Like most people I have been suffering with the news from all over the world that makes the headlines in the press and on the air. Every day there is a new crisis to remind us that life is really a very fragile thing and we can lose it very easily. I have to admit that seeing it through these very old eyes may give me a perspective that isn’t shared with the masses.
By Walt Trandum
Since the above subject matter is not a very nice experience, I thought maybe a glimpse at some good things that are happening in my life might be of interest to others. In particular I am going to talk about the volunteers that we see in our community and even find mentioned in the press now and then. I am talking about people who give of their time and even their money in the pursuit of making life better for others. Those we can help are not just those who are down and out, they are even those who may be living a good life. You can never tell when someone might need some assistance either financially or physically with a problem they are living with. Maybe they are struggling to help someone whose needs are larger than one person can handle.
Over the years I have been privileged to lend a hand in many ventures that have grown to be real assets in our world. A discussion over lunch one day led to the establishment of one of the world’s best eye banks. It started with just volunteers who recognized it as something that could change the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people for whom a corneal procedure could make the difference between sight and or perhaps being blind.
There are many people in our community who are working day after day on projects to provide basic needs for people who would go hungry or perhaps fail in their efforts to earn a living. There are those who have mental and emotional problems that make them different and many are not accepted in their communities or families. Many individuals and organizations spend thousands of dollars and hours raising money and even conducting various tests and treatments to help those with special needs.
Some of those volunteer efforts are readily seen by the public, but the thousands of hours spent on preparing the food or product to be sold happens behind the scenes. It is apparent that none of those people realize any money from their efforts but they do have the privilege of knowing that they are part of the solution and not the problem.
I remember when a member of our Lions Club passed away and how much we knew we were going to miss him. One day I happened to be in the Lions meeting hall and discovered a large puddle of water in the kitchen area. It was coming from a bucket that was overflowing and it had been catching the leaks from the sink above. It wasn’t much of a job to replace the gasket in the sink drain and the problem was solved. It dawned on me that we had never experienced that problem when our lately departed friend was alive. He evidently had been emptying that bucket for several years. Another member passed away and we then realized that for several years he had been cleaning the hall every Sunday after the weekend Bingo sessions.
Service to help others often helps the person by letting them feel good about their contribution to the cause at hand. They don’t expect any more compensation other than observing others enjoying themselves and they helped make it happen.
Watching a youngster looking through the new pair of glasses that you just helped him receive can be the brightest part of any day for everyone involved. You can be part of all this if you take the time to buy a special hot dog from the Rockaway Lions Weenie Wagon. All the proceeds from that purple trailer are spent making lives better for others and they sure get to meet a lot of nice people