If you are reading this, chances are you recognize the contentment that driving an RV can instill. No rules, no social structure and no hatred – it is just you, your RV and the empty highway. When drenched in this freedom, human nature can produce a lot of good. Likewise, some downhearted people who may feel they have been dealt a lousy hand in life, see the RV as a liberation from gloom. In fact, to many people, the RV is just an instrument to dispense good will to those less fortunate. Others, associate RVs with tender childhood memories. As a result, the RV makes people do beautiful and generous things.
Donating spirit is contagious as man gives RV to fire victims
Holidays are about giving to people, especially those in need. Donating to those in need will spread cheer in effect, making this world a happier place for yourself and your family members. When Woody Faircloth and his six year old daughter were thinking of ways to help the countless people whose lives had been ravaged by a fire called Camp Fire, they decided on providing shelter to the unfortunate victims. The fire burned entire California neighborhoods.
“I just couldn’t imagine being in that position,” Faircloth told CNN. “I had a hard time letting it go … I knew I wanted to do something to help.”
They decided to start a GoFundMe page, and tried to raise funds to buy a used RV. With so many families homeless as a result of the fire, Faircloth and his daughter thought if they could just give shelter to one of them, the world would be a better place.
“I told my daughter what I was thinking about doing and I said do you want to do that? She said dad, yes, God and Santa Clause are going to be so proud of us!”
As people heard about the valiant efforts of the Faircloths, they were also inclined to give. One man sold his RV to the Faircloths for a third of the price, anxious to help out people in need. When one woman from Chico, California heard about the cause, she donated her RV free of charge!
Gradually, more people heard about Faircloth’s cause, and more RVs were donated. The donations began pouring in at such a quick rate, that Faircloth decided to start a volunteer non-profit called RV4CampFireFamily. Check out the site!
This amazing story even gets better! Turns out the beautiful actions committed by Woody Faircloth and his daughter earned them a spot on CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2019.
Vet’s dying wish is to go RVing with wife
John Wackerly was diagnosed with stage four cancer a year ago and told that he had ten months to two years to live. When he got the diagnosis, he and his wife decided to get an RV and travel across the country to fully appreciate the time left he has.
Just after him and his wife had purchased the RV, and were busy planning out the last adventure of John’s life, the RV was stolen.
Eventually, police found the RV in a tow yard. Unfortunately, whenever the police find a stolen vehicle, a very lengthy bureaucratic process must unfold. After all, a crime was committed – the stolen RV is their only piece of evidence to track the culprit. It also takes time to catalogue all of the stolen goods left in his RV. As a result, the police told Wackerly that he wouldn’t get his RV back until after Thanksgiving.
After being interviewed by WMBF News, the police notified Wackerly and told him that he would get his RV back that day.
Rabbinical students spreading holiday cheer in their Hanukkah RV
The California camp fires have been devastating. Thousands of people’s holidays have been ruined, as they watched everything they own turn to ash. Debra Fischer was certainly one such victim, after three homes she owned were destroyed in the fires. One night, she was walking her dog in a parking lot, when an RV emerged with the banner of a large menorah on one side and “Happy Hanukkah” on the other.
“You don’t see that every day, right?” said Fischer, who is Jewish. “I thought it was cool. It was actually a blessing for me, as well.” Fischer walked across the parking lot and approached the RV. The five young men inside were happy to meet her. In fact, it turns out spreading holiday cheer, as they did for Fischer, was the reason they were driving around.
When Fischer walked away that evening, she realized the five men had given her something that she had lost sight of since her recent tragedies.
“They said they were spreading light in darkness. There’s been so much darkness with the fires and everything,” she said. “They just reminded me of the light of God.”
Woman transports dogs and cCts from high-kill shelters to forever homes in her RV
Maria Salvaggio started the non-profit 2 Hands Saving 4 Paws back in 2015. Since then, she has saved more than 5,700 animals.
Ever go to a pet adoption center, and look at all of those lonely dogs and cats? Some of the cute kittens and puppies might get adopted, but what about the older feral ones? Some of those animals no one will ever want, and eventually they are killed. Maria lives in Georgia and drives around the south rescuing as many cats and dogs as she can.
Then, Maria rehabilitates them. Maria gives customized care to each of the animals. Some animals will require more TLC than others, depending on how rough of a life that they have had. Finally, when they are ready to be adopted, Maria will bring the animals to the northeast in an RV. With the help of volunteers, Maria conducts adoption events.
Maria moved to Georgia and bought a 33-acre property, where she looks after the animals that she can’t find homes for. The property is divided into different sections, including quarantine and play land. I don’t need to tell you where I’d be wagging my tail!
Brits put bunk beds in double decker bus, giving homeless a place to sleep
A group of British volunteers have been busy converting a double-decker bus into a home for 12 people. The bus has twelve beds, two showers, two toilets, a kitchen and a lounge area.
The volunteers are with the Helping Open People’s Eyes (HOPE) group. Ian and Tammy Smith purchased the bus for 5,000 pounds, which is about $6,500.
Once the bus is complete, HOPE intends to recruit more volunteers who will be able to help the homeless drug and alcohol problem.
It may seem our world is teetering on the edge of destruction. Everywhere we look, there are wars and murders and deceit. But there is also a lot of good in this world. The holiday season is here, a great time to recognize the generosity of mankind.
Happy holidays from the RV Advisor, and a very Happy New Year!