Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 13, 2014

Actions speak louder than words

VALDOSTA — People tend to focus on the negative.

Read a few rants or Facebook posts, hear some grumbles at a local lunch spot, listen to some news reports, you could easily believe that most people no longer care about their fellow human beings.

You could easily think that no one wishes to help the less fortunate. Listen to too much cynicism, you could easily be led to think that a large number of people believe that being poor is some sort of scam.

Then you run across a day like this past Saturday. If you drove through town this past weekend, Saturday should have offered a refreshing perspective to any who worry that the world’s Scrooges are winning.

On Saturday, if you visited almost any street in Valdosta and Lowndes County, whether it was a street in the richest neighborhood, or the poorest, or any neighborhood anywhere in between, you would have been greeted by the sight of blue plastic sacks hanging from mailboxes, perched atop mailboxes, crammed into mailboxes, lumped below mailboxes.

Each bag filled with food for the less fortunate.

As of approximately midnight Saturday, Second Harvest of South Georgia and the National Association of Letter Carriers had collected 172,000 pounds of food in the region.

That’s 86 tons of evidence that people still care for one another here in South Georgia. That’s 86 tons which should lighten the load of anyone whose spirit has been weighted by feelings that the world no longer cares.

People do care. People do help. They may not speak as loudly as the cynics, but as the old phrase so truthfully proved this weekend, actions do speak louder than words.

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