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Sat May 25, 2019, 10:37 AM

Drivers honked as a man in a wheelchair raced home during a storm. This teen stopped to push him...

(CNN)Gregory Beck was on his way to his St. Louis home in his wheelchair when tornado sirens sounded.

Beck lost both of his legs last year and is legally blind, according to CNN affiliate KMOV4. It would normally take him 25 minutes to get back home from the supermarket, and he would need to stop as many as 10 times to rest.

"Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home," Beck told the station.

While other drivers honked and yelled at Beck as he tried to cross the street Tuesday and make it up the hill, 16-year-old Seth Phillips and his mother, Amber Gilleylen, stopped their car so Seth could push him the rest of the way home.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/25/us/st-louis-wheelchair-storm-teen-trnd/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=image&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-05-25T14%3A31%3A02




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Reply Drivers honked as a man in a wheelchair raced home during a storm. This teen stopped to push him... (Original post)
demmiblue May 2019 OP
tymorial May 2019 #1
H2O Man May 2019 #2
TheBlackAdder May 2019 #3
malaise May 2019 #4
demmiblue May 2019 #6
badhair77 May 2019 #5
B Stieg May 2019 #7
Billy Ray Joe Bob. May 2019 #8
pazzyanne May 2019 #9
liberalmuse May 2019 #26
CousinIT May 2019 #10
True Blue American May 2019 #11
SMC22307 May 2019 #30
True Blue American May 2019 #31
GoCubsGo May 2019 #16
CousinIT May 2019 #18
catrose May 2019 #17
marybourg May 2019 #12
NCjack May 2019 #13
Grammy23 May 2019 #14
KY_EnviroGuy May 2019 #24
barbtries May 2019 #15
defacto7 May 2019 #21
barbtries May 2019 #27
SWBTATTReg May 2019 #19
defacto7 May 2019 #20
PatrickforO May 2019 #22
MH1 May 2019 #33
jovibennett May 2019 #23
Duppers May 2019 #25
LuckyCharms May 2019 #34
oasis May 2019 #28
demigoddess May 2019 #29
oldtime dfl_er May 2019 #32

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 10:52 AM

1. Great kid and great mom for raising him to care about others.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 10:55 AM

2. Recommended.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 10:57 AM

3. K&R for Awesomeness!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 10:58 AM

4. Thank you Seth

demmiblue - special thanks for your uplifting posts.

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:00 AM

6. Aww, thanks Malaise!

Gotta take some time to see the good in the world!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 10:59 AM

5. A reminder that there's always some good in this world.

Good job, Amber and Seth!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:05 AM

7. Grace...

We need more of it.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:05 AM

8. Hope

 

There is still hope for humankind. Nice to see it.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:14 AM

9. God bless Americans who still have their souls in tact.

Amber and Seth Gilleylen are patriotic Americans who know the true meaning of honoring our veterans for their sacrifices. Shame on those who leaned on their car horns instead of leaning on a wheelchair while pushing it and its occupant to safety!

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #9)

Sat May 25, 2019, 01:34 PM

26. Yes! There are still great people in this country.

People with love and compassion in their hearts. The media won't always focus on these people, but we should, because they're everywhere. In fact, most people are decent human beings who care about others and have the same hopes and dreams as we do. It's so easy to forget that when the media focuses on the worst among us in order to get higher ratings and more money from advertisers.

I absolutely loved seeing these 2 stories this morning!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:22 AM

10. Floyd the Mailman - 300 Neighbors Throw Retirement Block Party for Beloved Mailman of 34 Years

At the end of the video in the OP, Floyd the mailman is mentioned (another feel-good story!). Here's more about that:

NOTE: On Twitter, Delta offered to pay for Floyd's airfare to Hawaii

https://people.com/human-interest/more-than-300-neighbors-throw-retirement-block-party-for-beloved-mailman-of-34-years-and-raise-money-for-his-dream-vacation/

Floyd Martin befriended everyone along his route, including the residents' cats and dogs

During his nearly 34 years as a mail carrier in Marietta, Georgia, Floyd Martin has been more like a beloved relative making a daily visit. Kids have peered out their windows awaiting Martin’s arrival, which always included lollipops. He’s given dogs along the route Milk Bones and fed neighborhood cats.

Last summer, Martin decided to retire and Thursday was his last day. Neighbor Jennifer Brett followed Martin along his final deliveries, and as she detailed on Twitter, people greeted Martin with hugs and presents.

They decorated their mailboxes with ‘Mr. Floyd’ tributes and said their warm goodbyes. “When we met Floyd,” said one neighbor, “it was like he was an old friend.” Another said: “He always had a smile, always had a wave.”

And, Brett tweeted, “Kids on his route love, love, L-O-V-E Mr. Floyd.” This includes Mae Bullington, who dressed up as Martin for her school’s career day. “I was so flattered,” he said. “It touched my heart.”

When neighbors found out he wanted to go to Hawaii, they started a GoFundMe campaign to help him realize this dream.

“There was a fullfledged effort to make sure he knew how much everyone loved him,” wrote neighbors on the GoFundMe page. “To say that he would be missed would prove to be a complete understatement.”

Martin lives in Atlanta with his dog, Gigi. “He doesn’t have children, just the 500+ houses worth of kids he spends 6+ hours with every day,” Brett writes in a tweet.

At the end of the day, the neighborhood surprised Floyd with a block party attended by over 300 people.


This twitter thread is a great read:




A pic of Floyd and some of his mail route family:

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #10)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:35 AM

11. This is the real USA,

Out of DC!

Thanks for making my day!

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #11)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:41 PM

30. DC is just as much "real America" as any other area.

Please don't knock the good people who live there... sounds kinda right-wingish.

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #30)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:47 PM

31. I wish I could say the same

For people like Trump, his enablers in Congress.

I am also sure you knew who I was referring to.

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #10)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:51 AM

16. Marriott has also offered to pay for his lodging.

It sounds like the GoFundMe raised a shitpile of money, so that would easily cover island-hopping, souvenirs, meals, tours, and whatever else he wants to do. I hope Delta is sending him first class.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #16)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:25 PM

18. Awesome! A well-deserved retirement and reward for a fine human being. n/t

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #10)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:12 PM

17. And the GFM raised over $26K! Enjoy yourself, Mr. Floyd!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:36 AM

12. "drivers honked and yelled at Beck".

From the comfort of their dry car seats. I can hardly believe this. And I grew up in NYC.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:46 AM

13. Seth and his mom will be ignored by Trump, but useless pro golfers will get honors. nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:50 AM

14. When I was growing up back in the 50s in Jackson, Mississippi


Our mailman was Mr. Hastings. He brought our mail every day in a huge leather bag he carried on his shoulder. He walked through our neighborhood, house to house. Rain or shine, blistering heat or frigid cold, we could count on Mr. Hastings to bring our mail. One summer, he stopped at the lemonade stand built by me, my sister and our playmate, Tommy. We were thrilled he bought some of our lemonade because business was slow. Ah, happy memories of childhood.

It is wonderful to hear about other beloved figures. It was clear that the community in GA really loved their “Mr. Hastings”.

Hats off to the kind hearted teen, as well. We NEED more stories like this to remind us there is still good in the world. It is what helps us balance out the rotten things in the world. Indeed, it is what helps us triumph over the terrible things that are also in our lives.

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #14)

Sat May 25, 2019, 01:09 PM

24. That reminds me...

we need to step out and get back in the habit of saying thanks to our mail person and trash collectors every few days. Every tidbit of gratitude toward our fellow man adds up to forming a more loving, caring community.

When I get complacent, I try to remind myself that every act of kindness is a counterweight to the right-wing's shredding of our communities. Brotherly love is alien to them.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:51 AM

15. we've become so cruel

so lacking empathy and sympathy and caring.

did you notice how the talking head called this act of kindness "extraordinary"? It shouldn't be out of the ordinary to help a person in need! That kind of characterization in my opinion serves to make those without feelings to feel okay about it.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #15)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:42 PM

21. I agree.

But advertising the good in humankind is surely an improvement over the bad that sells everyday in the news. An act of kindness isn't extraordinary but the media surely makes it seem that way. They should say "another common act of kindness that we applaud".

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #21)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:44 PM

27. exactly.

she literally used the word "extraordinary." really? it's that unusual for people to help each other out?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:30 PM

19. This is the real St Louis MO, people caring for each other. I think most of us DUers are like ...

this too. Lend a helping hand when needed.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:35 PM

20. THERE IS STILL EMPATHY IN THE WORLD!

And yes I am yelling.

Here's hoping that empathy increases and apathy decreases. Empathy is the only positive evolutionary attribute we can offer our planet.

Bravo Seth!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:54 PM

22. Sometimes American drivers are offensively stupid.

It is infuriating to know that people actually honked at a guy in a wheelchair.

Good for this kid.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #22)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:28 AM

33. Yes, that was my reaction too.

I have to ask "what the fuck is wrong with people?" way too often.

Always makes me happy to see the better people.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 12:55 PM

23. Great boy you raised!!

Nice to see there are still people who care about others and are willing to help in times of need

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 01:29 PM

25. These folks made me cry.

I get emotional seeing such kindness.

This is the way the world should be: kind!

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Response to Duppers (Reply #25)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:35 AM

34. Same here, Duppers.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:50 PM

28. Inspiring. Thanks for posting.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 06:17 PM

29. Dear Seth, your mom must be so proud of you!! I am and I am not even related to you.

I am so proud to be an american with americans like you in the world.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 09:58 PM

32. A simple act of kindness

a good deed in a rotten world.

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