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 showing love in a very practical way.
Christian Stone, a 10 year- old Rhode Island boy, had been wanting to do something for the nurses at his local hospital for about a month and the snow storm on February 1st gave him the opportunity he had been looking for.
Christian and Abbey Meeker, a family friend, bundled up during the storm and headed to Westerly Hospital about 2:00 pm. Christian had decided he wanted to clear snow off nurses’ cars during the next snow storm and Meeker had promised him she would help.
They made a game of listening for a car to be remotely unlocked and trying to get the snow cleared off before the owner arrived.
Meeker said it was very cold but the pair cleaned off about 80 cars in three different parking lots at the hospital before heading home.
Christian told WJAR, “I was thinking they’ve been helping us a lot through this whole pandemic, and I figured why don’t we help them, you know? All day, every day the nurses here, they deal with the pandemic like COVID and they want to get home from work, so we thought we would make it a tiny bit easier for them by cleaning off their cars for them.”
Abbey said, “It sucked. I hate the snow but being out here with him because this is what he’s passionate about. I did it because he wanted to do it. It’s a good feeling.”
Some staff were so appreciative of the act of kindness they offered to pay but, of course, the snow clearing service was free and Stone and Meeker would simply tell the person that they were just doing it because the nurses were helping the community so much.
Christian said it was “extremely” fun seeing how his actions made the recipients so happy. “Some of them say, ‘Thank you so much’ and I’m just really happy to see them happy,” he said.
On Valentine’s Day, and as much of the country will be seeing another snow storm and cold weather, we can remember there are all kinds of love and so many people in need of just a bit of cheering up.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!