The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 19, 2013

Hearts and darts


Commercial-News

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

Students and staff members at Oakwood Junior High School and Oakwood Grade School send hearts to those who helped with their toy drive for Oakwood kids in need before the Christmas break.

“Thanks to all of the donations and generosity, more than 45 Oakwood families had a better Christmas.

“Sam Erwin, junior high principal, said, ‘We are very fortunate to work and live in a community where everyone cares about kids. Laurie Neumann, Oakwood School District social worker, did a great job of organizing the toys that were collected and getting them to those who needed them.

“’I also want to thank Dollar General and its staff for helping us with the toy drive by setting up a box where citizens could drop toys off and everyone in the community who donated. We had a great toy drive and, I want to personally thank everyone that donated and everyone that helped make 45 families’ Christmases a little brighter.’”

Loretta Burke of Danville and Sonna Carley and Louise and Roger Fruhling, all of Potomac, send hearts to unknown good Samaritans.

“On New Year’s Eve, we went to dinner at Garfield’s Restaurant in Danville. We were seated at a table and across and down from us was a young couple. After our dinner, we were sitting at the table, chatting, when our waitress came and said she had something to tell us. We didn’t have any idea what she wanted to tell us because we had already finished eating and were enjoying our coffee and visiting. She said that our bill had already been paid.

“To say we were astounded is an understatement. We asked her who had paid the bill and she said all she knew was that the couple sitting in the booth had paid for our meals when they paid for theirs.

“As we sat there trying to figure out if any of us knew this couple, the girl who had taken the money for the bill came and told us the couple did not want us to know who had paid the bill, they just wanted to wish us a happy New Year. Soon everyone around us was buzzing about it.

“We finally decided they must have felt sorry for our male escort because he was stuck with three old ladies (79, 82 and 85) on New Year’s Eve. Whatever the reason, it certainly made our night and made for a very happy New Year’s Eve.

“In a recent Sunday school lesson, we studied about Paul writing to the Ephesians about selfish and unselfish gifts. He stressed that many give so they can be recognized and that it is often difficult to give in a completely unselfish way, but that we should consider the selfless nature of God. He gives us gifts without expecting reward, because what could you give the King of the Universe (Psalm 50:9-12), but God is the perfect giver of gifts because he gave his only begotten son to save the world from sin.

“We just want to thank this couple for starting our New Year off in such an unselfish manner. May God bless you.”