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Letter: A kind and generous city

This is a letter of heartfelt gratitude to this wonderful community. Last week when we were in the final stages of planning our annual Christmas dinner at the Grappone Conference Center for those who needed a hot meal and some companionship, we noticed that we were short volunteers to get the cleanup work done. We usually need 15 volunteers and had only six.

The Concord Insider and the Monitor each noted this need in stories, and within 24 hours more than 60 people stepped forward to give up part of their Christmas to help clean up, wash dishes, vacuum, sort silverware and do all the other unglamorous work that goes along with putting on the meal. We had to turn away another 20 volunteers.

What a giving, kind and generous community we live in here in the Concord region.

When I sometimes get discouraged about the state of our civil discourse or politics or the challenges facing some of the least well-off among us, my spirits are buoyed by these constant displays of grace and love that occur all around this community and region every single day, in ways large and small. In my day job I build buildings. But no building can ever help make or sustain a community as well as the simple effort and kindness of one person helping another. Thank you, Concord.

STEVE DUPREY

Concord

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