As word of the Little River LFL spreads, we see more people coming to enjoy both it and the Landing. It’s nice to be able to grab a book, sit on a bench, and be among nature. 

Of course, the Landing wasn’t a secret before. Neighbors, artists, boaters, nature lovers, and travelers have been using it for time out of mind.

A plein air painting class took advantage of the beautiful weather the other day.

A gathering place like this is not only useful for fun and learning. As the idea of the “little free” exchange makes its way into our society’s greater consciousness, people have started coming up with other wonderful ways to share and to support each other. 

The other day, several people told me about a story on the Huffington Post about a Little Pantry in Fayettevile, AK. “The Little Free Pantry in Fayetteville, Arkansas gives the community a place to donate food and supplies to people in need. The concept is simple: Anyone may place and take items inside the pantry at any time — and that’s it,” writes Elyse Wanshel. Along the same line, there is a “Blessing Box” in Florida run by a seven-year-old boy and his family. It contains not only food, but toiletries and clean clothing. 

Blessing Boxes and Little Pantries are popping up all over the place. They may be diminutive, but their value is immeasurable. They are another reminder of our immense capacity to lift each other up through what appears on the surface to be a small gesture. 

Until next time, happy reading.


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