by Alexis Ann
For most of us, Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks, feeling good and sharing bountiful feasts with family and friends. For those less fortunate, however, it is a day that paints a different picture of wondering where and what they will eat. When you read our Thanksgiving story by Resident reporter, Tony Castagno, you will give thanks for the many volunteers who open their hearts to those in need by either running food drives or preparing meals at various organizations throughout our region. Let’s put our hands together for these dedicated volunteers!
On Giving…Charles Graeb of Old Lyme, a retired salesman and veteran, spends his time brightening the lives of deserving children with his “Bikes For Kids” program. “I was poor and never had a bike as a child, so I thought it would be a good idea to fix bikes and give them to disadvantaged children during the holidays,” says Charles. Read about the success of his 16-year program of giving and how you can help.
Kenny Merrick Jr., of Preston, is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and hails from the Lame Deer Reservation in the Big Sky Country of Montana. Kenny “Red Bear” believes that Life is in Harmony and finds teaching children fun. He uses some of his profits from his self-formed production company and his recording sales to purchase dialysis machines for those in need. Read about a true leader with a kind.
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