Good People Doing Good Things — Helpers

We’ve had more than our share of bad news in the past week or two, haven’t we?  It’s often easy to believe that the world is mostly evil, that kindness, compassion and caring have gone by the wayside.  But, as I find every week when I go in search of good people for my Wednesday morning feature, they are out there … we just have to shove aside all the bad people and open our eyes and our hearts, and we will find them.  Today, I have for you an assortment, but first … I thought this was in keeping with the theme …Inspirational-quote


Caden Dixon is nine-years-old, and he really, really did not want to go to school that first day of fourth grade.  He was dreading it more than most kids do.  Why?  Well, you see, Caden’s dad was a police officer with the Hall County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Department and he was killed exactly one month before in the line of duty.  Caden’s dad always took him for the first day of school … but this year he wasn’t there and Caden couldn’t face it.  Enter a bunch of good cops …Caden-1

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Caden-4On Wednesday morning, more than a dozen of his dad’s colleagues arrived at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy in Gainesville and escorted Caden to class.  The deputies in Dixon’s Patrol Watch were a tight-knit group, according to spokesman Derreck Booth.

“Since the tragedy last month, members of the watch and other deputies, particularly Sgt. Hewell, have been actively involved with serving and comforting Dixon’s family.”


Last November, California experienced the most devastating wildfires in its history. The worst, known as the Camp Fire, killed 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes, leaving over 50,000 people homeless.  Enter Woody Faircloth of Denver, Colorado …

Woody-Faircloth“There are people that lived lives like we do, that went to work every day, went to school and had very normal lives that now find themselves homeless with nowhere to turn, nowhere to live. I just couldn’t imagine being in that position. I had a hard time letting it go … I knew I wanted to do something to help.”

Faircloth browsed Craigslist in the areas affected by the fires and saw an enormous need for temporary housing for evacuees. So, he set up a GoFundMe page and invited people to donate so they could purchase and restore a used RV for a family.

Through social media, Faircloth eventually got connected with a family of six that was greatly in need. Just before Thanksgiving, Faircloth filled the RV with supplies and — along with his youngest daughter, 7-year-old Luna — embarked on the nearly 1,200-mile drive to California to deliver the vehicle.rv.pngThat first donated RV led to another, and by December, Faircloth had more than 100 requests for RVs from afflicted families.  Witnessing how great the need was, Faircloth turned his idea into a nonprofit, RV4CampfireFamily.

“If we have a platform to help, we have to keep helping.”

Faircloth connects with RV owners interested in donating or selling their used RVs at a low cost. He refits the RVs himself and negotiates costs when he needs to enlist professional mechanics for heavy-duty repairs. Once the RV is ready to go, Faircloth organizes a way to transport it to the recipient.

The organization has thus far provided RV homes to 65 families.


Imagine … we as adults are so devastated by the recent mass shootings, it affects us in any number of ways, from sleeplessness to frustration & angst, to looking about every time we go out in public, wondering who might be thinking what.  So, imagine what it’s like for children who are just old enough to understand what happened, but not yet old enough to understand why.  One eleven-year-old, Ruben Martinez of El Paso, was among those who was having difficulty taking it all in.  According to his mother, Rosa Gandarilla …

“He was having some trouble dealing with what happened. I explained to him that we could not live in fear and that people in our community are caring and loving. I told him to try and think of something he could do to make El Paso a little better.”

And so, Ruben did just that! Ruben-1Ruben Martinez is challenging each person in El Paso to do 22 acts of kindness for others in honor of the 22 people who died that day.  Ruben has been passing out flyers and posting on social media to try and help the #ElPasoChallenge spread. He is also leading by example …

“Last night, he agreed to go out to do his first act of kindness. He chose to go deliver dinner to our first responders.”

The response on Twitter has been great …

  • Willow the RainFawn@DaDoofFloofbutt:  “I will join in. But instead of 22, I will have 34 acts of kindness-3 for the Garlic Festival shooting, 22 for El Paso, 9 for Dayton, Ohio”
  • Victoriaa@hippievicky:  “Today my niece, friend and I did the #ElPasoChallenge! It felt so good doing something nice for others! Each of the 22 notes had the name of a victim because we wanted these good deeds to be for them! #ElPasoStrong I encourage y’all to do this challenge!”

And there were many, many more.  It seems to me that the youth of this nation are our hope for the future, and right now I trust their good sense more than I do that of many adults!  People turn to churches for guidance in times of trouble … perhaps they would be better off to turn to young people!


I came across this short video on a friend’s blog, Nuggets of Gold, last night, and I think it fits in perfectly with the ‘good people’ theme.  See what you think …

26 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Helpers

    • We need these posts, I think, to offset the evil that I write about on other days. I am a tough ol’ curmudgeon, but I must admit that the first one about Caden required a few tissues while I was writing it … allergies, I suppose 😉

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    • I like doing these, though admittedly there are times that I have trouble switching gears from the snarky curmudgeon to the happy reporter of good news. But, they help to remind us all that there are a heck of a lot of good people out there — we just don’t hear much about them because … as the old newspaper saying goes, “If it bleeds, it leads”. The media are in it for profit, and people prefer blood and gore to ‘good people’ stories.

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  1. Caden Dixon’s story brought a dampness to my eyes. How wonderful of those officers. As for the RVs what can you say about all that effort and time invested.
    And then Ruben Martinez ….bless his heart.
    Keep up the good work Jill, reminding us there is light.

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  2. Benjamin and I were reading your Good People post and discussing each of them in turn. Just as soon as we got to the bottom of the page, he excitedly pointed to the words in blue that read “Nuggets of Gold” and then spotted the video that he had seen on that blog. Totally thrilled, he exclaimed : “Look Gem, that’s Miss JoyRoses. This is so cool! But, how did her ‘log get on Miss Jill’s ‘log?” You will be pleased to know that Benjamin says : “Miss Jill, you are amazin’ too!” I must add a not so short comment about “The Penny Jar Project” that is on the upper right corner of the quote from Miss JoyRoses “Tuesday’s Thoughts” post yesterday. I discovered The Penny Jar Project on another blog that I follow, “Tea & Cake for the Soul”, at the beginning of January in 2018 when she had a post about “How To Give To Charity On A Budget”. As I am not a social media participant, I did not go to Facebook for more information. Her post gave the details, so no need anyway. I have had numerous Penny Jar Projects in the ensuing 1 1/2 year and Benjamin gets to place the quarters in the jar. These are some very fine examples of Good People again today. Benjamin’s two thumbs up and a gold star goes to Reuben Martinez : “cause he’s a good people without using money!” Thank-you x 2!!

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    • P.S. After Benjamin and I had spent some time outdoors adventuring and accumulating his treasures of rocks, feathers and such, we came back to the computer. We discovered a short video of his favorite Good People, Greta Thunberg, on board the yacht and setting sail today for New York. He wanted me to tell Miss Jill, but I had an afternoon appointment. Greta completely slipped my mind until a few minutes ago when I came across the news in one of my emails. If you already know, please don’t tell Benjamin that I forgot as he wanted to be the first to share the news! Thank-you!!

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      • Shhhh … I won’t tell that you forgot. And, truth is, I hadn’t seen it yet, so Benjamin WAS the first to share the news! It will have to wait ’til morning, though, for it is 3:00 a.m. and I am knackered.

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    • Awwwww … please tell Benjamin “thank you” and that I think he’s pretty awesome as well! I am so pleased that he enjoys the ‘good people’ posts and already has his heart in the right place. I must look into the penny jar project, for I’ve only recently heard of it and you know how those things work … you’ve never heard of something, and then all of a sudden you hear of it every time you turn around! Thanks for sharing it with Benjamin and give him a huge hug from Miss Jill!

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  3. It’s interesting how important a role social media play in these stories. Interesting because there is so much sludge in social media and it is easy to condemn it out of hand (as I tend to do). But these people are amazing. Thanks so much for continuing to remind us.

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    • It’s like anything … it can be used for good or evil. You’re right … we mostly hear the downside of social media, but it can be an invaluable communication tool, just like our blogs and the internet in general. Sadly, there are those who would prefer to use it to confound us, to steal from us, to invade our privacy, etc. But, I wouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, for it can be a great thing. ‘Tis my pleasure to remind us all, my friend … much needed these days, more than ever before I think.

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  4. There are certainly people with heart out there..What a shame many prefer to remain anonymous. On thing that would help is if you see a homeless person in need. Pay for something appropriate at a local cafe, hot sandwich and soup perhaps with a drink and have them write a ‘Claim Me’ receipt which you can give to the homeless person. It might just make their day and it might just make yours too.
    Nice post Jill.
    Cwtch

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      • Such as, you would go into a diner or cafe, pay for a sandwich and a drink for a homeless person, and then take him a slip of paper saying “claim me” which he or she could redeem at the restaurant when they were ready for it.

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    • I understand the desire for anonymity … otherwise, it seems somewhat like bragging. But, since we need so badly in this day to be reminded of the good people out there, yes, it would be nice if they weren’t so silent. But, that is part of what makes them “good people”, that they just go on doing what they do, without needing pats on the back, or ‘attaboys’. Your idea is a nice one, and one that might catch on, especially if cafes and diners in areas where the homeless are put up a sign to that effect in their establishment.
      Cwtch

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  5. I think the (almost) subliminal message in The Penny Jar Project would have been a bit more effective if they said “I am a Very Special.” But that is just me.
    Congrats to everyone on today’s post.
    Meanwhile, a big BOO to the Boston Gestapo for destroying the property of homeless persons, especially the three wheelchairs they crunched in their garbage contracter. (News courtesy of Scottie! Another good person.)

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