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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Eldred Area Lions Club thanks those who rang the bell for the Salvation Army

๐Ÿ””The Eldred Area Lions Club would like to thank all of the individuals and groups that rang the bell for the Salvation Army in the Otto-Eldred Community.๐Ÿ””

The O-E Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Scout leaders Dan and Rose and all of the Scout parents, Otto-Eldred Teachers, Eldred Area Lions Club members, Local Church Groups, Gary BeeGee, Father Tom, Norm and Connie King and many other community members who rang the bell. Pastor Mike Culver who met with us to get the bell ringing equipment. Pastor Mike is instrumental in this area for the Salvation Army mission. Thank you Sir!

A great big thank you to Brian and the whole crew of the Eldred Supermarket for allowing us to place the Salvation Army kettle there. Without your support at the Eldred Supermarket, we could not do what we do. (Remember ladies, Santa is watching!) A great big Thank You! to the kind folks who brought out coffee or hot chocolate from the supermarket to the bell ringers braving the cold to ring the bell. 

Most of all.....Thank you to everyone who put donations in the kettles to help
those in need. Remember that the Salvation Army gives year 'round and without your support in the kettles at Christmas time, they could not do the good work that they do. A great big thanks to the many, many people who donated every time they came out of the store. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I didn't spend a lot of time at the kettles myself, but I was overwhelmed when I saw folks who are struggling themselves put money in the kettle time after time. I heard of a lottery winner's winnings going in the kettle! "I didn't have that money going into the store, so I might as well give it to those in need when I come out". Those stories represent what the Christmas season is about......Helping and giving to those in need and what better time to give? In honor of Jesus' birthday! 

As a result of the bell ringer's hard work, while braving the cold and snow, and of course, the continued generosity of our Otto-Eldred community, we surpassed the 2015 total by 18%!! This total shows what the fabric of the O-E community is about. 

Our Otto-Eldred area is a group of very small communities that are joined together by people with large hearts. Our community is filled with caring, compassionate people who never, ever hesitate to help when help is needed. Without fail, be it fundraisers, community events, helping with a disaster, or just lending a helping hand, the O-E community always steps up to the plate and hits it out of the park. That compassion in our community is why I am proud to say I live where I do. 

As our former OESD Superintendent Mr. Ed Harrington used to say,
"Remember who you are and where you came from. When you go outside of this area, you represent this community and don't let O-E down or embarrass it by your actions".
Unfortunately, we lost Mr. Harrington this year. But his spirit lives on and representing your community is a trait that should be followed by all of us. "Remember who you are and where you came from", not only your community but your family also. Make them all proud. 

Mr. Harrington's statement epitomizes the O-E residents who do leave the area. Be it by job, by college or by choice. Wherever they do land, they still represent O-E in a positive manner. They become involved in their new community and they give back there. They put Mr. Harrington's words into action by showing the O-E way. The kindness and willingness to help others never goes away, even when you go away. 

Thank you all again and I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy 2017. 

Jeff Rhinehart
Eldred Area Lions Club President

I would be very, very remiss if I didn't give A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my wife Debbie, who went back out and braved the elements each evening and gathered, counted and totaled the daily buckets.

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