Nick Brizzi: Kindness in Craig
December 25, 2008
To the editor:
On Monday evening, my grandson, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Kevin Brizzi, was stranded at the Hayden airport, along with other travelers.
He left Pensacola, Fla., Sunday evening and was scheduled to arrive here in Boise, Idaho, the following day.
That did not happen. As I write this, on Tuesday, he still is in Hayden, but our hopes are up for him getting to Salt Lake City today.
He was given a lift to Craig from the airport when it closed. He wanted to share a room with another Marine and a college student – other travelers whom he met in transit. When they checked the cost, they were not able to come up with the funds to check in to a local establishment.
That is when Christmas happened. It was like a story from Reader’s Digest. The condensed story version is, some of the town’s residents pooled together the room fee. There was more than enough to pay, and the remaining balance was returned to those who contributed. I have tears in my eyes as I write this thinking of the kindness that was extended to three strangers.
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My grandson has had Christmas, and he isn’t even home yet.
Editor’s note: PFC Kevin Brizzi was reunited with his family Tuesday night in Boise, Idaho.