I always delight in bringing you good people who are just starting out in life, the young people who see a need and jump in to meet it. These are the people who will lead us into the future. Daniel Grant and Max Caponigro are two such young people, both ten years old, and both with hearts of gold.They wanted to do something to help others during the lockdown. Living next door to a food pantry, they boys decided to raise money to help feed the hungry in their community.
“I live next door to the food pantry, so we see it every day. We know people don’t have enough food and we wanted to help.”
So, what did Daniel and Max decide to do to raise money? They decided to make homemade dog treats and sell them to dog owners, of course! So, they have spent the last few months mixing flour, butter, bacon bits, chicken stock and other ingredients into the perfect dog treat that they have been selling and delivering to local dog owners.
When the boys first came up with the idea, Max’s mom, Sue Caponigro, put a note in a neighborhood group chat asking if anyone was interested in buying a bag.
“A lot of people have dogs in my neighborhood and almost everybody with a dog bought one.”
Even people without dogs bought the treats and asked the boys to donate them to a local animal shelter (still more good people!).
So far, Daniel and Max have donated more than $400 to Milton Food Pantry. Not a lot of money, perhaps, but a heck of a lot of heart. Way to go, Daniel and Max!!!
Sometimes being a good people is as simple as showing appreciation. And that is just what residents of a Miami Beach neighborhood did last week. Now, there are few jobs I would find less desirable than being a sanitation worker, or ‘trash man’, especially in this, the era of the coronavirus. The men and women who collect your trash each week are heroic, for they are exposed to not only the coronavirus, but nearly every germ known to humankind, and some that aren’t. But, they do their job day in and day out.
Saul Scruggs and Keon Richardson are two of the sanitation workers who pick up the rubbish in Miami Beach, and last week they got a big surprise! Residents of North Bay road gathered early Friday morning with signs and gifts as they waited for Saul and Keon to arrive …The neighbors held a celebration of gratitude fit for the essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Even Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber was there to celebrate Scruggs and Richardson. Said residents …
“We’re here to celebrate our two sanitation workers who just really make our day brighter every day when we see them.”
“They do so much more than pick up our trash. What is particularly special about these two men is the positive energy that they bring with them. They always have smiles … If you know them, you love them!”
Mayor Gelber honored Scruggs and Richardson with a special declaration of appreciation.Again, a small thing, but those two men appreciated it. Sometimes the simplest things mean so very much.
This story is one of those where one good deed inspired another. Rosario Del Real, known as Don Rosario, is a 70-year-old local paleta (Mexican popsicles, or as my Brit friends know them, ice lollies) vendor who sells throughout the south east side of Chicago.
On Father’s Day last month, while other men were spending the day with their families, Don Rosario was pushing his cart, selling his paletas to earn a living. A few local dads, including Oscar Gonzalez and Victor Dominguez, were hosting a barbeque and invited Rosario to drop by. He did, planning to stay only a few minutes, perhaps to sell a few paletas, for there was work to be done. But he was in for a surprise, for three of the men got together and bought Rosario’s entire stock of paletas so that he could have the rest of the day off to spend with his own family! Don Rosario was so moved that he broke into tears at the kindness of these men.Now, that story was heartwarming enough to earn a spot on this post, but it gets even better!
The next day, one of the men, Michaelangelo Mosqueda, posted a video they had recorded on TikTok, where it was quite a hit. As the video went viral, Mosqueda got an idea. You see, Don Rosario had been working as a carpenter until an injury put an end to that, which is why he was pushing a paleta cart through the streets of Chicago. At age 70, that’s not an easy way to make a living! So, Mosqueda set up a GoFundMe page to see if they could get $10,000 to help Rosario out a bit. Within days, generous people had donated more than $40,000, and today, three-and-a-half weeks after the start, the fund has $62,567 … enough for Don Rosario to hang up his street cart and retire!
Often, I am not a fan of social media, although I do use both Facebook and Twitter. But there are times when it can work wonders by spreading news and bringing people together to help someone. And in so many cases, people will rise to the occasion, as they did here.
On occasion, I like to end the ‘good people’ post with good critters helping others. For today’s ‘good critter’ portion, I suggest you grab your box of tissues … I needed mine last night when I wrote this.
Now, this actually happened in Brooklyn in 1996, although it was in a recent issue of a website where I get some of my ideas for good people posts. But it is still a good story. Scarlett was a cat, mother of five kittens. On March 30, 1996, Scarlett and her five kittens were in an abandoned garage in Brooklyn when a fire started from undetermined causes. When firefighters arrived, they noticed Scarlett coming out of the burning building carrying a kitten. Then she went back in and came out with yet another kitten. All in all, Scarlett made five trips into the garage and rescued all five kittens!Once the fire was out, firefighters rushed Scarlett and the kittens to the nearest veterinary hospital. According to firefighter David Giannelli …
“Scarlett herself had been severely burned in the process of pulling her kittens from the fire. Her eyes were blistered shut, her ears and paws burned, and her coat highly singed. The majority of her facial hair had been burnt away. After saving the kittens she was seen to touch each of her kittens with her nose to ensure they were all there and alive, as the blisters on her eyes kept her from being able to see them, and then she collapsed unconscious.”
The weakest of the kittens, the white one in the middle, died of a virus a month after the fire. However, after three months of treatment and recovery, Scarlett and her surviving kittens were well enough to be adopted.
Scarlett’s incredible story inspired the North Shore Animal League to create the “Scarlett Award for Animal Heroism” which are presented to one deserving cat at their annual Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon.
Just goes to show, there are good people … and critters … in this world. Don’t let anybody tell you differently!