Good People Doing Good Things — Condensed Version

Good people sometimes pop up where you least expect them. What, for instance, do a major league ball player, an elderly man, and a police officer have in common?  Good hearts.

Sometimes it’s just the little things …

I don’t know the man’s name, but I know his heart is good.  His home looks to be modest, he is not wealthy, and he is not tooting his own horn, for we know about him only because his neighbor told us.  Outside his house, the man has a pine tree, and every year he ‘decorates that tree with gifts for people in need … clothing, shoes, grooming supplies, and food.  That is all I know about this man, but it is enough to tell me that his heart is in the right place.


And sometimes it’s the bigger things …


His name is Cole Hamels, and he is a pitcher for the Texas Rangers major league baseball team.  Cole and his wife Heidi have made a donation to a camp, Camp Barnabas in Southwest Missouri, that provides a unique camping experience to people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.  What did the Hamels donate, you might ask?  They donated a home … but not just any home …

cole-hamels-homeThis is a 32,000-square-foot home located near Table Rock Lake, and accompanied by 100 acres of land.  The home and land are valued at some $9 million.  The Hamels initially built the mansion to be their home (though personally I don’t know why anybody would want such a big home), but once he signed with the Texas Rangers, they decided to make their home in the Dallas, Texas area.

Cole hamels 2Cole and Heidi had been so impressed with the works of Camp Barnabas that they decided to donate their home, rather than sell it.

“There are tons of amazing charities in Southwest Missouri. Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings. Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it. Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”

But sometimes, both big and little come together …

He is just one man, a police officer on the Little Rock, Arkansas Police Department, but this is one man, one cop, who is making a huge difference in the lives of those he touches.

Meet Officer Tommy Norman.

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He spends a part of every day with the community getting to know each member of the area he patrols and they get to know him. It helps create a trust between him and the community. The concept is known as Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) Community Oriented Policing is not a new concept, and actually dates back to 1829 in London, but in the U.S., it has been around since the 1980s.

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C.O.P. is used in many communities around the nation, and no doubt there are other success stories, but Officer Norman happened onto my radar, and this video of him interacting with the neighborhood kids so touched my heart that I focused on him for today’s post.

Isn’t this a breath of fresh air after all the recent stories we have heard about abuses of power by police?  I give Officer Norman a huge thumbs up for his good work, especially with the youth!

I apologize for the brevity of today’s Good People post, but like all of you, I am having a busy, hectic, and exhausting week, so I hope you will forgive me and still find hope in this post, hope for the future of humanity.

Love ‘n hugs to you all!

22 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Condensed Version

  1. There are good people in this world.
    Each gives according to their ability. If a man only has 10 dollars and he gives half of it away, he is just as good as a very rich man who gives a $9 million home.
    Be well Jill
    Lots of hugs. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • True, Jack. But you know what I tend to think of as even more valuable? When a man (or woman) gives of their time and energy. Time and energy, at least in my view, are our most scarce resources, and when one takes the time to spend a few hours helping out at a homeless shelter or food bank, takes a child under their wing for an adventure, or even just takes a fresh pot of soup to an elderly neighbor … those are the things that mean even more than donating money. Just my take, but yes, if I had much money, I would give that also, for my own needs are simple and I would prefer to keep them so. 😉 Many hugs to you, dear Jack … ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. All good people, but Officer Tommy Norman is really the star here…he really does his job with great compassion for people who probably haven’t seen a great deal of it before he came along. 👍

    ‘Blackbird’ by Paul McCartney, is one of my favourite songs. I love its sentiment and message to see beyond the disabilities of life.


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  3. Dear Jill,

    Thanks for another fun Monday post.

    This community policing has my vote for a step in the right direction. What a house that the Camels’ owned and how generous of them to donate it. I hate to think what the property taxes are? The older man reminds us that anyone can show signs of generosity.

    I still have a list of things to do before Christmas. It came quickly this year.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks, Gronda! Yes, it did come quickly, I suppose because, if you are like me, we have been spending so much time on our blogs and other activities like calling & writing members of Congress, that we waited later than usual to begin holiday preparations. Sigh. We need more hours in each day!!! Hugs, my dear friend!

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  4. Thank you for reminding me hat people have time for compassion even at this time of the year. I think the baseball star is really generous and a lot of kindness will come from that gift. It’s truly nice to see a community officer interact with the community like that. Many of those children will be better of knowing a good policeman is out there on their streets.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • Yes, dear friend, sometimes it is so easy to forget that there are such good people out there, people who think of others before themselves. I happen to know that you are also this type of person, and I am honoured to call you my “dear friend”. I liked all three stories, but the one about the police officer was my favourite, for he is making such a huge difference that may send ripples throughout those children’s lives and beyond. And you can tell from his attitude, from the expression on his face, that he genuinely cares for each and every one of those children.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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