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Our Voice: How the charity of others and a hero's life move us

Posted 8/28/12

Just when it seems as though we’re stumbling through the darkness of the grimness of human existence, the good deeds of which humans are capable shines light upon us. Isn’t that how you felt when you read in last week’s Press And Journal about …

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Our Voice: How the charity of others and a hero's life move us

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Just when it seems as though we’re stumbling through the darkness of the grimness of human existence, the good deeds of which humans are capable shines light upon us.

Isn’t that how you felt when you read in last week’s Press And Journal about the effort to help Dennis Leonard, an Army sergeant who lost his legs to an explosive device in Iraq, build a home in Lower Swatara Twp. that will accommodate his wheelchair?

Ramps and an elevator will be installed in the new home. Kitchen counters, appliances and electrical outlets will be lowered for easy reach. The new house, which will cost an estimated $250,000, will be built on donations from the community and Helping a Hero, a Texas-based charity that helps veterans injured while serving our country.

Ground was broken in July, and the house could be completed around Christmas.

Everything about Leonard’s story is inspiring. Not only his duty to his country, but his attitude after his injury – “There’s not a lot I can’t do,’’ he told our newspaper, revealing that he hopes to open his own gunsmith shop someday.

And the efforts by the charity and those who donated time and money to the project touch us, as well.

Leonard’s house could be a wonderful Christmas present for him. His story, and the work of good people, are an early holiday gift to us.