Have you ever held a door open for someone whose arms were full? Or held the elevator door so the person you heard running could get on? There are so many people who do nice things for others, for people they do not even know. I like to call these people “friends you don’t know.”
As Americans, we like to help others. With all of the tragic events that have happened lately, you can see people reaching out and helping those in need. Just look at the coverage of the deadly, destructive tornadoes that hit Oklahoma. Watching the coverage was heartbreaking. People lost everything and now have no place to live, clothes or personal items. Some families lost loved ones, and that is beyond heartbreaking.
Yet, while watching the news, we also saw a reporter interviewing a woman who lost her dog, and a few seconds later, the reporter spotted the dog. They uncovered the dog and the dog was alive. I can only imagine how the reporter felt when she saw the dog and knew she made a difference to someone who needed it.
Watching the news, we also saw people who risked their lives to help pull people from the debris, carrying them to safety. We heard of the people who formed a human chain to pass children out of the rubble. These are more examples of “friends you don’t know,” helping those who need it.
During hard times or natural disasters, we typically see several organizations coming together to help those in need. I am always thankful to those who respond and lend a hand. Not everyone can go and help out in person, but we can certainly help by donating. Donating helps those who are able to go to disaster sites deliver food, clothing, medical attention and so much more. It helps those who need it the most, immediately. If you are able, please donate. I am asking you to be a friend people don’t know.
In America, this type of friendship happens daily. Think about all the people who are behind the scenes organizing relief and aid, those who are not seen and give of themselves to help others.
In remembrance of Memorial Day, let’s also remember those who served, or are currently serving, in the military. Many of the soldiers are not seen or thanked, so let’s take the time to say a heartfelt “Thank You” when we can. They are friends we don’t know, friends that protect us.
Thank you to ALL of the friends we don’t know! You are appreciated, even when we forget to say thank you.