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“Higglytown Heroes” is a cartoon on the Disney Channel that my girls, ages 3 and 5, enjoy. The show demonstrates how each person benefits the community by doing their job, thus making them a “hero.” For example, the mail carrier delivers the kids’ present for Dad just in time for Father’s Day. And the lifeguard enables the children to swim on the hottest day of the summer when no one’s parents could come to the pool.

Every town has such people, but they are not often thanked or recognized. I would like to take the time to do that with this letter to the editor.

There is a small neighborhood tucked away at the edge of Pepperell that knows the real meaning of the word “neighbor.” One elderly gentleman has particularly benefited from the residents’ generous nature. Most people with his medical needs and advanced age would be in a nursing home, waiting their last day amidst strangers, nurses and unfamiliar surroundings.

There is a small neighborhood tucked away at the edge of Pepperell that knows the real meaning of the word “neighbor.” One elderly gentleman has particularly benefited from the residents’ generous nature. Most people with his medical needs and advanced age would be in a nursing home, waiting their last day amidst strangers, nurses and unfamiliar surroundings.

Yet, for the last five years, the people of this neighborhood have pitched in to check in on him, take him to doctor appointments, do his grocery shopping, walk his dog, cut his grass, cook his meals — do just about everything in their power to help him stay in his own home.

My own father, who lives in a rural part of Pennsylvania, was not as fortunate. So I appreciate the effort all these people have played in this one person’s life.

(I should add that this gentleman, in return, has done what was in his power to thank them.)

Although my husband and I moved away from this community about a year ago for several reasons, not a day goes by that I don’t think about our “old neighborhood.” We too were the recipients of this group’s generosity, such as when we brought home our first child from Guatemala and the neighbors showed up to welcome her.

Everyone who lives in this small community off of Brookline Street is a “Pepperell” Hero. Few places in this world exist like that today. But all could benefit from learning a little of its spirit.

It is truly special place, as every resident knows what it means to be a “good neighbor.”

(Mr. Al, a retired Army man, passed away last week on July 3.)

Thank you for considering this for publication.

Sincerely,

LAURIE TOUPIN

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