Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The American Spirit

A 12-year-old sees a need and tries to help.

When then terrorist flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, then 12-year-old Gray Vitaris was at school in South Carolina, "I didn't know what was going on. I didn't really understand it."

But he decided to act, "How people probably lost a lot of their family. I thought I should do something about it."

So Gray made flag pins, sold them to family and friends, and raised $1,000.


His gift is refused by one, but accepted by another.

He sent the money to the federal government, but they never cashed the check. Three years later, a letter came in the mail. It said the Treasury Department can't accept donations.

Gray was not deterred, "They sent it back. We still wanted to put it to good use."

Gray's family decided it should go to the state. SLED accepted.

The entire donation will go towards the state's Homeland Security effort. More specifically, a new bomb sniffing dog.


How grateful we should all be for those like young Gray Vitaris

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