The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 1, 2012

Hearts and darts


DANVILLE — Here are some of the good things readers noticed around the area recently:

Greg Miller, director of the Robin Hood Foundation, sends hearts to the “following people for their direct or indirect help with the most recent blanket drive. The drive was the best year yet. Because of the generosity of donation, these blankets will keep approximately 400 beds warmer this winters season.

“The people of Danville and Vermilion County have proven over the years their willingness to help the poor. Thanks to Ridgeview Baptist, Jennifer Dixson, Christina Thompson Dietzen, Speedy’s Quick Print, Commercial-News, Dana Buress, School District 118, First Assembly Church Of God, Harvey Miller, Melissa Castle, Connie Davis, Kmart, Tuck Miller, Jordan Castle, Evelyn Miller, Zack Turner and Abundant Life Pentecostal Church Of God.

“May God bless each of these people for their willingness to see this wonderful project succeed.”

Gerald Wicoff of Danville and family send hearts “to everyone who attended his 90th birthday open house and who donated food for pantries and animal shelters.

“Thanks to people’s generosity, we collected 109 items for the Holy Family Church food pantry and about 200 pounds of pet food, which was distributed among the Humane Society of Danville, the Vermilion County Animal Shelter and the CARA shelter in Tilton.

“The family hopes other people adopt this idea of asking for donations of people and pet food instead of cards and gifts during special events.”

Donna Elliott of Tilton sends hearts for special sights in the area.

“Driving through Georgetown recently, what a beautiful sight! The wind was blowing slightly and all of the American flags were lining the street — what a sight! Thanks, Georgetown!

“Another beautiful sight was at the Festival of Trees, watching hundreds attending this event that just keeps on getting bigger and better. Thanks also for free cocoa and cookies and to having an ice sculptor. It was nice to see. Also hearts for the many, many donations of food to the food pantry. It was good to see people helping others that are having a rough time.

“I hope all had a happy Thanksgiving and gave thanks for all of our blessings not just one day, but every day.”

The family of John Russell of Catlin would like to send hearts “to all of the people who sent flowers, food, cards and prayers to our family during the recent loss of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

“A special thanks to Robert” Bob” Shafer, the doctors and nurses of the intensive care unit at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and all of the nurses and CAN’s of 4 West.

“Thank you to the family and friends who showed so much compassion during a very difficult time. May God bless each and every one of you.”