Good People Doing Good Things — Big ‘n Little

This past week, we have seen a heck of a lot of not-so-good people in the news, so it’s time to turn our heads in another direction and look at some of the really good people who are helping others.  I honestly believe that the majority of people in this world are good people who will do whatever they can to help others.  Unfortunately, they don’t get near the attention they deserve.

Contagion among good people …

Remember last week I wrote about Captain Tom Moore, that 100-year-old World War II veteran who raised thousands for the UK’s National Health Service by completing 100 laps in his garden?  Turns out, he inspired a few others around the globe to do something similar.

mickey-nelsonWorld War II veteran Mickey Nelson, 99, is walking 100 miles through his small city of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, to raise money for Covid-19 relief through the Salvation Army’s feeding and emergency programs.

joseph-hammondPrivate Joseph Hammond, 95, has become a familiar sight on the streets of Accra, Ghana, during his daily walks to raise money to support frontline workers and impoverished veterans across Africa.

tobias-wellerAnd Tobias Weller, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, says he was inspired by Captain Moore to finish a marathon with his walker, one half-mile at a time. Tobias raised $100,000 for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Paces School, a school that supports children and adults with neurological conditions in his hometown of Sheffield in northern England.

See … this is the great thing about being a good people … it’s contagious!

Generous youths …

The 8th grade class at the Waldorf School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had spent the entire year raising $2,800 for their rafting trip. But their trip was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

So, the students chose to make a major impact on the lives of others by using the money to help the Navajo Nation.  In May, the Navajo Nation surpassed New York and New Jersey for the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate in the US — another sign of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on minority communities.

Parent Jess Falkenhagen spoke with Navajo leaders to find out what supplies were urgently needed.

The students used their $2,800 fund to purchase diapers, formula, toilet paper, wipes, medicines, soup, potatoes, pasta, beans, rice, pet food and a dozen reusable five gallon jugs filled with water.navajo-donationFalkenhagen drove with her daughters, Daisy and Indie Russell, to Window Rock, Arizona, to make the delivery on behalf of the eighth-grade class.  The student’s teacher was proud of her class …

“I am very proud of my students, but I’m not surprised. This is a very generous and compassionate group of teens. They have been raised to think outside their own immediate lives and it shows in moments like this.”

Young people … the hope for our future.

A good people … no wait … TWO good people

Small ‘mom & pop’ restaurants and their staff all over the country have been hit particularly hard during the shuttering of businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Today, I want to tell you a little story about one such restaurant, Bill’s Café in Naples, Florida.

When I first read the headline, “Anonymous donor gives one Naples cafe $40K to stay open”, I thought it sounded like a nice story to add to my ‘good people’ post this week, but I didn’t know the whole story.  Let’s start with the present.  Says Bill Salley, owner of Bill’s Café …

“The last day I was open before they forced us to close because of the COVID situation he [the anonymous customer] goes ‘Bill I’d like to talk to you’. He says listen I have two envelopes for you … one for you, one for your help.  And It was so nice and kind of him…. but that probably wouldn’t have saved me…it was a nice chunk of money in that but not enough to make a difference.

A week later he calls me up and tells me, ‘Bill, would you be interested in sending a hundred sandwiches a day across the street to Naples community hospital’ and before he even finished, I said ‘I’m in!'”

The customer paid full price for the sandwiches, five days a week for eight straight weeks, so that the hospital employees would get them for free.

“It literally saved my café.  It was so nice and kind of him.”

And that made for a nice story of a good person helping not only Bill keep his café, but providing food to hospital staff for free!  Good enough, right?  But, as is my habit, I double check the information I use for these stories, mostly to make sure they are on the up-and-up and that I have the facts right. So, when I ran the name Bill Salley, I found something else!

bill-salley-1An article in the May 12, 2016, Naples Daily News tells of a woman known only as Sue, who goes to Bill’s Café every morning, has a nice breakfast, and walks out without paying.  Sue, you see, is homeless and Bill never turns away a homeless person.

“I’ve done it everywhere I’ve worked. I can’t let anyone go hungry.”

When a local posted about Salley’s generosity on Facebook, it went viral, but Salley was surprised.

bill-salley-2“I have always believed that we live in a world that is better now than ever and that there are more good people than bad. I know that I am not special, that there are many individuals who daily show acts of kindness to others. They do it not for recognition or attention but because it’s the right thing, the humane thing and a good thing to do.”

Seems to me that the helping hand Bill got from his anonymous customer was more than deserved!

And there you have it, friends.  Proof positive once again that there are good people in this world, doing what they can to help others with no expectation of a reward.  It’s these people who remind me that despite the horrors of the day, there is still hope for humanity.

35 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Big ‘n Little

  1. Another heart-warming selection Jill. Really does brighten up the day seeing all these selfless folk going an extra mile (literally) to help out others.
    If I had enough money I think I would start a newspaper which would devote most of its space to all these, but they would be little parts would be given over to snippets such as;
    ‘Some intolerant idiot in ………….. said some something really stupid today but we can’t be bothered to waste anymore time or space on it’
    ‘Trump says something…You know the rest. Why bother with the details?’
    Wouldn’t that be ‘a gas’? (remember that ?)

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    • I seriously doubt that Trump ever listened to those who had words of wisdom to impart. I think there is some defect in his DNA and it wouldn’t have mattered if he had the wisest, kindest teachers, he still would have grown to be a megalomaniac.


  2. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Love is the best thing on this planet right now and I am focusing on it. There is loads of bad, but I have stopped listening to it or watching it. I am aware of it. I will not give my energy to the negative forces around it. There are loads of good people. Each and everyone a quiet hero. I am just going to assume that everyone is a quiet hero, because that expectation raises the game stakes to give winning solutions. Bravo to all your new hero’s Jill! 💖🙏

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    • I’ve missed you, my friend, but I understand why you are choosing to stick with trying to see only the good. I hope all is well with you? I’m glad you dropped by for today’s ‘good people’! ❤


  3. These reminders are very timely. I wish I could believe that all young people are like those eighth graders, but sadly I do not. But there seem to be a great many young people giving of themselves to help deal with the issue of social justice and help deal with police brutality. This is truly heartening.

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    • No, not all young people are like that, but I do think that lately we are seeing more young people speaking out against inequality and injustice, and hopefully a sense of responsibility to others accompanies that attitude. I think that some of the horrific school shootings in recent years has contributed to it, has helped young people want to make the world a better place.

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    • Indeed they are. The trouble is that these are the sort of people who have no desire to enter the world of politics. These days it seems that those who go into politics do so with the goal of increasing their wealth and power. Yes, there are exceptions, but I see fewer and fewer of them.

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  4. OK I’m sure there are some really generous people full of kindness out there but I;m still inclined to say our best hope are the young. It would have been really good if Captain Tom raised a few thousand. but thanks to generosity from all over the World I think the final count is around the £15 million mark.Amazing.

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    • No doubt our hope for the future is dependent on the young people, and we do see so many who are doing their part as ‘good people’. But, I wouldn’t discount the rest of us, either … look at your own Captain Tom, as you said … the final total he raised actually came to over £32 million! Amazing indeed!

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  5. The good people exist, but most would prefer to stay anonymous, as is Bill’s benefactor. He’s not helping out for fame, or because he has to, or for a tax deduction, but because he wants to. Making his name public would probably embarass him.
    The 8th grade class from the Waldorf School deserve an even louder blow of the horn. I don’t know the racial make-up of the class, but that they donated their money to an aboriginal Nation, what we in Canada call a First Nation, is significant. They looked at need, not skin colour. Very special!

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    • I agree … to a point. Giving and then bragging about it rather makes it seem that the altruism was done in order to get kudos, pats on the back. But, as we see from the first example, sometimes sharing good deeds inspires others.
      Given their location, Santa Fe, New Mexico, I would guess that a large portion of the Waldorf School are of Navajo descent, but I don’t know … I could find very little information on this story.


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