Some things just make your heart swell – in a good way. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness two events recently that made me feel both proud and blessed. These events are shining examples of what we can all do in our community to help others.

The “Field of Dreams” was a project of an 11th grader from Barton for the EAST program. Cheyenne Lane has a soft spot in her heart for kids with special needs. In fact, working with special needs kids is what she wants to do with her life.

Because these kids don’t get to play sports at school, Lane decided to coordinate a t-ball tournament just for them. The result was a tournament with almost 200 students from Barton, Forrest City and Clarendon. The community rallied around the idea and Lane was able to get everything donated.

A few days later I watched 100 elementary school kids get new bikes – at least new to them. Through a cooperative effort of Recycled Bikes for Kids, Tour da Delta, the Helena-West Helena A&P Commission and the King Biscuit Blues Festival these kids were able to get a bike and helmet.  

Some of these kids have never had bikes and some had never ridden a bike. They were chosen by the principals at Barton, KIPP, and Helena-West Helena schools. Chris Schaffhauser with the Tour da Delta bike ride was responsible for making this giveaway happen.

I said at the beginning of this column that I felt both proud and blessed. Proud of what can happen when people come together to support one person’s passion. And blessed because of the wonderful things that God has given me and that I am in a position to help those in need.

These projects are excellent examples of our community taking care of those who may not be as fortunate as most of us. I’m sure there are others that I am not aware of. I just happened to see these in action. We as a community should strive to identify other opportunities to help others. It’s what we were put on this earth to do.