Remembering Karim: The Man Who Built A Community Through Kindness
Driving down Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge, Mass. you’ll pass Nick’s, a nondescript, two-pump gas station that looks no different from any other station in town. But if you talk to regular customers, they’ll say they go out of their way to fill up at Nick’s — even if it meant getting just a gallon of gas elsewhere so they could fill up at Nick’s.
That fierce devotion is in no small part due to Karim Alagha, who pumped gas at Nick’s for more than two decades, until shortly before his death in December 2012.
We spoke to his friends and longtime customers, who told us of the profound effect Karim’s “little acts of kindness” had on their lives, and the great lengths they went to to make sure Karim was comfortable during the final days of his own life.
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That’s what skydiving instructor David Hartsock told his student Shirley Dygert moments before hitting the ground after both their primary and reserve parachutes failed to deploy properly.
In a split-second decision Hartsock performed an act of utter selflessness that saved the life of his student at a great expense to his own.
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Note: We had initially intended to feature this story back in April, but because of the marathon bombings, we delayed it. The Boston Marathon spoken of in this piece is the 2012 marathon.
When one-legged runner Chris Mehmel, of East Sandwich, Mass., was training for the 2012 Boston Marathon, an act of kindness occurred that had him overcome with gratitude.
Angelique Tung flew from San Francisco to New York City on September 10th for a business meeting. The next morning, she entered the South Tower of the World Trade Center a little after 8AM. Then the first plane hit. She was told to evacuate, and while making her way down the stairwell to the ground floor the second plane hit. She made it to the ground safely, but come night time had no where she could sleep. Her hotel was impossible to enter due to its proximity to Ground Zero. So she went to visit a colleague’s family in Rye, New York. There, a small act of kindness occurred that, in any other situation, might’ve been overlooked. But for Angelique, it meant everything.
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Shelley Fitzgerald is from Westford, Massachusetts and this past Spring she lost her home. Unsure of where to go or what to do, something wonderful happened. A family she barely knew offered their motor home for her to stay in, for free, for as long as she needed. Regularly, they would check in on her, and welcomed her into their family with open arms. Listen to Shelley’s story below.
This Spring I lost my house, I was too depressed to work, and somebody I barely knew offered to let me live in their motorhome in their driveway, and had come over and check on me, and kind of included me in their family. It made all the difference in the world, it was just an amazing thing. And I’m doing much better today, and 95% of it is because of the people who helped me out.