The cold snap with fog and drizzle of March 31st did not deter a group of Xavier University students from coming to work outdoors. The students came as a part of ‘Community Action Day’. Seniors Christine Kutis and Michelle Woodruff, co-chairs of the Xavier event, said the community day is done once a semester and started in 1989. It began Saturday with a brief but inspiring talk from the Rev. Albert Bischoff. He told the students that while they are fortunate to have food to eat and a bed to sleep in each day, there is a world outside the “Xavier bubble” that is not as fortunate. “You’re going out today to let them know how important they are and that they matter,” Bischoff said. “You want to let them know that by your presence and by what you do.”
What a blessing! The Residents already want to spend time out in the fresh air. The Xavier students came just in time – their project was to clean the porches and bring the summer furniture from its winter hiding. Studies, sports and other interests were left aside and with youthful joy and enthusiasm they set to work, sweeping, cleaning, scrubbing and carrying furniture to the designated places. Although not very experienced in manual work, they did a fine job and now thanks to our young friends, our residents can enjoy the warmer weather.