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SALT LAKE CITY — It’s officially one week until Christmas, and there are a lot of people doing good deeds in the community in the spirit of the season.
The KSL.com “Make Your Week” column features uplifting stories sent in from people outside the newsroom. To send in the stories that have made your day better, email them in 100 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and videos are encouraged.
Above and beyond the call of duty
“There is a crossing guard in Layton that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Besides walking the children safely across the streets every day, he has noticed that some of the children were in need. There were several children that he noticed did not have gloves to keep their little hands warm. He took it upon himself to buy them gloves and now he is known as the mitten man. He is a caring man, and I just thought this was a wonderful feel-good story for Christmas time. Especially with all the bad news, it's nice to see people going out of their way to watch out for others and help others in need.”
Helping a stranger
“On Sunday, Nov. 26, my son-in-law was headed from Wyoming … to Arizona. His duffle bag with all of his clothing was inside a Rhino ATV that was being towed on a trailer. Along the trip, he checked the trailer and saw that his bag had somehow fallen off the trailer. Several friends checked different portions of the route looking for it, but it was nowhere to be found.
“About a week later, he got a Facebook message from a stranger asking if he had lost a duffle bag. As the story unfolded, he learned that she had found his duffle bag in the road and had started a research effort that led her to him. The amazing thing is that she had only found his last name and the college name where he had played basketball. Just today I met up with her to get the bag. She took her time to meet me, let alone all of the time to find McKay. That she even cared to try to connect the bag back with its owner truly magnified the spirit of the season.”
Raising money for a cause
“My husband teaches at an elementary school in Orem. They have a yearly tradition to have penny wars to help raise money so that needy families in their community have a wonderful Christmas. This year, they raised around $5,200! I just thought I’d share this great, feel-good story.”