Being thankful for the kindness and heroism in others

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This story originally was published on Nov. 26, 2020.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. We will find a way to enjoy it even during this terrible pandemic, with the guidelines on not gathering in large groups to celebrate and feast in the ways we normally would. So here’s some cheer, and good stories, to recognize people who have performed kind and heroic acts.

A young woman dropped a bag at the BART Powell Street station in San Francisco. When she leaned to pick it up, she slipped off the platform onto the tracks below. An unidentified man jumped onto the rail line to try to get her back onto the platform. He could not lift her to safety alone and a second man jumped down to help. Together they managed to get her back onto the platform.
The second hero who helped lift the woman to safety was Matt-the-Roadshow-Son. Jan and I are so relieved you were safe and so proud of you that you helped prevent a tragedy in this dangerous situation.

This comes from the Almanac Express, a terrific source of local news along the Peninsula that found Alex Roginski, who in non-COVID-19 times would be a freshman at UC Santa Barbara. Instead, he’s been doing remote learning from his Menlo Park home during the pandemic, and he’s not goofing around when not busy with school.
Instead, he hops on his bike every day with a trailer he tows, a trash picker-upper and his Jack Russell terrier, Ollie, on two-hour rides around Menlo Park and Redwood City streets.
“I like finding a really dirty street and cleaning it,” Roginski told the Express. “What I realize is the routes I cleaned a few weeks back are still pretty clean. … It feels like the right thing to do.”
Keep it up, kid. And good luck with school, too.

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