Vitamins for the Soul: 3 Pieces of Good News From the Week – December 21, 2018
1. Bus Driver Buys 50 Breakfast Meals for His Students
“Mr. Price, one of our bus drivers, truly demonstrates the spirit of Christmas!”
After dangerous ice conditions caused delays at an Alabama school, staff announced that they would be unable to serve breakfast to the children.
Wayne Price, one of the school bus drivers already in route with a filled bus, decided to purchase 50 McDonald’s breakfast biscuits for the children missing out on their morning meal.
Montevallo Elementary School announced on their Facebook stating, “On Tuesday, when school was delayed due to icy roads and we weren’t able to serve breakfast, he purchased biscuits from McDonald’s for his entire bus of students! What a kind act that our students will forever remember! Thank you, Mr. Price, for making a lasting impact in the lives of our students!”
However, this act of kindness is apparently not out of the ordinary for Mr. Price.
Facebook user Derek Wilson says, “Anyone who knows Wayne Price would know that this isn’t a random moment. In the almost 20 years of knowing him, I’ve seen this man give so much of himself to his community. I’ve experienced first hand the hope and guidance he brings to people who may not find it anywhere else. I’m glad he’s getting the acknowledgment he deserves.”
Price told news station WBMA-LD, “You can drop $50 going out to dinner, and it was nothing more than taking my family out to dinner. We get caught up in materialistic things, even buying biscuits to a certain element is a little materialistic, but Christmas is giving. Christmas is showing love.”
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2. Owner Reunites With Dogs After Fires Destroyed her Home
“They were wagging their tales, and I was so happy to see them together. Things are right again.”
Andrea Gaylord’s house was destroyed last month in the devastating California Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date.
However, her home wasn’t her number one concern and she feared she lost something more important…her two dogs, brothers Madison and Miguel.
While evacuating the fire, Gaylord called out to her dogs, but they were nowhere to be found.
Unable to keep searching, she had to leave them behind for her own safety.
Gaylord stated, “It was the worst feeling in the world. It’s like you have to choose. The whole time I thought, ‘What was going to happen to those dogs?’ It was horrible.”
After a month had passed since the fire and still no luck locating her dogs, she feared the worst.
During this time, she was unable to return home and search for Madison and Miguel because the area had been shut down to evacuees.
Luckily, however, thanks to the help of Shayla Sullivan, a volunteer with K9 Paw Print Rescue, she was able to be reunited with both of her dogs.
Miguel was found by animal rescue workers in the nearby town of Citrus Heights and returned to Gaylord through Sullivan. And miraculously Madison was found sitting next to the rubble of Gaylord’s burned-out home, waiting for her return home.
Sullivan stated in an interview, “They don’t see it as ashes. They see this as their home and those dogs protect their flock. And these people are their flock. They love those people.”
Prior to Gaylord’s return home, Madison had been briefly spotted at a nearby canyon, which Sullivan left food and water for which was enough to help him to make it through the month.
“It was like there is a higher power. It was like a sigh of relief. It was affirmation that these dogs are survivors,” Gaylord said.
3. Police Officers Buy Shoplifter Boots He Was Trying To Steal
“RPPD Officers do it again.”
After responding to a shoplifting call at Walmart, Kansas police officers decided that rather than punishing the young man who had stolen boots, they’d help him instead, buying him the very same boots he attempted to steal.
Once the officers became aware that the young man was already a displaced youth and had been trying to steal the work boots to get a job, they decided forgiveness rather than judgment was the best course of action.
The Roeland Park Police Department shared the story on Facebook, where the chief of police praised his officers.
The full excerpt of the Facebook post stated:
“A call this afternoon of a juvenile in custody at the Walmart in Roeland Park for shoplifting was gifted the work boots he was trying to steal by a rookie Roeland Park Police Officer who is starting the police academy in January. Officers responded to the Walmart and found that a displaced juvenile within the State of Kansas Justice system was trying to steal some work boots so he could get a job. When the officer(s) at the scene listened to his story , they were compelled to help. The officer(s) bought the pair of boots for the juvenile and presented them to him after some words of encouragement to find a job, finish school, and stay out of trouble. With tears in his eyes, the juvenile left with a supervisor of the group home he is staying with that had to respond to pick him up. Just another reason why I am so proud of my officers here in Roeland Park. I just smiled when I heard this story a short time ago as it almost made me cry too. Congrats to Officer Suffield and Officer Snepp for making another difference in RP and for a job well done.”