Barbara Bedell: Keeping America great - anyone can do it

Check out this great column from the Times Herald-Record. 
Colin Schmitt has been doing for others since he was a youngster in elementary school. Now, at 25, the graduate of Valley Central High School in 2008, and Catholic University in 2012, is a member of the National Guard. He’s constantly learning, and loves what he does.
He feels a special kinship to the American Legion, which sponsored his attendance at the Legions’ Boys State and Boys Nation when he was a junior in high school. The experience was life-changing. He still has his hands out helping veterans, especially shut-ins and those in need.
Recently, he was speaking to a group of people at Betty’s Country Kitchen in Washingtonville when he started talking about items that shut-in veterans would appreciate. Betty’s owner, Kevin Radday, offered to set out a box for donations. Within a few days, Radday changed the box size several times to receive the number of items donated. Finally he called Colin to come and take away some of the items to make room for more. Colin was shocked to find a freezer-sized box filled. He had to ask for help to lift it.
The items will be donated to the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System at Montrose, where Colin is no stranger. He’s been collecting clothing twice a year for the veteran’s shop there. He challenges others to address a need and then make a difference.
“This is what makes America great,” the New Windsor resident said. “Mention a need and people respond. It’s a wonderful experience seeing it and participating. And the best part is that anyone can do it.”