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7 Good Deeds to Help You Forget the Government Shutdown (for a Little While)

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4. A 13-year-old and Passing Motorist Stop a Carjacking

On seeing two men with what appeared to be knives threatening a woman in a Stourbridge, West Midlands (U.K.) parking garage, a 13-year-old boy called out to a passing motorist, who then wrestled one of the alleged attackers to the ground. One man got away with a large amount of cash, but left the woman’s car keys behind in the incident last Saturday. The woman was, as an official said, “fortunately unhurt,” thanks to the quick thinking and actions of the teenager and the motorist.

5. Bystanders Come to the Aid of an 18-Month-Old in New York City

Thomas Ciriacks just happened to be in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on October 1 when he rushed to the aid of James Fayette and his young son, Luke, who were being attacked by a man with a pair of scissors. Fayette, former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet and now a union representative, was literally protecting Luke with his body as the man, Julius Graham, stabbed him in his chest. Ciriacks and Fayette wrestled Graham to the ground while a jogger rushed to Luke.

Three other people were also attacked by Graham, who had lived on and off in a homeless shelter and was originally from Texas; he has been arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation. As Fayette said to the New York Times, “I was really amazed and impressed with other New Yorkers…. I love this city and the people in it.

6. A Truck Driver Saves a Diabetic Motorist

Bob Rennie, a truck driver, had been following a car when it started being driven erratically in Luss, Dunbartonshire (Scotland). The car was swerving back and forth across the road, and Rennie, thinking it may have been a health issue, honked and tried to the driver’s attention. After four minutes, he decided to take action. Rennie swerved his truck in front of the car to stop it.

The car’s elderly driver had been having a diabetic seizure and was unable to stop the car. Thanks to Rennie’s quick actions, the driver and his wife (who was also in the car) avoided getting into what could have been a major accident. The driver called Rennie later that night from his hotel to thank him for what he’d done.

7. A Royal Navy Warship Comes to the Rescue of an Owl

The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious was on patrol off the coast of Yemen when aEurasian scops owl took refuge on the ship’s deck. As Lt Chris Patrick, a member of the Royal Naval Bird Watching Society, tells the BBC, the owl was migrating towards Sub-Saharan Africa and must have “run out of steam.” Patrick nursed the owl, who “looked as though it was simply waiting to die,” back to health before releasing it to continue its journey when wind conditions were favorable (something Patrick was able to figure out as he is the HMS Illustrious’ meteorologist).

Have you heard or witnessed similarly good deeds recently during the (almost forgot it) government shutdown?

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8:40PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

nice! ty

7:02PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

If all people practiced kindness to each other and to all beings, then we might actually wind up with a more humane gov't.

6:39AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013


4:10AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

latheheis B ... 5:10 pm PDT, Oct. 13, 2013 ...


1:28AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing

8:48PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Goodness is among us.

8:06PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

I have not noticed any change due to shutdown. Government shutdown has no effect on what I do, might even have a benefit since all they do is screw things up anyways.

11:04AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you.

7:21AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you

7:45PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Thank you

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