Our View: Thumbs up to Everyday Heroes

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs up: to the many worthy subjects featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Everyday Heroes section that published Wednesday.

These men and women are the lifeblood of our community. With so many organizations operating on shoestring budgets in this era, the willingness of community-minded mentors and volunteers to go above and beyond is critical to providing the offerings many of us take for granted.

While 23 local people were profiled in the Everyday Heroes section, even more were nominated, some of whom were too bashful about the public recognition to consent to being interviewed.

And, of course, there are many more incredible people who might not have been nominated, but nonetheless make a big difference in the lives of many on a daily basis.

In addition to providing the featured subjects some much-deserved plaudits, we hope the section inspires the rest of us to take stock of what we might be able to contribute for the greater good in the months and years to come.

It does not require a special skill set to be an Everyday Hero – just the proper motivation. Most of us can find something we are passionate enough about to make the time investment worthwhile.

Prioritizing our hectic, 21st century lifestyles can be daunting, but those who carve out enough time to uplift others deserve our respect and gratitude.

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