12 short. I began to remove some items from the bags, when another customer stopped me and held out a $20 bill. I started to protest, but he said, “Please let me do this. My mother is in the hospital with cancer. Everyday I visit her and bring her flowers. She insisted that I stop bringing the flowers and do something worthwhile with the money. So please accept this. It’s my mother’s flowers.”
My favorite blanket
When I was seven, my family was driving to the Grand Canyon. As we drove along the highway, my favorite blanket suddenly flew out the car window and was gone. I was devastated. A little while later we stopped at the service plaza. My mother and I sat on a bench to eat our sandwiches. But I continued to mope. Suddenly a motorcycle gang pulled into the parking lot. One big man, complete with a dark beard, got off his bike and walked toward us. He asked us, “Is that your blue Ford?” My mother nodded nervously. From his jacket pocket, the man pulled out my blanket and handed it to us. As he headed back to his bike, I ran after him and thanked him the only way I knew how: I gave him my sandwich.
Young hero on a bicycle
One day I locked both my car keys and my phone in my car parked in front of the grocery store. Angrily, I kicked one of the tires and muttered a few choice words. A teenage boy on a bike saw me, stopped, and asked if something was wrong. I explained the situation. “I can’t even call and ask my wife to bring me her car key, because this is our only car.” The boy said, “Here, use my phone to call your wife and I’ll get the key and bring it to you.” I protested, “But it’s at least a seven mile roundtrip.” He insisted. About an hour later he returned with the key. I offered to pay him, but he declined, saying, “That’s okay. I needed the exercise.” And he rode away.
Special needs cats
This last story is about a man named Terry. He volunteers at the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, a no-kill cat sanctuary, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Every day he comes in and brushes the special-needs cats. Often he falls asleep. Safe Haven wrote an appreciation post on Facebook for Terry. Immediately people started donating money to the sanctuary in Terry’s honor. The donations soon exceeded $10,000. Safe Haven said, “We are lucky to have a human like Terry.”
We could add: And the world is lucky to have human beings like the ordinary people doing good things in these true stories!
(Photos by Valeria Boltneva… Fatma Gul… Kevin Bidwell… and Tnarg at Pexels)
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