Volunteer reflects on helping the community
This year The Big Event was a very gratifying activity for my teammates and me. Last year, I was stationed at Wilson Park spreading wood chips, but this year I was stationed at a house on Maple Street cleaning out broken branches on an elder lady’s property with 12 of my teammates.
We had about two and a half acres of broken branches to take care of, but we managed to finish in about an hour and a half. We piled branches on top of branches until there were around 20 large piles, which were then loaded into the back of a large truck.
Whether it was Lane Haller climbing trees to get to broken branches, or Dylan Furrier using branches for javelins, the day was fun and spirited on all accounts. It is a pleasant feeling being able to give back to a community that has already given us all so much.
Cheering us on at games, donating money, and making Chadron such a great place to attend college are some of the few things that the wonderful folks of Chadron do, and continue to do, for our team and college.
Usually, the best part of the day is when our work is finished. However meeting the people we helped was the most satisfying part of all. Seeing an elderly lady smile and shake your hand after helping her is the ultimate treat. You cannot put a price on a cheerful smile or a handshake of appreciation.
The Big Event is an excellent way for Chadron State to give back to the place we call home. It will continue in the future and hopefully the warm smiles and firm handshakes will continue as well.