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Small Acts of Kindness / June 01, 2009
Dear Editor,

On Monday May 18, 2009, my manager Doni Williams of Roanoke,VA, was told he had a tumor on the pituitary gland in his brain; and was rushed to UVA Hospital. On Thursday afternoon of that same week he had brain surgery. I am happy to report he has had high spirits this entire time and is now back home recovering. I believe the Halifax County girls softball team had their hand in his healing as well. I was sitting with my parents and friends at their house on Friday, the 22 of May, when I received an e-mail that will forever warm my heart. It went on to say this…

“Your high school softball team brought flowers out to the mound tonight and gave them to Brooke to show support for our family. That is incredible. You should be very proud of that team and their leadership. Brooke played travel ball with Steph (Clark) the Halifax pitcher several years ago. I got a text from Brooke a few minutes ago. Have a great weekend. Thanks so much for everything I am going home tomorrow smile Doni Williams”

Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Brooke is Doni’s daughter who is a junior and one of the soft ball pitchers for Franklin County High school. I do not know whose idea it was to take flowers to the mound but; with the undeniable compassion and leadership coach Melanie Saunders shows those girls it’s no wonder.

I know you girls didn't’ do this to get any praise, but I would like to thank you from my family and me. You did it as a simple act of kindness for one person, but it has gone on to touch so many more.

Thank you,
Mary Caldwell
Formally of South Boston

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