Our thoughts A help­ing hand

The Covington News - - OPINION - The Cov­ing­ton News The Cov­ing­ton News

The start of school is right around the cor­ner and chil­dren will be re­turn­ing to a set­ting of ed­u­ca­tion and friendship.

For many New­ton County chil­dren, re­turn­ing to school also means re­turn­ing to a place where they can get two meals ev­ery day (for many, school cafe­te­rias serve both break­fast and lunch).

There is a need for food in our county, one that stretches to some of our chil­dren who strug­gle to get a meal. Whether their par­ents can’t af­ford three meals a day or their par­ents aren’t home to cook, the fact is that some of our chil­dren don’t get the meals that most of us take for granted.

In New­ton County, we have sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions and many peo­ple who step up to try to ad­dress this prob­lem.

Each week this sum­mer, Ac­tion Min­istries has packed lunches for chil­dren to have food when they other­wise wouldn’t. They work with mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions and groups at dif­fer­ent sites through­out the com­mu­nity to feed more than 100 chil­dren each day dur­ing the week.

Staff at re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer to make 25 lunches. It took us 30 min­utes and that 30 min­utes opened our eyes and changed us. It is one thing to hear re­ports about the hun­gry and needy. It is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent thing to re­al­ize that these are our neigh­bors.

It is won­der­ful to see our com­mu­nity mem­bers not turn­ing a blind eye to this, but rather stepping up to fill a need. It is one of the things that makes this com­mu­nity such a great one. If one per­son helps out for an hour, sev­eral fam­i­lies re­ceive the ben­e­fit. That trans­lates to dozens of chil­dren not know­ing what it is to be hun­gry that day. Lit­tle by lit­tle, our world can be a bet­ter place.

Our com­mu­nity is also tak­ing it a step fur­ther and mak­ing sure our chil­dren have what they need to learn in school.

The Sher­iff’s depart­ment and sev­eral com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses have been work­ing to gather school sup­plies to give to those in need so that chil­dren could have ev­ery­thing needed when the first day of classes rolls around.

If we ex­pect our chil­dren to suc­ceed, and they must in or­der to carry the next gen­er­a­tion, then we must make sure they have the tools with which to suc­ceed. Yes, this means proper in­struc­tion and a com­pre­hen­sive cur­ricu­lum but that also means proper sup­plies and full bel­lies so they can do the work in front of them.

These are great or­ga­ni­za­tions but they aren’t the only ones. How­ever, in re­cent years, all such or­ga­ni­za­tions have seen a rise in de­mand.

If you are one of the many vol­un­teers that al­ready help, we thank you and ask that you con­tinue the good work. It would not be pos­si­ble with­out you.

If you aren’t, we strongly urge you to take the op­por­tu­nity to help your neigh­bor. There are op­por­tu­ni­ties ev­ery­where and just as much need to match what­ever time or funds you have avail­able.

Ev­ery­one knows that the need is there. Maybe know­ing that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is also there, serv­ing the com­mu­nity, will help you de­cide to go vol­un­teer or to ask your friend, co­worker, or fam­ily mem­ber to come with you to serve.

We at be­lieve that New­ton County is a great com­mu­nity. Work­ing to­gether and help­ing those in need are a vi­tal part of the strength of our com­mu­nity. If our char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions grow and our help­ing hands reach out fur­ther, then our com­mu­nity, and es­pe­cially our chil­dren, are the bet­ter for it.

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