Elmira Independent Editorial
Local youth in Linwood had the chance to learn the old adage this week — “many hands make light work.”
In a matter of a few days, the youngsters (with help of professionals) managed to create their very own park, based on their ideas of what their community needs.
It was a life-changing moment for the youth, who will forever remember what it meant to be part of something larger than themselves.
This is the second time the Giver television program, a show that airs on TVO, picked a Wellesley Township community for its program. Last year, Giver visited Hawkesville, where another group of able-bodied youth worked together to create a dream playground.
Of course, we have seen it before in this community, whether it has been the Kate’s Kause fundraising program that has ultimately resulted in a state-of-the-art playground that other towns envy, or the combined efforts that went into Woolwich’s bid at Hockeyville status, a few short years ago.
There’s something that happens when we all work together. The entire community wins.
This summer, we have another opportunity to put our power together for good, to help out the local food bank.
The shelves at Woolwich Community Services are, for this time of year, in a typically barren state. While there are multiple boxes of Kraft Dinner available, there are no hot cereals, no jam, very few canned meats, and little in the way of toiletries.
Donations always seem to drop off in the summer months, making it hard for the agency that has to meet the needs of a growing community.
While those of us with good-paying jobs can afford to take holidays during the summer months, poverty and hunger does not go on vacation.
There are many in this community who are struggling at the poverty line — the working poor who are paycheque to paycheque. In these homes, one unexpected expense can topple the house of cards on which the family budget is built.
That’s where the food bank steps in, and provides that help that can make all the difference to those in need, those who are wondering how they will pay this month’s rent.
A visit to the food bank is a sobering, last-resort choice for many, one they truly hope they don’t have to make. But when families need to be fed, the tough call has to be made. For these families, anything we can do to help would make a world of difference.
It doesn’t have to be much; in fact, it could be as little as a can of fruit, because, if we all take the time to help, no one in this community would go hungry.
We can learn something from the youth in Linwood. A little help can go a long way.