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What makes a humanitarian?

What does it take to be a humanitarian?

There are so many attributes and so many words that could be used to define a humanitarian. But in the simplest of terms, it’s someone who cares for others. Someone who opens his or her heart. Someone who gives of his or her time. Someone who is about community and being a good neighbor.

A humanitarian is unselfish and dedicated. It begins with a giving heart.

Garfield County is blessed to have so many people who can be called humanitarians.

On Monday night, 29 of these selfless, caring, dedicated Garfield County residents were honored for their humanitarian efforts. Men and women of all ages were recognized for their community involvement and spirit ” spirit of the human heart.

They were honored for things like volunteer work with local hospitals, animal shelters, churches, fundraisers, Colorado Mountain College, area schools, nonprofit and many other organizations and causes.

They were honored because they put community and neighbors high on their list of priorities.

The list of their contributions to the community is stunning to say the least. Their caring and dedication for others is special beyond words.

These 29 amazing people would never seek recognition for their work. They do it because they want to make our community a better place. They do the things they do because they have a heart and a spirit that has no bounds.

Seven people were honored at the 2008 Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards: Walter Gallacher, Karen Barraza, John and June Zacharias, Bruce D. Lewis, Lynn Renick and Mackenzie “Mac” Burnett.

Because people like these, humanitarians like these, never look for the spotlight, it’s up to us to pull them into that deserving spotlight. It’s up to us to nominate men and women like the 29 who were recognized Monday night. We all know of extraordinary people who do unique and caring things without ever being asked. They let their heart lead them to help others, to be that good neighbor, to make our community a better place.

Next year when the call for nominations goes out, remember those unique members of our community, and nominate them to be recognized.

Of all the words that could be used to describe the 29 worthy nominees at this year’s ceremony, one was most evident ” humble.

None were comfortable with their recognition. Awkward being honored for something they do without ever seeking or really wanting recognition.

But that’s why the annual Humanitarian Awards are so important. It’s a time when we the community get to say thanks to these men women who give their time and energy, open their hearts and share their amazing spirit to make Garfield County a great place to call home.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners. We appreciate what you do for our community and can never find the perfect words to truly honor your community spirit.

So we will simply say thank you for making Garfield County a little more special.

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