Much sorrow has hit our community in the past couple months. But helping to ease the pain ever so slightly has been an overflow of generosity and kindness.
Our most recent attention has been placed on Discovery Bay's Dase Rios, the 6-year-old bitten by a dog resulting in serious facial injuries, according to officials.
Immediately following the Oct. 10 incident, friends rallied around the boy's mother, and have put together an online donation site.
The Discovery Bay Elementary second-grader is said to be "sweet and a total love bug."
To donate to help pay for Dase's medical expenses, go to http://bit.ly/1cv3Xm1 where a GiveForward account has been established.
HEARTBREAKING LOSS: On Sept. 23, Burgess Hu, 12, was hit and killed while riding his bicycle in front of Excelsior Middle School shaking up the entire community and surrounding areas.
By all accounts, the Discovery Bay seventh-grader was friendly, kind and helpful. Immediately following the tragedy, a fundraiser was set up for the parents of Hu, an avid reader and Boy Scout.
Discovery Bay's Tammy Ford didn't even know Burgess, but still felt compelled to help. She spearheaded the campaign that raised more than $8,000 for the family to help with funeral expenses and the like.
In her message to those who gave via GoFundMe.com, she said: "Thank you so much for reaching out to the Hu family with your kind thoughts and donations. We have raised $8,345.00, which is 166.9 percent of our goal.
"It warms my heart that a community, friends, family and even others from states (far) away have donated for the purpose of putting this amazing young man to rest and hoping to lessen the burden on the family. It is unbelievable how many people want to do good and help in a cause, but everyday life gets in the way.
"I did not have the pleasure of ever meeting Burgess, but he has touched my heart with his passing."
To donate to the account in Burgess' memory, go to GoFundMe.com or http://bit.ly/187Ypsu
GOODBYE TO A PRINCESS: On Sept. 23, 2-year-old Ameeya McDonald was accidentally hit by an SUV and died from the injuries three days later.
In her short time, the Pittsburg toddler brought much joy to her family and friends. The community hosted two charities, raising nearly $6,000 for funeral costs.
"If she saw you crying, she would wipe your tears and say, 'Don't cry, it will be much better,' mother Danee Lumbre told this newspaper after the awful event. "She was just very compassionate to be that young," she said about her daughter nicknamed Princess.
Reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.