Heartwarming, Not Heart-Sliming

With all the disheartening news surrounding the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s good to hear some positivity on occasion. The National Park Service’s website recently published a story about a message in a bottle.
Sound tacky? Hardly. Apparently, one of the oil spill clean-up crews found letters written from the family of a British soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2009. Members of the crew were so touched by the letters that they wrote back to the family, sending photos of the group and a tee-shirt signed by all the crew members.
Here’s the story as told on the Adventure Guys’ Blog:

Oil cleanup workers clean up tar balls on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Tourism is starting to pick up along the Gulf Coast with the capping of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Oil cleanup workers clean up tar balls on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Tourism is starting to pick up along the Gulf Coast with the capping of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

On July 15, a bottle washed up on Horn Island, an island on the Mississippi side of Gulf Island National Seashore. An oil spill cleanup crew and National Park Service resource advisers Kelly J. Moore and Patricia Kraft found the bottle and opened it to find five letters written by the family of James Adams, a British soldier who died on Sept. 27, 2009, while serving in Afghanistan.

Moore and her colleagues read aloud the letters that were addressed to Adams and dated May 1. They were writteb by his mother Sarah, sister Emma, brother Josh, and friends Maureen and Tom.

Sarah also wrote another letter to “whoever finds this bottle” urging them “to try to make a difference, and stop anymore pain.”

The message made a deep impression on the cleanup crew. They signed a t-shirt and took a group photo to send to Sarah in Wales. Moore lso wrote a letter to the family expressing the responders’ sympathy for James’s loss and gratitude for his service.

“As Sarah encourages in her letter, we all have the right and the responsibility to help make this world a better place,” Moore wrote. “We have the opportunity to make a difference, however slight it may be.”There are many men and women who are doing their part to clean up this disaster that has blanketed the Gulf in oil. These men and women are making a difference – one tar ball at a time. It is a slow process, but an honorable one.

“Finding that bottle is something we will never forget. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us all and for reminding us that everyone has the power to make a positive impact in some way.”

From everyone here at the Coast LED/Knife Review, a big THANK YOU to all the clean-up efforts underway at or around the Gulf. Be safe! Stock up on emergency preparedness LED lights and all-purpose multi-tools. We wouldn’t want you to get hurt down there!

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