Good People Doing Good Things — Big ‘n Little

Today, believe it or not, I found some good people to write about!  You’re shocked, I can tell.  These stories have no particular thread, no theme, they just … are.  These are the people who make this world a good place to be, who make our lives fuller and richer, and who restore our faith in humanity.  The first one is short, but heartwarming …

A woman in Jackson, Tennessee posted a photo of her grandmother and the kindhearted 7-year-old boy who visits her every day.kid-visits-grandmaThe boy’s named is Caleb and he’s been visiting her for a couple of years, according to Darrien Middleton, who posted the heartwarming story on her Facebook page.

What a kid, eh?

Alvin Randlett was a janitor for 32 years at the Sixth District Elementary School in Covington, Kentucky.  Mr. Randlett’s passion was protecting children.  Randlett believed he could lift a child’s spirits with a smile, a kind word or a joke and upon realizing the unfortunate circumstance of many of the children he served.

Alvin RandlettAlvin retired in 2001 with more than 300 days’ worth of sick leave accrued.  When he did take time off, it was often to chaperone the kids on field trips.  Mr. Randlett walked everywhere he went and had never driven a single mile in his life! At the time he retired, he was making all of $13.43 per hour.

When Mr. Randlett died in 2015, he left his entire estate – just over $175,000 – to the Kentucky Child Victims’ Trust Fund.  Now, in this age of millionaires and billionaires, $175,000 may not seem like much, but it was the whole sum of Mr. Randlett’s life savings and he wanted it to go to protecting children.

“Mr. Randlett was a wonderful man who not only looked out for the students at school, but he also lived in our neighborhood and would do anything to help us out. I remember seeing him walking home from work on a daily basis and he would always say ‘hi’ and ask if everything was okay.” – a former student

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear recently honored Randlett with a posthumous award …

“The generous bequest from Mr. Randlett deserves never-ending remembrance and appreciation. Mr. Randlett’s act allows the Child Victims’ Trust Fund to protect more Kentucky children from abuse and make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Kentuckians for years to come.”

What an incredibly generous gift from a man with a good heart!

James Harrison is an 81-year-old Australian man who has, since 1957 when he was but a young whippersnapper, saved the lives of more than 2 million babies, most of whom he has never seen and will never meet.  So how, you ask, did he save their lives?  Mr. Harrison has donated his special blood 1,173 times.  And why is his blood special?

When he was 20, it was discovered that James had a rare antibody in his bloodstream that is used to make a lifesaving medication called Anti-D, which infants need if they have an opposite blood type to their mother. If they don’t have it the newborn could die.

Last Friday, James gave his last pint of blood, for the doctors say he is simply too old.  But think about it, friends … James has donated 19 pints of blood per year … that’s one-and-a-half times every month for 61 straight years.  To save the lives of babies he doesn’t even know.  And if it were left up to James, he wouldn’t stop now, but the docs insisted.

Mr. Harrison has been widely praised and has received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his longtime support of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the Anti-D program.  The New York Times referred to him as ‘the man with the golden arm’.  Mr. Harrison has a great sense of humour, saying, “Blame me for the increase in population.”

I apologize for the brevity of today’s Good People post, my friends.  I’m bordering on exhaustion tonight, for I have not been sleeping well the last few nights, and I just cannot do more.  But I leave you with a short video that I came across a few nights ago.  This woman is certainly deserving of a spot on the good people post, and I promise you a super ‘awwwwwwwwwww’ moment!!!  Gronda – get your box of tissues ready!

21 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Big ‘n Little

  1. Dear Jill,

    Of course, I loved the bee story and the lady who took care of the wee bee. How fascinating.
    Mr. Harrison has to comforted with knowing that he has saved so many lives with his special blood and generosity.
    As for Mr. Randlett, he was more generous than at least i billionaire that I know and a lot happier living a simple life.
    And Caleb is our little hero with a big heart.
    These tales do all our hearts some good and thanks.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Jill, do not feel the need to apologize for brevity. These are simple, but powerful stories of kindness. It reveals people doing what they can to help others. Thanks for sharing. Keith


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