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 …
This 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 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.
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.
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!