Soldiers spend years risking their lives for their country. When they are not on-duty, some come home, and some enjoy their free time alone. But these soldiers—they spent their spare time to help an organization with a great cause.
On an article by Amy Koplow for The Huffington Post, executive director of Hebrew Free Burial Association, she shared how eleven cadets immensely helped them do the work they couldn’t have done by themselves.
The Hebrew Free Burial Association has a ‘unique’ mission in mind. For more than a century, they buried indigent, isolated, and forgotten Jews who might have been buried deep down a mass grave in Potter’s Field or worse, ended up used in medical schools as cadavers. One spring, they were given a special task of restoring the Silver Lake Cemetery, a cemetery in Staten Island, New York City.
Worried about how they would be able to clear the ground and gather all the debris left from the past winter and even the past few years, the staff thought they would not complete the challenge. Luckily, they were connected to Hillel community at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The cadets, Koplow wrote, were looking for a meaningful community service while they were looking for “a few good men.”
The eleven hardworking cadets were able to clean a whole amount of mess in four hours, which Koplow described as “incredible.” What shocked the HFBA staff was when these cadets thanked them for giving them an opportunity to do the work.
These young soldiers have just proven that sense of social concern and kindness need not be sought and waited for. Sometimes, it just comes out of the person if an opportunity comes knocking at his door.