Editorial: Pulling on our own bootstraps

August 28, 2013 

The line of people waiting to get into the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club on Saturday afternoon was both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

It was heartbreaking because the people in that line were not in a position to help their children prepare for their opening day of school. Through whatever circumstance brought them there, they needed a little help.

But it was heartwarming on a number of notable levels.

First, it does not escape our notice that these parents were in line with their children because they wanted those children to be able to start the school year right. With a bookbag and some school supplies just like every other child at school might have. Clearly those parents value the importance of education and they were willing to do what it took to make certain their children would have the same advantages other children enjoy.

It is also important to note that these children were not in line for government assistance.

No, they were being served by volunteers in the community who had given of their time to gather the resources they were giving away. And they were proving the theory that, left to our own devices and without the interference of government, there is a way to meet the needs that exist in our own communities.

Last weekend’s Back to School Jamboree should remind us all that we have the capacity, in eastern Wake County, to help our neighbors and the spirit to do so cheerfully.

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