Who's Your One?

Large 1518363286 bow3
sign in to favorite this story

Submitted by I want to remain anonymous

Harold Scott, or Scottie, as many of us know him, is a one - of - a- kind person. He often seems to think of how he can help others. He is always upbeat, has a sunny disposition, with a killer smile, and a caring, and kind nature. Scottie, lives in Lebanon Tennessee, just east of Nashville, but grew up in a tiny, rural county about 65 miles further to the East, in Jackson County/Gainesboro Tennessee. He currently serves as a volunteer two days a week, at the local hospital, Tennova Healthcare Lebanon, stationed in the Outpatient Center, but can be found throughout the hospital, always willing to help out in other areas, doing clerical duties, assisting patients, their families, and escorting visitors, and is often found conversing with all of them, showing kindness and compassion, and offering an ear to those, who may be a bit anxious about their test or procedure. Scottie also finds the time to serve the volunteer auxiliary as their secretary, again, giving it 100%. Beyond his role as a hospital volunteer, he is a community volunteer/educator/activist/advocate, and humanitarian. Something Scottie is not shy about, is his passion for HIV/AIDS awareness and education, in rural Tennessee. That is due in part, to the fact, that he is a nearly 30 year survivor of the AIDS epidemic. In 1991, he was diagnosed as being HIV+, having been infected some two years prior in 1989. He, at the time, as noted lived in his very rural hometown area, and kept his diagnosis a secret for 3 years, before he decided, that on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1994, he would announce publicly, that he was living with HIV. He decided to use his personal story, to spotlight an issue that much larger cities across the country, and around the world, had already been experiencing, that had now made it's way into rural America. In 1995, the Harold Scott Humanitarian Award, was established in Scottie's honor, for his bravery, and willingness to be the rural face of AIDS. The award would be presented each World AIDS Day, to a person, or persons/group, who were going above the norm, in regards to caring for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and dealing with the many issues surrounding the disease, be it through community volunteering, or work related means. Scottie continues, all these years later, volunteering his time and experiences, by going out into his community to share his personal story, and serve as a resource for newly diagnosed persons, struggling to come to terms with a new HIV/AIDS diagnosis. And, his random acts of kindness do not stop here. Yes, he truly is a kind and caring, compassionate person. Scottie grew up in a family of 8, with 5 siblings. His only sister, his eldest sibling, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, which lead to a lifetime of dependence on others for assistance to be mobile, and be an active part of life. A few years ago, for his sister's birthday, he, after noting that his sister was always sending out greeting/birthday cards to family, friends and neighbors, decided he would start an online birthday card campaign. He took to Facebook, to launch The Teresa Project, asking individuals to randomly send birthday cards to his sister, without her knowledge, that he was the mastermind behind it. The project went somewhat viral, and cards and gifts began arriving from not just all across the United States, but from other parts of the world. Within a few days, the card count was in the hundreds, so much so, that the tiny post office in Gainesboro Tennessee, began to wonder what the deal was, with so many pieces of mail going to the same local "celebrity". This is just a few of the random acts of kindness that Harold/Scottie does, or has done. I must include the fact, that he solely organized a family reunion some years ago, which brought his Scott family together from across areas of the U.S., many of whom had not even met one another, after he had started a Facebook genealogy page, and from that, the idea of a reunion grew into being. Another act, and one of the most touching, was the effort he started in 2016. In 2013, Scottie's Dad passed away after some years of battling Alzheimer's Disease. His Father was a true farmer, who for his entire life, lived within a few miles of where he was born and grew up, purchasing a farm in the early 1960's, with Harold's Mother, and began their married life together, raising their 6 children there. Upon the death of his Father, Scottie, being the thoughtful man he is, began working on an idea he had to have a portion of the highway, on which the family farm sat, renamed in memory of his late Daddy. He contacted local, and state officials with his idea, not expecting any results. However, in early 2017, news came that, due to his efforts, the Tennessee State legislature, with the sponsorship of the representative for the county Harold grew up in, a bill was passed, which would designate the renaming as The Hamp Scott Memorial Highway. On September 12, 2017, a sign unveiling and ceremony marking the event took place. Once again, Harold stepped in to assure that his elderly Mother, and disabled sister, both of whom had entered a long term care facility, after the passing of his Father, would be able to attend the memorial ceremony, surprising them both. It probably seems unreal, that one person can be go giving, caring and thoughtful. But, Scottie/Harold, all one in the same, just naturally steps up, and does these random acts of kindness, not asking for anything in return. It has been said by others....we should all strive to be more like Scottie...to show love, compassion and kindness. He has certainly made a difference in the lives of many. And, he is not even 60 years old yet!!! You can reach him at hrayscott62@outlook.com

Other stories you might like to read:

Thumb houston

RAKtivist: Houston

Kindness is a practice.

About 6 years ago, I was on a plane next to a woman who was relentlessly energetic and fidgety. I was tired and wanted to take a nap. But before I could go into “ignore mode,” she tapped me on the shoulder to introduce herself.

“Hi, my name is Helga!”

We got...

Read Story

Thumb 1518454552 889d6fc6 07e7 4554 9701 ff9ce27852a0

Who's Your One?

Submitted by Alyssa Reed

My one is my best friend Brooke. She’s always been here for me when i was down, or needed a friend, or just wanted a friend to be with me. Sometimes she made me feel better and helped me even when she wasn’t aware that I was hurting and resend help. She makes me laugh until my stomach hurts, and...

Read Story

7

Who's Your One?

Submitted by bella rasinski

my "one" is my mom. everybody loves her and everytime she walks into a room seh just lights it up with her attitude and even if she's mad at you or upset she will do anything in the world to make you smile.

Read Story

7

Story #1

Today while I was shopping at Sam's (it's like Walmart) a random employee came up to me, gave me a rose and said," I think you should have this and walked away. " This made me feel so happy and good. The earth is a wonderful and full of kind people!!!!

Read Story

12

Taking for granted

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and I woke up to -9 degrees. A friend posted about some things what a homeless shelter needed. As I sat in my warm house I became upset with myself for taking heat for granted. I got dressed and went right to the store and took all the extra money I had and purchased bags of...

Read Story

4

My friends and I help at a soup kitchen

For about a year now I've been helping out a Philadelphia soup kitchen called Grace Cafe. http://archstreetumc.org/what-we-do/ministry/grace-cafe/ It's run by the Arch Street United Methodist Church in central Philly. I found out about it through a Philadelphia volunteering website. I was hooked on it from the first time I went. They give out around 200 meals every Sunday to those...

Read Story

Thumb 1518809608 img 3518

Who's Your One?

Submitted by Steve

My one is my wife, Lisa. She is the most compassionate person I know. She has helped me to center my existence and realize the role we all play in things like Random Acts of Kindness. I was always too wrapped up in my own issues, my own life, my own troubles. Lisa helped me to realize that letting go...

Read Story

Thumb marie cover

RAKtivist: Marie

I’m Marie. I’m a wife, mother, visual artist and cancer survivor. I grew up in Appalachia with very humble roots. My parents used to have my older sister pay for my school lunch because I would give my money away every day to others and come home hungry. Even at an early age, I loved the feeling of giving.

Three...

Read Story

Thumb 1518454230 1c0fd71c 36c3 44bc bc70 6497c4d06081

Who's Your One?

Submitted by Allyson

My boyfriend. He inspires me everyday to be the best person i can be. He believes in me no matter how much i dont believe in myself. Thanks to him, i have accomplished so much. I’m so thankful to have someone so supportive by my side

Read Story

6

Volunteer With Your Church

my church has a program called road crew. we go out one Saturday of the month and give meals to the homeless. this is a great idea because the homeless can rely on at least one meal a week. it is so gratifying to see their faces light up when you give them their meal.

Read Story

7

bullying madness it never stops

I had a friend and by the same bully she got name called and bothered by everyone in class to make her go faster and now also they keep doing it and she feels hurt and doesn't do a thing about it how odd

Read Story

12

To Celebrate Kindness Week, I Gave Myself a Wake-Up Call

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to a wonderfully great initiative called “Random Act of Kindness Week.” Random Act of KindnessThe name speaks for itself – it’s a call to action to show kindness, in some capacity, for 7 days. There is a foundation in Denver that spearheads this directive. Its charge: Take this week to step out...

Read Story

Thumb cara cover

RAKtivist: Cara

When I graduated from college I dreamed of being a television news reporter. Having no experience I had to start small: at a dinky little cable station in Naples, Florida, a town I had never heard of before. I put my time in covering sea turtle rescues and unknown celebrities until I finally got my big break in the form...

Read Story

7

Who's Your One?

Submitted by Olivia

My best friend, Abby, from my swim team. Comforted me when I was really upset about missing a cut time by four tenths of a second.

Read Story

Thumb 1518808715 image1

Who's Your One?

Submitted by Amanda

My life partner always acts as fuel when my fire seems to be dimming. He always keeps me motivated and encourage. I never knew how impactful words of encouragement could be until I meet him. My job role is one of which I am look upon to encourage others. His guidance and kind words has help me tremendously with my...

Read Story

Thumb 1518455136 img 0853

Who's Your One?

Submitted by jack abbott

My incredible partner, the love of my life, inspires me every day. She's always striving and pushing for us to do our very best. Never settles. She supports me no matter what kind of mood I'm in. She loves us unconditionally. Donna is my dream come true. I don't want to think about what my life might be like without...

Read Story

See All Kindness Stories