Vietnamese, Cambodian kids show Rockland spirit
Just a quick note today – but check back tomorrow for my story in The Journal News about what Rotary Club members from Spring Valley and other Lower Hudson Valley towns are doing to help at-risk Vietnamese children stay in school.
During our recent trip, my father and I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of American T-shirts and hats on Vietnamese and Cambodian children. (While traveling south through the sweltering Mekong Delta, our group even saw a village teenager keeping cool in a D.A.R.E. T-shirt from Los Angeles, and a dusty little boy wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat!)
Of course, the kids we met don’t realize what they’re wearing; they were just happy to have some new clothes. But, it’s still nice to know we’ve left our mark – literally, in the form of local logos, in addition to all the medical supplies, toiletries, vitamins, toys and other donations we helped distribute. Maybe the next time travelers from the Lower Hudson Valley are in Vietnam, they’ll be pleasantly surprised to meet a small child proudly wearing a Piermont P.A.L. T-shirt…