What it means to truly help thy neighbors

Published 7:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2016

The community continuously makes efforts to reach out to its neighbors that oftentimes can be overlooked.

Today’s Item features two stories about the community rallying behind the mentally or physically disabled to provide them with life experiences others take for granted.

Today’s lifestyle is about a firefighting fanatic Alan Carter, who just celebrated his 37th birthday at the Henleyfield Volunteer Fire Department.

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This was the first time the department held such a festivity and they chose the perfect recipient.

Carter has loved fire trucks since he was a toddler and getting to spend his special day with some of the men and women he idolizes gave him a priceless memory.

The community truly came together to provide Carter with an experience he would never forget.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is also offering a program for disabled members of the community to experience outdoor activities such as deer hunting.

The camp allows them to learn the proper safety techniques and trains them to handle a firearm with the utmost care and respect.

This is an incredible opportunity many of them would never have had if it weren’t for this program.

The community has taken extraordinary efforts to make sure that none of our neighbors are left behind.

The work these groups are doing, in addition to the work of others, helps ensure that the disadvantaged are still able to live full, independent and enriching lives. We highly commend these groups for their efforts and hope that they continue in these endeavors.