(Image of Halifax, Nova Scotia airport via CBC News)
In honour of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, I’m starting today’s post with links to two Canadian news organizations highlighting the kindness, comfort and friendship that was shown as airplanes were diverted to various Canadian cities.
Global News has an article about Gander, a town of approximately 10,000 people in Newfoundland, who opened their hearts and homes to over 6,500 passengers and crew members until the last diverted plane resumed its flight.
On September 8th, 2011, in Washington, D.C., Gander received an international resiliency award at a gala hosted by the Center for National Policy and the Voices of September 11th in recognition of the kindness and generosity the citizens of Gander showed to all who were grounded.
(Image of Gander, Newfoundland airport via Global News)
CBC News has a special report about what happened when over 30,000 people were Stranded in Canada. The report has a variety of articles about some of the experiences of those who were stranded and the Canadians who helped them during those scary and uncertain times.
(Image via jamhatch.blogspot.com/)
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.
Adam Lindsay Gordon