Good People Doing Good Things — Too Many To Count

Hooray for Wednesdays!  It is such a breath of fresh air to shine a light on people who care about others, who are giving of themselves, even in the smallest of ways, to somehow make life better for somebody.


California is on fire …

You’ve all seen on television or the internet the terrible devastation caused by this year’s wildfires in California.  The fires extend from the northern to the southern border, and some 9.000 firefighters are working day and night to contain the fires.  Typically, when disaster strikes, good people jump into action, and today I would like to share with you a few people who are helping.  First of all, though, I want to give a shout out to those 9,000 firefighters.  They are working in horrid conditions, with very little sleep, risking their own lives to help save lives, property, forests … these guys are HEROES! TOPSHOT-US-WILDFIRES-CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRE

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I had never heard the name John Cena until last night (yeah, I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes … I’ve told you, I am a pop culture throwback!), but it’s a name I’m not likely to forget anytime soon.  Turns out Mr. Cena is a former wrestler-turned-actor, who has a new movie coming out day after tomorrow in which he plays … a firefighter!   Mr. Cena put out a very touching video on Twitter, announcing that he is donating $500,000 to the California first responders.  But, he didn’t stop there … he called on Paramount Pictures to match his donation, which they did.

Other celebrities who have donated to the cause include Chris Pratt, LeBron James, and others. You all know how I generally feel about celebrities, millionaires and such, but when they open their hearts and wallets to those in need, I give credit where credit is due.

Last year, I wrote a post about heroic efforts large and small during the California wildfires of 2018 (I do hope this won’t become an annual feature!), and one part of that post featured celebrity chef José Andrés and his wonderful organization World Central Kitchen.  Just as they did last year, they are back out there this year feeding the firefighters.WCK-1Joining Chef Andrés were celebrity chefs Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri as well as many other chefs and volunteers.  You can see some of the pictures on the World Central Kitchen website.  Hats off to this very worthy organization and those who give of their own time and money to help feed those firefighters who are putting their lives on the line 24/7!


Two hearts …

Jonathan Pinkard collapsed at work one day a few months ago and was rushed to Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Coweta County, Georgia.  At 27 years of age, it was determined that Jonathan needed a heart transplant.  The problem wasn’t, as so often is the case, finding a heart, but rather Mr. Pinkard was deemed ineligible because he had no family to be his support system, to help him through the recovery process.  Without the transplant, Mr. Pinkard would die.

Enter ICU nurse Lori Wood …

“I think at some point God places people and situations in your life and you have a choice to do something about it. For me with this situation there was no choice. I had a room, I was a nurse, I could take care of him. So it really wasn’t anything that I struggled about it was just something that had to happen. He had to come home with me.”

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Jonathan Pinkard and Nurse Lori Wood

So, Lori officially adopted Jonathan Pinkard, which got him onto the transplant list, and he received a new heart in August.  Ms. Wood is helping him transition to living independently once again, and Mr. Pinkard plans to return to work next month! Jonathan Pinkard may have a new heart, but Lori Wood has a huge heart, don’t you think?


A very little good people …

This story first came to my attention via our friend Keith, and then I found it on the ‘net.  It’s a little thing, but I thought it worthy to be included here.

The kid’s name is Jackson Champagne, and he is 8 years old.  On Hallowe’en night, Jackson was out trick-or-treating when he came to a house with a candy bowl set outside, as some people do.  But alas!  The bowl was empty!  Not so much as am M&M remained!

“All gone. There ain’t no more candy.”

Jackson turned as if to leave empty-handed, but as he noticed other witches, ghosts and goblins coming up the walkway, he stopped, dug around in his own bag, and put some of his own candy in the bowl for the little guys coming behind him!

Now if that doesn’t just melt your heart.  Happens that the homeowner, Leslie Hodges, saw the whole thing on their home security video later on that evening.  Hodges said just what I always say on these Wednesday posts …

“He renewed the faith that there are still some good people out there.”

Quite so.


Remember, folks … there are lots of good people out there doing good things … you don’t even have to look far.  In fact, I’m betting that if you go down the hall in your house right now and look in the mirror, you will see a ‘good people’.

47 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Too Many To Count

    • Thanks Mick. Yes, I find it abominable, but … the rationale, I’m told, is that they would not be able to take care of themselves properly and would likely die even with the transplant, so “why waste an organ?” I don’t agree with it, but then, I don’t agree with many things regarding transplants, such as being a smoker automatically disqualifies you. But, then I do understand there are fewer organs available than people needing them.

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        • Yeah, but you guys are light years ahead of us in taking care of people. David and I were just discussing my need for hearing aids — cost prohibitive here at an average of $5,000, but would be covered by NHS in your country. And my insulin … if I bought it here, would be nearly $1,500 per month … more than my pension! I have to buy it from Canada for about 1/5 that price. The U.S. fails in that arena, at least for those of us who are not wealthy.

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  1. You may be aware that today is National Stress Awareness day, which is part of the November 4th – 8th International Stress Awareness Week. Don’t ask, it’s too stressful to investigate why one is national and the other international. What I am indeed aware of is that these days and weeks are da(r)/(m)n stressful. There are many suggestions about ways to manage and/or lessen stress and I shall enumerate a few. 1) Take a break from the stressor…skip this one, not possible. 2) Exercise – raking leaves obviously doesn’t count, but Yoga for Seniors does. 3) Smile and Laugh – whenever you can, even if only at yourself. 4) Get social support – this has some merit to it. 5) Meditate – these days I find it very hard to silence that insistent voice in my mind. What, you might ask, does this have to do with this post about Good People Doing Good Things? Since you asked, I will answer that question. STRESS has got to be walking into the infernos that the wildfires present to these courageous firefighters and battling them not knowing whether or not they will come out of them alive. I have always been in awe of firemen. You have presented a fine group of Good People and all deserve praise and gratitude for their selfless acts of goodness. One might say that these weekly posts are helpful stress relievers too…and I will! Thank-you!

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    • S-s-stress??? Wh-wh-what st-st-stress??? M-m-me? St-st-stressed??? N-n-never! 🙃 Now, as to your excellent advice … you’re right that #1 is out of the question. I do get exercise by walking approximately 4 miles a day, weather permitting, and I do laugh at myself quite often … especially when I catch a glimpse of the ol’ hag in the mirror! Or, as I did today, when I run the washing machine without having remembered to put any clothes in it first! Skip #4, and as re #5 … yoga has been recommended to me, but frankly, I don’t know how! Sure, I can twist my legs into a pretzel, but I’m not sure how to untwist them then, much less how to get up from the floor! Seriously, though … I, too, am in awe of firefighters … they have my undying gratitude. I think Roger said it best in his comment … “they do what they do because they are who they are”. I think, at least I hope, these weekly good people posts do help us remember that the entire world hasn’t gone mad, that there are still some good people out there … doing good things.

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  2. All of these stories are wonderful and worth sharing. I know firefighters, but none that have fought forest fires. My heart goes out to them – what a perilous job. On another note, while I found the story about the Halloween bowl charming, I’ve never heard of anyone leaving a bowl out. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to connect with so many young (and some not so young) ones. This year for fun, my partner decided to also hand out garlic – just to see the reaction. He’d say, “Here’s your treat and here’s your trick” while showing them the garlic bud. Most laughed, some looked puzzled, and a couple of little ones ran to their parents on the sidewalk screaming, “He tried to give me garlic!”. It was a hoot.

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    • Ahhh … well, I’m like you, and I always delight in seeing the trick-or-treaters, and when my own children were little, I was fortunate that there were other parents or teens in the neighborhood to take them trick-or-treating so that I could stay home and disperse candy. But, not everyone is so fortunate. In the case of the family in this post, the father was a firefighter, working and unable to be home, so it was left to the mother to take her own child for trick-or-treat, so she did the next best thing and left a bowl of candy on the front porch. I’ve seen others in our neighborhood do the same, likely for the same reasons. I laughed aloud at the story of your partner handing out garlic for ‘treats’!!! I’m surprised the little ones even knew what it was! That is funny … thanks so much for the laugh! 😉

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      • Oh, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with leaving a bowl of candy, I’d just never heard/thought of anyone doing it. It’s a lovely gesture. And the resulting video was so sweet. What a wonderful little boy! I have heard, however, of people not wanting to participate, closing up the house and going out for dinner. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to talk to neighbours one might not see other times of the year.

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        • My only concern in leaving out a bowl of candy would be that some teenagers would come by and take the whole thing … we have some in our neighborhood who I’m sure wouldn’t hesitate to do so. Yes, we have some on our street like that … they turn their lights out and pretend not to be home. It’s their loss, for I enjoy seeing the kids, and as you say, it’s an opportunity to chat with people you may only see in passing otherwise.

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  3. Awww, that kid is so sweet… no tricks just treats! The nurse is super duper, imagine appealing to the local family court and petitioning to adopt a 27 y/o! Just Awesome.
    Of course the Cali fires are totally Governor Newsom’s fault, he didn’t personally sweep the forest floors! *Facepalm*
    Have a lovely day everyone. 🙂

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  4. All the stories touched me in one way or another. I feel great pride and a huge debt of gratitude to the brave firefighters and all the brave volunteers who help them or feed them. i”m amazed at the kindness of the nurse taking someone into her home to help with recovery when without the offer he would have died.. But unusual for me the story that touched me most and which discovered a serious leak in my home which wet my face badly wasas the sstory of the

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  5. Were you writing this post for me, Jill. Our year started off with wild forest fires burning hundreds of thousands of hectares (2.5 acres each) in the areas around us, with thousands of fire fighters from around the world coming to help us, and a great number of volunteers staying to help them while everyone else was evacuated. Fortunately no major accidents or illnesses came up because of the fires, but that was sheer luck. We had no celebrities helping out, but that’s okay, everything worked out in the end. This is a very lightly populated area, and while some homes were lost they have since been replaced, to the best of my knowledge.
    Jump ahead to Hallowe’en night last week. Every year we put out bottled water for the trick or treaters so that if they get thirsty they don’t have to go home to get water. Generally we put out about 50 bottles, and there are leftovers. Between our small population (3500) and the usually cold weather there are not many kids coming to our area. It’s kind of off the beaten path. The weather was beautiful this year, no snow on the ground. We put out our 50 bottles, and they were gone in an hour. (We never have kids come to the door because of the cats, they get wild if there is too much action.) So we put out a bowl of candy/chocolate bars, content 100 pcs. When we looked out the window to see how things were going, the bowl too was going down rapidly. The next time we looked out OUR BOWL WAS FULL!
    Just like the kid on the video, someone had donated candy suckers to us. We did not see who did it, but likely some treater or parent saw that there were more kids coming than candy available, so they treated us. Thanks to whomever did that!
    When the kids stopped coming and I went out to collect the bowl, there was one lonely sucker left. It looked lonely like Charlie Brown’s christmas tree. We still have it. We cannot bring ourselves to eat it.

    So pretty much your post is about my little area of the world. Wonderful people, heroes, and great little kids.

    If the weather is good next Hallowe’en we’re going to have to put out about 200 bottles of water. It is so much healthier than candy, and timely too.

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    • ‘Twould seem that it is the story of your last several months, yes? I love your story about Hallowe’en … it’s heartening to know that somebody, whether a kid or parent, had a big enough heart to share. I wonder if the trauma your town underwent due to the wildfires earlier this year, having to evacuate, wonder if they would have a home to come back to, then deal with the clean up and the smoke, made people just a little more conscious of others, a little more humanitarian? I like to think so, anyway.

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      • Racism and bigotry are still with us, maybe knocked down a notch, but not two. The conservative candidate was elected by a large margin. Now the West wants to Wexit from Canada. They seriously want a country ruled by rubes and jackasses. Humanitarianism! They wouldn’t know a human if they met one.

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        • Racism and all forms of bigotry are, I think, built-in to the human species and of late, I have concluded they will never entirely go away. Like the ocean tides, they will ebb and flow from time to time, but never completely disappear. I heard about “Wexit”, but haven’t had the time to find out more about it. Sigh.

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          • Don’t bother, Jill. It is not worth it. Some of those Tory-lovers want to leave Canada and become a nation all to themselves. They think that would help them build pipelines to coastal waters. I don’t see how that would work since Alberta is completely landlocked, with the Rocky mountains between us and our nearest coastal waters.
            And after the budget Jason Kenney just laid down where the whole public sector is being forced to take a wage rollback, and the right to strike has been countered by the right for the employer to hire scab labour without penalty should their unionized employess decide to strike.
            The province has rescinded billions of dollares promised to municipal governments, telling them to increase their property taxes while telling the people the province kept their promise not to raise provincial taxes. They think no one will notice the irony (and total deceit) in so doing. I hope the people who voted for them aŕe happy with the results. Big companies are starting to leave Alberta, though the Toies promised they would attract more business by lowering the corporate taxes. (Sound familiar to promises made by DJT?) The only one profitting are the coporations and the shareholders, who already have more than they need.

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            • Indeed, much of what you say reminds me of the state of affairs here in the U.S. Thing is, half the people are too ignorant to see what is happening right under their noses! Our countries are in a mess, my friend. BTW … ♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ♫

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                • 7-0??? You’re a year-and-a-half older than me? Wow! I feel young again!!! You asked in your ‘thank you’ note whether you had told me your birthday … I cannot remember when, but obviously you did, for it was programmed into my phone, and said phone alarmed this morning to tell me it was your birthday! I’m sure I didn’t just pull that date out of a hat! Did Gail make you a cake and take you out for dinner?

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                  • Actually we spent 10 hours on the road driving home from the city during a snowstorm. By the time we arrived home we were too tired to eat supper. Cannot remember the last time I had a cake for my birthday. I acknowledge it but I don’t celebrate. Birthdays are for kids, and drunks…

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                    • Lul2.
                      I’m not barfing quite so much today, but it is the sudden onset diarrhea that takes everything out of me. Flu germs should be visible, we deserve a fighting chance to avoid them. But then, do we give animals a fighting chance to avoid us? No damn way, ma’am, we get them in our sites, that the end of them.

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                    • This is why when I am out, I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it almost obsessively. I’m glad you’re feeling some better … try to at least stay hydrated … you don’t want to end up in the hospital!

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