Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The generosity of Friends and Strangers

The saga of Ruth Blanchette continues.............(see the post of July 12th and the one entitled "How can it be?".
A Memorial Fund has been set up to help cover the costs incurred in the few weeks that Ruth was sick since she did not have insurance. The checks are rolling in to cover those expenses. A beautiful tribute is in the Houston Chronicle today by Dai Huynh, All of this would absolutely astound Ruth! She was such a private person.
It reminds me of all of the kindnesses that my family received in the 5 1/2 years that my daughter was ill. There were fund raisers, blood drives, food prepared and delivered, people sitting for eight hours to donate platelets, and so much more. Friends and Strangers. The kindness was overwhelming and redeeming for us as a family.
Houston is a big city with a "small town" attitude. It reaches out..........and helps. It doesn't turn its back, ever. Remember Katrina? And, the foodservice industry is the MOST generous group of people I have ever been privileged to have been involved with in my life.
So, there are so many lessons from tragedy.............and often they are uplifting.

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