In often overlooked ways, in places like Rocky Mount, North Carolina, America still reaches out to the world with compassion and care.
As Telegram staff writer Corey Davis reported this week, 20 children from Belarus found welcoming homes and health care in the Twin Counties a few days ago. Belarus is a small country, once part of the Soviet Union. It weathered a massive dose of radiation following the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Chernobyl.
Thanks to the generosity of local doctors, eye care specialists, churches and other people who care, the kids received free eye exams and, in many cases, free prescription glasses. This marks the 16th year the Rocky Mount community has helped children from a distant corner of the world go home with better health and better vision.
Americans spend a lot of time complaining about circumstances that aren’t to our liking and about people who fail to live up to our expectations. But we don’t pause often enough to give ourselves a pat on the back when we deserve it.
The ongoing Belarussian relief effort is a perfect example of the power that a small community can exert when people who care pull together.
We wish the best for our Belarussian friends. And kudos to Dr. David Braswell, Dr. Carol Aune and others at The Eye Care Center on Tiffany Boulevard. Their efforts are making a real difference here – and around the world.