Amid the continued restrictions to our lifestyles and the wallop to our wallets created by this pandemic, we again celebrate the uncommon altruism of our community.

You have recently read here in our pages about donors who are helping close the “digital divide” for Talbot County’s public school students. Already, residents and friends have given over $40,000 to help students be successful as we virtually begin a new school year. And dozens of Community Partners were celebrated for their support of Talbot’s public schools, educators and students.

On July 4, two Easton boys set up a lemonade stand in their community simply to raise money for Easton volunteer firefighters.

We ourselves experienced the courage and generosity of our first responders and volunteer firefighters as they labored to keep our employees safe and our building intact during the blaze we experienced Wednesday night, July 22. We also are grateful for the very generous gift of food and drinks from our good neighbors at Chik-Fil-A.

The Prager family’s challenge was met and the historic skipjack Flying Cloud now has another century to sail the Chesapeake Bay.

A week ago, we featured the story of St. Michaels Community Center’s 30 years of service to the community and the wonderfully generous donations by neighbors and friends.

We can even thank the USDA for investing over $13 million to close the digital divide and improve internet connectivity in the more rural corners of the county.

And although it’s mid-summer, there are many in the community who are already planning how they will help Mid-Shore children have a happier holiday at the end of 2020 through The Star Democrat‘s annual Brighter Christmas Fund.

Employers, community leaders, the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, churches, food pantries, thrift stores and anonymous unpaid volunteers as well as many, many benefactors continue to go above and beyond to help keep Talbot residents and businesses stay afloat in these turbulent times.

Back before COVID-19 slammed into our community, we called attention in a Thanksgiving editorial to the many who pay it forward. We offered a quote by the great American actor Denzel Washington that bears repeating: “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

Yes, we’re redundant. The word generosity bears repeating, and it captures not only the very heart of our community, it describes how we go about giving back. We may have our differences, but when there is a need, we pitch in to help out. It is our privilege as your community newspaper not only to get the word out about charitable opportunities, but to celebrate who we are as citizens who care for our neighbors.

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