Did you hear about the Gulf War Army Veteran who got picked up by the police, as he was walking along an Alabama highway?
No. It’s not a joke.
It’s a “good news” story. And I love good news stories because they are inspiring and encouraging and build trust and hope in humankind.
So, here’s what reportedly happened:
Gerald David Baldwin set out to walk to an appointment at a VA hospital – 100 miles away. Someone spotted him walking along a highway, with his portable oxygen tank, and called police. A sheriff’s deputy responded and discovered that the veteran (with 22 years of service) needed to get to his appointment or risk losing some of his benefits.
The deputy – Walker County Sgt. Kevin Emberg – agreed to drive Baldwin to the county line, with the assistance of Deputy Chris Doerr, who arranged for deputies in three neighboring counties to transport Baldwin to his appointment. The four departments then made the reverse trip to get Baldwin home.
Now, a social media post by one of the departments is garnering interest in helping Baldwin with reliable transportation and to connect with services for veterans.
Doesn’t that make you feel good and strengthen your faith in humanity? – that is a benefit of good news: positive vibes and positive thinking.
Just like the deputies who went above and beyond their call of duty to make the world a better place, we each have the power to make the world a better place – and write our own “good news” story — one small act of kindness at a time.
What will you do TODAY to make a difference?