Justin Blowers

We’re now in February where the next big holiday is Valentine’s Day, a day where you’re supposed to give back to the one you love as thanks for their love.

Like most holidays, people are very giving around the holiday, but then that’s it.

After the Christmas season, I know a lot of people go, “Well I’ve done my giving for the season,” and that really is it for them. No more donations, no more helping others, no more giving back.

However, giving back shouldn’t just be reserved for holidays and the holiday season. We should always strive to give back when we are able and pass along the help that was given to us to others.

One great example of people willing to give back is going on in the City of Level Plains, where a fire consumed everything a local veteran had.

The call for the fire came in at 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 30, and by the time Level Plains Police Chief Ivan Keith Gray called me back at 10 a.m., the city had already set up a donation box at city hall. Not only that, but by 11 a.m., people had already started to donate.

Tragedies like the fire always break my heart, but it warms my heart to see a city of people so bent on giving back. They’re not giving back because it’s near Valentine’s Day or near Christmas or near Thanksgiving, but out of the kindness of their hearts. They’re giving back to support a person who retired as a staff sergeant after spending years in the military to protect us.

Another entity that’s giving back is Coffee County. The commission approved sending county employees to Dothan to help finish the cleanup after Hurricane Michael. Parts of Dothan are still really bad, and the city still needs help. A lot of places still need help in their post-Michael recovery.

However, Coffee County is giving back not because it’s near a holiday, but because it’s the right thing to do. Dothan and Houston County are kind of like our siblings with us being so close together so it’s helping out family. It’s not due to a holiday but kindness.

We all need to take a few moments and not only appreciate but also emulate the kindness the citizens of Level Plains and Coffee County are showing.

We all need to take a moment to realize that it’s up to us to help out those who need it. It’s up to us to give back when our communities and our citizens help. Just a couple months out of the year for a holiday season is great, but we need to do more if we really want to make a dent.

We can improve so many things and people’s lives with just a little bit of kindness and a little bit more giving back so why don’t we?

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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