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About the writer
Jeanette DeVore, whose letter appeared Dec. 23, has been selected as last month’s Golden Pen Award winner. In the judgment of the editors, she had the most effective letter to the editor during December.
DeVore, 62, is the executive director of the Fort Wayne Foster Grandparents program, a federal program that matches older volunteers with children in need. DeVore, whose background is in social work, has led the program for 25 years. The Fort Wayne native fills her time with work, reading and spending time with her eight grandchildren.
She wrote her letter in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“I wanted to feel the good guys win,” DeVore said. “I wanted to have something to do in reaction to the evil, some way to balance it out because otherwise I think you end up feeling powerless. And we do have power.”
DeVore received a gold-plated inscribed pen for her efforts. The Golden Pen Award was established to express our appreciation for the contributions our letter writers make to the editorial page.
Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Jeanette DeVore of Fort Wayne Foster Grandparents is December’s Golden Pen winner.

Letter of the month: December

Purposeful kindness rebalances world

I’ve read about people doing 26 acts of kindness in honor of the victims at Sandy Hook. What a positive and useful idea.

That tragedy has left many of us feeling helpless in the face of such evil. We can make an effort to rebalance the world by countering acts of violence with acts of kindness – an act of generosity and love in remembrance of each victim.

Donate to a food bank, shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk, reconnect with someone you’re estranged from. Give blood at Red Cross, thank the janitor who cleans your office, call your mother. Pick up trash on the sidewalk, listen to an older person’s story for the tenth time. Send a written thank you to the teacher who encouraged you. Put money in the Salvation Army’s holiday bucket. Take a meal to someone who’s having a rough time. Ask your co-worker how her sick husband is doing.

Fill the world with purposeful warmth and kindness to combat the senseless evil that ended the lives of those 26. It will help each of us, and it will help make our part of the world a kinder, gentler place.