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Watchman on the Wall – Look for the helpers

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in the world.” Fred Rogers (Mister Roger’s Neighborhood)

An Idaho farmer found a finch stuck to a frozen water pipe. He cupped his hand around the frightened bird then blew on the pipe. The ice slowly melted until the bird was free. The farmer let the finch fly. Act of kindness!

May 15, Preble County, Ohio parents had saved up money for their son to go to Boy Scout Camp. The money was stolen in a burglary. The Preble County Sheriff’s Department called to inform the family that the $200 Camp fee was donated. The Sheriff’s Department had raised the money. Act of Kindness!

In Colusa County, the “Drink With Friends Colusa” FB page has grown from 400 to 839 participants. Women continue to reach out to women, delivering baskets of goodies for them and often their children. An outpouring of love and concern. New neighbors to the area getting a firsthand look at small town hospitality. Acts of Kindness!

The FB page “What’s Going On In Arbuckle / Colusa” has been a great resource for all of us. Neighbors helping neighbors. We watch out for each others’ pets, children and businesses. We can ask a question and know someone will have the answer in minutes, whether we need a plumber, an arborist, or fresh produce. Acts of Kindness!

Teachers have gone above and beyond to put together lesson plans, having classes on line with their students, calling parents to give them ideas, so their children won’t drop behind in their skills. Many teachers buy necessary supplies with their own monies and travel great distances to deliver them.

For graduation, the high schools in the county had drive-by parades. I witnessed a great parade in Arbuckle. The Pierce High School Seniors decorated their cars and trucks, and the students drove by in the graduation gowns while townspeople lined the streets and cheered them on.

I got to participate in Adopt a Colusa High Senior along with 432 others. I was able to encourage a girl who wants to be a teacher and give her a basket of graduation gifts. It didn’t matter what town or high school; it was community members of the County of Colusa helping each other.

The local churches ban together in Brotherly Love. They divvy up the resources and work. One has food, another clothing, another collects things for yard sales. There are multiple food programs in the county, serving hot meals to carry home.

We live in communities of love! Stop the hate speech, the anger, the accusations. It breeds discontent. Be a “Mister Rogers.”

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