If you were looking for the Love Madera action Saturday, it started at the Courthouse Museum and spread to the various venues of service. You will see on Page 1 of today’s Madera Tribune that some 500 Maderans, and even non-Maderans joined to carry out cleanup, gardening and painting chores. They also packed boxes of food for people who needed it.
But the real action was where you couldn’t quite see it — which was in the hearts of those who chose to take their Saturdays to serve.
That same evening, members of the board of Madera Community Hospital Foundation, hospital staff members and other citizens got together to raise money for the foundation’s principal activity, raising money to purchase equipment for the hospital. The check passed at the dinner was for $225,000 for new imaging equipment at the hospital — which will greatly help patients.
At Petco that afternoon, members of the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter were out in force at the store to stage a pet-adoption event so that Maderans who wanted a pet could get one on the spot. And those adopted pets would be saved from almost sure euthanasia.
We are so quick to criticize our city when we see or experience something wrong, or that we perceive to be wrong, that we sometimes forget that the hearts of many (perhaps most) Maderans are filled with love for their town, and with a true desire to see it transformed, even if only in small ways.
Saturday was a beautiful day, made even more so by the generosity of the people who gave of their time, talent and perspiration to make sure their city was an improved place because they had spent a day in service to others.
May their tribes increase.