Yes, we all know we're supposed to exercise for an hour a day, and we're supposed to read to our children 20 minutes a day, etc. These are laudable goals, but sometimes it's hard to carve out that chunk of time.
The good news is that the 20 minutes doesn't have to be all in one sitting. (Apparently the exercise doesn't have to be, either.)
So thank you to the Columbia Center Rotary Club for providing baskets of books in strategic locations. We suspect that not only will the books get read, but just seeing the basket will help people recognize how much they can squeeze out of a day just a few minutes at a time.
Gift of life
Blood donations help save lives. So do organ transplants. The story in Friday's paper about 18-year-old Trey Scott involved both procedures.
Scott has been on a transplant list awaiting new lungs since June, but at No. 35 on the list, there was cause for concern. Then a few weeks ago they received the phone call that everyone waiting for a transplant hopes to get.
In the meantime, this remarkable teen has been using his time to help others, most recently by organizing a blood drive.
We admire his selflessness and wish him well.
Project Warm Up
Witnessing the response to a call for charitable contributions is a little like watching Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. You know it's going to erupt, but there's something magical every time it does.
In January, Project Warm Up put out a call for yarn and material so volunteers could make blankets, hats and scarves for those in need in the Mid-Columbia.
Sure, enough, their baskets were filled to almost overflowing -- although we aren't hearing any complaints about having too much stuff.
Some people have time to donate. Some people have money to donate. Both are valuable resources. It's a wonderfully efficient process when both line up.
Food banks low
We expect a similar "eruption" of goods and money into the Mid-Columbia's food banks now that they've given notice the shelves are beginning to bare.
No, we don't take people's generosity for granted, although the community has an admirable record. In fact, HAPO Community Credit Union immediately responded to the call with a $25,000 donation to Second Harvest Tri-Cities.
We have seen such kindness show itself time and time again.
School and church partners
It is interesting to see at least one of Richland's schools and churches teaming up to help kids.
Fact: Kids tend do better in school when they get help on their homework and food in their bellies.
Some will debate whether it's the schools' obligation, the parents' job or society's responsibility to make these things happen.
While those debates play out, we're encouraged by the before-school program at West Side Church that offers tutoring and breakfast to any Marcus Whitman student who wants it.
And we appreciate the volunteers that make it happen.