Goodness is all around us, it just doesn’t get as much press as all the bad news we see every day. Here are two stories to remind you that human kindness is still a thing.
In Indiana, an 88 year old widower makes blankets for police officers to give to children and to have on hand for emergencies:
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – It started off as a hobby his wife enjoyed, and now Clayton Shelburne is making blankets on his own after her death.
The 88-year-old Indiana man has already made several dozen blankets, supplying enough for one to go with every patrol car with the Zionsville Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
“I just felt there was a need,” Shelburne told WXIN. He said he remembered one story about a father leaving his sleeping son in a broken-down vehicle along a highway while the father went to get help.
Police said the blankets would go a long way.
“We could show up to a crash and the weather could be like it is now where it’s nice and cold and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.
Shelburne said his wife first started making blankets with a camping club, which would donate the blankets to different organizations in the area. Clayton joined in and the couple made blankets together for about ten years.
“She was the seamstress,” he said. “I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame because I was always an outside person.”
Clayton’s wife, Delores, died in May of 2015.
“My time is nothing,” said Shelburne. “I’m 88 years old, I can do this when it’s raining outside and I enjoy doing it. I’m sure if my wife was here she would be happy I’m doing this too.”
Shelburne decided to help police in his county after talking with his son, who is an officer in Zionsville.
“For an individual, a civilian for that matter, to take it upon themselves to not only take their time and invest their money and their personal stake into a product or event that benefits any law enforcement agency, particularly Zionsville, we appreciate that,” Martin said.
Shelburne plans to make more when police run out and is already making new batches for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. He already has a dozen ready to go. MORE
H/T Happy Joy Joy
In Florida, a passerby saw a man, who had newly become an amputee, stuck outside of his house, unable to get up the front steps and the man’s wife was not strong enough to help him. As click-bait titles all over the internet often say, what happened next is amazing:
CRESTVIEW, Florida —
After spending days in the hospital, Jennifer Austin was just happy to be heading home after her husband Don underwent a partial leg amputation.
But as they reached the front door, Don quickly realized he had not yet regained the strength or balance he needed to hop up their front steps with his crutches. Defeated, Don sat down on the front steps – and Jennifer wasn’t strong enough to help him back up.
They didn’t know what to do next, but then a stranger driving by saw them struggling and circled back around. A man named Steve pulled up and asked if he could help, then lifted Don up and helped him into the house and onto the couch. Calling him an “angel,” Jennifer was stunned by his random act of kindness.
“I hope he realizes how much his thoughtful act is appreciated. He was a hero today, and we are so grateful that he was willing to stop and take the time to help people he has never met before,” she wrote on Facebook.
But Steve Smith’s work wasn’t done yet. As it turns out, he was a welder, too. He returned to their house the next day – with some extra hands – and built a wheelchair ramp to the Austin’s front door.
Another H/T to Happy Joy Joy
May kindness find you when you least expect it and most need it, and may you be blessed to not miss an opportunity to be kind to somebody.
MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals – including Siberian Husky Dalmatian Lab Puppies and their parents.