We could all learn a lot from “Snoopy” and “Lucy,” the married couple behind recent anonymous donations to local businesses.
When posts about letters and cash donations received from anonymous good Samaritans calling themselves Snoopy began appearing on social media, we were convinced the benefactor’s identity would eventually come to light. One of the reasons we don’t use anonymous sources at The Lincoln County News is because this is a small community, and it would be easy in many cases to trace the information back to its source.
We have never been so pleased to be wrong.
As of this moment, the number of people who know Snoopy and Lucy’s identities include the people themselves, the author of the article, and another person they let into the loop. These people did not want the spotlight for their good deeds. Rather, the reason they were willing to be interviewed is that they hope their story will inspire similar acts of love and joy throughout the area.
The intent behind this gesture is pure and refreshing. They did not need the stimulus money, despite being eligible to receive it, so rather than stick it in a rainy day fund or spend it on something frivolous, they invested it into the community they love.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that The Lincoln County News was one of the recipients of their generosity. We used the funds to purchase baked goods from Ginger Mousse Bakery in Nobleboro that were shared throughout the entire building on a random Thursday in February.
The gesture not only brought joy to the 20-plus employees here, but likely also to the team at Ginger Mousse. (Maybe even to Colby & Gale, as our employee had to stop at their service station to get gas before picking up the pastries.)
How much good could be done in our community if we just took a moment to do something kind for someone else? While everyone might not be in the same situation to duplicate Snoopy and Lucy’s generosity, even small actions can have a huge impact.