Editorial: Take a lesson from the youth in our community

The youth in the Comox Valley continue to impress the community, with acts of kindness.

A couple of articles that ran last week featured teens, and “tweens,” reaching out to make life better for others, at no profit or benefit to themselves.

There was the story about Cumberland teen, Breanna Brosko, who has created an ‘adopt-a-grandparent’ initiative, where people can pick a name from a Christmas tree located at the Cliffe Avenue A&W and buy a present for one of our nursing home seniors who might otherwise be overlooked this Christmas season.

Then there was the story of Noah Verde and his friend Ella Dyck, a couple of 12-year-olds who found a homeless person’s shelter near a bridge, and returned with a care package for whoever it was that lived there. (They never did meet the person, but went back the next day and their package had been received.)

And, of course, there’s the grassroots philanthropy project, Everybody Deserves A Smile, in which hundreds of local kids are participating, to make care packages for the less fortunate.

The youth in our community continue to make us proud.

Then, on the flip side, we have the elder generation. In one neighbourhood in Area B, there is a group of well-to-do homeowners, battling with a neighbour — for 20 years no less — about what they claim is this neighbour over-stepping his ownership boundaries and laying rocks where they shouldn’t be.

Head a bit south and there’s an entire improvement district of homeowners, who can’t even get through a board meeting without threatening each other.

Ironic, isn’t it, how quick we are to label those younger than us as having an attitude of entitlement. We may have to re-think that.

The kids these days, they get it.

More than a few adults in the Comox Valley could take a lesson from them.

–Terry Farrell

 

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