Inspiring random acts of kindness

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, March 22, 2016

At one time or another, people’s homes fall into a state of disrepair.
This could be due to flooding, rotting wood, roof damage or any other responsibility associated with home ownership.
The process of repairing a home can often be quite expensive and labor intensive.
Many are not equipped either physically or financially to handle these problems.
Last week, the Item reported on a group of men who traveled from Ohio to help residents in Pearl River County with improvement projects.
The Ladners needed their rotting floor repaired and called area churches seeking help.
A call to the First United Methodist Church of Picayune proved fruitful and last week, a group from a church in Ohio, along with some Picayune church members, tore out the floorboards and replaced the Ladner’s floor.
The group from Ohio said they have been visiting the area since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina damaged area homes.
After the storm, many people came to help rebuild homes and lives.
It really goes to show that there are good people out there willing to help strangers in need. We need more acts of kindness in this world.
We commend members of our local churches who, if they can’t provide assistance, seek out those who can.
Many of South Mississippi’s rebuilding efforts in the years following 2005 would have been slowed without the help of volunteers from across the nation.
But, it doesn’t have to take a natural disaster for people to help each other.
You can do your part by calling an elderly neighbor, someone who you know has been sick or anyone going through a tough time.
They may need something, whether it is repairs or just a simple “hello.”
We are certain they will appreciate people’s efforts.
It’s important to remember to help our neighbors and it is our hope that each random act of kindness will only inspire more.

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