Through the pandemic, Karen Banfield determined to deal with the goodness round her, particularly the lads who had been displaying up with a generosity of spirit and open hearts.
Her twelve favorites now make up a 2022 calendar known as Good Guys.
“I centered on males as a result of the information has been filled with unfavourable function fashions, and I consider having constructive function fashions is important,” she instructed GNN.
She photographed the twelve males of their pure environments and interviewed them, being certain to inform their tales in a approach that conveyed their motivation for bringing kindness and goodwill into the world.
“These males, from numerous backgrounds, have touched many lives in small, usually unnoticed, methods with compassion that made me smile—and simply as usually introduced me to tears.”
Mr. September (Severo Lara) was a single dad with two younger women when he has elected Mayor of the city of Ojai, California, the place Banfield lives. A humble man, he usually rode his bike to occasions when others arrive in costly vehicles.
Though serving the village and a number of other organizations, he at all times put the wants of his household first—even halting his campaigning the second his younger daughter tugged on his shirt to inform him she was drained and needed to go dwelling.
Banfield remembers, “Years in the past, after I was nonetheless performing, I wanted to move chairs late at night time from the theater to a storage unit. Severo was the one who confirmed up within the rain, after he had labored all day, to assist load, transport and unload the chairs.”
Mr. November (Ken Clench) first confirmed up on Banfield’s radar when he posted on a Fb Neighborhood web page providing free work to these in want. A month later, she arrived to a celebration, juggling meals dishes, a present, and a jacket within the driveway, when Ken swooped in, took the load from her arms and launched himself with a smile.
“I requested about his donations of time and power to the group and he stated, ‘I’ve been going by way of a tough time, and preserving busy on my days off is one of the best medication.’ A woodworker, Ken loves serving to others. He constructed our little free library, and does different jobs in alternate for baked items, dinner or dialog.”
A inventive soul, when Ken joined Banfield’s Storytelling Class three years in the past, he was nervous and filled with fears and self-doubt, however his bravery, dedication and willingness eclipsed all of that. In eight brief weeks he was telling private tales with confidence—and unique music.
Mr. March (Snow Talifero) confirmed his generosity of spirit within the aftermath of the Thomas Hearth, which almost engulfed Ojai on its method to turning into the state’s largest-ever wildfire in 2017. The firefighter introduced on the local people bulletin board that he would minimize down lifeless bushes without spending a dime, as a method to preserve folks protected.
Banfield stated, “I considered the necessity to do away with that lifeless tree, however I’m an individual with two afflictions: one the delusion that I’m nonetheless able to slicing down a tree at my superior age, and two that I ought to do all the things myself. So it was with trepidation and just a little disgrace that I contacted Snow and requested for his service. He arrived the very subsequent day, together with his complete household in tow. They had been going out to dinner, and very quickly in any respect, he had minimize the tree and readied it for elimination.”
“It’s these little issues that matter—these issues which might be straightforward for others, and nearly unimaginable for me. I always remember a kindness, and worth those that supply it with such grace and freedom.”
On the final web page of the wall calendar, which Banfield is providing on the market, she invitations readers to mirror on the Good Guys in their very own lives, as a method to be pleased about the 12 months ending in December, 2021.
To buy the calendar, which measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches, go to her web site (Click on on the little bank card icons, for those who don’t have a PayPal account.
The price is $26.50 which covers transport to anyplace within the U.S. For those who want worldwide transport, you possibly can e-mail her at [email protected] She additionally accepts Venmo or mailed checks for US transport—however remember to embody your mailing deal with.
Karen Banfield: 25 Taormina Ln, Ojai, CA 93023.
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