It doesn’t take a lot for people in Wayne County to react and then act.


Over the years, people have found some extra pennies to pitch in to help those in need or give to charities that could use a helping hand.


It doesn’t take a lot for people in Wayne County to react and then act.

Over the years, people have found some extra pennies to pitch in to help those in need or give to charities that could use a helping hand.

The community spirit here in Wayne County is thriving, from everyone who volunteers to pull off Roots and Rhythm to the fine people at the Wayne County Creative Arts Council, which puts on Concerts in the Park and hosts numerous events throughout the summer.

What’s nice to see is people reaching into their wallets to help out in a pinch or for a worthy cause.
Leadership Wayne is trying to spruce up the Civil War monument in Central Park and the donations are starting to pour in.

As a member of this organization, I certainly applaud the effort.

If you’d like to make a donation, please send a check to WCCC — Leadership Wayne, the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial St., Suite 200, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Our own recently retired columnist Rose Funke of Lake Como even donated a piano to the Calder House Museum wing, which recently opened.

The rare piece is 161 years old.

What happened Tuesday was another great example of that community spirit.

Laurel Gardner, the owner of Laurel’s Coffee Grinder in Honesdale, put together a fundraiser benefit to assist Army Specialist Jeremy Gammon-Keene, a gravely ill soldier battling cancer who was recently featured in a profile by Staff Writer Tammy Compton.

All proceeds, plus monies from a donation jar, were going toward the cost to fly the Wallenpaupack Area graduate’s family to Texas to see him.

More money has also trickled in to help this soldier.

Tammy will be doing a follow-up story in the next few days to update everyone on how the donations are going so far.

Your heart reached out to people in need.

But it’s often — sometimes too often — that we get caught up in our busy lives to try and make a difference.
So many people in our communities, though, are involved in this spirit of either volunteerism or helping to support charitable causes.

You never know, though, when the roles could be reversed.

One day it could be one of us reaching out and asking the community for help.

So be thankful for what you have and try to pitch in too.
The generous spirit of helping others shouldn’t be during the holidays — it should be all year long.