This story caught my eye and made me say "aw!" the other day (ask Liberty, it's true) and now it's got a happy ending.
Patches, a beloved family cat in Ogden, Utah was going to die unless it received an operation to repair its spinal cord. Unfortunately, the operation costs $500. Aspen, 10, and her brother, Skylar, 8, hatched the brilliant plan to sell lemonade, hoping the proceeds would be enough to help Patches. But at 50 cents a cup, they were still having trouble raising the cash.
Patches future changed when a local newspaper ran their story and readers around the country, from New York, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona clamored to offer money. An Ogden resident has offered to foot the whole bill. Purr.
Charity doesn’t stop at house pets. To find out how a disfigured man might get the surgery he needs,
James O’Neal has worked the register at Kingsgate Safeway in Kirkland, WA for seven years. He suffers from neurofibromatosis, the same genetic disorder that afflicted the famous Joseph Merrick, known as The Elephant Man. Though many customers were taken aback at first by James’ disfigurement, they soon appreciated his courage to face people and then grew to admire and even love him.
O'Neal is such an inspiration that one customer has offered to spearhead raising the money needed for surgery to repair the deformity. Katie Knopf realized that James’ insurance won’t cover the extensive work and has launched a website asking for donations. Kinko’s has donated 1,000 flyers kicking off the effort and the Safeway where O'Neal works has pledged the first $10,000. She hopes to raise the $50,000 to rid O'Neal of his burden for good.
It's nice to see neighbors helping neighbors.