The Good Goes On

In the wake of trauma such as the Knoxville tragedy this past Sunday, it can be easy to lose sight of all the good that goes on in the world, from the scale of the very small to the scale of the very grand and everywhere in between.

It brightened my heart this morning to see an email in my inbox that brought together two of my favorite things coming together to fight hunger. Our family is a member of the Food Project’s Community Supported Agriculture venture in Lincoln, MA. Not only do we get loads of fresh, organic, locally produced veggies and fruit each week, but our buy-in to the project helps fund education projects and connects to the inner-city and all the efforts of the Food Project.

Bruce Springsteen, and you who know me, know I am a Boss-maniac, has donated tickets to the Food Project for his concert this Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The tickets will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Food Project.

If you are not a big Springsteen fan, you may not know that one of the Boss’s big causes is hunger in America and that all of his shows are fundraisers and PR opportunities for the local food bank in the city he’s playing. There are always tables set up to collect non-perishable food items and receive donations and after the show volunteers from the local food bank collect donations from people heading for the parking lots. Every show, every city. And Bruce always makes a pitch for support for their efforts and thanks the folks from the local food bank from the stage. Every show, every city. I’ve seen him a number of times in New Jersey, Hartford, Foxboro, Boston, it’s real and and it’s a strong, not symbolic effort.

So, yay for the Food Project and the Boss. Yes, there are those who out of pain or apathy or hate will tear down and destroy, yet there those who continue to keep on keeping on, smiling at those who need a smile, holding those who have been hurt, healing the sick, feeding the hungry. It usually doesn’t make the news. Be glad. When these common goodnesses are no longer common and become the news, then we are truly in trouble.

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