Helpers Come In All Sizes

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
— Fred Rogers

When I first heard this quote, it helped shift some of the anxiety that I was feeling into hope. And I began my quest to look for the helpers. They weren’t hard to find. Once I started making “runs” to local charities and meeting the helpers behind the organizations, I was in awe. And I was inspired to not only look for the helpers, but to be a helper. This is something we all can do.

Helpers come in all sizes.

I made a “run” to Hope’s Closet to drop off coats and was told to put them next to the coat room because a group of American Heritage Girls would be there tomorrow to sort the coat room.  

I contacted my friends at The Caring Closet to find out if I could drop off some clothes on a Friday, but found out that they wouldn’t be there that day. They would be attending a presentation from a classroom of fifth graders who collected socks for The Caring Closet during Socktober. (

We recently made a family “run” to drop off donations to 4 Paws for Ability. The helpers we met there were adorable! These helpers are trained to be service dogs to children with special needs.

Let’s look for the helpers. Let’s BE the helpers.

Jill Jonassen