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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Cadets worked hard at vets’ event
In a world where, it seems, we hear only negative comments about today’s teens, why not report more positive news?
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of volunteering alongside the Patrick Henry JROTC cadets at the Military Family Support Center “Fill the Humvee” event in Salem. From 9 a.m. till after 4 p.m. Saturday, these teens handed out fliers, recruited donations and filled the Army trucks, then went back to the food pantry to unload and stock the shelves.
These teens stood in the hot sun all day, and not one complained. They really worked to make sure that veterans’ families in this area had enough to fill the pantry and verbalized their concerns about veterans’ struggles.
I was greatly impressed with their leadership, diplomacy and willingness to go the extra mile.
Lt. Col. Steve Boyd, their commander, should also be commended for his dedication to the JROTC program and his concern for students.
Willful ignorance of the need among us
I cried when I read Glenn Watson’s letter “The poor just don’t want to work” (Aug. 25, Pick of the day).
Obviously, Watson has never taken the opportunity to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, at one of the Rescue Mission Ministries or at any of the local food banks.
If he had volunteered and taken the time to get to know the clients, he never would have written that letter.
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