Good People Doing Good Things — Freddie & Lisa

This morning I have only one ‘good people’ story to share with you, but I think you’ll agree that this one is priceless, deserving of its own post.

One of my pet peeves, as many of you already know, is people with great wealth.  What pleasure is there in having millions or billions of dollars sitting around doing nothing but earning more money.  I have very little use for the wealthy, especially those who give nothing, do nothing to help those less fortunate.  So, it was with great joy that I read about Freddie and Lisa Thomas-McMillan.  This couple own a restaurant, Drexell & Honeybee’s, in downtown Brewton, Alabama near the Florida border.  What makes them special?  According to their website

When you enter Drexell & Honeybee’s in downtown Brewton, Alabama, you’ll walk past booths and four-tops full of cornbread, fried chicken, and collard greens. The one thing you won’t find is a checkout register. To owners Lisa and Freddie Thomas-McMillan, food is about the joy of serving others. And that doesn’t come with a price tag.

Drexell-HoneybeesIn fact, there’s only one rule: ‘Everybody eats.’ From Tuesday through Thursday, 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Drexell & Honeybee’s serves up hot plates to hungry on-comers from all walks of life, whether you can pay for it or not. There are no suggested prices, in fact, no prices of any kind. When you are done with your meal, you simply leave whatever you can – a handful of coins, a generous donation, a hand-written note, or a heartfelt ‘Thank You’. But when you leave, you do so with a full stomach, a full heart, and the understanding that you are loved and worthy of love. You can find soul food all over Alabama. But you won’t find a meal that fills you up quite like this one.

Freddie and Lisa make no profit from their restaurant. 100% of the donations go back into serving people food. So, what do they get from all this? Joy.Drexells-store-front-main-photo-1-scaledLisa’s always had a big heart. Through the years, she’s run a food bank. She’s opened her home to the needy. She says it may have started in second grade when she learned a powerful lesson about sharing from a little girl who always had a better sandwich, but shared it happily with Lisa in a daily trade for some of her peanut butter and jelly.

“‘Feed the Need’ is our mission statement. Whatever needs people have, if we can help them… we will.  When my husband and I opened, we agreed to put a portion of our retirement back into the running of the restaurant… as you can imagine donations are down (due to the pandemic), but we will continue to try and be of service to all the people that come to our door.”

Now, I’m going to ask that you take the 7 minutes to watch this video … I guarantee that you will be glad you did, and that you will fall in love with Lisa!  Oh … and grab your box of tissues before you start … you will need them.

I give two thumbs-up to Freddie and Lisa … these two people are giving of themselves to do for others … these, my friends, are truly good people.

Good People Doing Good Things — The Gift Of Self

Follow-Up

I want to start this week’s ‘good people’ with a follow-up to one of last week’s stories.  You may remember the woman who was at the McDonald’s drive-thru with a cranky child in the car and suddenly realized she had left her purse with her money at home.  The young man working the drive-thru did not hesitate but used his own bank card to pay for her order.  Last week, that young man, Wyatt Jones, was the ‘good people’, and in this week’s follow-up, the woman, Brittany Reed, is also a good people, as well as many others. 

Ms. Reed was so grateful to young Wyatt, but he wouldn’t accept any extra money from her.  So, she managed to contact his mother, who told her that Wyatt was working to save money to buy a car.  Ms. Reed jumped into action and started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $5,000 to help Wyatt buy a car. 

My jaw dropped when I visited the page and found that nearly two thousand people had donated to the fund for a total of $34,820!!!Jones-fundraiserMs. Reed is certainly a good people for wanting to do something kind for Wyatt who had helped her in a time of need, but so are each and every one of those 1,900 people who have donated, some as little as $10, others $100.  I don’t know about you, but it warms my heart to know that so many people do still care about others and want to help out.  Lots of thumbs up in this one!


A good cop

We hear a lot about the bad apples in law enforcement these days, and it’s enough to make us lose faith in those who we are supposed to trust to serve and protect us.  But they aren’t all bad … there are an awful lot of police officers who are doing their best to be members of the community, to protect and instill trust.  So, when I get the chance, I like to shine a light on those officers who have gone the extra mile to do something good.  Today’s shining example of a genuinely good cop is Officer Arthur Parker of Plano, Texas. parker-2Officer Parker retired earlier this year, but he is missed by one and all at Clark High School.  Affectionately known as O.P., he had served for 34 years with the Plano Police Department, 27 of which were spent as a School Resource Officer.  When on duty directing traffic outside the school, his dance moves earned him fame.  Said Parker …

“I had a patrol call and say someone called and said there’s an officer drunk in the street. They got a real call!”

Officer-Parker-1Says the school’s principal, Janice Williams …

“My first impression was ‘oh my gosh, this is gonna be the person that’s gonna be protecting us’ because he did his normal goofy OP (Officer Parker) thing and went into some kind of character, and he’s kept me laughing ever since.”

Officer-Parker-3To keep students motivated, Parker even taught himself a tune on the harmonica for every situation. For a history lesson, he plays Taps. When he’s trying to get kids to move along, he said “Play ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Luke, I am your father, go to class.’”  To the teens at Clark High, he’s a confidant and confidence booster.

According to the students …

“OP, he really tries to find that connection.”

“He’s mostly just taught me how to be confident no matter what.”

“When it’s fun. he’s always fun, when things get real, he’s strict.”

ParkerOfficer Parker may be retiring from the Plano Police Department, but he’s not leaving the students, for even in retirement he plans to use his unique style of humor and dancing to win over students.

“People are saying, hey it’s time to relax. No, it’s not! I’ve got energy. Relax? Please!  If I go to school and volunteer, I have to be there enough times to say, ‘hey, we know who he is! That’s O.P. Old person. Not Officer Parker any longer.’”

Now, Officer Parker didn’t rescue people from burning houses, didn’t donate his life savings to someone in need, so you might be asking yourself why I feature him in this week’s ‘good people’ post.  Well, folks, good people are carers, givers.  Officer Arthur Parker cares about people, particularly those young people at Plano High School, and he gave … continues to give … of the most precious thing any of us have: himself and his time.  It’s easy enough to write a check, or donate online to a worthy cause, and I’m not knocking that … not at all!  But, the most beautiful gift, I think, is the gift of self, of selflessly giving your time to someone who needs it. 

We will never know how much of a difference OP made in the lives of some of those students, but I’m betting that to some, he was literally a lifesaver. 


And a couple of short ones from CNN’s ‘Good Stuff’ newsletter …

Love’s labors found

Tim-GjoraasTim Gjoraas, a 45-year-old teacher from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, knew he may not have long to live. After battling colon cancer for several years, doctors told him it was terminal. So, Gjoraas (first row, black shirt above) decided it was finally time to repaint the outside of his house. It was something his wife had always wanted, and if ever there was a time for fulfilling wishes, it would be now. Originally, he had asked a friend to take care of the task for him next year, with the understanding that Gjoraas, sadly, may not be around to see it through. However, word got out to his community, and more than a dozen people showed up to get the job done while Gjoraas could still enjoy it. They drank craft beers, told stories, and within half a day the house was a beautiful new shade of blue. It’s just one way, Gjoraas says, that his friends and neighbors have stepped up during this difficult time. “My community has really gone to bat for my family and I over and over and over,” he said.

California firefighter Grant Newnom …

… who drove straight from a 60-hour shift with the San Jose Fire Department to help save his girlfriend’s parents’ home from an approaching wildfire.  Elise Jones, his girlfriend, was having dinner with her parents at their home in Santa Rosa when they were ordered to evacuate. When Newnom arrived on the scene, he started moving woodpiles, debris and other flammable materials away from the house and used his chainsaw to cut down nearby trees to protect the home.fireAs he was leaving, a Santa Rosa fire truck drove up. Because of its location, the Santa Rosa fire captain decided that’s where firefighters would make their fight against the impending blaze. Though the rest of the area was sadly not as lucky, the house was saved.


Critters is good people too …

I don’t know who wrote this or what the circumstances were, but it touched my heart.

“Ham saved my life yesterday. He hurt his paw but I’m alive because of his bravery.

I was working on my house where I fell and was critically injured. He ran to me and started howling and crying; he tried to drag me and ripped his foot open. Luckily he got my neighbors attention. I should be dead, but he saved me.HamThank you, Ham. You are my best friend.”


See, friends, you don’t have to be rich or have vast resources to be a good people … all you have to do is care enough to give the gift of self, to give up an hour or two of your valuable time to help someone.  I bet if we all try, we can be good people this week … what do you say?

Good People Doing Good Things

Good people come in all shapes and sizes, all ages, all colours and can be found almost anywhere, but sometimes you have to look for them, for they don’t go about tooting their own horns, making a public spectacle of themselves.  It’s encouraging, I think, to find these people and know that kindness & compassion still exist.


A simple act of kindness

Izayah Edwards is a senior at Merrillville High School in Crown Point, Indiana.  According to his bio on his scholarship application …

“My ultimate goal in life would be to become a pediatrician and help kids in need. I am most passionate about my education, I work hard. I am a great candidate because I am self driven and things that I set out to do, I give my all.”

About a month ago, Isayah began working as a bagger at the Jewel-Osco supermarket in his town.  One day last week, an elderly woman was checking out and as he was bagging her groceries, he saw her struggling … counting and re-counting the bills in her wallet, but coming up a little short.  Izayah, according to a woman who was next in line, didn’t hesitate, but pulled out his own wallet and quietly handed the woman a $20 bill.Izayah-EdwardsThe woman who was next in line snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook, and from there the story went viral.  Last I heard, Indiana State Representative Lisa Beck is planning to honor him at a ceremony with Crown Point’s mayor soon.  This young man is going to be a fine pediatrician someday … I believe in him.


Another young person steps up to the plate

It seems that the youth of today haven’t yet discovered greed and selfishness … let’s hope they never do!

This one happened at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Waynesville, Ohio.  I will let the recipient of the kindness, Brittany Reed, tell you the story …

“Tonight as I was leaving football practice with my three kiddos my 4 year old was so tired he started crying and acting a fool as we were getting in the van. My 7 year old daughter started crying because I told her we were having red potatoes as a side for dinner and clearly she wasn’t a fan sooo I threw my hands up and said FORGET it – McDonald’s tonight!

We go through the drive through, order food, all three kids are now crying for one reason or the other. I go to pay – I LEFT MY PURSE AT HOME. Welp now I wanted to cry. I look at the young man with tears in my eyes just from being stressed and annoyed and say ‘hun I am so sorry but I have to cancel that order I left my purse at home when we went to football tonight’ WITHOUT HESITATION he takes out his wallet and swipes his card before I could even say ‘no I will be right back!’

I was like ‘wait no hun it’s ok I will come back through’ then he replies ‘no it’s totally fine, my pleasure’.

I snapped a quick picture and asked his name to which he replied Wyatt Jones ma’am. I told him I would be right back with cash for him and he tried hard to talk me out of it.Wyatt-JonesI just want his parents to know how KIND and COMPASSIONATE your son was tonight! He made this stressed out momma pause for a moment and realize this is exactly what we parents are trying to do, raise great humans. Well Wyatt sir, you are an amazing human!!!

I went back and handed him cash and had to make him take it because he didn’t want to take more than he had paid but I wanted him to know that when you put good out in the world it comes back to you ten fold!

Wyatt, do not let this world change your kind heart young man for its people like YOU that will change this world for the better!”

I fully agree.


A helping hand from across the border …

The wildfires on the West Coast are devastating … millions of acres of land has been razed, homes destroyed, lives and livestock lost.  Firefighters are exhausted, their numbers nowhere near sufficient to control these horrific fires.  Last Wednesday, help arrived in the form of firefighters from Mexico’s National Forestry Commission.  The five crews from Mexico — a total of 100 firefighters — will help fight the Sequoia Complex Fire, which spans more than 144,000 acres.Mexican-firefighteresAccording to Eduardo Cruz, the Mexican agency’s national fire director …

“Fires do not have borders, fires do not have different languages and cultures. In the end we all speak the same language when it comes to fighting fire.”

I try hard to keep politics out of my Wednesday ‘good people’ posts, but I cannot help mentioning how so many people in this country have followed the rhetoric of the person in the Oval Office in denigrating Mexicans, and yet just look … they are risking their lives, giving of their own time away from their families, to help us save homes, land and people.  Remember this next time you hear someone put down Hispanics or Mexicans … or any other ethnicity.  There are good people everywhere.  For my part, I offer a heartfelt thanks to these wonderful firefighters for their assistance!


Good critters doing good things

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has been awarded a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia.  The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, PDSA, started as a free veterinary clinic in 1917 and has honored heroic animals since 1943.MagawaMagawa was trained by a Belgian organization that has taught rats to find landmines for more than 20 years. The group, APOPO, works with programs in Cambodia, Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to clear millions of mines left behind from wars and conflicts.

Magawa is the group’s most successful rat, having cleared more than 141,000 square meters of land, the equivalent of some 20 soccer fields.  Before Magawa, all the recipients were dogs.

Good People Doing Good Things — Everyday People

Welcome to today’s episode of ‘good people’.  It almost didn’t happen.  I awoke on Tuesday in such a black humour that the better part of the day was spent cursing and in a temper.  I decided to skip good people, to tender my apologies, but then here came Jolly, saying …

jolly“No, gwammie, you can’t do dat.  Our fwiends look forward to da good people all week … you can’t let our fwiends down.  Dey are sad, too, but da good people makes dem smile and den dey feel better.  Don’t let our fwiends down, gwammie … I’ll help you!”

And there was such a sad look on that cute face that I worked hard to set aside my angst and go in search of … good people, with the help of dear Jolly.  (I really must work with Jolly on grammar lessons, though!)


A hero without a cape

Justin Gavin, age 18, was on a walk to a local Walgreens in Connecticut last Wednesday when a car drove past him.  The car was afire and all he could see was a little girl looking out the car window.

“I’m yelling stop the car! Your car is on fire! Your car is on fire!”

But the mother couldn’t stop. That’s when, Gavin, without thinking, fell into action. He chased down the burning car to help the family escape, finally reaching the vehicle as it came to a stop. He opened the car door and helped the mother out of the driver’s seat first, officials said. As the flames grew larger, he pulled the three children in the back seat to safety, including a 4, 9, and 1-year-old, who was in a car seat.Gavin-car-fire

“I just felt like if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to help me out,” Gavin said. “I guess my instincts took over. It kind of got scary because I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to get everyone out in time. And luckily, I did.”

The police department honored Gavin as a hero. Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo awarded the teenager with a “challenge coin” to acknowledge his courageous act. Gavin smiled big as the chief shook his hand and offered him the token of appreciation.Gavin-police


What started out small …

(Warning:  you may need your tissues for this one)

Gloria Scott of Woburn, Massachusetts, is 72 years old and lives on a fixed income, as do many of us seniors.  Most often when something needs repair, she makes do, not being able to afford expensive home repairs, but when her overhead light went out and sparks started flying, she had no choice but to call someone to fix it.  So, she called an electrician, John Kinney, to repair the fixture.

Little did the 72-year-old know, she wasn’t just getting an electrician, she was getting a knight in shining armor as well, for John Kinney is a good people.kinney-scottJohn repaired the ceiling fixture on a Friday, but the following weekend the state of Ms. Scott’s house weighed heavily on his mind …

“No lights, running water… I saw her on a Friday and it stuck with me over the weekend… I said, ‘I got to go back there.’”

The next week, he went back and started working on some of the other repairs … free of charge.  But he soon realized that more help was needed, so he started a Facebook page titled “Nice old lady needs help” where he called on other tradespeople to join him …

“Last week, I met a nice old woman that lives all alone in Woburn. She has no internet or cell phone. When sparks started shooting out of her light fixture, she went to a neighbor, and they gave her my number. When I arrived at her house I discovered that the electrical was in very bad shape. Half her lights were out, she had no stove, and her refrigerator was plugged into an extension cord. I fixed her immediate electrical hazards and got her lights and air conditioning on. When all the lights came on, I saw that her ceilings were falling apart, her kitchen sink was broken, and that the place was filthy. She told me that critters often got in the house. The outside was no better. Gutters were falling down and it was surrounded by a jungle. She has no family, and money is tight.”

John Kinney might have expected a few tradespeople – plumbers, carpenters, electricians – to volunteer to help out, but what he got was a whole town!  That’s right … the whole town of Woburn is pitching in! People without specific trade skills are showing up with shovels and rakes, sending gift baskets and purchasing meals for the volunteers.kinney-1They’ve been at it about a month now, putting in all new electrical, all new plumbing, new windows and walls and ceilings. Almost everything is getting replaced, from the back-yard lawn to the front porch steps.  Gloria Scott is, needless to say, grateful!  Both she and Kinney are still speechless …

“I can’t even comprehend the gratitude that I have,” Gloria said.

“It’s just — there’s no words for it, you know,” John said.

But wait!  The story doesn’t even end there!  Kinney has since launched a Facebook group named “Gloria’s Gladiators”.  It consists of professional tradesmen and volunteers that can be called upon to help out any elderly person in need.  He said he would like to see chapters of Gloria’s Gladiators across the country helping seniors in similar circumstances.  From the comments I saw on the Facebook page, the idea is catching on in other cities around the country!  Hats off to John Kinney and all those who helped him help Gloria!


A re-evaluation of life feeds the homeless

Kerry Wiles was diagnosed two years ago with breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  How did it change her life?  She says she ‘re-evaluated’ her life and decided she wanted to do something to help others.  Now, Kerry works full-time as a scientist at the Cooperative Human Tissue Network at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, but on weekends, she is now a ride-share driver for both Lyft and Uber, and her fares & tips are spent buying food and fixing lunches for the homeless community in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

As she drives people around the city, on Saturdays and Sundays she’s able to drop off homemade PB&Js to around 100 homeless people.  A few weeks ago, one of her riders, 24-year-old Ryan Caldwell, was fascinated by what Kerry was doing and wanted to help!  The two just hit it off, and now Ryan helps Kerry and together they deliver turkey rolls and PB&Js to an ever-growing homeless community.  Take a look at what they have to say …

The two-person team are currently putting together a list of shoe sizes for the local homeless community so they can get them boots for winter.  Amazing people!


Today’s good people prove that not everyone is driven by greed and profit … some people just genuinely like to help others!  As Jolly said, Da good people made me smile, and I hope they made you smile, too.

Good People Doing Good Things — Inspiring Youths

I must apologize, but tonight I simply cannot write a new ‘good people’ post and instead will do what I have only done once before — repeat one from January 2018.  You will read about three really big-hearted young people and they will make you smile, even if you read it two+ years ago.  My humble apologies, but I hope you will enjoy this repeat.


Yesterday I wrote a piece about integrity, and bemoaned the fact that we seem to have lost ours along the way.  Today, I would like to shine a spotlight on some young people who still have their values, who still have integrity, who still believe in helping others and making a difference.


Campbell Remess

Meet Campbell Remess, age 13. Campbell, nicknamed Bumble by his little sister, lives with his family in Hobart, Tasmania.  (Tasmania, for those who might have thought it was only the fictional home of the Tasmanian Devil, is an island state off the southern coast of Australia.)  So what, you ask, does Campbell do?  He makes teddy bears!  Yes, you heard me right … he sews teddy bears in, according to his mum, almost all of his spare time.

Campbell RemessIt all started when Campbell was nine years old and asked his parents if he could buy Christmas gifts for sick children, for he wanted to do something to brighten their spirits. His parents had to turn down his request, for Campbell is one of nine children and … well, money, y’know?  Still, Campbell was a determined young lad, and so he found a pattern for a teddy bear online and with a bit of help from his mom, managed to craft what would become the first of more than a thousand such bears.

So, what does Campbell do with the bears?  Well, every week he hand delivers some to sick children at the Royal Hobart Hospital near his home.  He also sends his bears to sick children all over the world, and has a special bear he makes, the Winning Bear, for cancer patients to hold onto during treatments and at those down times.  He has even sent bears to victims of terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris. But it doesn’t end there …

campbell remess 2.jpgMore recently, Campbell started auctioning some of his bears on eBay, and donates all proceeds to charity.

“I put them online for auction for people to buy and all money goes to charity. My top bear sold for $5,000. On eBay they sell for about $1,000 to $2,000.”

Campbell says he lost count of how many bears he has made, but estimates it is somewhere between 1,200 – 1.400.  His goal is to make a bear a day, or 365 per year.  What I liked most about this young man is his attitude, his heart, when he said …

“Everyone can do something like this, it isn’t too hard to do it. I think the world would be a lot happier if everyone was kind and helpful and not mean, and if everyone had a teddy bear.”


Ryan Hickman

We are often amazed when young people start their own business, perhaps fresh out of college, or shortly thereafter.  But I believe Ryan Hickman may qualify as the youngest person ever to start his own business.  Ryan Hickman started his business at the ripe young age of 3½, and now, at age 7, is the CEO, manager, and sole employee of Ryan’s Recycling Company in Orange County, California.

Ryan HickmanWhen he was 3½ years old, Ryan Hickman visited the rePlanet recycling center in California, and found his life’s mission. The next day, standing in the family’s driveway with his dad, he pointed down the street and made an announcement: “My new business! I’m going to pick up all the cans and bottles from everyone in the neighborhood.” And that is just what he did!

To date, according to Ryan’s website, he has collected over 290,000 cans and bottles for recycling, and from his profits has donated nearly $6,000 to Pacific Marine Mammal Center.  He has also managed to save some $11,000 from his profits, which his dad, Damion Hickman, says will go toward college.  Ryan, however, has other ideas:  he wants to buy a full-size trash truck and eventually become a garbage man.  Any bets who wins that argument?

Ryan Hickman 2Last year, Ryan was invited to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres show, and Ellen then surprised him with a mini golf cart to help him with his recycling business, and also gave him a check for $10,000! When Ellen asked him why he likes recycling so much, he replied, “It’s because bottles get to the ocean and then animals get sick and die.”

He’s only seven years old, so it’s hard to predict what path this young man’s life will take, but one thing is for sure … he is doing good things and his heart is in the right place.


Haile Thomas

How many kids eat mostly healthy food?  Probably not a lot, but 16-year-old Haile Thomas of Tucson, Arizona, is on a mission to change that.  Haile’s mother began teaching Haile how to cook when she was only five years old.  At age ten, after completing a Girls Making Media workshop, Haile was greatly inspired to share her cooking adventures with other kids and thus was launched her online cooking show, Kids Can Cook.

Haile Thomas Al RokerHaile Thomas does not just cook, but she COOKS!  She puts me to shame, and I am fairly adept in the kitchen.  In 2013 she appeared on the Today show and cooked black bean and corn quinoa salad with garlic shrimp and avocado, a dish she had previously cooked up for first lady Michelle Obama as part of the first Kids’ State Dinner.

“I started asking questions about where my food comes from and what I was eating.”

She signed up for the youth advisory board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which aims to combat childhood obesity, and from there started working with local chefs doing cooking demonstrations.

“The alliance and the chefs really inspired me and got me to where I am now.”

Her show, Kids Can Cook, teaches kids how to prepare nourishing meals for themselves, with recipes that call for simple ingredients.

Haile Thomas.jpgAnd if that’s not enough, Haile travels around the nation talking about her mission and has been awarded several grants for her service programs, HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle) and the Healthy Girl Club. She is the founder and director of the Tucson-based HAPPY Organization, Inc., which serves to improve the health and wellness of Arizona youth and families.

“I hope to make a difference by inspiring other kids to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and become educated about how good and bad food affects their bodies, overall health and quality of life.”

And she’s only 16.  She has most of the adults I know beat for understanding, practicing and teaching good nutritional values.  Imagine what a difference this young woman will make.  Move over Emeril!

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I have two others, but I have already surpassed my self-imposed word limit, so I shall save them for another day.  Friends … we see so much pure evil every day in the news, and I spend the bulk of my time writing about that evil.  Every now and then, it does us all good to pull ourselves up out of the dark places and look around us, for when we do, we see that there are many, many people out there countering the evil, doing good things for others.  These three young people serve as an inspiration, give us hope that perhaps all is not lost, and that there is still conscience and integrity in the world.  My hat is off to these three and all the others out there doing good things.  Until next Wednesday … SMILE!

Good People Doing Good Things — Quietly

Yesterday, I thought my frame of mind was going to make it difficult to get in the mode to go in search of ‘good people’ for this morning’s post, but … I was wrong.  Once I got started, good people just began pouring onto my screen and I had to pick and choose just a few!


Investing in the future …

As most of you know, I don’t have a lot of respect for ‘Corporate America’ … I see capitalists as a greedy bunch, unwilling to pay their fair share and always on the lookout for ways to take shortcuts, to further their wealth while reducing ours.  However, every now and then a corporation does something that makes me sit up and take notice, and today, Hormel Foods is one such company.

Hormel Foods announced last week that it will begin offering two years of free college tuition to all the children of their U.S. employees beginning next year.  Not based on achievement in test scores or GPA, the new program is a way to create equality in education admissions—and the company hopes many who take advantage of the offer will be first-generation college students in their families.

Called “Inspired Pathways,” the program will begin in the fall of 2021. A spokesperson for Hormel Foods said the company has 16,000 domestic employees and the program is open to any dependent child of those workers. The company has more than 30 plant and office locations in the U.S., primarily in the Midwest, and the kids can attend any community college of their choice as long as they graduate from high school and meet the school’s entry requirements.

Hormel’s President and CEO Jim Snee said …

“When you think about how a college education can change lives and start a ripple effect that will be felt for generations, that’s the change-maker Hormel Foods wants to be.”

Additionally, the company offers tuition reimbursement for current team members who go back to school while working at Hormel Foods.  There can be no better investment than in our children’s education, and my hat is off to Hormel for making that investment in our children, our country, our future.


One good turn deserves another …

Jocelynn James of Franklin County, Alabama, used to have a drug problem – she was addicted to opioids and supported her drug habit by stealing and breaking the law.  She wasn’t very good at that law-breaking thing, and was arrested numerous times between 2007 and 2012, most often by Officer Terrell Potter.  She finally managed to get back on track and has now been drug-free for eight years.

Officer Potter, however, recently found out that his kidney was failing and that the waiting list for a donor kidney was so long that he would not live long enough for his name to come to the top of the list.  Ms. James found out from a Facebook post and she decided to help if she could.  She was tested and turns out she was a perfect match to donate a kidney to Officer Potter, and that is just what she did!James-PotterThe surgery was performed a month-and-a-half ago, and Officer Potter is doing well, grateful to Ms. James, who says it seemed only right that she could save his life, for she believed that he had saved hers all those many years ago.


One meal at a time …

In St. Louis, Missouri, Chef Tyler Davis is on a mission to feed St. Louis area kids who are out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic.  His good deed started with a handful of volunteers preparing nutritional meals for students in a small kitchen in south city. Just this week, Davis and his team fed another 400 children. As of April 10, they’ve distributed a total of 1,600 lunch kits to area children.  Says Davis …

Tyler-Davis“I’m not trying to let anybody go hungry and if I can do anything you know to feed one or two individuals, then that’s what I want to do.  So many people were very, very receptive and were asking me, ‘How do I help? How do I donate and how do I volunteer?  It started out kind of being like just three, four, five and then it grew to 120 delivered during our first round. Now, it’s blown up. I’m very, very grateful for all the help from my volunteers, all the donations we’ve received, and we will keep doing this as long as this pandemic continues. I don’t even have to receive any ‘thank yous.’ I just want to help people “

What a wonderful man!


A bunch of helping hands …

A Warwick, Rhode Island, police officer just reminded the world that while the coronavirus pandemic can claim lives, shut down cities, and change life as we know it, it can’t take away kindness.

The Warwick Police Department received a call on Friday night from a community service organization alerting authorities that an 87-year-old woman had no food in her home.  Officer Jill Marshall, who works with the department’s Community Services Division, volunteered to conduct a welfare check and found the elderly woman, who was living with her disabled son, had nothing to eat.  Officer Marshall offered to go food shopping for the family — and their cat.

Marshall visited a local grocery store, which donated $25 to help cover the cost of groceries. When other people in the store heard of what Marshall was doing, they donated enough money to buy $100 worth of food for the family.

“I was ready to use my own money to help them but the generosity of those shopping and Shaw’s (grocery store) paid for her list. I would have never left them and make them wait for food. That’s just not humane.”


See, folks … there are still people out there doing good things to help others.  They just don’t make quite as much noise as all the assholes do, so maybe we don’t notice them as much.

Good People Doing Good Things — Today’s Youth, Our Future

One of my favourite groups of ‘good people’ to write about are young people, for it’s inspiring to see today’s young people, the future caretakers of our world, who have big hearts and understand what is really important.  Today, I stumbled on something I wanted to share with you.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes  is an annual award that celebrates “inspiring, public-spirited young people” from across the United States and Canada.  Each year, the fifteen top winners receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.  T.A. Barron, an author, established the prize in 2001 and named it after his mother. He writes about fictional young heroes in his novels, but champions inspiring young people in real life.  According to Barron …

“These outstanding young people renew our hope for the world. By honoring these kids who are making a positive difference, we hope to inspire many others.”

So, T.A. Barron is my first good people, but let’s also look at some of last year’s prize winners …


Addison Barrett, 11, of Maryland, who founded Gorilla Heroes to raise awareness and funds to protect endangered mountain gorillas. Barrett has helped raise more than $7,000 for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and The Ellen Fund by selling homemade cookies and lemonade, organizing an annual Gorilla Gala, and designing and selling t-shirts. In her project’s early days, she encouraged giving by taking a pie in the face — over 100 times! — for each donation made. Today, she creates custom gorilla canvases to thank donors.

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Adom Appiah founded Ball4Good, a non-profit that supports communities through sports. In the past three years, he has inspired and led numerous volunteers — many of them youth — in raising more than $70,000 for 16 local non-profits. His group has supported the Boys and Girls Club, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Miracle Hill Ministries, Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Cancer Association of Spartanburg, and Project Hope Foundation, among others. Ball4Good’s signature annual event, the Celebrity Basketball Games, draws sold-out crowds to watch community leaders take on Adom and his peers. The 2019 games raised more than $30,000 for children. Adom has also rallied his school’s sports teams to fundraise for local non-profits and has collected new sports equipment for children in need.Adom-Appiah


Anna Du, age 13, invented a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that detects microplastics on the ocean floor. She has also created the Deep Plastics Initiative campaign (DPI) to educate others about preventing and cleaning up ocean plastics pollution. Through her DPI presentations around the world, Anna is inspiring young people to use science to tackle world problems. She is also encouraging scientists to work together in an open-source manner to develop innovative technologies. She has written a children’s book, Microplastics and Me, and has raised more than $7,000 to distribute it free to kids and libraries in high-need communities.


Charlie Abrams (age 15) and Jeremy Clark (age 14) co-founded Affected Generation, a youth-led non-profit working to fight climate change, help implement effective climate policy, and create environmental films. For the past three years, they have worked on the front end of Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs bill (CEJ), which would force the state’s largest polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they produce. Funds raised from this would be reinvested into the state’s renewable energy programs. The boys have petitioned, testified, and marched for CEJ, which at first seemed certain to fail. They’ve organized and led lobby days that have produced the state’s largest ever turnouts for an environmental bill. They’re currently making an in-depth climate documentary about the history of the bill and are thrilled it’s expected to pass next legislative session.Abrams-Clark


Emma Angeletti, age 17, co-founded back2earth, an environmental non-profit that works to reduce the amount of food waste in landfills. She and her three siblings have developed a large-scale free composting service in Miami, collecting food waste and transforming it into compost. Working “to grow gardens, not landfills,” they donate the compost to local farmers and anyone who wants to start their own garden. In just three years, Emma and her team have diverted nearly 15,000 pounds of food waste from landfills and produced more than 5,000 pounds of compost. They have also prevented the emission of approximately 180,000 pounds of methane – an especially potent greenhouse gas emitted in massive amounts from landfills as food waste decomposes.

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Garyk Brixi has worked for five years to develop better life-saving relief food for starving children in developing countries. He has formulated low-cost nutritious foods that could be produced using local crops near communities in need. Volunteering in Malawi, Garyk witnessed the obstacles facing community health practitioners. He learned of expensive relief foods shipped long distances, resource shortages, and the challenges of delivering treatment to children whose lives depend on it.Garyk-Brixi


Grace Callwood, age 14, founded The We Cancerve Movement,  a non-profit that creates ways for youth to help other children who are homeless, sick, and in foster care. Her group has donated more than $15,000 in cash grants and another $50,000 in products to youth-serving organizations across Maryland, Delaware, and Ohio. Grace began her work at age 7 following her diagnosis with Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Unable to attend school because of chemotherapy, she donated her new back-to-school clothes to young girls whose family had lost everything in a fire. When she heard of their delight in receiving the gift, she decided to do more to help children in difficult situations.Grace-Callwood


Jamie Margolin, age 17, founded Zero Hour,  an international youth climate justice movement. Her non-profit provides training, resources, and entry points for young people who want to take concrete action around climate change and environmental justice. Her 2018 Youth Climate March brought hundreds of young people to Washington, D.C. for a week of meetings, lobbying, and a march on the National Mall. The event inspired 25 sister youth marches around the world and the formation of nearly thirty Zero Hour sister chapters across several continents. Jamie recently organized the 2019 Youth Climate Summit in Miami. Her debut book, Youth To Power: Your Voice and How To Use It, was released on June 2nd, 2020.Jamie-Margolin


Joseph Goldstein, 18, of Illinois, founded Kids for the Boundary Waters to lead young people in protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). The area is under imminent threat from sulfide-ore copper mines proposed right along the edge of the wilderness. The tailings from this mine will leach sulfuric acid and other heavy metals into the pristine watershed, irreparably damaging the Boundary Waters, Quetico Provincial Park, and Voyageurs National Park.Joseph-Goldstein


These are but a few of the 2019 winners, and the 2020 winners should be announced sometime this month, so perhaps I will do another post on this year’s winners.  These are some awesome kids who are doing what we all should be doing … they make me feel downright lazy!  They are our future, and it looks to me like they are already up for the task!

Good People Doing Good Things — Food!

Today’s good people all have to do with … food!  And the act of providing it to those in need.  This wasn’t intentional, but quite coincidental, and it wasn’t until I had written the last story and started my first round of proofreading that I realized the common theme!


A change in plans …

Melanie and Tyler Tapajna paid well in advance for their August wedding, securing a romantic lodge, a Disc Jockey, and a food truck caterer to serve dinner to about 150 family members and friends.  They planned well ahead … but there was one thing they didn’t foresee when they planned this wedding late last year:  a pandemic.

By early July, when they received a letter saying that the venue they had chosen for their wedding would not be open for business, due to the pandemic, the couple was left with a quandary.  They could try to find another venue for their August 15th ceremony, or they could keep it simple, a very private ceremony.  And that is what they did … they had a private ceremony outdoors at Melanie’s grandparents’ house, and their dog Redman filling in as best man. newlyweds-dogBut … what to do with all the food they had already paid for?  Well, these two young people have hearts of gold.   Together, they decided to donate all the food to Laura’s Home — a Cleveland shelter for single women and mothers with children — and arranged to have their caterer deliver a meal worth about $2,000 to 135 people.  But the couple wanted to be more ‘hands on’, wanted to actually help serve the food, too!  So, after their “I do’s” had been spoken, they spent the rest of their wedding day, still in their wedding attire, serving up fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, green beans, potato salad and chocolate cupcakes to all of the residents.newlyweds-dinnerBut it doesn’t stop there.  After the dinner, the Tapajnas didn’t go on a honeymoon, but they’ve already made plans for their first anniversary.  According to Tyler …

“We’re going to give a donation to a charity every year to celebrate our wedding day. We didn’t do what we did for publicity, but we’re now hoping it inspires others to do the same.”

What an awesome way to begin their marriage, don’t you think?


B-B-Batman??? 

And speaking of providing food for those in need … BATMAN is alive and well in Santiago, Chile, and is helping to feed the homeless!  Yep, you heard me right … and I’ve even got pictures to prove it! Batman-1Well, turns out it isn’t the real Batman, but rather a man who is doing his good deed in the best way possible … anonymously!  He chooses not to reveal his identity, but as Batman, he goes through the streets of Santiago delivering food to the homeless, providing sustenance and light-hearted solace to those in need following months of lockdown in the Chilean capital.

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Santiago

The man, who wears a shiny batman suit complete with a coronavirus-ready sanitary facemask, delivers a few dozen plates of hot food to homeless people throughout the South American capital on a regular basis.

“Look around you, see if you can dedicate a little time, a little food, a little shelter, a word sometimes of encouragement to those who need it.”


In the aftermath of the storm …

Nearly two weeks ago, we got the tail end of the derecho storm … serious wind, hail, lightning, and torrential rain … but only for about an hour, and frankly our flowers were grateful for the dousing.  But, in other places, the storm literally battered neighborhoods.  In some areas of Iowa, for example, the storm didn’t let up for over twelve hours!

With electricity out, and thousands of homes, schools and businesses damaged, recovery begins.  Willie Fairley is the owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and he took it upon himself to do what he could to make sure his neighbors had at least one hot meal a day … at no cost!  willie-truckSays Willie …

“It’s terrible right now. You got a lot of people still without power. We’re just trying to do what we can as a company to make sure we did our part. Because if it was me home with nothing. I would want someone to at least be able to provide something for me.”

willie-shackNearly two weeks later, Willie Ray’s Q Shack is still handing out some 600 meals daily, but the community has stepped up to the plate to show their appreciation!  A group that was inspired by his work is selling t-shirts to raise money for the restaurant and the Iowa Giving Crew. They also presented Fairley with a banner signed by people he’s helped over the last couple of weeks.

“People are stopping and giving little donations, and you know we’re gonna keep giving out food, probably for the next couple months more than likely. We’re just gonna keep taking care of people, doing whatever we can.”

So far, organizers have sold hundreds of shirts and $3,500 dollars.

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I think that the thing I like best about these smaller acts of ‘goodness’ are that it shows us … we don’t have to be a millionaire to be a good people, but each of us has it in our power to help someone in small, yet important ways.

Good People Doing Good Things — Random Acts Of Kindness

This week I’m doing something just a little bit different with the ‘good people’ post … I’m letting the beneficiaries of some random acts of kindness tell you their story in first person!  A regular feature in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette chronicles these stories and I stumbled upon it last night.  They are small things, just … random … acts of kindness … but they are things that mean so much to the person on the receiving end, as you will see.


Random Acts of Kindness

Generous neighbors provide string of good meals for Delmont woman

On the first Sunday of the “lockdown,” my neighbor, Jill Cassidy, called to ask if I would like a Grab & Go turkey dinner from The Lamplighter.

She and her partner, Mick McFarland, were getting them for their own dinner, and thought I might enjoy one, too.

I am in a wheelchair and no longer have a car, so I gladly accepted. When I tried to pay them for the dinner, they refused. That meal fed me for two days and provided a sandwich as well. Quite a bounty.

On the following Tuesday, Jill called again. They were going to do Grab & Go, and would I like a meal? “Only if I pay for it,” I said, but Jill refused, saying she had received an unexpected bonus from work, and this was how she intended to use it.

What Jill didn’t realize was that I was suffering a painful bout of tendinitis, and my energy level to put together a decent meal was close to zero. I told her this as I thanked her, and for several days throughout the next month, she and Mick brought meals from The Lamplighter and Manor Grill.

On two occasions, Mick brought meals he had made — and that man can cook! Each drop-off provided food for two or three days, and really helped in my recovery. And they wouldn’t accept a penny of payment.

Generosity and kindness like this are so unexpected in today’s world and impossible to reciprocate. My mother always said the good you do will come back to you, and in my 71 years, I have found that to be true.

So Jill and Mick have a boatload of good coming to them because I know they did the same thing for other neighbors as well. Such neighbors are more than a blessing.

PEG SASSE, Delmont


Lunch cures cabin fever, comes with gift card

On June 11, my husband and I took my sister to buy tires for her car. Needless to say any excuse to get out of the house.

After installation, hubby said, “since you girls were so patient in the tire shop, I’m taking you to lunch at our favorite Red Lobster on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills. I heard they were open for business again.”

We were thrilled, since cabin fever had set in with COVID-19. We  were seated in a corner, social distancing for certain. No seats at the bar, every other booth blocked off.

We were like youngsters out for the day, almost wanted to do a happy dance. During mid-day lunch, a gentleman commented how lucky hubby was to have two lovely lunch companions.

We chatted a bit during what was a very slow day at the Red Lobster. He departed and we continued our amazing lunch out that day.

When we paid our bill, our waitress, Joan, said, “That nice man in the grey shirt wanted to treat you for your next lunch,” then she handed us a gift card.

What a delightful gesture, he can’t imagine what that meant.

Thank you, kind sir. I hope you read this and know you are blessed. We have you in our prayers, and we will certainly pay it forward.

STEPHANIE A. PAUL, Baldwin


Helpful strangers spring into action after fall

On June 22, my husband took me to Vision Works in Fox Chapel to pick up a pair of glasses, but we didn’t make it inside the store because he fell in the parking lot just a few steps ahead of me.

I hollered for help and just about everyone came running. Two young women offered to lift my husband, but couldn’t. Then two strong men lifted my husband and placed him in his car. And I can’t say how many people were on their phones calling 911.

These strangers stayed with my husband until medics arrived. They examined him and took him to UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, where he was admitted and was treated beautifully.

My husband, who is 85 years old is home and is getting stronger every day, It’s going to take time.

I’d like to thank everyone who was there with us on June 22. I want to thank them for their attention and kindness. I can assure you this restores your faith in humanity. It proves there are good people everywhere.

I’ll be the first to say that Pittsburghers are the best.

JACKIE BOEHM, Bloomfield


Stranger attaches part to Duquesne Heights woman’s venerable car

My 21-year-old Volkswagen Beetle is aging (as am I), which means parts periodically loosen and fall off. In fact, I have a bumper sticker that reads “Honk If Parts Fall Off.”

Recently many of the small roads in my neighborhood were torn up and closed due to workers replacing the asphalt. Though driving very slowly, I hit a bump and the plastic guard under the front of the car fell off, hanging on noisily by just a small piece.

I stopped on the narrow alley to which I’d been directed. Several men were building a deck, and one came over to help, saying “I can fix this.”

He got a portable screwdriver and some screws and lay down on the hot, pebbly uncomfortable surface and struggled to attach the guard, managing to get two screws in.

Voila! I was able to drive home.

I didn’t get the name of my “Knight in Shining Screwdriver,” but I am grateful for his generosity. Many thanks to him and all Pittsburghers of good will

SUZANNE POWELL, Duquesne Heights


Lawrenceville restaurant helps make intended wedding day special

On what supposed to be our wedding day, June 27, 2020, my fiance and I, intent on still enjoying the day, ventured out to dinner with a bottle of our homemade wine.

The wine had specifically been made by us and my father and brothers for this day. But instead of having our special wedding wine with around 300 of our closest friends and families at the Pennsylvanian in Downtown Pittsburgh, we enjoyed the wine while dining outside at Piccolo Forno (BYOB) in Lawrenceville.

We had made custom labels for the wine with our photos and wedding date on it and the attentive staff noticed the date and put two and two together. Everyone at Piccolo Forno could not have been nicer and we had the best time and meal.

At the end of the meal an employee presented us with a gift card to pay for the meal. The gift card had been sent to the restaurant by an anonymous person at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to help small businesses and to pay it forward. The employee had held onto it since April, not knowing exactly who to give it to, but she said she knew this is exactly what she was waiting for.

June 27, 2020, ended up being pretty special after all.

NICK TOLOMEO and KAJSA SIEWCZAK, South Side


Again, these aren’t big things that are destined to change the world, but to me, they show the heart of these ‘helpers’ … and haven’t we all been in a situation where we desperately needed one of these people to help us?  I certainly have, and most often there has been such a person … a guardian angel, if you will.

Good People Doing Good Things … Kids, Cops, and A Company!

His name is Greyson Winfield, he lives in Conway, South Carolina, and he is eight years old.  Y’know, when kids this young do things to help others, I generally give some credit to the parents, as well, for they have most often set an example, encouraged, and helped their kids.  Greyson’s parents are no exception, for they are both former firefighters who dedicated years of their lives to being ‘good people’, helping others.  And they have taught Greyson well.

So, what has Greyson done that qualifies him for top billing in this week’s ‘good people’ post?  Well, for starters he is mowing the lawns of busy single mothers, veterans and first responders in his neighborhood.greyson-mowingAccording to Greyson’s mother, at the start of the pandemic, as she explained the situation to him about businesses closing and people losing their jobs, Greyson was “very upset”, asking her how people would manage to keep their homes and buy food.  Very astute for a kid who’s only in 4th grade!  Greyson wanted to do something more than just mow lawns, so with the help of his parents, he founded a non-profit, Helping Footprint

The Helping Footprint website is in the early stages of development, having only been in operation a couple of months, but one of the major things they do is provide gift cards to those in need for such things as food and other essentials.

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Greyson, center, with two people who received gift cards through his organization, Helping Footprint.

In July, two men donated a new lawnmower to help Greyson with those lawns.

Now, Greyson is a huge fan of the late President John F. Kennedy, and says he wants to someday become a Navy SEAL because …

“… helping others is the right thing to do. Also, JFK was in the Navy before becoming president and I want to follow his lead.”

Recently, Greyson and his dad, Greg, were invited to be interviewed on Fox & Friends Weekend, where Greg told a bit more about Greyson …

“It’s pretty amazing. He’s a real special guy. Helping Footprint — that he came up with pretty much on his own. You know, me and mom helped him with it a little bit. But he’s a pretty amazing kid. Greyson, at 4-years-old, was starting to give away toys at Christmas time because the answer we got was ‘well, there are some kids that don’t have a lot like us, Dad. So, we want to be able to help them so they can have Christmas.’ I couldn’t be prouder of him.”

Greyson’s six-year-old brother helps out, too!  Garret wants to someday be a chef, so he puts his skills to use preparing small meals, collecting non-perishables, and creating little snack bags for the children in homes where services are being rendered.garrett

These are two awesome youngsters who I think will grow into awesome adults, but again, I have to give some credit to mom & dad, too, for they have obviously educated and inspired Greyson and Garrett!greyson-2


Police officers these days get slammed in the press, and often deservedly so.  But, just like any group, you cannot judge them all by the actions of some.  So, when I get a chance, I like to highlight police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to be ‘good people’.  This particular incident happened in Saskatoon, Canada, and while it could have ended in a shooting, a death, instead a compassionate officer defused the situation.  Here’s what happened in the words of a fellow officer on the scene …

“A few weeks ago I was travelling home from work in the Duty Officer’s vehicle, which is equipped with an SPS issued radio. I heard a call come in regarding two social workers who were trying to catch an adult male who ran from a personal care home. This male was in his mid-twenties, however functioning at a very low level. The threesome were running westbound through the Shoppers parking lot at the corner of Attridge Drive and McOrmond Drive.

As I approached, I could see the male running west through parking lots, with a social worker following, who looked exhausted and quite shaken. The subject male ran into rush hour traffic on Attridge Drive and I could see that he was obviously confused and in a very dangerous situation. I blocked eastbound traffic, just as a marked police car arrived behind me. What happened next will have left a lasting positive impression on the man, his care provider and has certainly impacted me:

The SPS Constable stepped out of the car and simply extended his hand. The man, who was tiring, ran straight to the Constable and took his hand. The Constable then wrapped his arm around this male and began speaking quietly to him. It was clear this brought an immediate sense of calm to the situation. Together, they sat down on the grass with the Constable still holding him close. When the care provider arrived, the sense of relief was obvious.

This case is a clear display of how every situation dictates our response. The Constable started the interaction with a genuine care and concern for this individual, and that was all that was needed. This story, and countless others like it, are what make me proud to be a member of the Saskatoon Police Service.”

I do not know the Constable’s name, but I know the important thing … that he used just the right weapon:  compassion … instead of a gun … and lives were saved that day.


LowesAnd finally, in these days where the word “corporation” immediately brings to mind corruption and greed, I’d like to give a shout-out to Lowe’s, the home improvement company, who has announced that it will provide an additional $100 million in bonuses to support employees “with unforeseen expenses and hardships” during the coronavirus pandemic.  Said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO in a statement …

“No one could have anticipated how long we would be navigating this pandemic together. As we approach the start of another school year, our commitment to support our hard-working associates will continue into August. We are incredibly proud of how our stores, supply chain and corporate associates have faced this pandemic head-on to solve challenges in our communities and care for our customers. We are grateful for their resilience, teamwork and ongoing commitment to safety, and are pleased to share this additional bonus to help with childcare, remote-schooling and other general expenses they are managing during these tough times.”

In addition to the multiple rounds of bonuses, the company had increased pay for full-time, part-time and seasonal associates by $2 per hour for the month of April, around the height of the pandemic. The company continues to offer telemedicine services to all associates and their families, even if they are not enrolled in Lowe’s medical plans. The company will also continue to support communities through grants and PPE product donations, Lowe’s said. To date, Lowe’s has committed more than $100 million in assistance for health care workers, minority-owned small businesses and rural communities.

Now that’s a company that puts people first, a company with a heart.


I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s selection of ‘good people’ … and remember …good people-2