It wasn’t all bad
Freezing conditions couldn’t stop a Michigan pharmacist from making her rounds during last week’s polar vortex. Andrea Cusack typically uses her car to deliver lifesaving medicines to the residents of Lake Odessa. But when snow and ice blocked roads and driveways, Cusack had to get creative. “Blood pressure, diabetes meds, you do not want to stop those,” she said. Cusack recruited her 15-year-old son to drive the family’s snowmobile, climbed on the back, and sped off to make her special deliveries. “I’ll do what I have to do to take care of customers,” she says.
Payne: Warming hearts
When temperatures dropped to -26 Fahrenheit in Chicago last week, a local real estate agent helped provide dozens of homeless people with a warm place to stay. Worried about conditions at a tent camp in the city, Candice Payne used her credit card to pay for 20 rooms at a hotel at $70 a night. “I had to do something,” she said. Payne asked on social media for volunteers to help transport the homeless, and triggered a flood of donations, with people offering cash and restaurants pledging food. Eventually, 60 hotel rooms were secured for 100 homeless, who were housed and fed for five days. “I am a regular person,” Payne said. “We can all do this together.”
Khemjira Klongsanun was seven miles into a marathon in western Thailand when she spotted a trembling puppy sitting alone on the roadside. With no houses nearby, she decided the pup must have been abandoned or lost, and so she scooped him up and got running. She carried the animal for the next 19 miles and, after crossing the finish line, posted a message on social media asking for the dog’s owner to come forward. No one did, so Klongsanun adopted the pup and named him Chombueng, after the marathon. Carrying Chombueng was exhausting, she said, “but I did it anyway just because he is adorable.”