Every Wednesday I go in search of ‘good people’ … those who are putting their own needs and wants aside for a short time to give of themselves to help others in one way or another. Tonight I had plans to highlight a single individual, a sports ‘star’, as it were, for he has gone far above and beyond to help others. And I will bring you the story of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar soon, perhaps next Wednesday, for he is deserving. But last night, as I began writing, something guided me in another direction. Something said to me that we need to see and hear about the little people, the plain, ordinary everyday average Joe, just like you and like me, this week. We need to see and be reminded that we are the ‘salt of the earth’, that even though we haven’t got much, we can still make a big difference in someone’s life. We need something to counter the angst and divisiveness we see around us every day. And so, I begin today’s good people post with 4,855 good people all in one place. Oh, and Gronda … get your tissues before reading on.
To save a child …
Oscar Saxelby-Lee is five-years-old, lives in Worcester, United Kingdom, and in December, Oscar was diagnosed with cancer. Specifically, with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a highly aggressive form of cancer. Since his diagnosis, Oscar has had 20 blood transfusions and four weeks of chemotherapy. Still, the only cure for his illness is a stem-cell transplant. Doctors have told Oscar’s parents, Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee, that his chances for survival will severely diminish if they cannot find a donor within the next three months.
Oscar recently spent his 5th birthday at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.Oscar’s school, Pitmaston Primary, jumped into action and put out the call for potential donors to come be tested. According to head teacher Kate Wilcox …
“We are doing absolutely everything we can to push and find him a stem cell donor, that’s what he really needs. Numbers matter hugely because obviously we know we’re looking for a particular tissue match for Oscar. The more we have, the more chance we have of finding that golden person who is Oscar’s match.”
Some 80 volunteers coordinated the drive, dubbed “Hand in Hand for Oscar” last weekend. Those volunteers are certainly good people but wait for this. It rained that day, so one might think the number of people showing up to be tested would be scant, but no … nearly 5,000 people showed up and stood in the rain, to see if they could donate stem cells to Oscar!It is too early to know if a match was found last weekend, but not too early to know that there were 4,855 + 80 wonderful people willing to give up a part of their weekend to help a very sick little boy. Thanks, and thumbs up to each and every one of them!
What’s in a card?
There aren’t very many World War II veterans around anymore. It’s been 74 years since the end of the war, and if you consider most GIs were likely at least 20 when the war ended, that would make the youngest of them 94-years-old … or older. So, when veteran Joe Cuba was about to see his 100th birthday, a milestone in itself, he was asked what he would like for his special day. He said the only thing he really wanted was to receive 100 birthday cards!
Now, Joe lives at Brookdale Midwestern, an assisted living facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the staff wanted to make Joe’s special wish come true. They posted this picture on Facebook, hoping to garner 100 people with good hearts (and the price of a card + postage) to send Joe a card.And just like young Oscar’s story above, when the call went out, the good people rallied in numbers far beyond the expectation!Needless to say, the postman had his work cut out for him that day! But Joe was ever so happy at receiving more than 2,500 cards!!!Now folks, sure a card only costs a few bucks, and postage is only $0.55 for a regular-size card, but it’s the time and the thought. Thousands of people took time from their busy day to go select and buy a card, go home and write a message in the card, address the card, and send it to Joe. There were even some who took the extra time to make homemade cards! Some people even sent small gifts like hats or t-shirts.Another thanks and more 👍👍 to all the good people who took the time to wish Joe Cuba a Happy Birthday! 🎈🎈 🎁 🎂 🎁 🎈🎈
See, folks … the good people still outnumber the bad … we just don’t see or hear them as much, for they quietly go about their business without feeling the need to loudly toot their own horns. Whether it’s a sick little boy or a lonely old man, when the call goes out, the good people show up … in droves! Until next Wednesday, then, let’s all try to be good people and do something, even just a small something, for somebody else.