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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, January 12, 2019 1:00 am


Many deserve thanks for keeping kids warm

Thank you Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana for your support of Coats for Kids! Because of your generosity, 5,071 children have a warm coat this winter, bringing our total to over 60,000 winter coats provided since 2000. All coats were delivered to local schools, homeless shelters and clothing banks before the December holiday break, ensuring that children were warm this winter.

Special Coats for Kids “champion” kudos go to:

• Peerless Cleaners for the dry cleaning of all used coats donated to the campaign.

• Community Harvest Food Bank for the donation of warehouse space for sorting the coats.

• Kroger, YMCA, Parkview Ortho Hospital, Biggby Coffee on Dupont Road and Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken for serving as donation locations.

• Wells Fargo Bank, Dr. David Bojrab at Pain Management Associates, 3 Kings Flooring, Aqua Indiana, the Thornton family and all individual and corporate donors for their financial support.

• Berne Apparel for its donation of over 1,000 winter coats and 200 pairs of gloves.

• Fort Wayne Fire Department, YMCA and community volunteer teams who delivered all 5,071 coats to local schools and nonprofit agencies.

• Adams Radio Group, Fort Wayne's NBC, Rebel Media and the Fort Wayne media for their help in getting the Coats for Kids message to the community.

• Greg Thomas at Guaranteed Rate and Jim Bradley Century 21 for mobilizing the real estate community and hosting a special event in support of Coats for Kids.

• St Vincent DePaul Thrift Store for transporting all new and used coats to the sorting site.

• Community volunteers who gave their time to knit hats and scarves and pack thousands of coats.

• All teachers and case managers who took time to request coats for the children they serve.

• The Volunteer Center staff, board of directors and volunteers for their dedication and hard work to make this program a success.

Your kindness will never be forgotten!

Ana T. Etter

Executive director, The Volunteer Center

Fort Wayne

Friends helped after fall

On Dec. 5 at 6:40 a.m., I slipped and fell on ice in my driveway getting the newspaper, breaking my hip. I could not get up, so I tried to flag down cars passing by, but they apparently did not see me lying there. I lay there for about 25 minutes, then an SUV stopped and this big fellow came over to me and said, “What happened, Sam?”

Well, he got me up, and his wife helped steady me. I am 170 pounds, and Joe literally picked me up under my rib cage and carried me into my house. These good people then called EMS, and they also sent their son down to see whether he might be needed. To our great friends Joe and Bree Tarney, thank you so much.

Sam Henry

Fort Wayne

Trail light quickly fixed

On Jan. 2, I called the Fort Wayne Trails organization about a warning light pole on the trail being down on the Corbin Road section. I drove by it the next day, and by golly the street department was already out there fixing it. Thanks to everybody who played a part in taking care of this, and also thanks for your quick response.

Jack Rhoades

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the person who bought my supper at Rich's Cafe in Waynedale on a Saturday night. It was greatly appreciated. Thanks again.


Fort Wayne