Community’s generosity has been wonderful to witness |

Community’s generosity has been wonderful to witness

Of all places, leave it to the sitcom “My Name is Earl” to regularly discuss a simple truth in life. Earl Hickey may have put it best when he said, “Do good things and good things happen.” That is exactly what occurred recently in our own community.

Has Visa or American Express ever offered to take a can of soup to cover your late charge? Certainly the IRS won’t accept a few boxes of macaroni and cheese if you make a mistake on your taxes. But because your libraries care about you, and care about these communities, we were able to sponsor one such program that was beneficial to everyone.

During the first half of February, the Food for Fines campaign was launched to both clear up those pesky library fines that accumulated last year, and to also directly benefit the community. All cans, bags, and boxes of food that were donated were given to Lift-Up.

Donations poured into all six libraries during the campaign. It was amazing to see the Rifle donation box fill up, overflow, and then fill up again five times! Individuals and families brought in noodles, soups, and even infant formula to help. Not only did people donate, but they remarked how wonderful the program was. People felt good because they were able to help others while taking care of their own small debts to the library. By the end of the program, 990 items had been donated districtwide. The Garfield County Public Library District would like to thank every single person who participated in this successful program.

The people in this valley are kind and generous. In today’s society, we don’t always hear this. We want people to realize that good things do happen. Good people do exist. And generosity is alive and well. The Library District started with an idea, hoping everyone would benefit. The community responded. We thank you.

I’d like to leave you with a quote from a much smarter and less fictional man. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ” Winston Churchill

Emily Hisel is a youth services librarian at the Rifle Branch of the Garfield County Library District.

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