Their Brother's Keepers
Not every hometown kid grows up to become president. Many leave town and make their way quietly through life without ever being heard from, at least locally, again. Some climb the corporate ladder and achieve a kind of fame through their material success. We're happy for them, but it is a detached sort of satisfaction, like looking at a landscape painting from a distance and not quite seeing all the details, and not much caring either.
Then there are the local children who go out into the world and devote themselves to helping others less well off or capable — whether it is assisting the impoverished in finding housing or aiding the infirm in improving their health. We enjoy a sense of pride in their achievements and in the institutions here at home that helped nurture their character and compassion. We feel a certain glow on learning about the activities of one of our own, a member of our community's extended family, doing good, undertaking the kinds of things we'd like to do, too, if only we had the time and training.
GREENWICH Magazine takes a look at three such native children who are hard at work making the world a kinder and better place.