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Last week I got the opportunity to see some Anderson County residents do some inspiring service work. These people were very enthusiastic about a cause, creative in their idea and took time from their busy summer schedules to raise money for a charitable donation. Oh, and they were 10-year-olds.
When I was informed there was a group of children selling Popsicles and lemonade to help the Anderson Humane Society, I didn't think much of it until I got there.
Six kids were sitting out in a front yard on Lynn Drive, with their dogs. They told me they wanted to help the Humane Society because they didn't want the animals to have to be put down. It was obvious as they all held their dogs that they truly cared about what they were doing.
The kids raised over $19 by the time I got there, which is pretty impressive since they were only charging a quarter for their items. To adults, $19 isn't much. It's a nice meal or a couple gallons of gas. But to these kids, it wasn't about the amount of money they had - it was about giving anything at all.
What amazed me the most was the approach these kids took. They saw a problem and used their resources to help out. Adults tend to see a problem, think about it, maybe talk to friends or watch the news to see what the experts say. Then they will probably forget about it until the problem is visible again, and say, "Why hasn't anybody done something about that yet?"
Most of us think $19 might not make a huge difference. Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Those 10-year-olds on Lynn Drive have probably never heard of Margaret Mead, but they get her message.
So well done, Sam, Tori, Lindsay, Cara, Brandi and Haven. Keep making a difference, one glass of lemonade at a time.