Last week we published a story highlighting the many charitable works of Searsmont resident Hector DiPietra-Santa, who, since he moved to Waldo County two years ago, has helped a seemingly unending list of people in need. One of these people — Nick DeFrancesco, a war veteran and custodian at the YMCA who was paralyzed earlier this year after he slipped on the ice while waiting to participate in a curling match — has made great strides since his accident, but needs more help from the community.

DeFrancesco’s injuries left him quadriplegic immediately after the accident, but in the months since he has been moved to a hospital in Connecticut specializing in spinal injuries where he has regained some use of his legs, and, according to those close to him, now stands a chance of regaining more mobility. To assist with DeFrancesco’s medical costs, DiPietra-Santa has helped to organize a fundraising dinner and silent auction on May 14, at the Tarratine Redman Hall in Belfast.

DeFrancesco’s case is one we know about, and as DiPietra-Santa would attest, there are many, many more people who need help and often are too proud to ask for it, including ourselves sometimes. If DiPietra-Santa’s joyful demeanor is any indication, doing good deeds does as much good for the giver as the recipient. As the old adage goes: It’s better to give than receive. But like many such truisms, it’s not always the first thing on our busy minds.

We are inspired by DiPietra-Santa’s works and grateful that someone who is not seeking recognition — we’ve since learned that he is responsible for a number of anonymous charitable acts — was willing to talk publicly about them. And we are reminded of our many other neighbors whose small works make the community stronger.