Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s good news story comes from the Good News Network. Here it is with few modifications.

Christmas Spirit Enfolds Korean Tourists During Blizzard –After They Knocked on This Guy’s Door

Alex-Campagna-Facebook

A group of South Korean tourists narrowly avoided a ruined vacation, with good fortune swapping it for an unforgettable experience waiting out a blizzard and cooking with a New York family.

Traveling from Niagara Falls to Washington DC, a tour group of 10 South Koreans got stuck in a blizzard near Buffalo. Two of the group went to a local house to ask for a shovel to dislodge their vehicle.

It was Christmas Eve when Alex Campagna heard their frantic knocking on his door. Outside, he recounted on Facebook, was “the worst blizzard I’ve experienced,” and knowing the folly of trying to carry on, he invited them all inside, putting them up on couches, air mattresses, and sleeping bags.

“As a Buffalonian, this is on another level, the Darth Vader of storms,” he told the New York Times.

Eager to repay his kindness, the guests cooked several South Korean meals like jeyuk bokkeum, stir-fried pork, and dakdori tang, a spicy chicken stew. As it turns out, Campagna and his wife really like Korean food and actually happened to have some of the more extravagant ingredients on hand.

The Times reports they stayed Friday and Saturday. They swapped stories and even enjoyed some American football matches on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas day. Drivers came to pick up the tour group and took them to New York for some impromptu flights.

“We have enjoyed this so much,” said Choi Yoseob, a member of the group who described the experience as unforgettable and a “unique blessing.”

The Good News here is that someone had empathy for his fellow human beings who were in trouble. Today’s JohnKu talks about good deeds. I hope you have a very Happy New Year.

A Helping Hand by John W. Howell © 2022

Reaching out to help,

Someone who is in trouble . . .

Fills both hearts with joy.

 

65 comments

  1. Such a wonderful way to show that we are ALL in this together! ❤

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    1. So true, Annette. Thanks 😊

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  2. What a fantastic way to start my day, and I thank you for it!

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    1. Aww. You just made mine, Liz. 😊

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  3. I’m suddenly thinking again of the two dudes in the F250 who happened to have a tow strap when they found me stuck in the mud on a Brazoria County road. It doesn’t take much to completely transform a bad experience into a memorable one.

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    1. A great story, Linda. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. A fabulous story. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. So happy to do so. Thanks for letting me know you liked it.

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  5. Things aren’t all bad in this world!!! Thanks, John!

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    1. If folks think things are all bad they just aren’t looking hard enough for the good.

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  6. Love this story so much! A beautiful illustration of the true intent of the season….

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    1. I think you are so right, Lori. Thanks for the confirmation. 😊

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  7. Fills both hearts with joy. That is so very true. What a lovely story.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. I thought so too. 😁

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  8. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Glad you liked it. 😊

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  9. Remember stumbling onto this story yesterday. Very cool.

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Charles.

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  10. This fills MY heart with joy!

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    1. I’m glad, Noelle. It filled mine as well.

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  11. Another feel-good story, John! What a big heart this man has!

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    1. I know right? I could not imagine having an extra 10 people over for two days.

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  12. There are good people all over the world and they were lucky to have be led to that door! Great story, John. I need a tissue!

    Happy New Year to you and the family!!

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    1. Tissues are in the box on the bar. Feel free to help yourself to some and get some soothin’ syrup while you are there. Happy New Year, Deborah

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  13. now isn’t that just dandy..

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    1. Ha ha ha. Yes dandy.

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  14. Wow, this REALLY is a Christmas story! I loved reading this. Thank you for sharing, John. Happy New Year! 🎉🎊🎉

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Happy New year to you. 🥃

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  15. This brings tears to my eyes. It’s just lovely. And to find out they were the “perfect” people with Korean food ingredients on hand during a blizzard haha!

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    1. I had to wonder about that. Looks like they eat a lot of Korean food. Also how did they get additional stock to feed all of them for two days. Maybe the roads opened. Anyway it was a good gesture.

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      1. It was a great gesture. I also heard that their engagement or proposal night was a Korean dinner, and the Koreans tried to replicate the dish.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story of a real human being, John. Your Johnku is a significant statement.

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    1. Thank you, Tim. Call me the old philosopher.

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  17. I’d like to think that any American would have done the same, but my guess is that they wouldn’t. Blessings to Alex Campagna for his willingness to step up.

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    1. I think you are right.

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  18. Okay…your JohnKu gave me a lump in my throat. Thank you for that. What a terrific story! We never know when we might have a chance to help others, even in a blizzard.

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    1. Yes indeed. I always keep the warm two hearts theme in my head when I see someone in trouble. Makes it easy to help..

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      1. Well said!

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      2. You’re welcome.

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  19. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Absolutely wonderful story! Love everyday acts of kindness.

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    1. I do too. Thanks, Pete.

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  20. That’s a wonderful story, John. Good those people didn’t try moving on that night.

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  21. This brought tears (of joy, compassion) to my eyes. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story, John.

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    1. Aww. I’m glad it move ya.

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      1. That it did.

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  22. I love this story. I saw it on the news. There were many acts of kindness over the storm days. I adore that there were so many good samaritans, and not just in Buffalo (where some died).
    A fab JohnKu to end the tale of a good deed.

    📚📖🐂💋

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    1. Thank you, Resa. 🦚 🐂 🦚 🐂 🦚 🐂 🦚 🐂

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      1. OX OX OX OX

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      2. 🐂🌹🥦🐂🌹🥦🐂🌹🥦🐂🌹🥦

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      3. OMG! Is that brOccOli, the veggie with 2 hugs in it?
        How clever!
        With rOses and OX en.
        It doesn’t get better than this.
        Okay, I’m off to get a frying pan for the brOccOli, and a vase for the rOses.
        Now that the OX en have shrunk, they can just mill around with the cats!
        💋💋💋💋

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      4. Look at my last comment. I have them litter box trained. 🤣

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  23. Now if you’re gonna get snowed in . . get snowed in! Nicely done by everyone and thanks for the story Jefe.

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    1. Yup. It is a good holiday story for sure.

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      1. Most definitely, thanks Boss

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  24. Absolutely amazing. It was no accident that they knocked on that particular door. The Buffaloans loved Korean food and had exotic ingredients on hand? Then they got to experience authentic Korean cooking. So great.

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    1. It was great, Betsy. Thanks.

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  25. I saw this on the news John. What a beautiful thing. 🙂

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks Debby.

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