It's good to live in a place where your neighbors are willing to pitch in and help the less fortunate in times of need. The generosity of Delta County residents seems to shine through again and again in this respect.
The latest example came last week with the Cans for the County food drive. As a direct result of this charitable effort, the Salvation Army in Escanaba received nearly 800 cases of food for its food pantry, as well as a monetary donation of more than $11,000.
Cans for the County was the effort of Cal's Corral owner Cal Hyslop, A.M. Express Human Resources/Loss Prevention Manager Dan Weddig, and Island Resort & Casino Public Relations Manager Dave Feathers. Together, the three men enlisted the help of numerous Delta County businesses to donate food or money to benefit local food pantries. The three men even helped unload the first delivery of food Friday at the Salvation Army.
Hyslop, Weddig and Feathers deserve a pat on the back for their kind and generous efforts. Some of the businesses that helped out include Super One Foods, Escanaba Moving Systems, A.M. Express, Radio Results Network, Miller Lite, Northland Foods, White's U-Haul Rental, Mug Shots, Rosey's Diner, and Don's HVAC Inc. (all of Escanaba); Cal's Corral in Bark River, Island Resort & Casino in Harris and The Rusty Rail in Cornell.
This sort of help is a welcome sight for local charitable organizations. With the area facing economic woes and a high jobless rate, many of our fellow residents have been forced to seek help from the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and others. Need has grown and these organizations are often faced with a lack of resources to help those in need.
Charity and helping the less fortunate tends to come to the forefront during the holiday season. Need, however, is felt all year long. Area residents should follow the example of the three men who spearheaded Cans for the County. Make donating what you can to help the area's needy a year-round activity. It doesn't have to be the holidays to help your neighbor.