Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Good Will Found!

Was yesterday a long day, or what?

Are you looking for some good news? Me too.

Last night I came across a very thought provoking question I would like to share. On a post called Remembering the Victims, Peggy laments that in the aftermath of 9/11 “There had never been a larger outpouring of good will. What happened to that good will?”

Well, good will can be found in the tiny southwestern town of DeGonia Springs, Indiana. Maybe you have heard about this. A tornado ripped through this town in November of 2005, claiming 25 lives. Also in its path was the Baker Chapel United Methodist Church. The pastor recollects pews and hymnals in the cornfields. The members will tell you the tornado might have taken the building, but not the church.

Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of something horrible, something really great was happening. Firefighters from Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn were joined by Amish and Mennonite volunteers, local residents, rescue personnel, and disaster survivors from San Diego,California; Utica, Illinois; and Slidell, Louisianna, in framing the new building. For more information, visit the New York Says Thank You Foundation.

In the midst of the memorials, tributes, gloom and sadness, this was really a sight for sore eyes. So Peggy, if you’re out there visiting today, I think I found us a bit of good will, something we all need a little more of.


Blogger Peggy said...

I did visit today. That's a wonderful story.

All those years ago when the plane came down in the small town of Lockerbie due to a terrorist's bomb there is a story that doesn't get NEARLY enough publicity.

Lockerbie is a small community full of normal kind hearted people just like in your barn raising story. Not long after the crash happened, the bodies had been cleared away and all the wreckage was being measured, cataloged and shipped out. The women of Lockerbie got together to help sort the luggage. They helped the investigators and PanAm see if the owner's identification could be found inside the luggage. When these cases were opened, quite a few had things like broken bottles of wine that had been wrapped like Christmas presents, squeezed out makeup and leaked toothpaste tubes. The impact of the crash plus the loss of pressure really made a mess inside cases of people going home for Christmas.

The women took the cases home, got all the clothes washed and re-folded and cleaned up the luggage before it was sent to the relatives of the victims. It took them ages to get through them all. All the cases were returned to the families of the victims in much better order than they would have otherwise, sparing any further trauma to the surviving friends and relatives. Some women say that for them the smell of toothpaste brings it all back for them.

The world IS full of wonderful people. Most are willing to do whatever they can to help. Sadly, when people are angry and under pressure it doesn't bring out their best.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

That is a great story. They're out there, you just have to look for them.

12:36 PM  
Blogger graymama said...

Thanks for adding some light to my day :-)

3:38 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

THAT IS WHAT HUMANITY IS ALL ABOUT!!! Thankyou SO MUCH for posting such a wonderful story..and YES I remember that very story of the tornado, we even got it on the news here in little old Australia!

5:33 PM  
Blogger debi said...

I did need some nice news, today was stress city. Thank you,I love the picture too.

7:16 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Peggy, I do remember the Lockerbie plane crash and you are right, there is more of a story there than most of us will recall. It seems in every tragedy there are people that step forward and help out - we just don't always hear about them. Why is that? Why is the focus so skewed? At least today we focused on two positive people happenings - and two different parts of the world. How great is that?

9:07 PM  
Blogger daddy d said...

Great story. People helping people to do a good act. Nice.

9:14 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

Good news, touching story, and good will as well as good works. Thank you for this post.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

A wonderful post. This is my first time to visit and I will definitely be back.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Life, or Something Like It said...

So nice to hear about something positive. Thanks for sharing....

8:25 PM  
Blogger willi said...

Great post, great story of good will. Thanks for following this in the paper and connecting it so well for us.

8:32 PM  
Blogger saz said...

First - a very belated thank you for visiting my blog.

I love both this story and the Lockerbie story. I also heard some wonderful things about the people in Newfoundland and I think Canada who housed all the people stuck there when planes couldn't fly after 9/11.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous John said...

That story brightened my day, even if I am a 'born again' atheist. Makes you wonder why all people in this world can't show good will and toleration towards others.

9:51 AM  

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