Editorial: Neighbors helping neighbors
Don’t be cynical. Be thankful.
Watching the Daffodil Festival Parade on Saturday underlined a concept that is true to both Gloucester and Mathews.
Without volunteers, we would be poor in spirit. With the great number of groups working all the time in both counties, we are rich indeed.
It’s easy to be cynical and to say things like “They just meet for dinner” or “Those Shriners in their silly cars” and to pass off the purpose behind them. Rotary clubs, for instance, have taken on polio in the world and have nearly wiped it out. The Shriners fully fund hospitals for crippled and burned children.
Every group has a cause; sometimes the cause is the community itself.
Watch the Mathews Lions working, working, working in their food trailer; and think that the money they raise goes right back to the county, thousands of dollars to support other groups and to pay for local students’ educations.
Watch members of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society put on one fundraiser after another; and think of the thousands of dogs and cats for which they have found wonderful homes.
Shop at the various thrift stores and think of the special ed students, disabled veterans, battered women and others in need who are helped … by the generous donations of items, and by the shoppers who buy them.
An Abingdon fire truck in Saturday’s passing parade said “Neighbors helping neighbors” and its motto is true not only for the volunteers in that organization, but also for each group, every group, working within our county borders. There are so many that it’s impossible to name them all here; however, they all deserve our support when possible, and our gratitude in any circumstance.
This is National Volunteer Week in the United States. We salute them all.