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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Apr 30, 2008

It’s a shame that it comes just once week a year, but this is just as good of a time as any to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Epitomizing National Volunteer Week is Gladys Sabin who was recognized Tuesday as Estherville Good Samaritan Society Volunteer of the Year, a well-deserved recognition.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our humanity. They are the ones who check on their neighbors to make sure everything is going well. They keep the wheels greased in nonprofit organizations. They are what makes our churches, schools, and colleges human.

A volunteer is the sort of person who makes it his or her business when he or she sees someone who is down and out.

A volunteer is the type of individual who, upon seeing a street person, finds a way to help that individual find a hot meal, place to sleep, or a job.

A volunteer is someone who offers to care for a newly orphaned family.

A volunteer is someone who can look past age and wrinkles and destitution and alcohol and drug use and see the real human being inside.

A volunteer is someone who finds that helping someone else gives life meaning.

So if you aren’t a volunteer already, become one. There are plenty of opportunities available. Volunteering is also a great way to meet fascinating new people whose natural inclination is to help others.

So do something for yourself. Volunteer today.