Day of Caring needs to be spread countywide

One of the most important things to living a long and fruitful life is to live in a close-knit community where the bonds are strong.

So it is with some admiration that we applaud those who participated in the second annual Day of Caring in Little Falls. Not only 732 students from Little Falls Community High School’s grades 9-12 participated, but they were helped by 160 community members, including teams from St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Spectrum Printing and Camp Ripley, plus 101 school staff members and adult volunteers.

Altogether, they helped 116 homeowners in Little Falls and 10 in Randall with their spring clean-up chores. After completing those tasks, the volunteers went to 14 public properties and did more cleaning there.

Many hands make even big tasks easy. At Linden Hill, for example, with its huge lawn, the volunteers raked every inch.

Meanwhile, the Strack and Palmer bus companies donated their equipment and services to move the students around. A free lunch for all the volunteers was provided by Chartwell, Minnesota Power and Coborn’s.  Members of the Lions Club, Health Communities Collaborative Board and Minnesota Power manned the grill.

Afterward, Bob LeMieur Rolloffs Refuse and Recycling and City Sanitary Service donated time to pick up the bagged leaves, the city donated garbage bags and city crews picked up sticks and garbage.

But spearheading the effort were the students, particularly the Little Falls Student Council. They demonstrated organizational ability far beyond their years.

It may be only one day a year, but it is events like the Day of Caring that make all the difference in the life and future of a community. It is events like these that remind us that the people with whom we share this place called home care about us and care about this place. They encourage us to turn around and help someone else. That is exactly how communities grow stronger.

By all accounts, even though this is only its second year, the Day of Caring has been a great success — so great, in fact, that it only makes sense that somehow the organizers should figure out a way to turn it into a countywide affair. All of Morrison County can then benefit just as Little Falls and Randall have.