I love all these stories! It is just amazing what people do for each other, I love it.
I live in coastal Texas and hurricane Rita hit in 2005. It was the fourth strongest hurricane observed in the gulf of Mexico and was headed right for us(I live 45 minutes from Galveston) So we packed up our animals including our two horses and set out on the road due to mandatory evacuation. Twenty hours later, we had only gone the distance that we can normally travel in one hour. It was dark, we were all exhausted, my mare hadn't drank anything and was quickly becoming severely dehydrated(doesn't help with 100+ degree temps and sitting at a stand still for so long.) So we pulled over on the side of a back road and planned to sleep there.
Just as we settled down, this truck drove down the road and stopped beside us. It was a local family asking if we needed help. Whenever my dad told them that we were just pulled over for the night, they invited us to stay at their house. So off we go to this complete strangers' house and everyone piles out. Their neighbors owned a pasture and we were able to let the horses stay there, saving my mare. We stayed there for two or three days, making friends, having barbecues. I was only 12 at that time so couldn't really appreciate it, but I sure do now.
Needless to say, Rita actually lost a lot of power and hit as a weak Category 3 and quickly degenerated into a tropical storm. But we were safe and so were our ponies.
I also cannot say enough good things about my vet and farrier. My vet has been so generous when it comes to Henny's medical bills. He knows my situation and how I pay for everything for him. From November to March he was at the vet at least once a month. Check-ups, getting gelded, shots, acupuncture, radiographs of his feet and it goes on. A few visits, my vet has told me "Don't worry about it" when it comes to paying the bill. I'm very thankful for it. I first met my farrier in January when Henny's feet problems started. Whenever he finished trimming Henny's feet, I asked him how much it would cost. He told me, "Don't worry about. Buy some hoof hardener for him with the money." I appreciate it so much I almost cried LOL. It was only $40 dollars, but I really do appreciate it. He has yet to charge me for a trim and he's come out nearly every two weeks to trim Henny and sometimes my pony. He's given me a rasp, a farrier apron, and TWO sets of nippers that retail at $200 each. He is also letting me "apprentice" under him whenever I get the chance and schedules allow it. I feel like saying thank you is never enough. I'll be getting him a little present to show my appreciation. I'll also be returning his apron when I buy my own and returning a pair of his nippers after I get the pair back that I just sent off to be rebuilt. As a 20 year old solely taking care of a "special needs" yearling, the little things mean a lot to me.
There on the tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he; How joyous his neigh,
there in the midst of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he; how joyous his neigh