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Unsafe Make a Difference Day

Posted: November 3, 2010 5:03 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Make a Difference Day is worthwhile and noble. People I met were genuine about their contribution toward the overall success of the community effort. Each was enthusiastic and focused on the team effort.

The one great concern I had as a parent was the lack of safety preparation for those who participated.

I observed teenagers and young boys and girls removing debris and clearing hillsides at the homeless-shelter site.

Participants were asked to bring their own gloves, but were not prevented from helping without them. Removing wood planks with exposed rusty nails and dead shrubs with dry branches were some of the items the children piled into a dumpster to be hauled away. 

Next year, we should mandate that safety glasses and leather gloves at the minimum are required for every participant. It’s only a matter of time before someone is badly hurt because we failed as adults and organizers to provide oversight and be sure that everyone worked safely and carefully at each location.

Next year, let’s take care of one another as we take care of our community.

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