Helping our veterans with spring cleaning

Now here's a project we can all get behind.

The Montgomery County Department of Youth, Alternatives to Incarceration, and Veterans Services are taking Saturday, April 26, and using the day to help our veterans with their spring cleaning.

This idea gets a gold star.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on that early spring day, this community service event will give the young people in Montgomery County an opportunity to give back and show their appreciation to veterans by providing yard cleanup services.

According to County Executive Matthew Ossenfort, "To be able to partner the youth of the county with those who have served our country will make for a great day and terrific event. This is an awesome opportunity for kids to learn from an important resource -- our veterans."

This is the kind of thing that shows the impressionable leaders of tomorrow how to begin to think about those around them -- a lesson which many of our young people, and more than a few of our adults, cannot hear enough.

Veterans are a worthy target of this first ever local initiative. They should remain a focus and be joined in future endeavors by members of our senior community, as well as those among us whose challenges in general are greater than their abilities to meet them.

Today, the youth bureau and Veterans Services Agency are seeking youth, youth groups and youth organizations willing to offer their time to veterans in the community. Get in line now and start signing up. The more, the better.

If you want to help, or if you are in need of it, call the county youth bureau at 853-4355, or email its director, Brenda Rava, at brava@co.montgomery.ny.us, by Friday, March 21.

The turnout for this needs to reflect how much goodwill such a project can spread.