Letters to the Editor

Random act of kindness

I just wanted to take a moment and share with you a very heartwarming story from last night involving two students from AHS. I just moved to Arlington and have found most everyone to be very kind and friendly, however, my experience last night made me thankful for the area my family now calls home.
I live on a very nice dead-end circle up by the retirement home across from Oso Lumber on Highway 9. I am a single mom of 3- and 7-year-olds so my neighbors offered to take my children trick-or-treating with them so I could stay at home and hand out candy. I got quite a few kids in some great costumes.
Around 7:30 p.m. the doorbell rang and I went to answer it armed with my tub of candy. When I answered two young men said good evening we are not trick-or-treating for candy for ourselves but we are trick-or-treating to collect canned food for the food bank if you are able to donate that would be great. I almost fell over in amazement as here in front of me are two high school students asking not for candy for themselves, but rather food to help others. Wow. I was so happy that they took the initiative that I think I dumped about 10 cans in their pillow case.
As I said, I am a single mom and times have gotten tough as recently the company I worked for downsized and I suddenly found myself without a job. I have not had to go to a food bank but how comforting to know that the community I now call home cares that much. These two young men did a very selfless act last night and I hope that they get the credit they deserve. All good deeds deserve to be acknowledged, but most go unnoticed.
Jennifer Artim

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