ACROSS AMERICA — Do you know what makes communities more than just a place to live? Acts like these:
Neighbors in Nicole Green’s adopted hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts, were all in after her family lost nearly everything in a freak flood in their apartment. A water pipe burst, unleashing a torrent of water that collapsed the walls and ceiling of their apartment.
“It was like a typhoon lagoon,” Green told Patch. “It was nuts.”
The day after the catastrophe, Green called her children’s school to let officials know they might miss a few days of hybrid learning. Word spread, of course, and gifts flooded in to get her family back on their feet. Green said “it was overwhelming to get so much support.” By Scott Souza for Beverly Patch
Neighbors responded similarly in Tinley Park, Illinois, after a fire tore through an apartment building, displacing four families and destroying their belongings. But in less than 24 hours, community members in the village raised thousands of dollars and donated clothes, games, furniture and other gifts to help them.
Jennifer Yolich, whose sister was among those who lost everything in the fire, said the response makes her proud to live in Tinley Park. “I can’t believe the amount of support we’ve gotten in such a short time,” she said. “Our phone lines are blowing up … we’re both sitting here trying to hold back tears because we can’t believe the support that’s coming out. It’s truly unbelievable.” By Yasmeen Sheikah for Tinley Park Patch
Below are 19 more uplifting stories from Patch editors across America:
“Miracle” Baby Home For The Holidays
On Thanksgiving Day, Denise Moreno (top photo) put a sampling of turkey, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes into a blender. She had a special guest to feed, and he wasn’t yet ready for solid food. In puréed fashion, her godson, 2-year-old Liam, enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner in East Elmhurst, New York. Liam, the sole survivor of an arson fire when he wasn’t yet a year old, was many miles away from the hospital room where he spent his last Thanksgiving, recovering from burns that covered 95 percent of his body. He was released from the hospital to go home with his adoptive parents. “He proves that every day is a miracle,” Moreno told Patch. “We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re thankful for the point we’ve come to.” By Maya Kaufman for Astoria-Long Island City Patch
Hate 0, Love 1
Restaurants have had a hard go in 2020, and on Thanksgiving night, a couple of vandals made the situation worse at the Urban Grill and Wine Bar in Foothill Ranch, California, after becoming upset about a “takeout meal gone wrong,” police said. The vandals tagged the front window with red paint, scrawling a message dripping with hate at a longtime member of the restaurant’s crew, and sealed the front door locks with a cement compound. Residents responded. “You have done so much for your patrons,” one of them wrote,…