CHEERS to all the community volunteers who helped their neighbors during and after the storms of June 29. A few highlights:
Volunteer Center placed 500 calls to seniors on the Safe Net database to check on their welfare and assist them if needed.
CERT volunteer teams walked neighborhoods and helped neighbors ahead of the arrival of first responders.
American Red Cross Shelter volunteers provided a safe haven, a cool location and food.
Allen County Council on Aging offered transportation.
Fort Wayne 311 and Allen County United Way 211 teams provided information and assistance.
Local neighbors saw needs and stepped in to help when the storm hit.
Neighbors with electricity stored food, welcomed families and provided support and nourishment.
Special thanks go to utility workers, police, fire, EMS and the Fort Wayne/Allen County Department of Health, who did an exceptional job of keeping us safe.
JEAN JOLEY Executive director, Volunteer Center RSVP
CHEERS to a kind gentlemen who said he was doing a random act of kindness when he picked up our check at Lakeside Cafe July 2. It was our third day to eat out as we were without electricity. It was greatly appreciated.
DON and JOAN KRUECKEBERG Fort Wayne
CHEERS to all the volunteer Greenway Rangers and trail users who worked so hard in the heat to clear the trails of storm debris. Volunteers cut through downed trees and pushed fallen limbs and trees off the paths.
DAWN RITCHIE Greenways manager, City of Fort Wayne
CHEERS to Hobby Lobby and WallBuilders for their July 4 advertisement with the main wording In God We Trust plus quotes from presidents, Congress, Supreme Court rulings, Supreme Court justices and others offering proof that this nation was established on Christian principles by men of faith.
JAN CLYMER Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the St. Joe 1 Juniors division (and brother divisions) for a great season. Congratulations to St. Joe 2 for winning the District 10 trophy. To St. Joe 1 (Meijer), thanks for such a fun, great time. I have never been around young men who were as talented, yet fun, as Bryson Tretter, Rob Bakle, David Keating, Ben Keating, Jeff Mertes, Tommy Steele, Tebo Stauffer, Hunter Haney, Noah Kilby, Devin Byrd and Evan Lytle. JEERS to St. Joe District 10 leadership. No umpires for one game, and questionable playing conditions for another. I find it humorous when District 10 officials yell at fans and coaches.
DIRK STAUFFER Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the I&M volunteers who passed out ice on July 1 and to the police officers who directed traffic and got the lines moving faster when they got there.
BOB and ARLENE CURTS Fort Wayne
CHEERS to neighbors Pat, Matt and Mark and their siblings who came armed with chainsaws and rakes to remove a tree that had fallen across my yard.
JANET KAMPSCHMIDT Fort Wayne