Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Community comes together once again

November 22, 2006

We've said many times and in many ways, but once again, we're extremely proud to call Baldwin City home.

The outpouring of support and love shown last week to the Woods family during a chili feed fundraiser to help with expenses incurred by Sherrie Wood in her struggle against cancer was simply unbelievable.

The turnout at Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center was so great that parking was at a premium. But, that's not all. So many people showed up that organizers of the event ran out of food.

That didn't matter to the community that Baldwin City and Baker University become when united in a cause. This was a prime example.

Fundraisers from chili feeds or other such efforts normally don't raise much. This one did -- an amazing total of more than $10,000. That didn't come from chili. It came from the generous hearts of our community who wanted to do something, anything, to help the Woods family.

As we all sit down to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, we can all be thankful that we live in such a community that cares. We've always known it and we've seen many, many examples of it over the years.

But, somehow, this one feels even better. Maybe it's the time of the season and the holidays are upon us. Whatever it is, it's one of those true "feel good moments" that Baldwin City is known for.

Yes, this is a community that cares. What else matters?

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