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SEC boys set the standard

If you live in Hartselle, you could have awakened one morning to find a women’s bra on your doorknob. I hope you did not think that your neighbors had a wild party and things got scattered through the neighborhood. Instead, you were invited to participate in a fundraiser for the Stomping Every Cancer (SEC) Relay for Life team.

This team is made up of a group of young boys in fifth through eighth grade who are not only raising money for the American Cancer Society, but helping to raise awareness about the fight against the enemy cancer. This was the second year the boys have conducted the fundraiser, and in the month of November, they were able to raise over $2500.

The fundraiser basically involved a decorated bra being left behind on a doorknob of someone. In order to have the bra removed from your house you paid $10.00 and also had the opportunity to pass the bra along to another friend.  The young men usually conducted the fundraiser in the dark of night while being transported by their parents. Many times the recipient would also receive a text message letting he or she know they “had been boobed,” which is the name given to the fundraiser.

While this may be an unusual method of fundraising, I personally want to commend these young men for the hard work they put into this fundraiser. But even more admirable, they are willing to put time and effort into such a worthwhile project. I would think most kids their age would rather spend their time watching TV, playing sports or video games.

Many folks think the youth of today are self-centered and only concerned with having fun, and even sometimes get into trouble. However, with the SEC boys and others like them, Hartselle will continue to have a good crop of adults for the future. I am proud to know some of these young men, and know many of their parents, and I would like to go on record, as saying you are raising fine young men that we should all be proud of.

Just as the SEC in college, football sets the bar high as the best and most competitive, the Hartselle SEC boys are setting the standard for others of us to do our part. They not only are raising money for the American Cancer Society, but also lending a hand to those in need, who are hungry, need warm clothes, or maybe even just a kind word or smile.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

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