Updated: December 19, 2012 11:43AM
Congratulations and applause to every one of you who pleasantly surprised the Porter County Community Foundation staff with the outpouring of support for the first Give Day to aid 17 agencies involved in helping the homeless.
The foundation’s goal of $100,000 was almost doubled, and excited cheers vibrated throughout our county. I have a feeling this will become an annual event, and it’s all because of you good neighbors.
Whenever there is a crisis in our country, it really brings out the best in Americans. The East Coast is still staggering from Hurricane Sandy, followed by being bombarded by snow, ferocious winds and more blackouts. But, when I talked to my sister in Staten Island, she said the overwhelming help from many states is heartwarming and gives them a positive outlook.
Two hundred blankets delivered from Georgia, truckloads of food and clothing in every size came from many states, and even monetary donations arrived to help those who became homeless, thanks to Mother Nature. We are often inundated with the worst of humanity, but both in our county and country, the good still far outweighs the bad in us, and I believe it always will.
I hope every veteran in our nation felt the grateful hearts the rest of us have for them this past weekend. The special programs, the gift of meals by restaurants (Applebee’s was delightful) and the media coverage are all deserved honors for those who served our country to keep us free.
Several of our grandsons even called their “Gramps” to thank him for his service. That sure made one old soldier feel warm and fuzzy — and proud. Now if all our troops serving in other countries could come home, we could celebrate all year.
It was an incredible week for 10 of our Porter County Special Olympics athlete leaders, who were invited to participate in the International Law Enforcement Torch Run conference, which was held in Indianapolis Nov. 7 to 10.
They were greeters, speakers, welcome committee and everything else that was needed. Mike’s beautiful voice rang out at Opening Ceremonies, where even “tough guys” used a tissue on their eyes; Brent was an awesome master of ceremonies for Saturday’s final meeting of the entire group; Amanda, Glenda, Katy, Leeanne, Stacey and Tony were superb in introducing speakers for each mini-session; and Nick and Nick hobnobbed with all the officers and starred in hundreds of photos.
Taking center stage on the Pacers home court to a standing ovation let them know how important they were to all those who took part in the conference. Most importantly, this conference brought together the men and women who have raised millions worldwide for the past 12 years with a handful of the Special Olympians they continue to support with various events.
Our athletes once again gave us reason to be proud of them. They are my pet persons of the week.
Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.