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Editorial: Everyone can make a difference

This week's issue of the Independent is filled with stories of people reaching out to help others. There are stories of a benefit put together help an ailing friend with mounting medical bills. Of clergy cooking for a local family. And of a young girl whose idea to recycle crayons has developed into a rapidly growing effort to make life a little bit easier for cancer patients and their families.

We like stories like these. Because for all the bad news we often find ourselves reporting -- the crime, the tragedy -- these stories are a reminder of the good that exists in the community.

We know it's out there. We see it every year in the Farmington Police Department's Toys for Town drive, or in donations to the Farmington Food Shelf. It's there in the people who volunteer at Trinity Care Center or who make deliveries for Meals on Wheels.

This week's stories are an example of the difference one small group can make. The clergy members who spent Tuesday afternoon cooking took just a small portion of their day, but their efforts will be a big help to a family struggling with the deployment of a family member overseas. The people organizing a benefit for longtime city employee Mike Nibbe will help with his medical bills, but the support they've shown has meant much more than financial benefit for someone fighting for his life. And Crayons for Cancer, which started with a Farmington High School graduate in Connecticut and has spread to Farmington, makes a point of involving people of all ages to demonstrate that everyone can make a difference.

That's a good reminder to get every once in a while. We know there are more stories like these out there. And we're always happy to find them.