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We congratulate: Local people who serve others

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By The Staff

The report about how Shelby County’s nonprofit organizations are doing financially is an incomplete story. Yes, donations are down and need is up, but what the dollar figures from tax returns don’t show is the human investment in helping others. You can’t quantify how hands, hearts and hopes come together to improve a situation for someone who needs their help. So many of you are giving so much and having nothing but a pat on the back and your own inner satisfaction to show for it. And that’s worthy of commendation. Yes, your cash and property contributions are needed, too, but without the acts of human kindness, there may not be organizations to use them. There were great examples of those other efforts last week. On Thursday, students at Whitney Young Job Corps Center donated 400 man hours to helping various community efforts in Shelby and Jefferson Counties. On Saturday, folks were cleaning up the landscaping and improving the playground at Operation Care in Shelbyville. Earlier groups were trying the impossible, cleaning up Clear Creek, landscaping at the Masonic Home and helping out the humane society. These represent only a fraction of all the work that goes on each week, but they don’t misrepresent the heart behind it all. We congratulate those who give so much.