Bringing a meal and some kindness: opinion
YOU just cannot overestimate the power of the human character and the human spirit.
We rise to achieve extraordinary heights when faced with extraordinary challenges... and sometimes it is an ordinary moment that leaves a lasting memory.
Some ordinary people with a strong sense of fellow feeling have just put their hands up to help out at the Meals on Wheels service at Maryborough.
The Chronicle reported in August that the service was suffering a severe shortage of helpers and we recorded the need for more volunteers.
Well, we are told there is no severe shortage now, after more than a dozen new volunteers knocked on the service's door.
Employee Gina Sprenger was delighted, saying: "The reaction was fantastic; there were so many inquiries."
Obviously what they will deliver, a balanced meal to those of us who cannot prepare our own, is vital.
But don't overlook the value of the cheery smile and the pleasant greeting these volunteers also deliver to the front door.
The simple "G'day, how's your day going" can mean so much to someone who has been housebound all day.
So, on behalf of those who will benefit by the kindness of these new chums (and those who have carried on during the shortage), thank you. What you do will lift the spirits of those you help.
And the good this brings can never be measured.