It wasn’t all bad
UPS deliveryman Todd Holland had just arrived at an elderly customer’s home in rural North Carolina when he noticed that a parcel he’d dropped off days earlier was still on the porch. Worried, Holland shouted the man’s name and then tried the front door, which opened. He found the customer lying on the floor, unable to move, and called 911. The man is now recovering in the hospital. Holland hopes his story will encourage other delivery workers to check on older customers. If you get a “feeling that something is wrong,” he said, “it probably is.”
Fluffy arrived at an animal clinic in Kalispell, Mont., looking like a block of ice. On a day when temperatures dropped below zero, the outdoor cat’s owners had found her lying unresponsive in a snow bank, her long hair frozen solid. They rushed Fluffy to the clinic, where vets discovered that her body temperature was below their thermometer’s bottom end: 90 degrees. They began to warm the chilly kitty up with heating pads, hair dryers, and intravenous fluids. “Within an hour she started grumbling at us,” said Andrea Dutter, the clinic’s executive director. Fluffy has since fully recovered—and is now strictly an indoor cat.
Samantha Savitz’s neighbors want the 2-year-old to feel just like any other kid, even if that means they have to learn her language. Glenda and Raphael Savitz moved to Newton, Mass., in summer 2016, and their daughter Sam was born three months later. Tests revealed she was deaf. Without prompting from the parents, about 20 neighbors hired an instructor to teach them American Sign Language. “She’s such a cute girl,” said Lucia Marshall, who hosts the lessons in her living room. “Everybody’s desperate to want to communicate with her.” Glenda appreciated it when her family moved in and cookies arrived at their doorstep. But this? “I don’t have words.” ■