PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)
There's no end to the generosity of some people in Region 8.
It's second nature for Charlie and Linda Murray. But, Charlie is the backbone of the operation; a worker that lives to ease the burdens of others.
At 68-years-old, he tries to smooth the ruts, the holes and the gaps made by life. Just like the gravel road shared by his neighbors, Murray works to smooth the rough edges. He grades the road regularly and pulls people out when they get stuck in winter.
"I can't count the times they have been there for me," LaDonna Cofield said. Cofield nominated the pair for the Gr8 Acts of Kindness. She lost her husband and her father. Charlie stepped up to help.
"Fixing the lawn mower, fixing the sewer, frozen pipes. The trim in my house. Anything I need," Cofield said. He's helped her mother too. "They just done everything they can to help us," Willodean Olive said.
It's all in a day's work for Charlie. Nothing unusual. So imagine his and Linda's surprise when we show up on their doorstep.
"On this gorgeous spring day, I have good news for you," Region 8 News Anchor Diana Davis said. Charlie and Linda are dumbfounded. "You are our next winner in the Great Acts of Kindness campaign!"
At first there is shock and disbelief. Linda wipes away tears.
Thanks to First Community Bank, Charlie Murray is $408 richer. Allen Williams, Community President at First Community Bank congratulates the pair. I count $408 dollars into Charlie's hand.
"He'll take and put that money right back into helping someone else," said Linda Murray. "I enjoy doing woodworking out in my shop," Charlie said. "I build stuff."
"If there's something going on at church, he may build a doll bed and donate it to the church for their auction. It's always something like that," Linda said.
Not only does he smooth out the knots in life; but he's a lifesaver too. "I sent my oldest daughter over to get Charlie," Brian McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin's 11-year-old daughter, Makayla, had become impaled by a spike on a retaining wall.
She had no way to move. "She got stuck in the stomach with a spike nail," McLaughlin said. "It stuck in about an inch and a half."
Charlie ran over and brought a ladder before the rescue squad arrived. "I knew we didn't want to lift her off of it," Charlie said. "It maybe would start bleeding and everything."
"He sat there the whole time holding Makayla's hand trying to keep her calm," McLaughlin said. "Charlie is an amazing person. I don't know what I would do without him."
Thankfully, Makayla is alright now. Charlie helped her father put up a new fence to keep such an accident from happening again. "It might be my turn one of these days and somebody might need to help me out," Charlie said.
An additional $200 goes to the charity of Charlie's choice. He has decided that it should benefit the Paragould Children's Home, not far from his house.