Friday, September 09, 2005

Mickey Will Just Have to Wait

I just found this on The Red Cross site. I was in tears by the end of the first paragraph. Since it's no fun to cry alone, I decided to share it with all of you.

One Selfless Act of Support for Relief Efforts Inspires Others

Written by Kevin Titus , Special to Redcross.org

Thursday, September 08, 2005 — GULFPORT, Miss. – When Drake Cox’s two daughters saw the devastation from Hurricane Katrina on their television set in Springfield, Mo., they asked their father: "Who’s going to help them, daddy?"

Initially Cox told them he didn’t know. Then, his little girls, ages 5 and 9, asked: “Daddy, can’t you help them?” That is when he knew he had to do whatever he could.

His family had been saving money for years for a trip to Disney World. Like most families, it was going to be their dream vacation. But, like so many on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Cox family's plan would be put on hold.

The young girls told their mother and father that they would rather donate that money to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Katrina than go on vacation – Mickey would just have to wait.

“They inspire me to do everything,” said Cox about his loving, concerned daughters.

Moved by his children's generosity, Cox knew that he too could make a sacrifice. So he sold his beloved 2002 Honda Shadow motorcycle – that he had pampered and treasured – on eBay and gave 100% of the money to the Red Cross in support of the relief efforts. Their act of selfless charity has spurred others to action; when friends, neighbors and even strangers heard about it, they made sacrifices of their own and donated to the relief effort.

Cox, with his employee Jeff Paul, then set off to deliver their donations in person to the Red Cross on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The last thing he did before he left for the coast was stop by his children’s school to say goodbye. His nine-year-old daughter gave him tearful hugs of pride, while his five-year-old girl gave him a high-five.

"Go get 'em dad!" she said.

Cox and Paul drove through the night and arrived at the Red Cross relief headquarters in Gulfport, Miss., with their donations, not seeking recognition but looking to provide relief to many who are suffering from losses caused by Katrina. Meanwhile, back in Missouri, his wife Pamela was coordinating available hotel rooms for evacuees who had come to the Springfield area seeking shelter far from the devastated coast.

The sacrifices of this little family in support Hurricane Katrina relief operations has attracted a lot of attention from the local media and even People Magazine – although Cox made it clear that this wasn’t about them. He indicated that his family didn’t want the attention; they only wanted to provide whatever help they could.

It is thanks to the generosity and compassion of families like this that the Red Cross is able to provide relief to the victims of disaster.

Now go to the Red Cross site and donate, donate, donate!!!!!!!

14 comments:

Melliferous Pants said...

That makes two of us (crying).

BamaGirl said...

Make that 3 of us!

Marel Lecone said...

Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful article.

Regarding the past weekend, I thought of you when I passed the sign for Margate. Next year, for sure!! :) And, the weather could not have been better! :)

Egan said...

Wow, I guess I need to contribute more money while I sit on my cozy couch watching a benefit concert using our DirecTV service. It sure is nice to have a roof over our heads. The things we take for granted.

gone said...

Poochie, here. Kids have an uncanny ability to break your heart, your pride, and through those cracks the best you have to offer spills forth. Compassion, generosity, love, selflessness, and nurturing are just a few. This is a great story. Thanks.

WunEyedDog said...

I really want to stop being poor so that I can help in times like this. It's hard to give when you don't have much, but I bet I could do more than I do.

Neil said...

Glad you shared that with us.

The real me said...

Random acts of kindness...
OK this story is a little bigger than that, but imagine if people started with just the random acts of kindness...

Wonderful story, thanks for sharing.

Marel Lecone said...

I'm back.

As I read the comments, I thought of the movie . . .

Pay It Forward.

Sizzle said...

thanks for sharing that. it makes me want to do more.

You Can't Afford Me said...

that is such a sweet and touching story. at my daughter's school, a list was provided for each grade to purchase a certain group of school supplies to be sent to the children down there. it does make the kids feel good to help others and it's a great lesson to teach them.

yournamehere said...

Disney World sucks, anyway.

Seriously, I'm not only broke but I owe people money, so I cleaned out my closet and gave an assload of clothes to the Hurricane relief. So, if you see any refugees/evacuees wearing ridiculously oversized garments, think of me.

Anthony said...

Children amaze me. Not enought to want my own, but still, wow.

The Dummy said...

Wow, what a great story. Thank goodness some deeds are contagious! I donated last week, but it's great to see a little reminder like this on your blog!