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Eblen co-founder aims to inspire others to be Good Samaritans through new book

A new book called "Find your own Calcutta" by Bill Murdock might be the blueprint to something big. It doesn't always take a big donation, sometimes small steps go a long way. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The holidays are often a time to reflect on what we've done this year, and for some of us, it's an opportunity to think about how to make the world around us a better place.

A new book called "Find your own Calcutta" by Bill Murdock might be the blueprint to something big. It doesn't always take a big donation, sometimes small steps go a long way.

"The book's written in a spirit of optimism in such a tumultuous and contentious world that we live in now," said Murdock, Executive Director of Eblen Charities. "I think there's such a longing for finding that life of service and meaning."

Royalties of the book will go toward Eblen, the charity he co-founded.

He spotlights Mother Teresa of Calcutta but also found inspiration in the selflessness of people right here in the mountains.

"I don't think it does that much good to be doing things on the other side of the world when we are stepping over people in our own community that are needing help," Murdock points out.

"Find Your Own Calcutta" celebrates Good Samaritans in Western North Carolina.

Among those included in the book are Joe and Janice Brumit who own restaurants, including local Arby's. They teamed up with Eblen Charities and developed Joyful Holidays At Home, which provides thousands of gift cards to help feed students.

Another inspiration was Cookie Mills, who created housing on Ducker Road and made a forgotten neighborhood a safer place.

Meanwhile, SimplyHome founders Allen and Drue Ray help seniors and people with disabilities with technology, which helps them live independently.

"Those types of things are your realities, but they don't have to define how you live. So, that is our goal," Drue told News 13.

"Well, you hope that people will start understanding that our needs and outcomes we want to create as a society should be one person at a time," Allen said.

"Find your own Calcutta" may spark questions and simple answers that make your community a better place.

"It doesn't have to be big. It could be calling someone every day," Murdock said. "It could be calling a neighbor every day. It could be taking someone to the doctor every day."

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