Editorial | Kitsapers pay it forward

Nearly 500 souls turned out all over Kitsap County Wednesday to do the right thing.

The United Way of Kitsap County's 19th Annual Day of Caring featured 475 volunteers doing work at 35 sites throughout the area.

Some of that volunteer work included landscaping work at the Hewitt Homeless Shelter, the Bremerton Housing and Homeless Shelter, Hospice of Kitsap County and the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County. Volunteers also did yard work for an elderly Port Orchard couple and various cleanup efforts were done inside and out at the Kitsap Regional Library's Port Orchard branch.

Other projects included a painting project at Kitsap Mental Health Services, various park cleanups, medical records filing at Peninsula Community Health Services, beautification at the Bremerton YMCA, multiple trail restorations and more.

Seeing so many people come together to help others is truly inspiring. We hope, in fact, that the Day of Caring inspires those that participated, and others that did not, to make volunteering a regular part of their lives. Shelters, soup kitchens, schools, libraries, churches, service organizations and others could all use a hand now and again.

There really is no greater reward than the one that comes from helping somebody else when nobody is watching. It's not about scoring points or fulfilling some sort of mandate. Instead, it is about doing the right thing because, well, it's the right thing.

We salute those that participated in this year's Day of Caring and encourage them and others to keep up the good work all year long.


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