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Coming Together For A Single Purpose

October 23, 2012
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

On September 22, 2012 I saw the kind of people I always thought lived in this area. I saw people of all ages, many different religions, different levels of education, and different backgrounds come together for a single purpose. They were giving their money, their time, and their hearts to pack food for people they have never seen. The enthusiasm, energy, camaraderie, and excitement was unbelievable!

So, what was accomplished? People of our area donated over $19,000 dollars. They gave at least a couple hours of their time and packed over 119,000 meals for men, women, and children truly in need.

While I certainly don't know the names of all the folks who spent many hours in the planning and coordination of the TFJO event, let me list some of them. Many thanks to Bruce Nelson, Chad Anderson, Lana Williams, Lois Stanley, Bonnie Whitney, Rosie Argabright, Dilene Larson, Father Clem, Lori Hall, Jane Whitmore, Deb Hite, and KEMB-LP.

A special thanks to the Kiwanis for their most generous contributions!

At the final tally there were more people than funds. Once again when the word got out over $3,300 was given to cover the shortage. It sure feels good to live near people that have such big hearts!

If you would like to see photos of the event go to and click on photos.

I wish I knew the names of all of the 500 some people who made this such a successful event. Thank you so much!

For those of you old enough to remember Tennessee Earnie Ford, " Bless your pea-pickin' heart.

For those that don't, All Glory to God!

(signed)?Ted Ellis

Emmetsburg, IA



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