It wasn’t all bad
A middle school volleyball team from Fresno, Calif., was out for a warm-up run last week when the boys jogged across a bridge and saw something terrifying: a woman clinging to the edge, above a 100-foot drop. They ran to tell their coach, Elliott Murray, about the suicidal woman, and he told the boys to grab her attention while he called 911. For 10 minutes, the players pleaded and shouted “Your life matters” at the woman, who eventually hauled herself back up and was taken to the hospital by police. “I’m very proud of them,” said Murray.
Gisele and Smith
During the first five months of her stay at Franciscan Children’s hospital in Boston, baby Gisele didn’t have a single visitor. She’d become a ward of the state at 3 months old and had complex medical needs caused by exposure to opioids in the womb. Nursing director Liz Smith spotted the tiny 8-month-old Gisele while walking the wards one day and was instantly smitten. “I went to see her every day,” said Smith, who’d always hoped to be a mom but, having reached her 40s, thought she’d missed the chance. She signed up to foster Gisele, and late last year formally adopted her. The now 2-year-old Gisele is thriving. As for Smith? “I couldn’t be happier,” she says.
When fire destroyed Melanie and Jeremy Zanni’s cottage in the small Irish town of Glenamaddy last month, the couple were sure they’d be left homeless. The 300-year-old property’s thatched roof had made the home too expensive to insure, and the Zannis didn’t have the money to rebuild. But with the cottage still smoldering, local politician Michael Fitzmaurice promised to help. Within a few hours, he had local construction workers volunteering their time and suppliers donating materials. The volunteers built the Zannis a new home in just three weeks. “It restored my faith in humanity big time,” said Jeremy. ■