Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Generous Hearts

The generosity of people never ceases to amaze the Bag Lady.

Some of you may have heard about the wild firestorm that hit the community of Slave Lake in Alberta, wiping out half the town this past Sunday.

Although not affected personally, the Bag Lady has been paying attention as events unfold (the Rancher has a nephew who lived in the little town, and he and his young son are safe, but probably homeless).

The Bag Lady ran across this blog this morning and is so proud of her fellow Albertans, she had tears in her eyes when she read that so many people have donated things, many of the collection sites are asking that people hold on for a few days until they can get what has already been donated sorted out! That overwhelming response was from a single day!

The Bag Lady hopes that it helps those displaced people to know that so many people are willing to help.


Leah J. Utas said...

So very sad for the people of Slave Lake. But it has brought out generosity. It's too bad that it takes a disaster to do it, though.

Hilary said...

Bad situations tend to bring out the best in people. My heart goes out to everyone from Slave Lake.

Reb said...

That is a good website you found. I feel very sorry for the people of SL and hope that things get back to normal soon.

messymimi said...

As we watch the neighboring towns flood down here, you have my sympathy and prayers.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

What a heartening response to a sad, sad situation.

Geosomin said...

I've seen some photos from there...wow. I hope everyone has a dry warm place to stay until they can start to rebuild.

It is amazing how people are banding together. :)

Scrumpy said...

The world is a small place...

I found a passport on the street here in Chicago a couple of months ago and tracked down the owner. He was a kind and brave Canadian fire-fighter.

He sent me some lovely thank you gifts from his fire department and now I follow him on Facebook. He is up fighting the fire right now.

solarity said...

Leah, I don't think it does take a disaster. It only takes a disaster to make it noticeable.
(Stories from the Depression: a boy is given a new suit to graduate from high school in, replacing the much-mended hand-me-downs he had; a girl has art lessons paid for anonymously for four years, benefitting both her and the art teacher; a farmer pays adult wages to the 10 year old son of a dying widow. Nothing visible there, since they kept it quiet. I'm sure it still happens.)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

Leah - it definitely has brought the people of the province together!

Hilary - it is a sad situation, but everyone is rallying to support the people who have lost so much.

Reb - I agree.

messymimi - thanks! Sending my sympathy to those flooded out down there, too!

kcinnova - it is heart-warming to see so much support for Slave Lake.

Geo - it is amazing how quickly the people of this province rallied to help.

Scrumpy - that's so cool! It IS a small world, after all.

Mary Anne - you are so right. There are so many people in the world who quietly go about the business of lending a helping hand where they can, never asking for recognition.