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CHEERS to the mystery woman who paid for our Christmas tree.

My family and I were at the plant center at Maplecrest and St. Joe Center roads. We had looked at a few places before that, but we were unaware of the cost of a real tree. As we were looking over and over at the selection, one of the men working there came up to us and told us that a kind woman had stopped and told them she wanted to pay for our Christmas tree. When I asked whether they knew who it was, they said all they knew was she drove a dark-colored Lexus and when they asked her whether she knew us, she replied no. When the man let us know that we would be getting our son his first Christmas tree after all, it made me feel wonderful. I wanted to let this mystery woman know that she brought more happiness to my family and me than she will ever know. Thank you for your wonderful gift of kindness, and I hope you know how much that meant to us.


CHEERS to Sgt. Lawson for his kind and generous act, particularly during the Christmas season.

My wife and I went out to dinner with some good friends on Dec. 15. About the time the food arrived, the waiter came to our table with the bill and explained that our bill, of just more than $150, had been paid. We wanted to thank the gentleman who paid the bill, but he had departed. The waiter also explained that this stranger also paid for a few other dinners as well as ours.

On the back of the bill was a signed message from the stranger. He said that he spent three years in Iraq during the war. He also wrote to make sure that the chain of love does not end with us.

While my good friend and I are veterans of the Vietnam era, it is we who should have been buying his dinner in appreciation for his service to this great country. We sincerely appreciate all that he has done for this nation.

Please be assured we, too, will pay it forward and keep the chain of love going.


CHEERS to that special person who found my wallet outside MC Sports in the mall and turned it in. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Everything I had in there was for my children’s Christmas. I appreciate your honesty and kindness. There is so much bad going on in the world today I am glad that you are one of the few honest people still left. I wish you a very Merry Christmas.


CHEERS to the Student Ambassadors of Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne campus). They stopped by Erin’s House for Grieving Children to drop off their collected donations of stocking-stuffer items for the kids. The items were donated by faculty, staff, and students of Indiana Tech. Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations, says he considers it a privilege to work with this talented and caring group of young people. And the children, teens and families of Erin’s House couldn’t agree more.

RACHEL BURKHOLDER Erin’s House for Grieving Children

CHEERS to Edith Kenna for her excellent letter (“Medicaid extension under ACA common-sense goal for state,” Dec. 18). She has an extensive history of advocating for the mentally ill who rely on Medicaid.