Sharing some kindness

Kindness and consideration for others are things we all could use a little bit more of these days.

After all, it’s frustrating that we must cover our faces in the heat and be careful where we go and with whom we get together. But, these steps are necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

While the new coronavirus causes only mild symptoms for many people, it can cause dangerous or even deadly complications. Thas is why the considerate thing to do is to wear a mask in public, in case you are infected and don’t know it.

Now, a service organization in Belmont County is being kind and considerate to a particular group of people in an entirely different way.

The village of Bethesda has scheduled a fireworks display for this evening, Sunday, June 12, at dusk. But it occurred to at least one member of the Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club that there might be people in the area who won’t enjoy the show.

Specifically, the club is concerned about the well-being and peace of mind of military veterans, first responders and others with post-traumatic stress disorder. Those individuals often report being bothered by the sights and sounds of fireworks, which can remind them of combat situations and others stresses they have fought to overcome.

To ensure that everyone in the area has a comfortable place to celebrate the nation’s independence — even though the display is taking place after July 4 — the club is providing a meal and entertainment for anyone with PTSD or anyone else who wishes to participate at 8 p.m.

And the event is occurring in a quiet place a few miles away from the loud noises and vibrant colored lights associated with the fireworks — inside Union Local High School, located just off Interstate 70 near Morristown.

In addition to offering sandwiches and baked goods for attendees to enjoy, the club aims to provide some entertainment and fellowship as well. A live video feed of the fireworks with no sound will be available for anyone who wants to watch the display without dealing with the noise. A bean bag toss game also will be available for people to play in the gym.

“It’s very important to have something like this where people feel included and can relax and celebrate along with us,” Rotary member Taylore Frasnelly said.

Indeed. Kudos to the club for undertaking this kind and considerate effort — and for doing so responsibly.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be observed in the gym. People are asked to bring a mask, and participants’ temperatures will be checked at the door.


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