The holidays are a time for reflection, and in this my 20th Christmas as an American Red Cross employee, more than ever I feel privileged to work for an organization whose mission is so universally respected and whose logo is so revered around the globe.
In my role as a Red Cross employee, I have had an opportunity to meet the most remarkable people who give generously of their time, their talents and their treasures expecting nothing in return except the comfort of knowing that they’ve helped to improve the life of their neighbors, family and friends. Volunteers teach others to save lives, to swim and to safely babysit. Volunteers train to respond to fires, floods, tornados, hurricanes, winter storms and heat waves. Volunteers assist the local hospital patients and staff, screen blood pressures and help in the local office. Ottawa County residents volunteer to donate more than 2,000 units of blood per year – the gift of life to others. Volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds to keep a local Red Cross presence.
The American Red Cross exists through the generosity of the American people. Volunteers, donors, community partners, the media – thank you for all your generous support.
Beth Leggett, director
American Red Cross
To the editor: Have you ever had a song keep running through your head?
Since attending the Advent Songfest at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday evening the song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” keeps going through my mind and I haven't heard or sang that song for many, many years.
What an inspirational evening with five local churches taking part by singing, playing the bells, playing the guitar, piano and organ. What a band of Christians giving praises to the Lord and not letting the dark clouds enter the sanctuary. Dan Boyle's playing made the church rock, people clapped, sang and praised the Lord with songs of Advent. Yes, the coming of the Lord is magnificent, and you could feel the warmth both in the sanctuary and social room afterwards.
We are so fortunate that different denominations can come together and sing praises unto the Lord.
It truly is wonderful living in a community that cares for one another
Betty Marlow Miller
A slow news day?
To the editor: Was it really that slow a news day in Toledo that you had to run the photo of the demented child grinning over the fact that he'd just killed a defenseless deer?
How proud his parents must be, that their boy has at last succeeded in slaughtering an innocent animal, and how revolting that your paper apparently condones and endorses such disgusting behavior.