Good People Doing Good Things — A Bunch!

Every Wednesday morning I go in search of good people, people who are helping others or working to preserve wildlife, the environment, or something humanitarian.  I never have trouble finding those good people, and this week was no exception … in fact, I already had a few tucked away from last week!  Sometimes the good people I find are doing huge things, helping hundreds or even thousands.  But at the end of the day, it’s the little things, I think, that mean the most.  And so today I present you with some people who are giving of themselves in small ways, yet with huge hearts!

Herman-Gordon-2Herman Gordon is a much-loved custodian at the University of Bristol (that would be England, not Tennessee).  The students say he is always happy and upbeat …Herman-GordonHerman and his wife are originally from Jamaica and have not been able to afford a trip home to visit family for years.  The students love this man so much that they set up a JustGiving page (the UK equivalent of our GoFundMe, I believe) to secretly collect money to send Herman and his wife on a trip to Jamaica.  It didn’t take them long to collect £1,500 ($1,980 USD) and last month they gave the money to Herman along with a note that read …

“You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you.”

Now if that doesn’t restore your faith in people …

Clara Daly is 15 years of age, Tim Cook is 64.  These two found themselves on an Alaska Airlines flight headed from east coast to west last month, neither knowing the other, but by the end of the flight, they had formed a friendship … without any spoken worlds.  Mr. Cook is deaf and blind, and was unable to communicate with the flight attendants, for none of them knew sign language.  The attendants asked if anyone onboard knew American Sign Language. Clara, who had taken sign language classes for a year, pressed the call button.

First, the attendants told Clara to ask Mr. Cook if he was okay and if he needed anything.  But even once that was done, she stayed and ‘chatted’ with him.  She told him where she went to school and about her grandmother in Boston. He told her about his childhood and about his sister, who also lives in Boston.

A woman sitting in the same row as Mr. Cook snapped a couple of pictures of the two as they chatted and laughed, and you can see the genuine kindness radiating from Clara’s face, I think.  A small thing, but I am certain it meant the world to Mr. Cook.  And as for Clara?  She has obviously had some good role models in her life!

Debra Davis is going to make you smile, laugh and maybe shed a little tear.  She lives in San Diego, California, where she has been serving meals to the kids at Hoover High School for the past 26 years.  But that isn’t all Debra Davis does … for after she finishes her work at the school each day, she takes food that she cooked and drives around San Diego feeding homeless people!  I cannot do justice to this woman, for I cannot bring her to life for you with my words.  Please, if you do nothing else, take 2 minutes to watch this video … I promise it will brighten your day!

Doesn’t she just make you want to reach out and give her the biggest hug ever?  People like Debra are what life is all about, folks … she is ‘real people’.

Connor Jayne is a ten-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, chronic headache disorder, and he also suffers from nocturnal seizures.  Because of his condition, Connor has a service/emotional support dog named Copper.Conner-CopperIf Connor has a seizure during the night, Copper wakes his mother by barking and then leads her to Connor.  Other times, he is Connor’s emotional support.  When he senses that Connor is about to have an anxiety attack, he presses his body against Connor, helping him to stay calm and ride out his attacks with a friend close by.

Recently Copper, who is four-years-old, seemed to be limping for no discernable reason, so the family took him to the vet.  The vet suspects Copper may have Wobbler’s Disease, a disease that affects the spinal cord and makes it difficult for animals to walk. The pup will need tests, treatments and possibly a MRI and surgery to treat the issue.  But all of that costs money that the family does not have.

Young Connor loves his dog … he needs his dog … and he was not about to give up without trying.  So, what does a ten-year-old kid have that he could sell to raise a bit of cash?  TOYS!!!  Connor cleaned out his entire toy room to host a garage sale and help pay for the treatment. He even sold lemonade and treats to make a few extra bucks.  “He said the dog was more important than any toys,” said his mom.

Additionally, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the vet bills, but nothing can top the sacrifice that Connor made for his beloved furry brother!

Tammy WaddellTammy Waddell was a paraprofessional and an elementary school teacher for thirty years.  Sadly, Ms. Waddell died last month at age fifty-eight, after a battle with cancer.  But her contribution to the children of Forsyth County, Georgia did not stop with her death.

According to Dr. Brad Johnson, “My cousin’s final request at her funeral was Backpacks full of supplies for needy students instead of flowers. A teacher to the end.”backpacksAbout 100 teachers showed up to be honorary pallbearers, and according to the funeral home director …

“That day we received roughly about 130 backpacks filled with school supplies — anything a student would need for at least half of the school year — and they continue to come in.”

backpacks-2But wait … there’s even more.  When Tes Resources, a non-profit organization that helps teachers around the world, heard of Ms. Waddell’s last wish, they decided to honor Waddell with a donation of thousands of school supplies for Forsyth County students.  Even in death, this caring teacher who always called her students “my kids”, is helping kids.

And last, but not least, is a really, really small thing, but one that warmed my heart.  Six-year-old Brandon Bailey’s family had ordered a new refrigerator, and for two weeks, Brandon eagerly awaited the arrival of the fridge.  No, he wasn’t particularly interested in the number of cubic feet in the freezer, nor the frost free feature … he was waiting for that big, beautiful cardboard box to play in!  He had big plans to make the most awesome box fort ever!  Imagine, then, his disappointment when the refrigerator arrived … sans box.

disappointmentAlejandro Porter was one of the men who delivered the refrigerator and he couldn’t help noticing Brandon’s expression.  You know what Mr. Porter did?  He went back to Lowe’s and found a perfect box for Brandon and delivered it a short time later, for as he told young Brandon …

“Every little boy needs an awesome box fort.”

A small act of kindness, yes, but this little act tells so much about Alejandro Porter, don’t you think?Alejandro Porter

And now, folks, that’s all I have for today.  It is easy to get down and lose faith in humanity these days … I know, for I go through it myself.  I hope these stories have given you a bit of a lift, something to bring a smile to your faces.  Remember these people, for they are samples of the hope for the human race.

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    • Thank YOU, Angie! The ‘good people’ post is an every-Wednesday feature that I do. My blog is mostly deep, dark and political, and as such, I realize that we need to be reminded from time to time that there are a heck of a lot of people out there who are quietly going about the business of helping others, making the world just a little bit better place. It helps me regain perspective and is the most popular post I do most weeks! We are all desperate these days for good news, yes?

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      • I know I am! There are times I’ll go for days without opening my paper because there is nothing but the bad stuff in the headlines and it’s just too depressing! Even the “funny” paper isn’t funny any more. Anid at times I let it spill over into my blog which began with just the funny things that happen on a daily basis in my life. Everything can be amusing when you just stop taking yourself so seriously and see the humor in the stupid situations that come from getting out of bed, tripping over your own feet and falling face first into a pot of ivy! I realize that doesn’t sound like much fun, but on a good day I can make it really sound funny. Lately it’s getting more difficult, but since I stopped hanging around the negative people around here it’s coming back. It’s all a matter of perspective.

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        • I hear you, and I definitely admire you. I am the same … I don’t have MS, but have other challenges, as we all do, and I have two rules: First, I believe in mind over matter, and life is too darned short to spend it sitting around feeling sorry for myself, so I am active for about 20 hours out of every 24, keep in shape as much as possible, and never give in to anything! Second, I believe the ability to laugh at ourselves is of critical importance. Such as tripping over one’s feet and falling face-first into the pot of ivy! Forgetting about the pizza in the oven. Jumping off a moving train. And the list goes on, but still, we can laugh at ourselves and never take ourselves too seriously. And you are right … negative people can drag you down quickly.
          Have a great weekend!!!

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          • Thanks, Jill. Slight curve in the road today. One of my double first cousins (I have 5 of them) passed away last night. He was my age and we went all thru school together, and he was so active and happy when he attended the family reunion a week ago. I guess we’re all still reeling from the news.
            I have a long list of crazy incidents to think about also — pulling a bin of watermelons down the aisle of the grocery store when it got caught on my power chair while I was trying to get ONE out of the bin, and the past Tuesday I fell asleep at our Target store! No a/c the night before made for a restless night resulting in a “power nap” at Target! Too bad I don’t tan cause turning red wouldn’t look so bad if it was under a tan!

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            • Oh, I am so sad to hear about your cousin! Especially shocking, I imagine, since he was active and well only a week ago! How very tragic … my heart goes out to you, and I send you a hug!

              Now, the watermelon story brought a very laugh-invoking image to my mind! You falling asleep in Target, perhaps not so much! I understand, though .. even with a/c, this heat is debilitating.

              Take care of yourself, my friend. ❤

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              • Falling asleep at Target was kinda funny after I got over the embarrassment. I used to be so mortified when my Mom fell asleep each time we sat down any place, and now I’m doing the same thing. Always heard we become our mom at a certain age but I just didn’t really think it would happen to me. Not sure why I thought I would be exempt, but as my kids point out, I constantly call them by my sisters/bother’s names, another of the things my mom did, so I really am becoming her now.

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                • I have always heard that too, and have worked all my life to become the exact opposite of what my mother was! I may have her droopy eyelids, but I refuse to act like her! 😀 My sister-in-law had 7 children, and she would do the same thing … go through every single child’s name before hitting the right one! I do the same with the cats, of which we have 7! And don’t worry about sleeping at Target … I fell asleep at Barnes & Noble one day and dropped the 500-page book I was reading … do you know how loud a big book hitting the floor is in an otherwise-quiet bookstore? As I opened my eyes, there were at leat 10 people staring! 😉

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                  • Same here. And as far as Barnes and Noble, the worst for me was the day I mistook the men’s room for the ladies. Rushed in the empty place without really observing much — except wondering about that “little sink” next to the one and only stall. Wasn’t empty for long though,as three men came in, separately but spaced so that I wasn’t about to come out of that stall. One of them just didn’t leave, I stayed where I was and he finally asked if I was almost finished. Oops! I very meekly told him I was afraid to come out because I was in the wrong room, and he was very nice about it all, telling me that he wouldn’t look if I wouldn’t. I scuttled out of there so fast I think I left a jet stream behind me, but at the time all I could think about was getting out without drawing the attention of everyone in the store. Just left my cart and fled that day, had to go back later to get the items in my cart that I really HAD to have for a class that night. I just never use a public rest room EVER since that day.

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                    • That is a FUNNY story!!! 😀 😀 I especially liked the part about you wondering about the ‘little sink’! I have gone into the wrong one … before I had my eye surgeries, the doors that were only marked with a silhouette of either a male or female … I couldn’t tell the difference and went into the wrong one a few times, but never had quite an experience like yours!

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    • Thank you for sharing! Yes, it is important that we realize the evil we see on a day-to-day basis is not the only thing out there … good people are quietly going about the business of making the world a little better for us all.


  1. Dear Jill,

    Thank you for brightening my day. I love these stories about average everyday folks making a difference in the lives of others. It just goes to prove that each and everyone of us can make a difference.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I’m so glad you liked them! They are inspiring, aren’t they? So many small things we can do for others, like the other evening a lady at the grocery asked me to put a 24-pack of water in her cart … small, but she was so thankful, for she couldn’t lift it. Hugs!!!

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  2. I love your posts about ordinary people simply doing what needs to be done. These are the people that Make America Great Again…with kindness! “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Seneca. Thank-you!

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  4. Reblogged this on Opher's World and commented:
    I just had to reblog this. IT reaffirms my faith in humanity. When there is so much hatred and division, when there is such an ill-wind of nastiness you need to know that there are many good people doing good things.
    Thank you Jill.

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    • Thank you for both the re-blog and your kind words, Opher! Yes, I think there are actually a lot more good people doing good things than we realize, for they aren’t out there tooting their horns, but are quietly going about the business of life … living it and helping others do so. Thanks again!


    • Mine too, Opher!!! In fact, I usually keep a box of tissues by my side on Tuesday nights when I write these! But they are happy tears, y’know? Much better than the tears of rage & frustration on other days.

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    • Many, many thanks John!!! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to write these stories every day instead of only once a week? I must admit that my Wednesday posts give me balance … it doesn’t last long, of course, but it helps for a little while. Thanks again … HUGS!!!

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  5. Jill, these every day heroes make us feel good about the human race. Good news and common decency tends to get drowned out by the bombastic and bad news of the day. Thanks for the spotlight. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! These posts are typically the highlight of my week … such a breath of fresh air after the time spent in the dark places. It is so important to remember that people are going about their everyday lives caring about others and helping others.


  6. Outstanding post. Thank you. Reading it was the perfect start my Independence Day, thinking about how we are all, at some point in our lives, dependent on the kindness of others. So often it’s not the huge, arms-waving gestures that make the difference in the life of another human being, but the little things.

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    • Thank you so much, and I’m so glad to have been able to start your day with a smile. I do this post every Wednesday and it helps me to remember that there are good people out there … restores my faith in humanity just a bit after a week spent writing political commentary. Have a great holiday!


  7. You are so right! It’s the little things that good people do. Your weekly posts on this topic are like a breath of fresh air. (I must confess I wonder how a blind man was able to communicate using sign language???) Thank you so much for these posts!

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    • Thank you, Hugh! I think these weekly posts help me to keep my own balance a little bit, even though I have to keep a box of tissues by my side while I write them! The communication is different than normal sign language that is seen. It is done hand-to-hand, each letter spelled out by finger symbols, with the ‘speaker’ doing the symbols into the palm of the ‘listener’. It’s called ‘handspeak’ or pro-tactile ASL.

      I don’t know if this link will work in a comment, but if not, you can google ‘deafblind ASL’ to see some examples of people communicating this way. It’s fascinating, I think.


  8. I’m constantly surprised at just how far some people will go to be kind. It gives me hope that humankind is perhaps evolving at last and may one day treat all these things as normal. Kindness is one of the few things that benefits both the giver and the receiver, I can recommend trying it.
    xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

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    • Thank you, David! I’m glad if these stories inspired you … I am especially inspired by the young people who give and do for others without even a second thought … it is second nature to them, for they have not yet become jaded by the ways of the world, I think. And you are so right … the giver receives as much as the receiver in my book. I wish everyone would try to make a point of doing at least one small kindness every day … the world might just change if they did.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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