No matter where you live, good people always turn up when others need help. And certainly Thomson is no different.
Take the heart-warming story of William Newsome that appeared on the front page of last week's McDuffie Mirror.
The story was about how he pounds the pavement in search of aluminum cans so that his wife, Pamela, can afford the medicine she so desperately needs to stay alive. Mr. Johnson's story was that of love, devotion and care for his wife.
The story touched the lives of many who read it. And for that I am deeply gratified. At the same time, it particularly made feel good when several local business people called me to tell me how much the story meant to them.
Many of them wanted to help Mr. and Mrs. Newsome right away. And they wasted no time in doing so.
Take Dick Fellers for example. Mr. Fellers, owner of Thomson Sporting Goods, immediately brought a 25-pound bag of aluminum cans that he had been saving to the newspaper office. He walked into the office, saying he wanted to do something to help the couple.
While he was there, I received a telephone call from Christy Muns, general manager of Best Western White Columns Inn in Thomson, who said she and her staff wanted to help Mr. and Mrs. Newsome, too.
Ms. Muns said the story made her and several staff members cry. She also mentioned that they wanted to donate a check to Mr. and Mrs. Newsome to help them financially.
These gestures speak volumes about their character in wanting to help others in need. It also made feel proud to call Thomson my home where neighbors really do matter to one another.
Later on that morning, Mr. Newsome dropped by the office, picked up the cans from Mr. Fellers and the check left for him by Ms. Muns. He was most gratified. While I could see it in his eyes, I also felt it in my heart.
Mr. Newsome, a most humble human being, said he'd like to thank everyone who has helped him and his wife.
"It really means a lot to me and my wife that so many people care about us," said Mr. Newsome. "It really does."
I'm glad people were touched by this story. That's why it was written -- to make everyone think and to let people know that there are many people in need of our help in whatever way we can provide help -- be it financially or in other ways.
It's great to know that people still care about one another. There's no greater gift than to do something for somebody else without them asking. Our community reached out to Mr. and Mrs. Newsome, just as it has on countless other occasions through the years. Let's just hope such caring spirit never dies.