Applaud the people doing good things

Miami Herald Editorial Board

Young boys on the Liberty City Warriors football team, co-founded by Luther Campbell.
Young boys on the Liberty City Warriors football team, co-founded by Luther Campbell. Miami Herald

Since this is the day on which gratitude takes center stage, the Editorial Boardwill make its “Thank yous” public, too. Take this as a reminder that there are hundreds upon hundreds of people in this community doing good works on our behalf. Tell them how much they are appreciated.

Better still, use them as your own role model. The Herald annual Wish Book kicks off this week. It’s just another way you can help.

Miami-Dade County’s smooth Election Day process — and the almost seamless recount that was a headache and a nightmare for Broward and Palm Beach counties — wasn’t a matter of lucking out this time around. Rather, it was a matter of Christina White, Miami-Dade’s supervisor of elections. She planned and strategized and guided and monitored. As a result, Miami-Dade was golden — in the eyes of most voters and those across the country and around the world ready to poke fun at us. Thanks to White, we weren’t the punchline this time.

Give Miami Day just keeps getting better. Last week, the amount of money donated by, basically, you, exceeded last year’s record-breaking haul. The $11.5 million topped last year’s final amount by more than $1 million. The 24-hour raise-moneython brought in those millions to benefit the broad range of local nonprofit organizations — laboring in the arts, education and community service. Kudos to the Miami Foundation, which spearheads the annual event, and to every generous person in this community who responded to the call.

Biking enthusiast Rick Slatko wanted his team, Team Stormriders, to take on a mission beyond pedaling hither and yon across the county. “We had heard about Patches, a daycare for children who have severe disabilities, sometimes life threatening,” Slatko told the Editorial Board. “We took a group of our cyclists, and took a tour of the school— it was so heartening.” In adopting Patches, Slatko was building upon the charitable efforts of cyclist Dennis Phipps, the captain of another racing team. Slatko says that cyclists have raised and donated about $20,000 to the facility. Like the cyclists, Patches itself is performing a vital and valuable service.

Luther Campbell, despite some professional ups and downs, had us from his championing the First Amendment. The former hip-hop star continues to do well by doing good as the co-founder of the Liberty City Warriors Optimist Club. After 30 years, he is seeing the fruit of his labors — and it is sweet. The kids the club has nurtured in the neighborhood have gone on to college, earned professional degrees and, often, returned to further Campbell’s good works.