If you do anything but stick your head in the sand, the daily news can get you down. I could fill this entire space just listing all the things that are wrong in the world that we write and read about every day.
From the atrocities of ISIS to an alleged drunk plowing her car into a Homecoming parade, there’s no shortage of sad news.
Then there is St. George, Ont. with a population of about 3,000 — though twice as many people were there last Saturday to do something extraordinary and selfless for a little boy most of them had never met.
Seven-year-old Evan Leversage has battled a brain tumour through most of his brief life. It’s inoperable and terminal and doctors told his parents he likely won’t survive long enough to see Christmas.
So his parents, neighbours, shopkeepers, friends and strangers alike decided to bring Christmas to Evan.
Decorations went up throughout the town, houses and stores were strung with lights, fake snow covered the family’s lawn, a Santa Claus parade was organized.
People from around the world took notice. Parents who have lost children to cancer and those who survived travelled to St. George to hug and smile and share their own stories.
That’s the thing about humanity. We’re basically good and decent and hard-wired to do the right thing. Our natural inclination is to help those who need it, to lift others up, especially when a child is the one needing the lift.
No one outside of Evan’s immediate family and friends had to make it Christmas in October.
But they did it anyway. Tragically, Evan won’t have a long time to remember his special day, but those who love him will never forget it.