Small town communities are often hit up for donations of one kind or another. The local school band wants to perform at Disney World, young ladies who want to represent their town aboard the community float need a sponsor for the annual pageant, a cancer victim needs help paying his medical bills.
In most cases, all the donations being sought are for relatively good causes. But because the list is endless at times, merchants, and private citizens as well, must choose carefully when deciding what to support and what to pass on. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough money to donate to every good cause that comes down the pike.
There is a young girl in our community now who is seeking financial support to attend a young leaders conference in Washington D.C. She's raised a good chunk of money on her own, but is still well short of the more than $2,000 that is needed to get her back to the East Coast.
It would be easy to let her story go in one ear and out the other. It might be prudent, though, to take notice that this 11-year-old girl, Maribel Estrada, the daughter of a migrant couple, has clearly distinguished herself from the rest of her classmates.
A story in this past Monday's Daily Sun News points out her amazing accomplishments. It's clear she deserves the opportunity that awaits in our nation's capital, to hone the leadership skills she so clearly exhibited as a sixth grader at Sierra Vista Middle School this past school year.
She and her teacher, Isabel Castro, will be set up in front of Wal-Mart this coming Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., selling flower pots and pins in an effort to raise more money. Stop by, purchase a pot or pin, and throw an extra buck or two into the jar if you can spare it.
If you're not going to be around this Sunday but would still like to help out, give Maribel's teacher, Mrs. Castro, a call at 509-305-7629 and offer up a pledge.
In these tough economic times it's easy to find a reason not to help out, even if it's for a good cause. Maribel Estrada has already proven she's willing to work hard, not only for herself, but in helping her classmates to exceed even their own expectations. She's clearly a leader and quite honestly, it's youngsters like her that we're going to be relying upon in the future.
This is one good cause that should not go unnoticed. Give her a helping hand if you can!
...Daily Sun News editorial