The article recounts the events of the Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994. The quake caused massive destruction and disruption in the San Fernando Valley. Guarded by soldiers, residents were camping outside their damaged homes for fear of aftershocks. A reporter interviewed local people to capture their stories and found a sense of hope in the newspapers they received. The article also honors the heroes who rose to help in the aftermath, including a 93-year-old Red Cross volunteer, nurses at Northridge Hospital who saved 21 babies, and a baby boy born during the earthquake. The columnist reflects on the lessons learned from the earthquake and the kindness shown by people in the community. The article concludes on the note that if people showed the same kindness in everyday life as they did during the earthquake, the world would be a better place.