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I choose to love all those I befriend

I choose to help all those who need a helping hand

I may not have much to offer

But I lend you my heart and all that I have

I will stand by you in your time of need

I ask only that you believe

Believe in you and what you can do

Become the best that you can be

and make the most of your life

I will help as long as you need me

I am your friend, your partner, your spirit

You can always count on me

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Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson, “Helping Hand©”



My heart breaks because I cannot heal your pain.

So many helpless names and faces.

No one cares,

No one wonders,

Where they will find shelter,

Where they will find food,

Each one who passes looks back with disgust;

But truly they should only feel shame.

Shame doesn’t s cross their mind.

They believe they have done nothing wrong as they look the other way.

Some day they may need a helping hand,

They may find that no one wants to help them.

So as I pass by I give all I can and wish them good luck,

wishing and asking for nothing in return.

I hope for their future, wishing only good things.

May their tomorrows be better than their todays.

May they find the strength to begin over again.

May they receive the helping hand so badly needed.

May they find the strength and the courage to take all the help that is given.

May each person who has something to offer

be generous enough to share with someone who needs something.

Be kind-hearted and gentle and offer words of encouragement.

Your reward will be happiness and comfort.

Your heart will feel warmth and you may even shed a tear.

This is a good thing.

The help you lend offers happiness to an entire family

who may have lost the chance to see their loved one whole again.

So won’t you be kind and help the one you think to pass by.

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Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson, “Good Samaritan©”





Firefighter: “We’re here to serve the people…”

Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —A photo of a local firefighter’s act of kindness during Thursday’s storm is going viral.

Firefighter Tom Faucher, who was assigned to Manchester Fire Department’s Engine 6 during the storm, saw an elderly woman having difficulty crossing Elm Street on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.

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Faucher said it was a collaborative effort between everyone on the engine. His commanding officer was the first to notice she was having a problem crossing the street, and the engine’s driver positioned the truck so Faucher could safely help her across the street.

“The lady seemed to be having some trouble getting up the road,” he said. “She had stopped at a snow bank right at Elm Street. I just asked her how her day was going and (asked) ‘How much further to you have to walk?’ and she said, ‘I’m doing good. I just got to get back across the street and I’ll get on my way.’”

Faucher, who has been on the fire department for a year and a half, said he’s a little surprised by all the attention.

“It’s just something we don’t expect,” Faucher said. “We come to work every day. We’re here to serve the public. … I just told her to have a nice day and obviously if she needs anything, just give us a call.”

The lieutenant inside the fire engine gave the order to stop traffic.

“Whether we’re on duty or off duty, I assume everybody would do the same thing, help somebody out when they need a hand,” Lt. Steve DesRuisseaux said.

People watching nearby snapped a few pictures, which went viral online.

An off-duty firefighter also noticed from the window of his apartment and snapped some photographs. Firefighters below didn’t realize the moment was being captured on camera.

There was no word on the woman’s name.

Published on Jan 4, 2014

Alyssa Meza is not even 10, but she has proved to her mother that she can handle a crisis. The 9-year-old has at least won the unofficial title of Best Older Sister this week when she delivered her own baby sister.  Alyssa Meza credits a medical TV show for knowing to unravel the umbilical cord from her sister’s neck.

Posted by Molly Dolan , December 30, 2013 at 02:05 PM

Frank Chin to receive honor at Working Wonders benefit evening on March 26, 2014
Frank Chin to receive honor at Working Wonders benefit evening on March 26, 2014

Tufts Medical Center announced today that longtime resident and advocate of Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, Frank Chin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Working Wonders benefit evening. This award is given to an individual to recognize contributions to the Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children community over his/her entire career.

Frank Chin is the patriarch of Chinese immigrant advocacy work in Boston’s Chinatown. He has had an immeasurable impact on shaping the physical, social, economic and cultural landscape of Chinatown over the years. Known affectionately as “Uncle Frank” within the local and broader community, Mr. Chin was appointed co-chair of a Grievance Task Force established by then Mayor Kevin White in 1969 to highlight community needs. He was instrumental in bringing many issues to the forefront and introducing resources into the community through his activism and outspokenness. The creation of the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Asian American Civic Association, South Cove Community Health Center, Pagoda Park, and the annual Chinatown August Moon Festival were all made possible by Mr. Chin’s tireless efforts. For nearly five decades, he has advocated for community needs – affordable housing, cleaner and safer streets, small business and economic development, and youth development among others.

For 25 years, Mr. Chin served as purchasing agent for the City of Boston, under the administrations of Mayors Kevin White, Raymond Flynn and Thomas Menino. As the unofficial “Mayor of Chinatown,” Mr. Chin has been a vital partner in uniting the local community with Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children and advancing the needs of the Chinatown community.

“We are thrilled that Frank Chin has accepted our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.  The fruits of his labor in Chinatown are evident to the Medical Center on a daily basis – we can’t wait to share his story -  and applaud his successes – with 900 of our closest friends in March,” said Michael Wagner, MD, Interim President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital.

Tufts Medical Center’s annual Working Wonders benefit evening will be held on March 26, 2014, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  The signature fundraising event will feature awards and a live auction to support compassionate care, leading-edge research and Tufts Medical Center’s commitment to treat all of their patients as if they are a part of their family.

About Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center:

Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center is an inspiring benefit evening to recognize and celebrate champions of the Medical Center. Every day Tufts Medical Center is working wonders – providing academically sophisticated care in a warm, collaborative and inviting atmosphere. Proceeds from the event will support compassionate care, leading-edge research and our commitment to treat all our patients as if they are a part of the family. For more information:


WELLELSEY —The video has gone viral on the Internet:  Wellesley firefighters on Sunday making a daring rescue on the Charles River ice to rescue a golden retriever who was trapped.

Tuesday morning, Amy Kapinos, the Wellesley owner whose dog, Crosby, was rescued, stopped by to thank firefighters.

Watch video of reunion

Kapinos was walking Crosby in the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley when the dog fell into the water while crossing the icy river.

Watch video of rescue

Kapinos was about to go out on the ice and get the dog, but firefighters responding to her frantic 911 call told her it was unsafe.

“(I was) pretty scared, but you try to remain calm and these guys were great,” Kapinos told NewsCenter 5′s Kelley Tuthill in an exclusive interview.

Firefighters Dave Papazian and Paul Delaney attached themselves to a rope and went into the freezing water to rescue the dog.

They pulled Crosby to shore, where they dried him off with blankets and a fire coat and returned him to Kapinos.

“We did a good job and it’s nice to be recognized. But that was it. It was our job,” Papazian said.

“A dog is a part of someone’s family, so no second thoughts about going in to get the dog,” said Delaney.

To show her appreciation, Kapinos brought Christmas cookies and gift certificates for the rescuers.

“They were great and it’s wonderful. I know people say, ‘It’s just a dog,’ but it’s part of someone’s family and they’re just great,” she said.

It’s a feel-good story, but Wellesley firefighters also have a serious message about Kapinos’ initial instinct to try to rescue the dog herself.

“The reality is it always seems to make the situation worse,” said Papazian.  “You can imagine if she had gone through the water also, there would have been two to save.”

Wellesley firefighters rescue dog from Charles River

Dog OK after fall through ice

WELLESLEY, Mass. —Firefighters rescued a dog that fell through the ice and into the Charles River on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Watch report | See photos of the rescue

A woman was walking her golden retriever  in the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley when the dog fell into the water while crossing the icy river, Wellesley Fire Department Capt. Jim Dennehy said.

The woman tried to go out on the ice and get the dog, but firefighters responding to her frantic 911 call told her it was unsafe. A firefighter attached to a rope went into the water to rescue the dog, Dennehy said.

Firefighters dried off and warmed up the dog and said she will be OK.


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Wellesley Police photo

Wellesley firefighters responded Sunday to a frantic 911 call from a woman whose dog fell through the ice on the Charles River.

Waitress who paid service members bills surprised on “Ellen”

Published on Oct 18, 2013

She’s gone from New Hampshire to Hollywood– from a random act of kindness to Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen’s Favorite Waitress Gets a Car

Published on Nov 8, 2013

She impressed us all when she bought a meal for two furloughed officers, now Ellen is back with her favorite waitress for a surprise that will change her life forever.

This amazing Father-Son Duo ‘Massachusetts Song’ has gone viral, watch it and you’ll see why!

Long car rides inspired Dana Edelman and his 11-year-old son Jaiden to create “The Massachusetts Song (You Athol),” which has had more than 10,000 views on YouTube in less than a month.

The Massachusetts Song (You Athol) by Dana Edelman & Jaiden Edelman

The men behind Canopy Cat Rescue have devoted themselves to helping cats stuck in trees, like this one.

The men behind Canopy Cat Rescue have devoted themselves to helping cats stuck in trees, like this one they helped retrieve in November.

Linus the cat had been stuck in a tree for five days by the time his owner, Debbie Bitts, contacted Tom Otto.

A cat named Abbey, who was stuck in a tree around Thanksgiving, was rescued just in time for the holiday.

Canopy Cat Rescue
A cat named Abbey, who was stuck in a tree around Thanksgiving, was rescued just in time for the holiday.

The Bitts family, of Graham, Wash., had tried everything to coax their 3-year-old tabby down. They left food at the base of the tree, and even called the fire department — but the ladder wasn’t long enough to reach him. Bitts called three cat-rescue services, but no one called her back.

But when she e-mailed Otto, who runs Canopy Cat Rescuewith his brother-in-law, he came the next morning. Linus was down within the hour.

“It was fast,” recalls Bitts. “Tom got up, and he was able to lean over and pet Linus. Then he said that Linus sort of walked around to him, so Tom cradled him under his arms and then, like a rock climber, he was down in seconds.”

Otto and his co-rescuer, Shaun Sears, are both rock climbers. They’re also certified arborists who run a separate company, Canopy Conservation, and both work as mountain guides on Mount Rainier in the summertime.

But the majority of what they do these days is rescue cats — for free.

At first, they charged a set rate for each rescue, but “folks would call and ask about the rate and get super depressed,” remembers Sears. Both he and Otto are animal lovers, and they just couldn’t stand the thought of cats remaining stuck in trees because no one could afford to get them down. So these days, they operate on donations.

After his rescue, Linus the cat (pictured here with mom Debbie), slept for two days.

Debbie Bitts
After his rescue, Linus the cat (pictured here with mom Debbie), slept for two days.

“People pay if they can, but the majority of folks we do cat rescues for can’t pay anything,” says Sears. “If they’re completely broke, we’ll help them out.”

Sears and Otto estimate that they have rescued about 250 cats in the six years they’ve been at it. They work in the dark, in the rain and on holidays. They’ve even been known to save up to three cats a day.

Lots of treed cats eventually come down on their own, but there are plenty who can’t. “Cats’ claws are curved, and they have very strong hind legs, which is great for climbing up, but makes it difficult to get down,” explains Dr. Rachel Robinson, a veterinarian in Redmond, Wash.

A nighttime cat rescue.

Canopy Cat Rescue
A nighttime cat rescue.

Canopy Cat Rescue handles stuck kitties all over the Puget Sound region. Sears, who lives in North Bend, Wash. usually covers the North Sound, while Otto, who lives in Olympia, has the South covered. They try to mesh their schedules so one of them is always available.

The two generally use a “big shot,” a slingshot-type tool that lets them get a weighted line up over a high branch in the tree. From there, they can pull a rope over the branch, Sears says. “We climb the rope as high as needed and then swing over to reach the cat.”

Amazingly, neither has ever been scratched during a rescue. “The bigger hazard is being peed on,” laughs Sears.

They’ve had their share of memorable rescues — Sears once saved a cat stuck under an overpass in downtown Seattle, and Otto cites a recent rescue, in below-freezing temperatures, where the cat nearly landed on his head.

“Once I got her, she was shivering cold, so I held her for a little bit,” he says. “Her body felt cold. It made me feel good about getting her.”

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A cat rescue posted to Canopy Cat’s Facebook page in November.
A cat rescue posted to Canopy Cat’s Facebook page in November.

Sears and Otto regularly post rescue pictures on their Facebook page — frantic felines meowing for help and grateful kitties snuggling their heroes.

“The pictures inspire a lot of folks that there’s people who care enough to climb into a tree and rescue a cat, whether it’s Thanksgiving, or two in the morning,” says Sears. “It lets people know that there are folks out there willing to help out cats.”

And for pet owners like Bitts, Sears and Otto’s dedication makes all the difference.

“They don’t have to do this,” she says. “And they do it with smiles, for the whole thing. From beginning to end.”