|The damage to houses were as bad as one could imagine after the tornado.
If you read any national media outlet or watch any news channel you probably get a sense that this country is in deep trouble due to the negative reports on a daily basis. Frankly, it's depressing sometimes.
But when you see good deeds on a consistent basis from the kids in our small community of Covington, Ohio you realize this country isn’t in as bad of shape as the national media would like you to believe.
Here are some examples or recent good deeds by Covington students.
Several high school kids donated their time to mentor Covington elementary students at the fifth and sixth grade overnighter.
Covington High School students recently honored military veterans at the high school.
The Band of Bucc Pride took part in last week's Memorial Day festivities where Word War I veterans were honored with a memorial monument.
And tonight members of the Covington football team volunteered to help assist those in need during the annual Covington Alumni Banquet.
There are many more good deeds by Covington students that could be mentioned, but one more good deed goes above and beyond when you consider the impact it had on others.
This past Friday the Covington football team car pooled to West Milton to assist residents of those in that community who were ravaged by the recent tornados.
"I had heard about people over there in West Milton who had their homes or property damaged by the tornado, so I asked the kids what they thought about going over to help out," said Covington football coach Ty Cates. "This was Friday morning after we had a grueling day on legs and about twenty-five or thirty of the boys said 'Let's go right now, Coach'."
So the coaches and kids jumped into their cars and heading south toward where they heard there was the most damage.
"When we got there we couldn't believe it," said Cates of the damage. "There were trees and limbs down all over the place, houses were damaged, cars were damaged, you name it. We saw people out trying to clean up, so we just stopped and asked if they needed help."
And what the kids quickly learned was their selfless actions meant so much to those in need.
"It was tough because we saw older people trying to clean up big stuff out of their yards," Cates said. "It was neat seeing the kids asking them if they needed help and then helping them clean up their yards."
The boys also were educated on how devastating a tornado can be.
"One guy actually asked us if we wanted to look at the damage inside his house," Cates continued. "I think it opened the eyes of the kids because no windows were left and there was a big hole in the roof. He showed the kids where he hunkered down in the bathroom until the storm passed. If you saw the damage to that man’s house, you would be amazed he survived."
"It was a reality check," said David Robinson, an incoming junior. "You see stuff like this on television, but you never think it could happen to you. Being that this happened so close to home, I mean, Covington is only a few miles away - it really makes you think."
The kids spent three to four hours going from place to place helping clean up debris from the tornado, but the kids came away feeling they didn’t do enough.
"We threw piles and piles of debris on a fire to be burned, but it never seemed to end," said Covington junior-to-be Clayton Stephan. "I mean, there were sheds and entire trees laying in the middle of corn fields for what seemed to be two and three football fields long. We worked our butts off, but it seemed like we didn't even make a dent into what needed to be cleaned up."
Still, the great feeling the kids felt by helping another community in need was reward enough.
"We had people offering the kids water and food for helping them out and the Milton soccer team invited the kids to eat with them," said Cates. "But the kids didn't go over there because they wanted recognition or praise. They just wanted to help."
Which makes one realize this country is in great shape - especially with kids like we have in Covington.