I’ve lost track of the number of people who have stepped up, in ways large and small, to support the New England youths coming to DC for the march. People are
- contributing online to cover bus, Metro and other direct costs
- printing beautiful big banners
- providing card games and entertainment for the long bus ride down
- opening their homes and community rooms to host
- dropping off sleeping bags, cots and camping mats
- jostling for the opportunity serve as chaperones on the ground
- donating warm outer wear, hand warmers and rain gear — just in case
- offering to cook and deliver hot breakfasts in Saturday’s wee hours
- stuffing clear, approved-size Ziplock bags with lunches and water
- cooking up delicious pot luck dishes to share for dinner
- handing over gift certificates, gift cards and boxes of donuts
- making signs, souvenirs and commemorative hats
- asking for the privilege of working with the students once they are home
- wondering what more they can do.
All of which reminds me of two important things:
- It takes a village.
- The future is in good hands.