Editorial: Taking care of a very real need

January 17, 2014 

We’re told from a young age to take care of those who need help or can’t take care of themselves. Johnston County commissioners took a step in that direction last week, when they agreed to donate $100,000 toward the effort to build a Miracle League ball park to serve Johnston County’s special-needs children.

Leaders of the effort to build the park say they need about $1 million to build the park.

The county’s contribution lifts the group over the $350,000 mark they need to be eligible for a state grant that would pay much of the remainder of the cost.

With 4,000 special-needs children calling Johnston County home, there is a considerable need for facilities to serve those young people.

If plans work out, construction crews could start turning dirt for the Smithfield-based facility as soon as this spring. Ball games could start soon after.

It may seem like a small thing, this matter of donating money. To be sure, $100,000, though it is a lot to the average Joe, is not that much in terms of a county government that deals with millions of dollars each year.

But the smallest tokens – and this really isn’t a small token, let’s be clear – are as important to the accomplishment of a goal as the biggest gift that comes along.

We’re proud to be part of Johnston County when it makes decisions of kindness like this one. We can all be proud really.

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