You Don’t Have to Wear a Cape to Be a Superhero

April 28 is National Superhero Day. It is the brainchild of Marvel Comics and was established in 1995.

Perhaps superheroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman come to mind first when you think about this subject.

But really, it only takes one small act of kindness or bravery to become a superhero yourself. And with online hype, good deeds are becoming much more noticed.

Today I’m going to share with you the stories of several recent superheroes. These people might not make the headlines, but deserve just as much recognition as the famous comic heroes.

The Grief of Loss

If you think hard, you might be able to remember how devastated you felt when you lost a special toy as a child.

Perhaps the memory of this happening to one of your children or grandchildren is fresher.

Either way, you can probably recall the heartbreaking feeling. And the tears that flowed due to a treasured possession disappearing.

There’s an eerie emptiness in the heart of a child when something like this happens. And as much as you want to soothe that grief, some things are simply irreplaceable.

‘Daddy Doll’ Kept Her Father Close

One of those priceless items was a very special “daddy doll” that a 6-year-old Kansas girl owned.

She cuddled with it every night. It was created to remind her that she could be with him in this way. Even though her father was thousands of miles away on tour.

The doll was clothed in cameo to represent her father’s service overseas as a member of the U.S. Army. It had a “face” consisting of a picture of her with her father.

But it was lost recently at the Kansas City International Airport. The young girl and her mother were about to take off on a flight when it went missing.

Facebook to the Rescue

Fortunately, a traveler found the doll. And turned it into Southwest Airlines’ valet services department.

“I kept it at valet services for a few days,” said Southwest employee Dina Morley. “Hoping somebody would call about it or come back for it. But nobody did.”

Morley and her friend, Heather Parsons, then decided the doll was too special to not find its owner.

They were able to get KMBC-TV in Kansas City to post an image of the doll on Facebook.

A Joyous Reunion

The post was shared more than 5,000 times in one hour. Soon the owner of the doll was identified.

The young girl’s mom had said she feared the doll was lost forever. She picked it up at the airport and a joyous reunion soon occurred.

“I would have had a very sad little girl,” the youngster’s mom said. “She sleeps with it pretty much every night.”

There’s only one way to top that reunion. This summer, the girl’s father will return home after being gone for a year.

Tattered Flags Don’t Cut It

Facebook also played a part in honoring a soldier from Ohio. He was killed in Afghanistan recently.

Army Specialist Joseph Collette, 29, was from Lancaster, Ohio. He had been assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group.

The city planned a procession for the fallen hero. But some citizens had concerns that the American flags flying were tattered.

The town’s mayor explained that each flag is replaced every six months. But that sometimes harsh weather can damage flags before their retirement.

Donation Comes Through

He then put the word out that $1,200 would be needed to replace the flags prior to the procession.

“It didn’t take long for the downtown rotary club, the Sherman Rotary Club, to step up and give $1,200,” the mayor said.

He’s now looking into replacing the city’s flags every quarter rather than twice a year.

The mayor said he can’t get involved in every online controversy because he would “soon have an ulcer.” But he’s happy he went online to pass the word this time.

Seeking No Glory While Saving Old Glory

Brandon McElroy is a sheriff’s deputy in Missouri. He also served for 7½ years at Whiteman Air Force Base.

Recently he was on patrol in the town of Avondale following a storm. He noticed that a flagpole had fallen from the storm. And an American flag was draped on the ground.

He stopped, picked the flag up and folded it. Then he left it on the front porch of the home.

That would have been the end of the story. But video from a doorbell camera was posted online by the homeowners.

Showing Respect When No One’s Looking

McElroy did not realize he was being recorded during his actions. He just wanted to do the right thing.

“Growing up, you show your respect to the flag,” he said. “Doing little things such as making sure it doesn’t touch the ground or picking it up off the ground.

“Something as small as that cloth represents a lot in this country.

“Whether it’s the men and women that have died for it, or the men and women that wear it to this day serving our country so we can have our freedoms that we have. And enjoy the things that we do on an everyday basis.”

Tell Us Your Story

There are many unsung heroes out there gaining the recognition they deserve every day. And we’d love to hear a story from you. Leave your comments below.

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