A Thousand Acts Of Kindness

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Yesterday, I wrote about the horrific terrorist attack in my home city of Manchester. It was a somber piece, but one in which I tried to inject a sense of hope and coming together. If your comments are anything to go by, I think that the message somehow got through.

Since Monday, the city and people of Manchester, have – as they always do – gone out of their way to help in any way they can. They have thrown their collective arms around the victims and their families, holding them up and supporting them until they are strong enough to stand on their own. Not just in Manchester, but throughout the whole of the north of England, this is what we do. This is how we survive.

Without a doubt, on Monday we saw the worst of humanity. Yet, even before the dust had settled and the sirens had fallen silent, we were also seeing the best. I know that many of my readers are from the US and elsewhere, and so may not get to hear of the multitudinous acts of kindness, and the overwhelming strength of spirit, shown in the minutes, hours and days after the horrendous act. I wanted, therefore, to put them on record, to show and reinforce the fact that the goodness in people far outweighs the bad.

 

Businesses have been rushing to help. The Eastlands branch of ASDA – one of the UK’s leading supermarkets – filled basket after basket with food and water for hospital staff and volunteers. When workers arrived to collect the goods, managers at the store told them, “We’ve gathered this together, but if there’s anything else you need, just go and take it from the shelves.”

Ordinary families have been delivering home-cooked meals to doctors and nurses, many of whom are pulling double shifts without pay. One surgeon, who was interviewed by a local news team, was having his first proper break since rushing to the hospital on his night off on Monday.

The Sikh and Muslim communities have been setting up street stalls, giving away free food and drink to the police and security personnel protecting Manchester’s streets.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Manchester residents took to social media, using the hashtag #RoomForManchester, each one offering somewhere to sleep for the night, or somewhere safe for those stranded to get their heads together and call home. In typical northern style, one message said “Me and my flatmate, we don’t have much, but we have a spare sofa and the kettle’s on #RoomForManchester”

Taxi drivers too, turned off their meters and ferried people home for free. Ordinary people from as far away as Liverpool (50 km away) and Blackpool (65 km away), came to Manchester, to help give people who found themselves stranded, a lift home. Many of them arrived around midnight and eventually left for home themselves around 5 a.m.

A couple out celebrating their wedding anniversary, rounded up as many children as they could and took them to a nearby hotel, before putting an alert on social media, together with their own phone number, to tell worried parents where they were. The couple stayed with the children throughout the night, fielding calls from anxious families, many of whom heartbreakingly discovered that their children hadn’t survived.

Hospitals and blood banks have been so inundated with volunteers wanting to donate blood, they have had to turn people away! When the people of Manchester have nothing else to give, they literally give of themselves.

All these, and many other acts of selfless kindness, make me so proud of my city. The people have stared into the face of evil and said “Our faces, though tear-stained, will never reflect yours! We have courage, we have spirit, and by God … we have love! We will pick up, dust ourselves off, support those who need it, and carry on. That is what we do.”

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42 thoughts on “A Thousand Acts Of Kindness

  1. Superb write-up. Loving your broad perspective on viewing things from various angles. Great choice of words. The way you write directly represents who you are, wise, opened-minded. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on!

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  2. I for one am proud to be British and Northern too. 🌹 To see the queen visiting the hospital yesterday melted my heart , its true when tragedy strikes we pull together whatever race and religion we are all the same inside.

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  3. This was such a superb piece of writing. The whole response of people gives you such a good feeling about the innate goodness of people in the face of adversity. I read today of the two homeless men who were there when the tragedy occurred and of the help they gave to those around them so badly injured…..amazing stuff…thanks for sharing this.

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, two homeless men were there. One of them, who habitually begged in the foyer of the venue, used some T-shirt merchandise to try and stem the bleeding of a little girl. The other homeless man held a 60 year old woman as she died. Both these men are no longer on the streets now. The community rallied around them, raised money for them and a football manager offered them rent free accommodation until they get back on their feet. Small miracles in the face of such atrocity.
      Thank you so much for reading, and for commenting! ❤

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, absolutely! They will never understand that you cannot extend the hand of friendship and compassion with a closed fist. Neither will they understand that we, as a people, can create so much love that there is literally no room for hate. Thank you so much for reading, and for commenting! ❤

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  4. Great Post. It is imperative that, while selfless help is not uncommon in times of crisis, the whole world needs to hear about it… and understand it… and believe it. Sadly, “good Samaritans” do not generally get much attention from the media however, it is so important that everybody knows “good Samaritans” are out there in the world everyday. Again… great Post. 🙂

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    • Thank you very much! And I agree wholeheartedly, which is one reason why I wanted to write the piece in the first place. Evil gets far more airtime than goodness, but, as I said in the piece, we are seeing the best of humanity rushing to fill the void left by the worst. There will always be love, and there will always be hope. We just need to broadcast it more! Thanks again for reading and for commenting. ❤

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  5. ❤ is stronger than hate.
    ❤ is stronger than apathy.
    ❤ is stronger still when hands and hearts work together.
    ❤ is super strong when a thousand hands and a thousand join together and say US instead of ME

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    • Thank you so much! I agree. We have a tendency to just pick up and carry on. I recently saw a photo of London during the Blitz. Everything was destroyed, and there, picking his way through the rubble, was a milkman! He was delivering milk and going about his daily job as if nothing had happened. I think an image such as that should be put on a poster to send a message to anyone who wishes to harm us, that they haven’t got a hope in hell! Thank you so much for your message of love, and for reading and commenting. ❤

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