Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

July 10, 2014

A good turn

Group comes to aid of June flood victims

— “Do a good turn daily” is the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America. “Turn,” in this case, means a deed ... a good deed you didn’t really have to do, but you did it because it would make somebody else’s life a little better.

The Scouts also say that if you do a good deed and tell someone about it, it doesn’t count.

That’s where we come in. We like to tell our readers about the good deeds others do.

You’ve heard of “movers and shakers”? In this case, the good-turn-doers were movers and stackers.

Calvary Christian Academy in Cresaptown was among the numerous sites seriously damaged by flooding nearly a month ago. It’s a ministry of the Calvary Baptist Church ministry, which also suffered.

Activities have continued at both places, and their officials have voiced gratitude for what they describe as an amazing amount of support from others in the community.

The latest were students from a group of about 250 from all over the country who came here to visit and work as part of the Catholic Heart Work Camp. They’re being housed at Bishop Walsh School. Part of what they did involved moving mulch and stacking floor tiles.

We have no idea how many times in the past people in our surrounding communities have come together to help others — even people they don’t know well or never have met — to cope with some type of disaster or tragedy.

BW Principal Ann Workmeister put it best: “That’s the way we are in this area. If you need help, it doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Baptist or Jewish or whatever, everybody just helps.”

Judging from what the Catholic Heart Work Camp does, the same is true in many other places.

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