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Thankful for those who give

December 26, 2013 - Brett Van Waus
The holidays came and went. During the month, days were filled with decorations, Christmas songs and from what I saw, a lot of giving. I’m not sure if it’s the small town hospitality, just the season or maybe both, but so many people in Marshalltown are just so generous. Nothing makes the heart more warm than seeing a small, but mighty community gather together to make sure families have a meal on Christmas. I witnessed hundreds of people at the Salvation Army last week getting those meal baskets and it was an amazing site to see. With all of the efforts of volunteering and donations from the community, families were fed and children had a Christmas. It just puts a smile on my face, the community helps the community. It really is a blessing. Speaking of blessings, I want to thank one community member, that I have never met, for his good deed. Last week after the ice storm, my little car was glazed with about a quarter inch of ice. It took me about 15 minutes to scrape a circle of ice off of my windshield right in front of my steering wheel. I began to drive, then I pulled off to the side of the road because driving any further was impossible. I put on my emergency lights, got out of my car and began to scrape. Another car pulled off to the side of the road in front of me. An older man asked me if I needed help getting the ice off, then told me to go in the car. Cautious, I obeyed. Within seconds, he scraped my entire windshield, I thanked him and he drove off. In Des Moines, I highly doubt anyone would have helped me like that. It was such a nice thing for someone to do, especially in the bitter weather. Thank you! I know the holiday cheer will wear off, but I really hope the kindness will not. The smallest good deeds can really make someone’s day. Smile, be happy and lend a helping hand. I know I will, it’s just something that makes living in a small town so unique.

Happy New Year



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