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If You Don't Volunteer, You Can't Complain!
By Charlotte L. Glover


December 23, 2008
Tuesday AM

Dear Sitnews,

I was glad to see Diane Naab's letter explaining the position of the downtown Christmas tree. I attended the tree lighting ceremony with two very excited little boys. We enjoyed the singing of the Tongass School, the free refreshments and we were happy to be out of the rain in the spacious covered shelter. The free holiday stockings full of fruit, nuts and toys were deluxe.Those of us who actually PARTICIPATED in the event had nothing but happy smiles on our faces. I think the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Steering Committee did a fabulous job at kicking off our holiday season. And I know Sockeye Sams and Tongass Trading sure did not mind the many of us who took time to shop that afternoon while we were on the dock!

As a youth services librarian, mother and volunteer, I work with dozens of non-profits and government agencies in our town. What they all have in common is small staffs with big hearts who stretch thin dollars a long, long way to put a smile on a child's face, provide a hot meal, coordinate a special event or distribute a new book to a young reader who has none. I would love it if all the critics and complainers out there would put their energy into lending a hand to the many great community groups in our town. I could give you a list of at least fifty that could use your time, serving everyone from newborns to senior citizens.


Charlotte L. Glover
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Charlotte has been the youth services librarian at the Ketchikan Public Library for the past eighteen years who has been involved with many different community groups in the past two decades."

Received December 23, 2008 - Published December 23, 2008


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