First, let’s start Our Monday Blog with a little spirit, and then on to the story:
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer. It’s the feeling of being uncared for, unwanted. Of being deserted and alone.” Mother Teresa
Last year, the Washington Post wrote a story titled “He pushed an elevator’s alarm button but no one came, officials say. Weeks later, his body was found“. It is the story of a cry for help… and no one was there.
An 82-year-old man was seen in the parking lot of his Denver apartment building. He was heading to the apartment leasing office. According to the account, he walked to his mailbox, stopped by the leasing office to pick up a few things; and no one knew where he went after that.
He had been experiencing dementia issues, according to his daughter. So, immediately his family was worried. Days went by with no one seeing or hearing from him. They did know that physically he was not capable of walking far from his apartment.
Picture posters and fliers were distributed throughout the Denver area. Firefighters scoured the area, including even searching five nearby ponds.
A month went by. Finally, maintenance workers at a nearby garage found a decomposed body in an elevator. The body was soon identified as the missing man.
Authorities began to piece together what had happened. At some point, he had stepped inside the parking garage elevator. The reason for that is unknown. Once inside the elevator, he struggled to get out.
In an attempt to seek help, He had pushed the elevator’s emergency button twice over the course of eight minutes…but no one responded.
The electronic records from the elevator’s emergency alarm show that it was pressed at 9:09 p.m. and 9:17 p.m., a day after he had last been seen.
According to officials, pushing this emergency button should have triggered an alert to an elevator monitoring company or the fire department. But no company received the alert and the fire department received no emergency calls from that elevator. No one was there to help.
I cannot end the blog on that story. Instead, here is a more recent story about a random act of kindness in another story from the Washington Post titled At the Waffle House, she cut up a customer’s food for him. It changed her life.
An 18-year-old waitress noticed that her elderly customer was having difficulty cutting up his food. He was having difficulty because his hands did not work well. Without much thought, she says that she “took his plate and began cutting his ham”.
The attached story about her act of kindness also tells how it changed her life. A reminder that helping others in need is actually a way of helping Us!
For pic o’ day today… I feel like I just need to post something completely unrelated. So here goes for all kite lovers. You are the Decider and you Decide!