June 15, 2011 Edition

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Our people's efforts
show caring nature

John Bland

In our office, as we gather news each week, I am often reminded that we are a community of caring people. We have a lot of people working hard for causes that are for the greater good.

I will try to highlight a few of these examples.


The ninth annual Lawrence County Walk of Hope is coming up soon - June 25 - at Lake Charles State Park. Lawrence County Walk of Hope is a local organization made up of volunteers who work to raise awareness and money for cancer patients in Lawrence County. The majority of funds raised go to Lawrence County cancer patients with a percentage donated to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research.

Co-founders of the organization are Claudia Wheeless and Carolyn Fowler.


Dan Watson, vice president for financial affairs at Williams Baptist College, was the guest speaker Sunday morning at First United Methodist Church. He will be moving to Honduras in July to do mission work with the Chorti Baptist Development Project.


Cox Powersports hosted a third annual Charity Bike Ride to benefit The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge. The top finishers, Sheriff Jody Dotson, Kevin Lee and Robert Bryan Warden, each donated their winnings to The Children's Shelter.

The Imboden United Methodist Church is one of several other groups supporting The Children's Shelter and is featured in this edition.

The Children's Shelter continues to need financial support as it receives only a small stipend per child, which does not cover expenses. Other fund-raisers underway include a paver project and a summer gala in July.


Churches in our communities have ongoing ministries and missions to help others. Dr. Bob Kary told me Saturday that a major mission of his church, Hoxie First Baptist, is reaching out to the community. That was the purpose of a block party hosted by the church this past Saturday. That is the purpose of their Life Lunch Diner held on Fridays.

People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie is hosting a benefit auction this Saturday for Brad Graham and his wife, Kristie. Doctors have discovered a tumor behind Graham's eye. In July, he will begin six weeks of radiation treatments at UAMS in Little Rock. Graham, a 29-year-old self-employed farmer, does not have medical insurance.


We know many parents who volunteer their time as Little League, T-ball and softball coaches. Sure, this helps their own kids, but it also helps their kids' teammates and friends. The same applies to volunteer leaders for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and similar organizations.

The Lawrence County ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition hosted a recognition banquet recently and honored a number of volunteers who have helped their cause.


This listing only scratches the service and includes events and activities included in The TD this week. Examples of our volunteer efforts and caring spirit can be found each week.

I haven't even mentioned the Chamber of Commerce and the volunteer efforts of that group, or such groups as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs.

We are a community who cares about our neighbors and also those in need in other parts of the world.

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