Steve Eighinger

There are good guys in the NHL, too

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 17, 2017 8:40 am

Normally, our "Good Guys of the Month" awards are handed out to individuals, but this time around two of the three medals will be a collective honor.

I think you'll see why.

Bronze medal: A legally blind 9-year-old boy can now see, thanks to the way a Tennessee community came together.

An ABC News outlet near Maryville, Tenn., reported that Andrew Bordon was born with ocular albinism, a condition that has made it difficult for the youngster to see. His parents didn't have the money to buy their son an eSight headset, which would allow him to see his surroundings more clearly.

"That's when the local Maryville, Tenn., community stepped in and raised over $10,000 to purchase the glasses for the boy," according to ABC station WATE.

The community surprised an emotional Andrew at a school assembly.

"I've just been waiting and waiting, and now they're here," Andrew said.

Silver medal: We've all probably spent more than we should with Amazon, so it's nice to see some of that funding going for a good cause.

Amazon is donating more than 47,000 square feet in its newest headquarters building in Seattle as a permanent home for a local homeless shelter.

The facility will have 65 rooms, which will shelter more than 200 homeless women, children and families each night.

According to Business Wire, Amazon employees are frequent visitors and volunteers at an existing shelter, regularly "bringing meals, organizing arts and crafts projects, throwing parties for the families and more." Those employees will now have even more opportunities to volunteer and support those individuals and families.

Amazon's announcement follows word that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's foundation promised $30 million toward building a new facility to house Seattle's homeless families and children.

Seattle's civic leaders declared a homelessness state of emergency in the city in 2015.

Gold medal: Professional athletes often get a bad rap, and much of the time it is deserved. So when there's good news, it should be reported, too.

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks gave up his first-class seat on a recent flight, allowing a uniformed serviceman to move up from coach and sit in his spot instead.

American Airlines flight attendant Teri Truss said in numerous published reports that Kane approached her before takeoff to offer to switch seats with the military member.

"He said, ‘There's a soldier on this flight,' " Truss told WBBM in Chicago. "He said, ‘I would like for him to sit up front, and I would like to give him my first-class seat, and I'll go to the back.'"

Truss told the Chicago radio station the serviceman appreciated the gesture and went back to personally thank Kane during the flight.

A three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks, Kane, 28, is one of the NHL's biggest stars.

And now he's a deserving gold-medal winner.