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.
Today’s Something Good is generosity.
David Green, a history teacher and football coach in Huntsville, Alabama, has been blessed by his fellow teachers during a difficult time, WHTN 19 reports. His 16 month-old daughter, Kinsley, has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia for six months and David ran out of sick days to be with her and his wife during Kinsley’s treatments. She is being treated in Birmingham, a 100 miles away, and no more sick days means more time away from his sick baby.
Teachers from the area pitched in after David’s wife, Megan, posted a plea on Facebook for sick days to be donated. They were hoping for a few days, Megan says, just enough for him to spend a little more time with his family. Instead, David’s colleagues have gifted him 100 days to spend with his daughter and wife.
One colleague, first-grade teacher Anna Kachelman, said, “You know, you want to send words of encouragement, you want to do something to help, but this was a real physical way that we could help him and his family.”
Wilma DeYampert, Lakewood assistant principal, donated two days to the Green family. It was all she could do, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in February and undergoing chemo herself. She said, “I could not imagine having a child and being away from the child. So, I just thought it was the right thing to do. My mom always said, ‘You don’t have to be rich to bless someone’.”
Megan Green, Kinsley’s mom, says, “We were blown away with the response that we received with the sick days. We were hoping to get a couple days so he could be here once a week. It is a huge blessing and we can’t wait until we are in the position to give back and help others.”
Megan has taken leave from her job to care for Kinsley. In order to help David and Megan deal with the unexpected expenses they face, a GoFundMe page was started for the family, and the Greens also have an Amazon wish list.
A helping hand in a time of desperation and need is Something Good to start the week with. Now it’s your turn… Tell me Something Good!