Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

An Open Letter to the Community: Thanksgiving Was Saved

letter editor2HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/2/13) - I would like to take a moment to express my most sincere appreciation to our community for their generous donations and to the volunteers from our community, who helped make our first “Salvation for Thanksgiving Food Drive” for the Salvation Army a success.

Also, I would like to express my appreciation to our Madisonville Kroger grocery store and to all the staff, who work there.

As you know, less fortunate families and individuals in our community go without proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, children and the elderly are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of those in need.

With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to help many of these families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but to have encouragement and real hope.

It is very humbling to be in a community that cares for each other. Along with this food drive, several other individuals and business entities in our community have stepped in to lead in guiding our community toward “the solution” — Boy Scout Troop 11, McCay Chiropractic, Wellness Family Chiropractic, the Breaking Bread Ministry, and the Kentucky State Police — just to name a few. There are many others.

The generous giving our community has poured out in what Thanksgiving and Christmas are really all about. Often, it is those of us, who organize these events who are given praise. Yet, the praise is to God and to those of you who answered His calling to contribute and volunteer. You will most likely pass someone in our community that your donation provided aide unto. You will not know each other. You will not know they are the person you helped. They will not know that it was your generosity that helped them through a tough time.

However, when they sit down to have a meal that they were not certain was going to be and they bow their heads to give thanks to the Lord for answering their prayers and providing the meal they are about to receive, God knows exactly who answered His call and expressed love and compassion for their fellow man as Jesus would have us do. God will indeed smile His blessings upon you for your compassion and love.

President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation Nov. 22, 1986, he stated: “The spirit of volunteerism is deeply engraved in us as a nation. Maybe it has something to do with our history in a frontier land. Those early Americans who gave us Thanksgiving Day itself had to help each other in order to survive. Joining together to plant crops, raise houses and build barns. And, perhaps, they discovered that in helping others their own lives were enriched.

In our own day, a poll showed most Americans believe that no matter how big government gets and no matter how many services it provides it can never take the place of volunteers. In other words, we Americans understand that there are no substitutes for gifts of service given from the heart.”

President Reagan’s words ring true even today. The government serves a role, I suppose, in providing aid but it does so out of duty and justification. We, Americans, aid our fellow countrymen out of compassion and love. The aid is not the solution. The compassion and love is. God is Love.

Thank you again to our entire community for your compassion and love.

Sincerely,
Christopher H. Toney

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

JSMC Announces Ebola Virus Preparations and Readiness

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (10/23/14) — Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville has put together a plan of action in… Read More

Sindelar Closing in on State Record for Career TD Passes

PRINCETON, Ky. (10/24/14) — Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar has an opportunity to tie or break the state… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

October 20, 2014 6850

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 19, 2014 4619

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown
October 18, 2014 3554

Muhlenberg County Celebrates New Farmer’s Market

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
October 21, 2014 3458

UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Shamrock…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
October 20, 2014 2887

Man Charged for Assaulting Pregnant Wife

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 2875

Resident Returns Home to People Using Drugs,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 22, 2014 2859

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Hopkins News by Karen McKnight
October 21, 2014 2772

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 20, 2014 2567

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Sheila Hopper
October 22, 2014 2350

Failure to Signal Ends in Drug Arrest

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

October 23, 2014 2875

Resident Returns Home to People Using Drugs,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 2014

Man Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Minor

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 1938

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
October 23, 2014 1877

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 23, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 1841

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

in Hopkins News by Lisa Miller
October 22, 2014 1458

Build, Go and Grow Regional Entrepreneurship…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Patricia Wiles
October 24, 2014 1371

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Reporting Check…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 1223

America Should Not Go Greek in the Bathroom

in General News For All Sites by Dr. Glenn Mollette
October 22, 2014 1146

Come Monster Mash at the Museum This Saturday

in General News For All Sites by National Corvette Museum
October 23, 2014 1143

Vocational Rehabilitation Seeks Public Input Nov.…

in General News For All Sites by Kim Brannock

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss