2010.12.08 Keith Pennington: Thoughts on Skelton incident

Written by David Green.

The leads guiding the searches for the missing boys are slowing. Law enforcement is able to follow up in areas of interest without organizing massive groups.  Where does that leave the rest of us?

As I move about in the community, the one thing I hear over and over again is, “I just want to do something.” Those who were able searched. Those who were not able to search brought food or tended tables. Many who were unable to get out simply watched for news, prayed or wrote cards of encouragement. Every group gave financially.

Neighbors doing something for someone they may not have even known filled a significant need in our community.  The family and all of those associated with the investigation and search thank you. However, doing something for someone else also filled a need in the hearts and minds of those giving of their time. 

In a time of crisis, the “doing” keeps our minds and bodies busy and lessens the anxiety of the moment or situation.  Without keeping busy this anxiety builds and then finds an outlet of despair or criticism.  The one factor that has kept our community so united has been that we have all been “doing” something to help the cause. We are all invested in the search for the boys.  

Many people still feel the need to “do.”  I invite all of you doers to look about at the needs you can continue to fill in our community. There is still time to support the Kiwanis Wishing Tree project. The service club organizes the gift drive every year and the need has never been greater. Hurry and get those stars picked out and the gifts returned this week. 

The Ministerial Association food bank is a year round effort sponsored by area churches. It is housed at the Nazarene Church on the corner of Summit and Coomer Streets and receives food donations weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.  Look around your own neighborhood.  Bake something, do small repairs or just visit someone who is homebound. Do the things that everyone thinks nostalgically that people in small towns do.

We remain ready and are anxious at a moment’s notice to throw the full effort and resources of the community back into the search to bring the boys home.  However, don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else in the community. That someone may be you.

– Keith Pennington

Morenci mayor

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