Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘God will bless you’

Rose Belt of Kokomo sends this Cheer for a stranger’s kindness:

“To the gentleman who was behind me with a armload of items and no cart at the Meijer check-out line on March 24: Thank you very much for leaving $20 at the cash register on my bill. It was so generous of you.

“I will always remember your kindness. God will bless you.”

Now part of the family

Martha Fecher of Kokomo sends this Cheer for Courtyard by Marriott:

“Due to the tornado, I needed to move out of my home while it was being repaired, and I chose the Courtyard by Marriott. From the time I checked in until I checked out, I received excellent service. It was very professional, with a personal touch.

“Daily they checked on me and asked if I had any appointments they could take me to or whether I needed any shopping they could do. Since breakfast is the only meal available, they asked if I needed any more food for the refrigerator or a sandwich brought back in the evening.

“They made sure I had a way to church, and if I needed the car, it was at the door with someone to help me out.

“I can’t say enough good things about the staff. I was there when we had the very cold weather and lots of snow. They cheered my days. They became part of my family and still are. Thanks to all.”

‘Thanks to all the gospel fans’

Jack Ayers of Walton sends this Cheer:

“Thank you to all the people who made our Blackwood Gospel Concert a success.

“Special thanks to the Rev. Bill Collins of Christian Church, Pastor Sharon Walker of Shiloh Lutheran Church and the Rev. Larry Zehring of United Methodist Church! Their cooperation and help were greatly appreciated.

“We thank the Walton Christian Church for the use of its facility. Thanks to all the gospel fans who came to the concert and were generous in their love offering to the Blackwoods.

“Thank you to Alex Ayers for opening the concert with three songs that the crowd enjoyed — so did the Blackwoods. They complimented this 20-year-old young man on his talent.”

Walk A Mile event raises $129,000

Van Taylor, executive director of the Kokomo Rescue Mission, sends this Cheer:

“Once again this year, the staff and volunteers of the Kokomo Rescue Mission would like to express our deep appreciation to the community for its support for the 13th Annual Walk A Mile in My Shoes event. Thanks to the amazing support of the corporate and private sponsors, along with the walk participants, the 2014 goal of $125,000 was met and exceeded with more than $129,000 in donations. Proceeds from the Walk A Mile event support the Mission’s Open Arms ministry for women and children.

“The walk participants are a vital component of this annual event. In addition to raising funds for the event, their participation demonstrates their love and compassion for the women and children who stay at Open Arms. Walk participants have an opportunity to tour the Open Arms facility and learn about how this ministry assists women and children get a new start in life.

“Walk Team awards for 2014 are: First Place Golden Sneaker Award, Rossville Bible Fellowship; Second Place Silver Slipper Award, Kokomo Casting Plant; and Third Place Bronze Baby Bootie Award, Grace United Methodist. The elementary school Pink Sneaker Award Winner is Lafayette Park School.

“Major corporate sponsors for the 13th Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes Event were: The Beck Foundation – Beck’s Hybrids; St. Joseph Hospital; Hewitt Manufacturing Plastic Solutions; Z92.5/WIOU/Rock 98.5; Jean Rinehart, Independent Consultant for Longaberger; Merrell Brothers; Coca-Cola of Kokomo; Choice Real Estate; Regions Insurance of Indiana; Allstate Insurance – Don Davis and Sara Pyle Agencies; Button Dodge and McGonigals Inc.; Community First Bank; Haynes International; NIPSCO; and Salin Bank. We sincerely thank these corporate sponsors and the many other businesses that contributed to the success of the Walk. The Walk Breakfast and refreshment table sponsors included: Wise & Wise Farms, The Dinner Bell, Coffee Junkiez, McDonald’s, Gingerbread House Bakery, Wal-Mart and Dan’s Variety Bakery. Thank you all for your incredible support for Open Arms!

“It is difficult to truly express how important this ministry is in our community. In 2013, the Open Arms shelter served 118 women and 96 children and the Walk proceeds cover approximately 60 percent of the annual fund for the Open Arms ministry.

“Thank you so much for being part of community that is willing to assist those who need our compassion, the homeless women and children.”

‘Many thanks to y’all’

Terry Hoover of Kokomo sends this Cheer:

“Thanks to the Kokomo Street Department for restoring my mailbox, destroyed by a snowplow. Great job, guys! Many thanks to y’all! Completely satisfied!

“Also, thanks to Greg Hendershot and fence crew for repairing panels torn down by recent winds. Another great job! Very grateful!”