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Truth, Justice, And The American Way

"Do good to others, and every man can be a Superman."
--Superman
"The Final Days Of Superman"
Superman #156

In Granite City, Illinois, lives a man named Mike Meyers. Meyers is mentally disabled and works at a McDonald's. Meyers is also a huge Superman fan. He has two dogs named Krypto and Dyno. He also has a whole bunch of Superman stuff. Comics from the 50's on, lunch boxes, Monopoly, and more.

One day, he met a man named "Gary" at a comic shop. Gary wanted to see the collection, and in fact, pressured Mike to show it to him.

A few days later, on September 6, Gary broke into Mike's place and stole $5,000 worth of Superman stuff.

The comic community rallied together. After looking at the list of things stolen from Mike, people from around the country donated items in their own collections to him, including an industry pro who contacted people who had worked on Superman comics over the years. Mike soon not only had replacements for everything, but extra as well thanks to this show of generous humanity.

Now, that's beautiful. But that's not the end of the story....

On September 16, the fuzz busted one Gerry Arville Armbruster. He was hired for a cleaning job by a 76 year old man who lives in Granite City. The man was then beaten and his jewelry and money were stolen. When the description of the suspect was given, police noticed it was similar to the description of the guy who stole Mike's Superman stuff. Police searched Armbruster's place, and found Mike's stolen stuff. All of it. Nothing had been gotten rid of. The police hauled it back to Mike.

Mike realized that he not only had received 40 items already, but dozens more was coming. All to replace things he had back now.

Mike is donating the donations to charity to a children's hospital. “People were generous to me; this is how I can be generous in return.”

Let this be a lesson to you, Peter G -- there is, in fact, good in the world. Never give up on it. Ever.

Comments

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mornblade
Sep. 19th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
You became name confused toward the end of your post. You might want to consider an edit.
sinetimore
Sep. 19th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. I fixed it.
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