The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
This week we have two examples of strangers helping in times of need.
First, we have a story from a woman named Beth Bornstein Dunnington. She posted on Facebook about a beautiful moment when women – all strangers – quietly stepped in to help a young pregnant mother who was traveling alone with her toddler. He was in the midst of a tantrum and she couldn’t board the plane. Overwhelmed, she sat down and cried. There are few mothers who don’t know that feeling.
Several women stepped in to help and formed a nurturing circle around the two. They sang to the little boy, gave him a toy to play with, peeled an orange for them, and gave the mother a bottle of water. The mother and child were calmed down and made it on to the plane.
Our second story of strangers helping strangers comes to us from Iowa and Fox28.
Images of the devastation in Nebraska spurred farmers in Iowa to take action to help. James Garnant and Robert Broulik saw the stories of Nebraskans in need and decided to take hay to them. A few phone calls and three days later, they had 75 bales of hay loaded on to trucks ready to be delivered to grateful folks in Columbus, Nebraska. Two other farmers donated hay, while others in the community donated money.
Mr. Broulik said, “When you have livestock and things go wrong, I can only imagine having to feed them after you’ve saved them. Somebody’s gotta help. So that’s what we’re gonna do.” Garnant agreed, saying, “It’s just kind of what the farming community always does.”
Strangers helping people in need, simply because they can and because it is the right thing to do is Something Good. Now it’s your turn… Tell me Something Good!