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'It is when we give of ourselves that we begin to receive. ... By giving, life becomes dynamic.'

Tom CookA friend of mine who served in Vietnam shared a story he had experienced as a Marine.

His patrol was in the deep dense jungle and had been extended. The men were hot and exhausted as they sat down to rest near a remote village. Two Marines were preparing to share their last bit of food, a candy bar, when a small Vietnamese lad appeared from the edge of the village. He was poorly clothed, wet, and obviously hungry.

The two Marines looked at each other, then at the candy bar, and then decided to give their last bit of food to the boy. It was what happened next that surprised the Marines. The small lad took the candy bar and divided it into three pieces and gave two pieces back to the Marines!

It is when we give of ourselves that we begin to receive. There is an old proverb that says, "A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle." Even though the proverb is old, it is still relevant.

The City of Forest Grove has so much to offer in many ways to volunteer and to give back to your community. By giving, life becomes dynamic.

In my two short years as a resident of my newly adopted hometown of Forest Grove, I have met and made many new friends. And we volunteer together and give together — and receive together. Now that is something to think about!

Tom Cook is a volunteer chaplain for the Forest Grove Police Department and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.


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