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Acts of kindness go a long way in our community

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a good deed — maybe someone paid your toll on the bridge, or covered your cup of coffee at a local drive-thru? It feels nice, doesn’t it? Knowing there are people around you looking out for their neighbors … even if the definition of neighbor gets a bit of a stretch.

Here’s a little secret, though. It feels nicer to know you are the person who has done the good deed. Plenty of Mid-Ohio Valley residents already know that. And here in Washington County, yet another example comes in the form of a paid-in-advance meal program coordinated by Love in Action at Belpre Church of Christ, with the help of Belair’s Bistro.

” … the point isn’t just helping, but helping with dignity,” said Anita Vaughan, the program’s coordinator.

To that end, the program, which allows customers to purchase a $5 ticket that will anonymously buy a meal for anyone in need, took the advice of patrons.

“We even had feedback about where to keep the tickets so that it’s more discreet if you’re in need,” Vaughan said.

Certainly it doesn’t take a formal effort to carry out all the little deeds of kindness we could in a day. But it makes them a little easier.

Thank goodness we live in communities where that kind of “pay it forward” mentality is just a way of life.

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