As we get into the Christmas season it is a fitting time to honor those who make contributions but rarely get recognition.
Topping the list this year are the Paris city workers who scrambled Nov. 27 after a wind and rainstorm the previous night created havoc with the Holiday in the Park displays. Workers spent the day in the continuing wind and rain to put everything back together again.
Yes, this is their job, but there are other tasks they could have done yet they tackled the park so Bee Well’s first Dashing Through the Lights – a fun run/walk event – could take place the night of Nov. 27 as scheduled. Approximately 75 people turned out to walk through the illuminated display.
For this extra effort and dedication to community, we hope Chris Redman and the guys working on his city crew find what they want in their Christmas stockings.
There is a flipside to this. People deserving a lump of coal related to Dashing Through the Lights are all those who drove through the park that night while the walkers and runners were on the dark park road. The lighted display was not officially open to the public as the Dash Through the Lights was done while city employees were conducting a final test. Holiday in the Park opened Thanksgiving evening and is available for 33 nights so there is ample time to see it. Drivers did not need to put the walkers at risk.
We urge the city council to close the park road for the roughly 90-minutes the event needs in November 2020.
Others deserving something nice for Christmas are all of the nameless volunteers who help make Christmas For Kids, Shop with a Cop, Christmas in Paris, Christmas in Chrisman, the Brocton Christmas celebration and the Community Nurse Christmas Food Basket work.
It is easy to become jaded by all of the Christmas hype about it being the most wonderful time of the year, but these people are inspirations because they quietly and anonymously devote themselves to making things better for others and the community.
They remind us of the story of the little boy racing along a beach covered in starfish after a violent storm. He works as fast as he can throwing starfish back into the sea until an adult tells him all of his hard work won’t make a difference. The little boy picks up a starfish and flings it into the waves. “It made a difference for that one,” he said and continued his rescue mission.
Sometimes making a difference for that one is what matters the most.