People fall on difficult times. It happens.
Sometimes the person brings it on himself. Other times, life comes barreling at you like a swift, silent torpedo that’s so silent you can’t tell it’s there. ‘Til it hits you. Then boom.
People hit rock bottom in Rockingham and Richmond County. And everywhere else. Yet, once knocked down, it seems folks in Richmond County get back up with more help than anywhere else. Times are difficult. Your neighbors on either side of you are probably having trouble paying their bills, battling illness or toughing out one more night without quite enough to eat. And yet, Richmond County continues to give.
The need never goes away. At one moment, its the United Way of Richmond County presenting quarterly donations — made possible by people just like you — to more than a dozen agencies. The causes, good ones each of them, run the gamut — from our youth to our seniors, from our homeless to our hungry. To our abused, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Pastor Joe Wilkes, of Abundant Life Church right here in Rockingham, tried to convey in words what the heart felt. It’s a difficult thing to do, especially when the feeling of gratefulness and appreciation is as great as the need itself. Wilkes tried to say two simple words — “thank you” — to the friends, family and strangers alike who helped raise more than $9,000 for Rockingham resident Steve Snead. Snead recently underwent a heart transplant.
“I am just so humble about how much was raised,” Wilkes told us, and you, on the front page of Friday’s newspaper.
Look through the pages of any given edition of The Daily Journal. Almost every day, there is at least one news brief or full-fledged article about this cause or that. Today’s 1A highlights the inaugural Ride for the Troops, a 100-mile motorcycle ride to benefits veterans being assisted by the Wounded Warriors Project. On Friday, on page 3A, there was a news release noting the Suite event to support New Horizons, which is the county’s only service provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
In the near future, you’ll read an update about Jonathan Hernandez. The young man is stricken with mestatic osteosarcoma — bone cancer — and is fighting back through a modified diet and healthy living. But he’s not alone in his fight. Recently, several businesses pitched in that allowed Jonathan and his family to purchase and install a water purifier that will allow him to drink distilled water which seems to be working for him.
Giving … well, there is never a limit on the practice. There’s always another need. And it can hurt, both the person who sacrifices to give and the person who struggles to accept help. But each cloud has a silver ling. Aside from the success of the fundraiser, Wilkes said he recently caught up with Snead and learned his health was improving.
Happy endings make the pain of giving that much easier. And no one does it better than you and your Richmond County neighbors.