The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 7, 2013

Hearts & darts

The Commercial-News

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

Danville YMCA personnel send hearts to everyone who contributed “to the 2013 Poker Run at the Friendly Tavern on July 13. The gifts affirms the kindness and generosity that exists in the Danville area and your thoughtfulness has not gone unnoticed.

“The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children —regardless of age, income or background — to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

“Contributions to the Teen Reach program will help teens achieve higher learning, and get a head start with being successful in their future academic studies. We have purchased book bags and school supplies for all of the Teen Reach participants. In addition, the participants will have access to a computer in their room for conducting home work research. This fall, Teen Reach participants will become involved in preparing for college, which include college visits to the Danville Area Community College, University of Illinois, Parkland College, Eastern Illinois University, and Indiana State University. We thank you for assisting the Danville YMCA with providing many youth with the resources that are needed for knowing how to go to college.

“Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful!”

Anna Richey of Danville sends hearts to some good Samaritans.

“As I’m 91 years old and depending on my power chair to get around, this is to applaud the citizens of Danville.

“As I go to bank, doctor, hair dresser and grocery shopping, I use the city bus. The drivers are always helpful and courteous. When you arrive at your destination if anyone is there they always open the door.

“At the grocery, people are helpful. Most times the things you want are on the top shelf. As I shop with a basket on my lap this means shutting down my chair, putting the basket on the floor and standing up, not always easy. Seems like there is always someone there with ‘May I help you.’

“I’m very glad I live in such a nice town.”

Gail Nicoson of Danville sends hearts to “AutoZone and the Humane Society for their help on Aug. 16.

“I opened my garage door and smelled something dead. I didn’t see a dead animal nor could I find a dead animal in the garage. I went to the bank and still smelled a dead animal. I went to AutoZone and told them that I thought I had a dead animal under the hood. They sent one of their workers out, and my fears were confirmed. A cat had crawled into my engine. I was very upset!

“I was wondering if the Humane Society would come, and they did. Within a few minutes after my plea, they came and removed the cat. I felt terrible! Being an animal lover, I hope the cat didn’t suffer.

“Thanks to AutoZone and the Humane Society for their prompt service and their kindness. They were a godsend.”

Marjorie Hacker of Danville sends hearts to “the Danville Police Department.

“After I moved, they checked on my house. After seeing no lights, they called to check on me. They were concerned for my safety and checked to see that everything was OK.

“They have a very difficult job, and they are doing very good work.

“I thank them so very much.”