I am truly honored to have recently played a part in a very thoughtful and generous gesture of kindness and empathy for strangers. A couple of months ago I received an email from one of our unit officer's spouses in Phoenix, AZ who told me of a second-grade boy named Payton who wanted to participate in our humanitarian efforts here in a very personal way. Having outgrown his baby blanket, Payton asked if he could give it away to an Afghan child in need. Yesterday, while visiting a local refugee camp, we asked an elder to help us find a child to give it to. We presented it yesterday to a little gilr on behalf of Payton.
It was my sincere honor to play a part in this generous act of giving. Many of our fellow Americans could take a lesson from Payton. If everyone took an interest in the wellbeing and comfort of their fellow human beings and offered even a small portion of their personal possessions toward easing their suffering the world would be a much, much better place to live for all of us.
Thank you, Payton.