I recently had a conversation with a vendor for certain products that were sold during the Arctic Winter Games. He informed me that someone approached him at his kiosk and asked, “what did you bring for the volunteers?” I had to ask myself if the definition of service has changed since I was a kid.
I grew up with the concept that serving does not necessarily grant rewards. However, since the AWG events, I beg to differ. Each of the volunteers received some type of clothing. (A friend who set up beds received a windbreaker, hat and gloves! No, the beds were not outside!)
I am aware that a huge “free” barbecue event was planned and held in honor of the many volunteers.
Don’t misunderstand, my son served with his Boy Scout troop in setting up beds, and they did it without reward. I am proud of his efforts and grateful that he wasn’t “paid” for his services.
Question: Who paid for these perks? If the borough is being reimbursed, is that money coming from the state? Is that money not indirectly coming from each of us?
Before we brag about all the heartfelt service that was rendered, ask yourself: were you rewarded? That sounds more like a job than selfless acts of kindness.
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