Give us your random acts of kindness stories
Holy socks, now THAT was COLD.
With Near North Now news being filled with reports and updates regarding the closing of med clinics, doctor offices, human service agencies, the county, etc. etc, etc. and school shutdowns filling the little runner below all the TV stations and nearly everything (post office too!) either buttoned up or shutting shop early it seems nearly all folks have been ensconced in their caves awaiting respite.
I used to complain to myself about older guys before I was one, what with their talk of how things once were...mostly due to the less than covert indication of how much better those days (and they) so obviously were. The sun was shinier, the sky was bluer and people were smarter stronger and kinder, but most of all when it came to temperatures, no current day ever held up to the past.
“Hot? Why this is just a bit tepid. In my day it got so hot the chickens were laying hard boiled eggs. And we didn’t have air conditioning then either, but we got by. Not like today when young people ……”
“Cold? Sheesh this ain’t but a little shiver. Back one year it got so cold that when we milked the cows we got ice cream,…
You likely know the drill.
Like I said, I am now in that age group and I can say there is no one out there who can tell me there was a time when it got colder than the past couple of days unless they are pushing the age of 125 or so.
This was a nasty, ill-hearted and downright treacherous patch of meteorological mayhem featuring the kind of cold that feels like fiery heat. It sears through you and along with an abetting wind searches for an opening in your layering to sting you with a blast of frozen air. The hand aching, foot numbing, face hurting, relentless and devoid of a single shred of conscience kind of cold.
But we got through it right?
And it produced heroes. People and organizations and businesses out there who responded to the needs that come with such a blast of climatic assault. We’ve seen such stories appear on local social media and we want to feature a few in our pages. We want to hear from you about these folks who stood up when needed and helped us get through the siege.
Someone stop to push you out when you were stuck? Heard of people delivering food where needed? Know of folks getting help with a heating or plumbing problem? Restaurant serving up coffee to responders? A place in need getting shoveled or plowed out?
Our community is just that, a community. A group of people who might have differences in many ways but the same people who are on hand to help and do well in the random acts of kindness realm.
So let’s hear your story. Send it to info@nearnorthnow with or without photos and we will post in our pages the ones we like the best