12/23/08

A True Story in the Spirit of Christmas Giving

In Greenville, South Carolina, there were two state employees named Ralph and Mike; both worked in and handled computers for the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
There were rumors of deep cuts in all state agencies and soon, those rumors, turned to fact. The Governor’s School was going to cut a certain number of employees.
Ralph, a state employee for just over 20 years and getting closer and closer to being able to retire, knew that he and Mike wouldn’t both be cut; it would necessary to have at least one person handling information/computer systems for this agency. Ralph also knew that one of them would be cut but he was the one with seniority.
Ralph volunteered to take the cut about a month ago. The agency head told him he would likely be spared since he had seniority, but Ralph insisted that he be the one cut.
Want to know why?
His friend and co-worker, Mike, had young children, including a three-year-old with autism. Ralph was aware of the costs of therapy and such for the child with autism; he knew the family likely could not provided what was needed if Mike lost his job.
Thanks to Ralph, Mike is still employed; Ralph Hanahan is looking for a job and hoping to find something before his unemployment benefits run out.
What a story, huh?





Here's the link to the story on ABC's Good Morning, America.






1 comment:

My Autism Insights said...

Wow - it's great to see how the best can come out in people. Beautiful story - thanks for sharing it!

 
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