Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


November 24, 2012

Cheers & Jeers: Nov. 24, 2012



‘The roof is on’ veteran’s house

Pastor Chris Ellis of the Windfall United Methodist Church sends this Cheer:

“Recently, your paper published articles in promotion of ‘Operation: Covered by Blessings,’ a community effort to furnish a new roof on the home of Howard County’s own hero, Jason Vazquez. Jason is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He faithfully served our country at great cost to himself and his family. Through the help of the wonderful articles written by Megan Graham, the roof is on and interior repairs will soon be made!

“As director of this project, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Good people rallied immediately to see that the funding needs were met. Our goal of $4,000 was exceeded by nearly $1,000. (We had some gifts realized after the printing of Graham’s latest article which listed $200 above the goal.) All the labor was readily donated by Mike Ward and All American Roofing, who eagerly accepted the project. I can highly recommend his company not only because of his generosity but also because of his quality work.

“Many organizations came together. The D.A.V. handled the funds and contributed financially. The Kokomo Golden Corral had a special ‘give back night.’ Brian Carroll of Integrity Roofing provided assistance. Fresh Start Ministries, Dan’s Donuts and CVS employees provided food for the roofers. Touby Pike Recycling gave a generous discount on the dumpster. An anonymous supplier gave a generous discount on materials. The American Legion Riders, Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union and Byrum’s Makin’ Bacon Farms gave substantial gifts.

“Individuals from Kokomo, Sharpsville, Westfield, Russiaville, Tipton, Greentown and Logansport gave at a variety of levels, truly making this a community thank-you to a brave young man and his family. These contributors are fantastic! Any funds over the interior repairs will be given to the family as a Christmas gift.

“Above all, I want to thank Jesus Christ for his work in making all of this happen. To him belongs all glory, laud and honor.”

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