Don’t leap to judg­ment

Waterloo Region Record - - Insight -

The first knock at my door on Hal­loween came very early. I opened the door and was a lit­tle sur­prised to see a young man, about 14 to 15 years old. He wasn’t in a cos­tume and was ac­com­pa­nied by sev­eral other young peo­ple who were stand­ing on the street. I was about to sug­gest that he don a cos­tume and show a lit­tle Hal­loween spirit, when he started his spiel. He said that he was with a lo­cal church youth group and that they were col­lect­ing food do­na­tions for the food bank. I handed over a do­na­tion, gave him some treats for his posse, and thanked him for his ef­forts. It’s won­der­ful to see young peo­ple get­ting in­volved and par­tic­i­pat­ing is such un­selfish acts. I was also re­minded of the adage: “Never judge a book by its cover.”

Kevin Betts

Elmira

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