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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 10, 2008

A lot of times, actions speak louder than words.

That was most certainly the case with the American Cancer Society Emmet County Relay for Life this past weekend when the teams raised $109,000. It was another record-breaker for Emmet County which raised about $106,000 last year, making it fifth in the nation for the amount raised per capita. In previous years, our county has been as high as third in the nation per capita.

You only had to view the luminaries to see the impact that cancer has had on people’s lives. And you only had to see the survivors’ walk to see the success that people have had in fighting and beating cancer.

While the Relay for Life is certainly a testament to the generosity of people in Emmet County, it is but one example of the giving spirit that people here have for one another. Time and time again, the people of Emmet County open their arms and hearts to others in need — not because they want recognition or praise but because they have compassion for each other, a compassion that includes even total strangers.

We know of one family whose home was lost to a fire. While the firefighters (all volunteers, of course) were still fighting the fire, a bank account was established to help the people replace their belongings.

Dr. Richard Lepird, a local orthopedic surgeon who invented a surgical procedure that remains the gold standard today, volunteers his time every winter to help the poor in Mexico.

Every Christmas, our churches band together to help those in need. Everyone pitches in to help stock the local food pantry, from grade school on up.

Volunteers are always to be found at Avera Holy Family Health and at Rosewood Manor and the Estherville Good Samaritan Society, helping the sick and the elderly through difficult times of their lives.

Ours is a county of volunteers, of people who bring meaning to their own lives by helping others.And that is the greatest gift of all.