Londonderry living. Do you ever notice how people come together when there is a need? Whether it is for one individual or for the entire town, people come together and accomplish what needs to be done. They don't do it for personal recognition; they do it for the importance of the cause, whatever it may be.

In the last few weeks, you may have noticed local groups of people around town, spreading mulch, planting and picking up litter. There are so many individuals involved, and I am proud to have them as my neighbors because they care enough to want to keep Londonderry beautiful. If you were one of the many who helped with this year's effort, we thank you.

When Hannah Lowe got sick last fall, Melissa Cote and individuals from Dance Progressions initiated and coordinated a fundraiser to help defray her medical costs. Likewise, South Elementary School families came to the immediate aid of Bella Tucker, whose sudden and tragic medical illness left her handicapped. Our local firefighters will graciously assist with some home renovations to accommodate her, while others will donate money toward her expenses.

Next month, there will be a birthday party fundraiser for Yvie Livernois, thanks to Jean Manley and some "football moms," to celebrate her turning 10 years old and to raise funds for the home renovations she also needs.

Father Bob Couto, pastor at St. Jude Parish, recently lost his beloved mother, and a special and dedicated group of parishioners who came together to help with her funeral, from the preparations to the bereavement meal that followed the funeral. No matter what, these people always give nothing less than 110 percent to the task in making what is a sad and difficult time a little easier for the family and friends who lost a loved one.

Re-Max had its 11th annual yard sale last weekend, and as in the past, monies are donated to various causes. This year, all proceeds will go toward Londonderry's Warm Homes Organization, as well as a local food bank and to the Bella Tucker Fund.

So you see, regardless of the need, no matter how big or small it may be, the good in the people who live in our town can take care of many. Never underestimate the power of our Londonderry community.

What is a community? It is an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location. That common location is, of course, Londonderry. And that is Londonderry living.

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Kerri Stanley is a resident of Londonderry, involved with several local organizations. Her column appears monthly in the Derry News.

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