Out­pour­ing of Wal­dorf com­mu­nity sup­port heart­warm­ing

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I wanted to share some­thing I ex­pe­ri­enced this week. A week ago from last Sun­day, we had a tragedy hap­pen in my com­mu­nity. A 10-year-old boy from my neigh­bor­hood was hit as he crossed McDaniel Road on a cross­walk. He was rid­ing his bi­cy­cle, wear­ing his hel­met, and was with an adult (his mom) and two other friends. He was taken to Chil­dren’s Na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he died the fol­low­ing Tues­day morn­ing. So Sad. So very dev­as­tat­ing.

But what I wanted to share is what hap­pened next. The com­mu­nity has sur­rounded and com­mit­ted them­selves to sup­port­ing th­ese par­ents. The soc­cer team came out Sun­day night at the view­ing in full or­ange soc­cer uni­forms. Three Charles County com­mis­sion­ers came to share their con­do­lences. The food that ap­peared for the fam­ily came from the com­mu­nity and was truly amaz­ing. An or­ga­nizer had to ask that no more food come to the house. So much food came to the re­cep­tion af­ter the fu­neral that some was taken to the men’s shel­ter in Wal­dorf, and the women’s shel­ter in Hugh­esville.

Over 250 peo­ple at­tended the fu­neral. The soc­cer team (wear­ing arm­bands), class­mates and friends of the fam­ily came to cel­e­brate this lit­tle man’s life. They ranged in age from baby through all school ages and adults — and they were in­cred­i­ble. They were amaz­ing in their de­meanor, their will­ing­ness to share sto­ries about their friend, and over­all, well be­haved and re­spect­ful. Some­times our let­ters here jump at the op­por­tu­nity to tell when things have not gone well. But this com­mu­nity, th­ese kids and their par­ents, this amaz­ing place where I live has made me so proud this week. They have be­haved with com­pas­sion, un­der­stand­ing, and a com­mit­ment to hu­man dig­nity that makes me so glad to say I am from the St. Charles com­mu­nity of Wal­dorf. And the peo­ple here, have each other’s back. Thank you to each and ev­ery one of you.

Pam Ped­er­sen, Art Cro­foot

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