Recently our community suffered the heartbreaking loss of an extremely popular young man. As a 15-year-old, multi-sport athlete, he was admired and respected among numerous sectors of the Sussex County population. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, yet I was shaken by the impact of his passing. He was just a kid doing what kids do.
So why is this tragedy part of my president’s message? Because I always say the VTWC is a giving club that responds when people are in need. But this month our entire community became a giving club. The day after his passing, students and faculty at SIX different schools honored him by wearing white. A GoFundMe page raised over $40,000 in four days. Eight local restaurants and businesses hosted fundraisers for his family and donated enormous amounts food for the repast.
It is inspiring to be surrounded by an abundance of kindness and generosity, and to have our mission shared by so many others. At times like this, there is nothing more important.