Saturday, November 08, 2008

Yes, People Still Are Good....Most of Them, Anyway

In yesterday's Press of Atlantic City
it was reported that a disabled man and his mother, who live in the Northeast Inlet section of Atlantic City had been burglarized for the 11th time since moving into the home about 10 years ago, despite a home security system. However this time, Jason McGlynn, a man with cerebral palsy, had his computer stolen in the burglary. The computer gave the man access to the community and the outside world, and it was vital in his life. (How I can understand the need for that computer). It was reported that not one neighbor came to see what was going on when the police cars arrived on scene the night the burglary was reported. The mother, Lucy, and Jason thought nobody cared. However, they found out how wrong they were.
On Friday morning, Jason and Lucy found out they had more neighbors than they thought. And they all wanted to help. "The calls started at 6:30 this morning," said Lucy. "I've got to tell you, I was pretty despondent, but there's been such a wonderful outpouring. People have been so kind to us. I'm speechless." The calls kept coming, and by 9:30AM 75 calls had been received. By 2PM, there were hundreds. A new computer for Jason was promised. New windows will be installed by Tom Sykes, an Atlantic City architect, replacing the ones damaged by the burglars. Lucy, a Social Worker at Atlantic Cape Community College counsels about 350 disabled students, and she has suggested that those who were offering to donate computers to her donate them to her students. A sad story with a happy ending.
It makes you realize that with all the bad going on in the world today, people still do care! If we just look around, I would venture to say those good people far outweigh the bad!


Pax Romano said...

Thanks for posting this, Karl. It makes everything seem worthwhile.

Merci said...

You're right, of course. Sometimes the bad folks get so much attention that you don't get to see the good ones. Thanks for posting this.