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1026BC_Hero

My heroes are the residents of a small town named Ivanhoe,VA.  I met these wonderful peoplethree years ago during my spring vacation.  I had gone down to this town with a group of fifteen otherBoston College students to help out the residents around the town.  What I didn’t think going down therewas that they were going to teach me more than I was going to teach them.  Ivanhoe, VA is a small, run down townwhere all of the residents are living in poverty.  We planned on spending our days helping the town paint,clean, and repair their homes and churches and our evenings eating with andgetting to know the townsfolk.  It wasduring these evening dinners that I realized that I was down there to learnfrom them.  Although these peoplewere struggling to live each day, their generosity with us was amazing.  They unselfishly fed us each night andalong with each meal came a great lesson. The greatest lesson we learned from them is that bumblebees can fly,meaning that everyone thinks that bumblebees couldn’t fly because their bodiesare so big and their wings so little, but they defy the odds.  The townsfolk said they are like thebumblebees – everyone thinks they are going to fail but they keep onliving.  Their faith and hope carrythem through the tough times and bring them joy and happiness.  What I learned that week in Ivanhoe, VAis that money does not bring happiness, but rather faith, hope, and lovedo.  That is why the residents ofIvanhoe are my heroes.  

-Lauren  

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