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Won-Ho Lee: Survival centers are prime examples of community


Wednesday, January 06, 2016
To the editor:

When we look up the word “community” in a dictionary, the term “whole” immediately stands out because that is what we are. We comprise a whole, coming together and helping one another in times of need.

We give to others who are in a dire situation and we receive from others when we ourselves are in a desperate situation. From my viewpoint, that is what makes a human a human in essence.

I couldn’t feel that type of bond, that friendship, better than when I started volunteering at the Amherst Survival Center last August. It was an example of members of the community uniting, devoting their time, resources, and sustenance to help others.

Farmers donating their produce. Individuals and stores providing meals and goods to share with others. Volunteers helping out to distribute food and goods. And at the center of it all is the Survival Center, the waypoint connecting all of the giving together.

Give a moment to think about what you would do if you were in a desperate situation or were in no position to support yourself. You need moral and physical comfort. That’s what the community will provide for you. Let’s keep this community strong and have it here to catch us when we fall.

Won-Ho Lee

Amherst