When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. Mr Rogers
A disaster brings out the best in people.
When the bombs at the Boston Marathon went off, instead of running away, many people ran towards the explosion– so they could help. Carlos Arredondo was one of those. He ran to help Jeff Bauman, tied a tourniquet around the young man’s leg and escorted him to an ambulance. Both of Jeff Bauman’s legs were amputated, but Carlos’ swift help very likely saved Jeff’s life.
Marines, who had just completed the 26 mile marathon with 40 pound ruck sacks, ran to help.
Marathoners, instead of finishing their 26 mile race, ran to Mass General Hospital to donate blood.
Let’s not forget the first responders. Firefighters and police officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect and serve. That day they didn’t know if another bomb would go off and if they would make it home to kiss their kids good night. But that didn’t stop them. They helped.
Boston residents created a website that helped connect residents with a spare bed with people who needed a place to stay.
So many people helped. They didn’t think, question, or second guess. They acted. They helped.
These people remind us that human beings are capable of great and inspirational acts of selflessness and bravery. They return our faith in the good of humanity and give us hope that the world will be a better place someday.
Give, because when you act to help, you stand with all the other brave men and women who put the needs of someone else above their own. You are in good company.
P.S. that part of you that shines in a disaster is always there. Don’t save it just for disasters.