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fraurosena

Quiver Full of Good in the World

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fraurosena

This thread is meant to offset all the ugliness we see in the current climate surrounding us. Because I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I can use an antidote against all the hatred.

This goodness brought tears to my eyes.

 

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fraurosena

Here's another one to make you feel better.

 

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Botkinetti

Yup I cried at both of these. Thank you for sharing them.

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

That was really cool, @GreyhoundFan, but I hope the Good Samaritan washed his hands afterwards! :)

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fraurosena

All lives matter. This is an example how you can save one.

 

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Botkinetti

I just checked the go fund me for Anthony that was referenced in the video. The goal was $ 6000.00. Over $ 17000.00 was raised in 1 day .

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fraurosena

When your colleagues give you a different world, everyone needs tissues.

 

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Howl

A huge shout out to Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin, TX. They've served over 5 million meals to the homeless and hungry since 1998 and have started Community First! Village and micro enterprises for these same folks.  I hope to volunteer with them in the coming year. 

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

 

 

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

Sometimes even little acts of kindness can make a big difference. Random act of kindness at Nampa Walmart brings big smile to face of little boy. "Smiles by Disguise is a local volunteer organization that spreads joy to children with their costumes at events and made a Nampa mother and son's day with an act of kindness."

The reason that the kind couple in the story helps other families and likes to see kids smile is quite touching.

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fraurosena

What a wonderful way to say thank you.

 

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fraurosena

Wow. Just... wow. Isn't it wonderful that these kids are the future?

 

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?
3 hours ago, fraurosena said:

Wow. Just... wow. Isn't it wonderful that these kids are the future?

 

The link doesn't seem to be working anymore.

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PennySycamore

@fraurosena,  my oldest daughter and her family were recently at Disney World and my little granddaughter, not quite 4 and deaf, met Doc McStuffins.  My granddaughter signed "I Love You" to Doc McStuffins and she signed "I Love You" back.  That was probably the highlight of her trip.

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fraurosena
9 hours ago, WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? said:

The link doesn't seem to be working anymore.

Here it is again. I hope it works this time!

 

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fraurosena

Ok guys, grab your tissues.

 

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fraurosena

Uplifting and heart-wrenching at the same time. 

 

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Flossie

If you'd like to read the above story, but are out of free reads on The Washington Post (I think this is the last one I'm allowed to read this month), here is the story.  Unfortunately, I don't know how to include all the photographs that accompanied the article.

By Amy B Wang 
December 21

The spot of red was what first caught Randy Heiss’s attention last Sunday as he hiked the remote expanse of land behind his ranch in Patagonia, Ariz., a town near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Draped against the sacaton grass was a balloon — or at least the tattered remnants of one. Heiss walked toward it with his dog, Feliz, thinking he should pick up the latex pieces and throw them away.

That’s when he noticed the balloon’s string was attached to a piece of paper.

“Dayami,” it read on one side, in a child’s handwriting. A hand-drawn bow accompanied the word.

Heiss flipped it over. It was a numbered list, all in Spanish.

“My Spanish isn’t very good, but I could see it was a Christmas list,” he told The Washington Post in a phone interview Friday.

Heiss was charmed. He suspected that a child had tried to send Santa Claus a Christmas wish list by balloon, something he used to do himself when he was a kid. Nobody had ever returned the letters Heiss had sent aloft — but he wondered whether he couldn’t find the girl who had sent this one.

It would be difficult, but Heiss had a few clues. About 20 miles to the southwest, just across the border, was the city of Nogales, Mexico, with a population of about a quarter-million.

“Based on the prevailing wind, I was pretty doggone sure that’s where it came from,” he said.

Heiss brought the note home to his wife, who is fluent in Spanish and helped him translate the list. They determined that Dayami, probably a girl, had asked for an “Enchantimals” doll, an “Enchantimals” dollhouse, clothes, art supplies and slime, among other things.

Heiss then posted about his quest on Facebook, attaching photos, hoping some of his friends in Nogales might know the girl’s family.

A few days passed, with no leads; Heiss worried that time was running out before Christmas. On Wednesday, he decided to send a private Facebook message to Radio XENY, an AM radio station based in Nogales, according to Nogales International, which first reported the story.

To his surprise, someone from the station called him back right away. Heiss’s wife helped explain the situation to Radio XENY host Cesar Barron, who talked about the quest to find Dayami on air and posted about it on the station’s Facebook page.

On Thursday morning, Heiss awoke to another message from Radio XENY: They had located Dayami, an 8-year-old girl, and her family, who indeed lived in Nogales. Would they be willing to arrange a get-together at the radio station?

“It just changed my entire day,” Heiss said. “Instead of going back to my office in Bisbee, I went with my wife to Walmart.”

They bought just about everything on Dayami’s list, except for the “Enchantimals” dollhouse (it was sold out). They also bought a few other toys for good measure, as they had learned that Dayami had a younger sister, 4-year-old Ximena.

Then the Heisses drove for 45 minutes, crossing the border into Nogales. They arrived at the Radio XENY offices with presents by the armload — and finally met two very excited little girls.

Their parents explained to the Heisses that Dayami had been writing a letter to Santa and sending it by balloon for years, but this was the first year anyone had found their note.

“Their eyes were wide open with wonder,” Heiss said of the two sisters' reactions. “Like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this really did work!' "

Not wanting to spoil Santa Claus for the girls — who still believe, their parents said — Heiss and his wife told them they were “ayudantes de Santa,” or Santa’s helpers.

“It was a beautiful, beautiful experience,” Heiss said.

He paused.

“Quite healing for us,” he added.

Heiss, 60, has lived in southeastern Arizona for more than three decades and now splits his time between Patagonia and the city of Bisbee. Nine years ago, he and his wife lost their only child, a son. They have no grandchildren.

“Being around children at Christmastime has been absent in our lives,” Heiss said. “It’s been kind of a gaping hole in our Christmas experience."

He has since reflected on what a “miracle” it was that he spotted the balloon at all, let alone was able to locate Dayami and her family.

“We now have friends for life,” Heiss said. “And, for a day, that border fence with its concertina wire melted away.”

Luis Velarde contributed to this report.

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CTRLZero

Wow, all of the above are bringing tears to my eyes.  I love this thread! 

My mother-in-law, who is almost 88 and still lives alone, was having some handicap-accessible work done on her bathrooms.  The installer said, "Merry Christmas" and wouldn't let her pay a cent.   A small kindness went a long way towards brightening her day. 

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