Today’s Editorial December 08: Time for teens to help

Parents seem to constantly lament that there’s nothing for their children to do once the school doors close for summer vacation or holidays.

For the approaching Christmas holiday, Lindsay Scott has just the answer.

He wants to round up a group of teens from Grand Cayman and get them to Cayman Brac where they will be enlisted to clean up hurricane ravaged yards.

The Caymanian Compass thinks this is a great idea, and apparently so does Cayman Airways, which has agreed to cut its process for teens willing to help.

There are so many levels of learning and giving that could be accomplished if teens take up Mr. Scott’s suggestion and attend to the Brac.

Teens that participate will learn that it is indeed better to give than to receive.

Many of those who still have hurricane debris and rubble in their yards are the elderly and infirmed. Everyone who had damage to their homes and property are concerned first and foremost with getting their homes dried in with roofs and walls that will keep out the elements.

While we are sure most of them want tidy yards, it’s just not a priority when there is no roof over your head.

Teens will be showing adults throughout the Cayman Islands that they do care about people and community; that they can abandon their computers, televisions, electronic games and such for at least one day to lend a helping hand.

Those who help out will be giving a gift that means so much more than a bauble bought in a store. Giving of yourself is the greatest gift of all, especially to a stranger.

Those who receive the help will know the blessing of generosity. It will be a gift they will remember and talk about for years to come.

We hope that teens are inspired to take part in Mr. Scott’s challenge and that parents put their full support behind this project.

There are already many teen groups in churches, schools and other organisations doing things on Grand Cayman to help out others. We’re sure those teens that are already community minded and spirited will commit, but we want all teens to reach out and lend a helping hand on the Brac.

Those who have never helped out a fellow man in this way will become stronger for doing so and realise the better person that lives inside.

It is the season for giving. We’ve sent over food, generators and other hurricane supplies, as well as adult volunteers.

Please teens, take up this challenge and prove to the adults in this country that you do care; that you do want to make a difference.

Those interested should contact Mr. Scott at 325-6766.

Teens will be showing adults throughout the Cayman Islands that they do care about people and community; that they can abandon their computers, televisions, electronic games and such for at least one day to lend a helping hand.

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