There are so many horrendous things that we hear on the news, from the shootings to explosions, you name it, the news has been so awful lately. It almost seems as if the news tries to out do itself every single night. The things that happen today are almost normal—a few decades ago a lot of it would have been unheard of. Unfortunately this is the world we live in.
This week however, I have seen two examples of the amazing side of folks the side that makes us all believe in plain goodness.
Miles Scott aka Batkid
This Batkid has been taking over all of the news, social media and everywhere else you can imagine. If you don’t know the story here goes:
via The Huffington Post:
Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero.
In the process, Miles Scott became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans around the country, including the White House.
“When you have an illness, it’s very important to know you have a support system,” said Gina Futrell, a 51-year-old with multiple sclerosis, who was among a large crowd gathered at Union Square for a chance to so see the “Batkid” in action. “I have an extremely strong support system, and I hope he does too. He’s such a little hero.”
Batkid was called into service by Police Chief Greg Suhr and spent the day zooming from one “crime scene” to the next. Accompanied by an adult Batman impersonator, Batkid rescued a damsel in distress from cable car tracks, captured the Riddler as he robbed a bank, and saved the San Francisco Giants mascot — Lou Seal — from the Penguin’s clutches.
I cried when I saw this, mainly because of he was so happy and mostly because of the incredible support system this little guy has. He has been through so much for such a young child, getting to live out his dream with 13,000 of his closest friends is just so beautiful. All dressed up as his favorite superhero saving the world. What he may not know that he really did save the world.
Stories like these don’t come along often. The kindness of the volunteers, the awesomeness of the bat mobile and the grand gesture of the city of San Francisco will forever go down as the most amazing wish ever granted. The Make A Wish foundation does excellent work, but special Kudos to them for pulling this amazing wish off!
Scary Mommy Gives Back
Every year Jill Smokler gives back by creating a fundraiser for families that simply cannot afford thanksgiving. We all know that the prices for basic things like milk, veggies, and fruits are rising, daily. This recession has been super hard, and although no one is really talking about it, it is happening, and it is impossible to ignore.
Only $50 feeds an entire family and if you believe it or not she has already raised enough to feed almost 2500 families so far!! There are and additional couple of hundred on the wait list so if you feel compelled you can donate any amount at this link. I donated like I have for many years, it is one of those things that I don’t even think about.
I feel a renewed sense of faith in humanity this week, just in time for the holiday season!