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Volunteers need to be recognized

National Volunteer Week, April 21-27 is set aside to honor and recognize the countless men and women who selflessly give of themselves to make our communities better places.

It is important that everyone stops and looks around at the individuals who are giving back and doing so many positive things without expecting anything in return.

Lawrence County would not be where it is today without volunteers.

They are in our civic groups. They are in our churches. They lead community events like the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament and the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade. They help enrich the education process of our children in our schools. They help beautify our community and make it inviting to visitors. They help our businesses grow and promote economic development.

Volunteers touch nearly every aspect of life here in Lawrence County.

But more are always needed. Every citizen should do some self reflection about what he or she could do to give back. Even a few hours here and there can add up to create a tremendous impact.

We should be proud of our volunteers and thankful that we have them.