As we look forward to the warmer days of spring and summer, it’s easy to forget that not long ago the whole of the country was in the grip of the Beast from the East. Those few days of incredibly cold weather brought the country to a standstill and affected the lives of millions of people. Schools shut down, people struggled to get to work, shops ran out of basic supplies and hospitals struggled to operate normally.
Yet, in the middle of all this, something incredible was at work – people put others before themselves, the spirit of human decency and kindness shone through, and the conditions seemed to bring out the best in us.
As we watched the news each evening and found ourselves amazed at stories of villages being cut off and people being stuck in their cars on motorways for hours we also witnessed the incredible lengths that people would go to help those in distress. People cooked food in their homes and trudged through the snow to take it to stranded drivers. Farmers worked together to dig their way through to cut off communities so the sick could be taken care off. People got together to make sure that the elderly and the infirm had food and heating.
In Dunblane, this spirit of warmth and human compassion was very evident, and not just from the adults in the town.
At a BB bible class a couple of weeks before the bad weather started we discussed a quote from James in the New Testament – “what good is faith if it not accompanied by action”
Now was the time to put that to the test!
The call went out – if any of our boys were free on snow-day 3, we wanted to clear a few paths of snow and perhaps collect some groceries for older people if they hadn’t been able to get out.
Young people often get a bad press, but with very little notice 32 of our boys answered the call and met with snow shovels and empty message bags in hand to see if they could help the community.
They worked extremely hard, clearing paths , collecting groceries and even digging out the road in a retirement complex where the residents were stuck. The response was incredible and the boys loved this, spurring them on to do even more.
The details we posted on social media generated an even bigger response with over 30,000 people witnessing our efforts. MSP’s, MP’s, Councillors, churches, newspapers and radio stations amongst others “liked” or shared/re-tweeted our posts. It seemed to energise people and remind them of the goodness of human nature that exists in our communities.
Of course, the important thing was that we did something to help and made a difference to the people we live alongside.
What drove us to this? – the simple truth that serving others feels good and that our faith is stronger if we put its teachings into action.
There are hundreds of BB and GB groups across Scotland that would like your help to do just this. Why not get in touch to help them.
25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade Company
About 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade
25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade used Go For It funding to help purchase a minibus, to provide community transport to and from: local Groups, youth outings, national events, volunteering initiatives and charitable activities
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