If it seems sometimes like we run too many stories in the Daily News about people volunteering and doing good things, well, there's a really good reason.
We have too many people volunteering and doing good things.
A good case in point would be 21 Calvary Gospel Assembly members helping build a church in Dominican Republic just this past June - a story features in Tuesday's Daily News.
If you think the Iowa heat has been insufferable, just think about hard labor in the tropical sun - and that's exactly what they did. They mixed cement, laid the foundation and did the stucco finishing on a church - a living monument to their quiet and undying fortitude.
It's not that favors aren't returned, either.
Just yesterday, a group of 11 adults and youth from De Soto, Mo. Church of Christ did a community project in the rock garden in Mickelson Park, re-embedding rock in the historic landmark built in 1933. Adults, boys, girls - it didn't matter. They all pitched in, making a beautiful spot in Estherville even more beautiful.
And of course who can forget the many, many volunteers who are helping this week at the Emmet County Fair - and next week at Sweet Corn Days. And just recently, the Friends of Fort Defiance and Tug Helmers completed except for the finishing touches the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail on the park's west side.
Estherville is the community that it is because of volunteers just such as this.
And we're all that much better because of them.