EDITORIAL: Acts of love change lives

Jan. 25, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Countless acts of human kindness happen in our society each day. Some command attention; others are only known to the giver, who remains anonymous.

More days than not, this newspaper — and others as well — has the pleasure of reporting on some good deed carried out by an individual or group.

Take, for example, Thursday’s front page.

Consider the story of the Sanford Block Party, an effort to clean up Hawkins Avenue from Hill Avenue to East Weatherspoon Street. This will be the fourth annual event to help make a difference in our community. It’s only through the work of dedicated volunteers that this event can be a success, as it has for the past three years. Note that this year’s event is coordinated by the city’s Housing Task Force and by local insurance agents. How commendable for these agents to step up to the forefront in leading this effort.

Then there was the story of 9-year-old Evie Wentz, who is facing kidney transplant surgery. The Wentz family attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sanford, where they met Teri Clark and Jennifer Trapp.

Now, Clark is helping coordinate fundraising efforts for the transplant via the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. Thus, nearly $18,000 has been raised for the effort.

As for Trapp, she has volunteered to donate a kidney for Evie.

Evie’s dad, Tyler, said Trapp’s offer is “a tremendous, selfless gift ... truly an act of love.”

Indeed, he’s absolutely right. Trapp’s remarkable act is the kind that inspires us all to reach into our inner selves and find ways to do more to assist our fellow man and improve our communities.

One need not make a great splash to make an impact. As the great Mother Teresa is quoted as saying: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

No matter how rich or poor we may be, we all have the capacity to improve the life of another person.

What will be your random act of kindness today?