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Stories about humanity

“The neighbors keep watching, and I am very grateful,” said Haijun Si, whose home has been targeted by teens who shout racial slurs, hurl rocks and pound on their door.
After a snowstorm ravaged the South, a family of plumbers was heartbroken to see so many people have water issues. They packed up a truck with supplies and traveled from New Jersey to help.
A high school freshman created a team of volunteers to help hundreds of people register for their shots as opportunities to get vaccinated remain elusive.
“I am scheduled for the vaccine this morning at 10:45am,” wrote Christy Lewis, who has an autoimmune disease. “You need this much more than I do."
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Creating a transition period before and after office hours helps employees shift gears.
“I saw this page filled with thoughts and words that echoed my own sentiments about my son. The fact that I celebrated him and loved him and how much he is just such a wonder," one mother says.
A 90-year-old Seattle woman walked for hours through 10 inches of snow to get her coronavirus vaccine shot.
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“I just couldn’t get over it — they never saw me as a burden, not even for a second,” said Chelsea Timmons.
Ryan Sivley rescues people in his truck, which he lovingly calls “The Beast.”
When Tim Hennessy got to the cashier, he said, she just waved him on and told him to drive home safely. “And it hit us — like, wow, they’re just letting us walk out the door," he said.
“The logistics are a little hard, but we’re making it work,” said Jim McIngvale, who has repurposed his furniture showrooms as shelters. “The main thing is to get people out of the cold.”
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