Editorial: Everyone can make difference

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Earlier this month, we paid tribute to volunteers in the pages of The Dispatch. We were with them in court, the hospital, schools and more. Truly, it is hard to go anywhere in our community and not find someone who gives of their time for a good cause.

The sixth annual Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep has already launched. A statewide effort kicks off Saturday. Volunteers are making each successful.

Our roads and highways are seen not only by Tri-County residents, but people commuting through every day. While it is unfortunate that litter remains a problem throughout the country, we salute those who have and will step forward in this noble cause.

We’re getting a twist this year, too. The Vance County Appearance Commission and the Henderson Community Appearance Commission are teaming up to offer the first Henderson-Vance Recycling Day. It happens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the City Operations Center.

Our fervent hope is the effort to keep clean the place we call home won’t begin and end with the spring.

Rather, we hope this continues all year. This week’s extra effort will go a long way. But as we look around, what else can we do? And who will do it?

Clubs and classes in the schools — all ages and not just teen — are one possibility. Our youngsters benefit when we teach them about loving their neighbors and giving back because it is the right thing to do and not because it’s required. Any number of entities involved with housing could offer the name of a neighbor who just needs a little something.

Civic clubs and churches have long been a backbone in Henderson. They support children and adults with a variety of assistance, and perhaps one weekend soon would be the chance to handle a project.

Businesses will be among the proud folks in several events the next couple of months, from charity golf tournaments to cancer awareness and more. Could there be one more project to help? Maybe with a partner?

We observe a lot, have fleeting moments of “Oh, how about if someone …” and then dash to the next moment.

Stop. Take time. And consider how we all might make a difference.