If You Don't Volunteer, You
By Charlotte L. Glover
December 23, 2008
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
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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