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June 21, 2014

Angye Morrison column: It’s a cool idea – in more ways than one

— I ran into a lady this week who was in a world of hurt. She had four small children, all obviously under the age of four, and she was crying and begging for help. My heart went out to her, and I gave her all the money I had on me.

After doing so, I mentioned it to a friend, who quickly said what a lot of people think, “That was a scam. You got taken. She probably does that kind of thing every day and you were just the latest victim.”

I know a lot of people take that attitude when it comes to those asking for help. And truth be told, there are a lot of people who regularly pluck the heart strings of soft-hearted folks to make a fast buck.

But here’s my take on it: I don’t have to answer to that person or anyone else for my actions. I have to answer to the good Lord for what I do on this earth with what I’ve been given. If I have some money in my pocket, or an extra coat, or a bottle of water that I can give to someone in need, I’m going to do it. If that person takes what I’ve given them and misuses it, well, I’m not going to have to answer for that action. I just have to answer for my own.

I also met with that same attitude this week as I talked with a couple of people about our fan drive. We came up with the idea as a way to give back to the community and, in particular, help the elderly and those with small children who might suffer during these hot summer months because they don’t have air conditioning.

As I spoke with those two folks, I got the same commentary – people will take advantage of this and try to get the fans from us because the fans are free.

Yes. There are always those who will try to take advantage. But we’ve taken every precaution to make sure we screen people who apply to receive a fan, to be sure there is a legitimate need. We want to be sure we place the fans we receive in the hands of those who truly need them.

We’re asking the community to rally behind this effort, and donate fans to help their neighbors and friends who have this need. As I write this, we’ve received about a dozen fans, just in the couple of days since the article appeared in the paper. We hope to receive many more, because we’re hearing reports that there are lots of people asking about getting a fan, and we’ve received calls as well.

So as you’re out and about this weekend, enjoying the bright summer sun, stop by a store and pick up a fan. We’ll be accepting them at our office through July 4, and we’ll be delivering them shortly after that.

Let’s rally together and take care of our own – one fan at a time.

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