A Bit of Good News - The true gift is giving to others
August 2, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 29
He put a lot of thought into it
Although many husbands say it's impossible to find the perfect present for their spouse, one Kansas farmer figured out a way.
He grew his gift.
To celebrate 50 years of marriage, Lee Wilson of Pratt, Kan., decided to fill his field with his wife Renee's favorite flowers. With the help of his son, he secretly seeded his 80 acres and grew 1.2 million sunflowers.
"It made me feel very special," Renee Wilson said. "It couldn't have been a more perfect anniversary gift than a field of sunflowers."
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A helper, in many ways
Paramedic Kristi Hadfield means everything to the Cunningham family.
Back in 2016, John Cunningham suffered a medical emergency while driving. He stopped by an emergency medical station in Ritchie County, W.Va., where he was seen by Hadfield. Upon hearing his symptoms, which included chest pains, she loaded Cunningham into an ambulance and drove him to the closest hospital -- 45 minutes away. En route, he went into cardiac arrest. Using chest compressions, she and the ambulance driver were able to bring him back.
After their encounter, Hadfield friended Cunningham on Facebook as a way of seeing how he was doing. Cunningham's daughter, Molly Jones, who was grateful for the care the paramedic had provided, friended her too.
Fast forward to 2022. Jones posted on Facebook that she had been diagnosed with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease and needed a kidney transplant. When Hadfield saw Jones's post, she offered to donate her own organ. Amazingly, they were a match.
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A milestone of meals
Chef Bruno Serato, who owns The Anaheim White House Restaurant in Anaheim, Calif., toured the local Boys and Girls Club with his mother Caterina in 2005. During the visit, she mentioned that many low-income families struggle to put food on the table and encouraged him to help.
So, Serato launched the nonprofit Caterina's Club and began to prepare food for kids in need. Eighteen years later, he and his staff now feed warm meals to 5,000 underprivileged children nightly.
Last week, he served his 9 millionth meal.
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AMOR LIBRORUM NOS UNIT
This Latin phrase means: "The love of books unites us." So, let's share:
When you were in school, what was the best book you were assigned to read?
Send an email and let me know. Be sure to include your name and general location. I may include your comments in a future issue.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
* Visiting a pick-your-own farm and harvesting berries
* Hearing corn whisper in the wind
* Eating a homemade fruit pie or cobbler
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color." —Natalie Babbitt, “Tuck Everlasting”
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thank you to Allyson Beaucourt, Unsplash, ABC7, KAKE.com, YouTube, The Washington Post, CNN, The Anaheim White House Restaurant, Caterina's Club, Steven Glassman, Vienna Teng, Aaron Burden, Mario Mendez and Deposit Photos for inspiration, art and story suggestions.
KEEP IN TOUCH
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