Nobody suffers alone
When Paige and Tate Lombard found out their baby was having heart trouble in the womb, they knew they had many, many hospital visits ahead of them. Not wanting expensive bills to cost them their baby, the couple’s town of Wall, Texas, raised more than $50,000 for medical care. With the Lombards out of town so often for hospital appointments, the community gave them hotel rooms and dinners, and covered their teaching shifts so they wouldn’t have to worry about unpaid leave.
They never wait for someone else to help
When the isolated town of Darrington, Washington, was hit with the deadliest mudslide in American history, locals didn’t wait for government officials before starting a full month of recovery efforts. Crews of loggers spent long hours in freezing rain searching for survivors and victims, and rebuilding roads, even after county rescue crews told them to leave. Meanwhile, other residents set up soup kitchens to feed those who’d lost everything they owned in the mudslide. “People here know responsibility, how to take care of themselves and their neighbors,” writes former resident Loretta Bedford. “They pull together in good times and bad.”