THE CAPTAIN'S CORNER

CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY
ArticleID: 66
Date: 7/13/2000
Written By: Captain Jackson

CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY
by Captain Jackson

Whether we realize it or not, we all do it. The happy, the sad, the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the healthy and the sick. Even the cynical do this without realizing. It`s called Contributing.

When was the last time you opened a door for a stranger? Or better yet, join hundreds of people and donate some of your time for the betterment of future generations? One such project was The Loomis Park Playground.

My daughter and I first heard about the project at the Chili Cook-Off back in February. We jumped at the opportunity to help in the creation of something wonderful for the City of Jackson. We were only two of over two thousand people who contributed their time.

We were recruited to help promote the project and assist with the daycare activities during the build week. We worked closely with one of the sponsors, WJKN. With their help, we produced two radio commercials which were played over radio stations throughout the county.

Then we made appearances on The Bart Hawley Show which is on from 1:00 to 3:00 weekday afternoons on WJKN (1510-AM). But we didn"t stop there. We canvassed the malls and local downtown businesses for any help they could donate. Some asked how much money we needed. None, we told them, perhaps a day or two of your employees time.....and once we explained the project, many contributed both time AND money.

The build week began on a negative note. Between the weather and the lack of volunteers, as of the fourth day it appeared as though we might only be able to finish 70% of it. But that weekend, our wonderful fellow citizens came together, and at the 5:00pm Sunday finish time, the structure was complete. It seemed almost a miracle.

I believe a poem written by one of the build leaders, Cary Johnson, best explains the feeling of all who got involved:



BUILDING A COMMUNITY
by Cary Johnson

We built a park in our small town Thousands of volunteers arrived from all around On day one we wondered if they would come and by day six our miracle was done

I have changed the way I live my life I am not just a mommy, I am not just a wife I am more, so much more, and I can prove it to you I will show you my playground and what I can do.

With tears in my eyes and pride in my heart I will always value and treasure my park

We now have a bond the town and I as we worked hand in hand under the open sky The best experience that life can give is to build a playground for our kids



Personally, I believe this poem should be mounded at the entrance of the playground, as I know it speaks for all of us who helped make it a reality.

All in all, the Loomis Park Playground Project is an example of what a community like Jackson is capable of creating when people join together. And every time I drive by, I get a certain feeling of goodness in my heart.

Copyright 2000, CFC


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