Social media often comes in for some unfair stick – usually from people who don’t use it.
However, be that as it may, while accepting that communicating via Facebook or Twitter isn’t as satisfying as a good old-fashioned chin-wag there is a lot of good that can come from it.
Take the case of Sheffield ex-pat Mandy Bennett, who lives in Florida. Mandy issued a Twitter appeal after forgetting to post a birthday card to mum Glynnis Clarke, who lives in Shiregreen.
Electrician Geoff Bingley was online, or ‘plugged in’ at the time and saw the SOS sent from the other side of the Atlantic.
Thinking of nothing more than doing a good deed, Geoff bought a card on behalf of Mandy – a stranger until their online meeting – and delivered it to Glynnis.
There are nice, kind, generous people online who demonstrate the power of social media every day.
Speaking of kindness, praise is due to a Barnsley family who are giving up their Christmas Day to help people who may be on their own over the festive period. Well done to Raychel and Steve McGuin of Darton and Raychel’s mum and step-dad Judith and Ian Bisset of Athersley South.