Yellow hat fever
October 17 2003 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Yellow hat fever | Friday, Oct. 17, 2003

Friday, Oct. 17, 2003

Yellow hat fever

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Many children enjoy books about Curious George, a mischievous monkey who lives with an outdoorsman he knows only as "the man in the yellow hat."

George constantly gets himself into trouble, but the man in the yellow hat is just as constant in lending aid to his simian companion.

The books remind me of the men and women in yellow hats who faithfully lend their aid to people who face trials that are generally not of their own making.

When hurricanes ravage trees, when floods wreck houses, when tornadoes or terrorists strike, the people in the yellow hats appear as if by magic. They cook hot meals for those who have lost homes or power. They remove trees from roofs and driveways and yards. They shovel mud and scrub walls when some affected residents are still too dazed or too overwhelmed to do the job themselves.

Go to just about any town that has faced a disaster and you'll probably hear stories about those wonderful, helpful people in the yellow hats.

The yellow hats, of course, are basic attire for volunteers working through relief and recovery efforts coordinated by N.C. Baptist Men.

But the hats are worn by women as well as men.

And under a large percentage of those hats, you are likely to find gray hair, if you find any hair at all.

Growing older does not bring an end to one's usefulness. On average, today's retirees are far healthier and more mobile than those of earlier generations.

Fortunately, many of them are also sold on the idea of service to others - even when it means leaving home to sleep on the floor of a host church and take showers in a gym or a portable trailer.

One delightful aspect of my job is that I get to visit with and report on the faithful work being done by the people in the yellow hats - people who are younger and older, male and female, working and retired, well-set and barely making it, but all united by a common love for God and for others.

I tip my own yellow cap to them all.

10/17/2003 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments
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