Be proud of how giving this place is

Published 4:32 pm Saturday, December 6, 2008

At 7 p.m. today on the ABC television network, Freeborn County gets to show the country what it is all about. On “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the Freeborn County community gets to shine because of the heart it has. This community came together to give back to one of its neighbors, the Dirk and Susan DeVries family.

To the people who live and work in Freeborn County, this giving is no surprise. It’s a way of life. From United Way to Relay for Life, from the Salvation Army to bake sales to pay medical bills, this community gives back.

Many worry about the impact of allegations of elder abuse and the stories nationwide.

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Know this: A place is rarely judged by one incident. It is judged by many acts and the day-in and day-out community spirit and generosity that Albert Lea and Freeborn County show will shine not only on nationwide television on Sunday night but in the hearts of all who make up this place. The Freeborn County community continues to prove time and time again that the heart of this place lies in its overwhelming response to its neighbors, in a time of need and the generosity of their giving.

The good hearts of local residents already is showing. Many people have displayed their support and trust for the Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea, its employees and the elderly people who reside there. While the initial news of the abuse allegations prompt shock in anyone, at the same time, what will show through in the long run is the strength of this community, even in a time of turmoil.

Albert Lea and Freeborn County residents, stand up and be proud of all you do. Kindness always shines through and you are proof of that.