I was pondering yesterday afternoon about the Good People feature. Some weeks, I consider skipping it altogether, but then I remember the comments from past good people posts, and I realize that this feature may well be the most important post I write all week. I try to mix it up, sometimes featuring a single person who is helping others in a big way, other times featuring a number of people just like me and you, people who have nothing much more than their time and compassion to offer. Average Joes just like us, finding ways to help people, ways to be the person we all hope to find within ourselves. These people all inspire us, give us hope that good will win over the current evil we see everywhere we turn, and they maybe make us try to do just a little bit better in our own lives. Today, I bring you a woman who inspired a community to help an elderly veteran.
Lauren Mulvihill is a single mom and an Uber driver in the area of Stockbridge, Georgia. She got the call last week to pick up an 89-year-old veteran named Ronald Dembner from the local Veteran’s hospital and take him to his home. But when Lauren arrived at Mr. Dembner’s home, she was aghast at the conditions in which he was living. His home was a shambles, for Mr. Dembner has mobility problems and is not physically able to properly care for it. Turns out, he was afraid that both his dog and his home would be taken from him if he asked for any sort of help. He is a widower, both of his sons have died, and even the home care nurses had stopped coming to visit.
Well, Lauren Mulvihill may not have much money, but she has a heart of gold and she was not about to leave Mr. Dembner in those conditions! She asked him if there was somebody … family or friend … that he could call to come help him, but the answer, sadly, was no. Mr. Dembner was all alone except for his dog, King. Lauren knew that with her own children to take care of, she couldn’t possibly clean and repair Mr. Dembner’s home by herself, so …
What else could she do but post a call to arms on Facebook? She created a public Facebook group called Helping Mr. Ronald, and the response was overwhelming! Here are just a sampling of the responses …
- Do you need flooring? My husband and I own a flooring company and would be happy to help.
- Hello! Thank you for letting me join! I came across this beautiful story while browsing thru Life in Henry! You all are such an inspiration. I would love to volunteer my time in any way I can. I am a retired veteran, and I would like to share his story with a Veteran group here on Facebook. They may have some good info and resources available to Mr. Robert. Thank you all for what you are for this gentleman; there is an Army ethos from long ago….no fellow Soldier/man left behind…God bless Lauren Mulvihill for not leaving him behind!
- I can’t drive but if there is laundry that needs to be done and caught up, if someone can bring to me in Jackson I will do it here at my home and get it all done. I also have a kennel that can be borrowed till fence is up to give King some outside time.
- I have professional experience in cleaning and organizing. Let me know if I can help. I can make myself available whenever you need me.
Dozens of volunteers came forward and began to clean and help strip apart the house. In just a week’s time, they had already removed all of the garbage, the old furniture and the old carpet.
The next step is painting the walls and putting in new floor. They’re also trying to get someone to come fix the mold situation One husband/wife team provided free fencing, a vet saw to King’s rabies shots and flea treatment, another signed him up for Meals on Wheels, his home was cleaned top to bottom, someone else donated new flooring … and finally, the support was so overwhelming, Mr. Dembner couldn’t stop crying, and Lauren had to post …
Please no more visitors for Mr. Ronald unless you have spoke with me first. I think we are all forgetting he is still a person and has a lot going on right now. If you wish to stop or bring him anything just message me and I will work some time in for you!! Thank you so much everyone 😘😘😘
Wow, huh? Just wow.
This story isn’t about just one good people, though kudos and hats off to Ms. Lauren Mulvihill for having such a big heart and for getting this ball rolling, but this is about so many good people coming out in support of a man who served his country and now needs a helping hand. These are the good people, my friends … these are the real people, the real heroes in this world.