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We must remember that acts of kindness never go out of style

By: Keith Kappes
Columnist
Carter County Times

As we absorb our daily doses of man’s inhumanity to man on TV newscasts, it is heartening to know that acts of human kindness still happen daily.

We should be proud that our communities continue to be blessed with individuals like:

  • The social media followers who respond to fund raising efforts of their friends, relatives, and strangers.
  • The neighbors who always shovel snow from the driveways and sidewalks of the elderly or disabled.
  • The hometown pharmacist who’s more interested in how quickly you get your medicine than how soon you pay the bill.
  • The health care providers who volunteer their time and energy at free clinics for those who can’t afford medical care. 
  • The funeral directors who provide thousands of dollars of free arrangements to families who cannot pay, simply because those dedicated professionals believe every person is entitled to a decent burial.
  • The person who gave an automobile to a single mother in his church so that she could find and keep a job.
  • The businessman who demonstrates his Christian values by clothing and feeding those less fortunate.
  • The adoptive and foster parents who demonstrate each day that loving, supportive families don’t have to be biologically related.
  • The recovering addicts who befriend and coach others trying to escape the horrors of addiction through rehabilitation.
  • The volunteer firemen who are paid little, if anything, to put their lives on the line to save our lives and property.
  • The animal rescuers who believe so passionately that God’s creatures include those with more than two legs.
  • The men and boys who clear away storm debris from the lawns of the elderly.
  • The anonymous but blessed individuals who secretly pay the bills for layaway Christmas gifts or for food to feed struggling families.
  • And those kindly folks who always show up at your house with good food and warm hugs (when permitted) each time is seriously ill or loses a loved one.

Keith Kappes can be reached at keithkappes@gmail.com

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