Bright Lights of Kindness
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Renaldo McFarlane, Jr. was born September 13 at 1:25 a.m. to Jacqueline Landrau. More than eight months pregnant at the time, Jackie somehow made it down 45 flights of smoke-filled stairs in 2 World Trade Center. The baby is a healthy 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and both of his parents are humbly grateful.
Crime was reported down in many cities across America. Police officers in New York made 64% fewer arrests than they had the same week a year earlier.
According toUSA Today
, mourning staff members from the former Windows on the World restaurant on top of the World Trade Center, are helping serve thousands of free meals at Nino’s, an Italian restaurant near ground zero. “The owner of Windows on the World is sweeping the floor,” said Nino’s owner.
All across the country, people are reporting that they are smiling at and talking to strangers. Store clerks say customers are being polite to them. Friends are holding hands. Families are hugging and talking to each other. Judith Martin, Miss Manners, reports a shocking return to civility. “Please, please, let’s make it last,” she exhorts.
On the donation front: WorldCom has donated phones, pagers and long distance service. Staples has given computers to ruined companies and lets family members searching for victims copy flyers for free. U-Haul is giving a month’s free storage to victims in Washington and New York.
New York’s City Center has offered free tickets for the fall season to fire, police and EMS personnel. This includes opera, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, New York Festival Flamenco, Ballet National de Cuba and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.