You might remember back in November we spoke about Gary Bath, a good Samaritan from Fort St. John, B.C., who went out of his way to help Lynn Marchessault from Georgia, in the U.S., as she attempted the crossing from the lower 48 states to Alaska.
Lynn is a former member of the U.S. Military and was driving herself and her two kids to join her husband who is still in active service and on assignment in Alaska.
She ran into trouble when she hit snow, something she had never experienced while driving, and became too scared to continue the drive. A smart move for someone unused to the condition and driving on summer tires while towing a trailer. Not a recipe for a safe situation.
Fortunately for Lynn, after taking her concerns online looking for help, Gary answered and offered to drive them the rest of the 1,700 kilometers to the Alaskan border. She eventually accepted after meeting him and his wife, and he was as good as his word, dropping them off to join her husband and making his way back home thanks to the help of several others who heard the story and wanted to contribute.
“Somebody was stranded, asking for help, so I was in a position to give her help,” Gary said.
Now, nearly 4 months later, they are back in the news again. Because someone else has heard their story and wants to do something to recognize the kindness of the act.
Planters, the peanut company has popped up in recent stories, and that’s because they made the decision to forego an expensive ad campaign for the Super Bowl this year, and instead, are putting $5 million toward recognizing people who have helped others.
They have offered Gary and Lynn, each, a brand new car, along with a lifetime supply of peanuts.
“We didn’t think it would get as far as it did, let alone having Planters contact us and offer us a new car. It’s been crazy,” Bath said.
This is a wonderful topper to the beautiful story that began months ago, and it’s your Good News Story of the Day, which you can find in full here.
It also gives us a chance to catch up with the people of the story, and we find out that Bath and Marchessault have become quite close since their meeting. Bath said the pair talk online every day, and he and his wife even sent a Canadian care package to the family filled with ketchup chips and Tim Hortons coffee.
Story and Image from CBC News.