Have you noticed good deeds keep getting done in this region we call home? A couple more examples were cited in recent editions of the Daily Journal.

In Tuesday’s edition, Kiera Allen reported on the recent developments at Harbor House, where Langlois Roofing Inc. and union laborers from Sheet Metal Workers Local 365 combined forces to put a new roof on the facility free of charge.

Harbor House serves a vital role by providing shelter for victims of domestic abuse in Kankakee and Iroquois counties, but its mission was threatened by a leaky roof, which required nearly $40,000 in repairs.

The money was not readily available, and Harbor House officials had launched a fundraising campaign to secure the funds. That pursuit was put on the fast track when Rende Langlois, of Langlois Roofing, agreed to complete the job on gratis fashion. Now the new roof is in place.

Then in the most recent Weekend Edition, Lee Provost reported about a group of neighbors from Kankakee’s historic Riverview district who have initiated a fundraiser to replace trees removed at Cobb Park.

The Kankakee Valley Park District, which is trying to dig out of a deep financial hole, does not have the money to immediately replace the trees. So, Don and Melissa Palmer, recent transplants from Naperville, contributed their own money and solicited donations from other neighbors to buy and plant trees.

Now, more than $5,000 has been raised, and 17 trees have been planted. The plan is to add more trees.

The philanthropic spirit is alive and well here. We salute these efforts and the many similar activities taking place.

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