Ed – Service Should TRICKLE DOWN from One Generation to the Next

I lived and worked on a local farm for 18 years before I moved into town. At first, I worked at the old Esso station in Middleburg. But then my career took a distinct turn when I joined the local police force. I served 4 years in Middleburg and 2 in Leesburg, before becoming a deputy sheriff for Loudoun County. I retired from that job after 23 years. I loved it; helping people always makes me feel good. That’s why, at 84, I volunteer for our local food bank. I am committed to continuing my lifetime of service.

Every Thursday, I drive the 30 miles to Winchester to pick up 800 to 2,000 pounds of food that the community has donated and bring it back so it can be distributed to those who need it most—yes, right here in Middleburg. Not everyone who lives here is rich. Loading and unloading all that food is hard work, but I get a lot of enjoyment when I see all the families we feed.

And, I love the fact that, in this day and age, young people are getting involved in their communities. My daughter works with small children, and my younger son was a member of the local fire department before it folded. It’s so important that we teach the next generation to give back. I think the need in the area has changed dramatically since I was growing up on the farm, and it’s critical that people do all they can to help all the organizations that are assisting those who have day‐to‐day struggles. If we all pitch in—and help the next generation see the value of giving back—we can End the Need in Loudoun.