What is kindness?

During these last few weeks (and you will have to forgive me for lack of specifics because I have lost all concept of time) there have been a few members of our community who have stepped up to the plate to help others with no desire or expectation of payment or reward. These are true acts of kindness by real heroes.

Daniel Blevins climbed a ladder over gator filled water to rescue a cat, who itself had been attacked by a gator two days earlier. This was not his cat, nor was he helping a family he previously knew. He was being kind, and helping. When a member of our community was badly injured after the storm, he responded by working with a group of people and using materials from storm debris, to construct a handicap ramp. Maybe we need to start a “Be like Daniel” campaign.

Mitch Crawford answered a plea for help when the generator shipped to the Harris Teeter gas station was the wrong one, leaving people stranded without fuel. I don’t know a lot of people that even have industrial sized generators, much less had one available after the storm, but Mitch made it happen.

Over the course of several weeks a team of animal rescuers made up of Pender County employees, residents and people from other states, such as Niki Dawson and her team, Guardians of Rescue, searched for animals in distress, and they found plenty.

One of the most sensational stories is the rescue of two horses who were exhausted to the point of drowning, being escorted by boat to a front porch of a home for safety. The home was still itself under water but the porch made for an enclosable stall. Food and supplies were brought in by boat and helicopter and today those horses, as well as many other animals, are alive and well.

Those mentioned above are just a small part of the amazing acts of kindness that have taken place since Hurricane Florence crossed our shores. Perhaps we will learn from these selfless people and maybe, just maybe, we will understand the importance of helping each other, because as many of us know, there is still a long way to go.

Remember knowledge is power and kindness is a gift that can go a very long way.


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.