Editorial: Helping where we see a need

August 22, 2013 

Last week’s effort by the doctors and staffs at Knightdale Eye Care and Wendell Eye Care is a perfect example of how our communities can bypass the morass of government assistance, filled with its red tape and bureaucracy and lend a quick, efficient hand to meet a pressing need.

A few years ago, Dr. Tim Poirer and Dr. Jon Lutz began to see more patients who couldn’t afford the care they were recommending. There wasn’t a shortage of desire on the part of those folks to resolve their eyesight problems. There was simply a lack of resources to address the need.

This need, in a way, is a microcosm of the kinds of needs a great many people in our communities are dealing with. There’s often no good option for dealing with those problems, whether it be a food shortage in the home, illiteracy that causes problems finding gainful employment or unemployed people who are having trouble keeping the lights on.

In this case, Lutz and Poirer knew they could use their professional skills to meet a need.

And, so last Friday, as more than 100 people streamed into their Knightdale office, they set about doing so.

They weren’t worried about the money. They weren’t trying to keep detailed records for the purpose of insurance reimbursement.

It’s not unreasonable to expect doctors to charge for their services and, truthfully, they don’t want to get into the business of giving away all their skills and resources.

But it says a lot about their commitment to their communities that they would give what they did.

And, it also serves as an object lesson for the rest of us. Giving of our time and our talents should be a priority for all of us. Sharing our resources in a reasonable way should be a priority for all of us.

Poirer and Lutz may one day realize a new patient because someone they helped got back on their feet and stabilized their situation well enough to become full-paying clients.

But in the meantime, there was no looking for a payday.

It’s a selfless act we could all replicate. And our communities would be so much better off if we followed their lead.

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