Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 3


Good Samaritans

Thumbs-up to Jeff Ellis and John Desender, who teamed up a few months ago to create a Good Samaritan food pantry box next to Ellis Jewelers, 404 E. Second St., Seymour. The heart of the pantry box idea is to touch people’s lives and help people who are struggling and hungry, Ellis said. People can take food, hygiene items, Bibles and lists of community resources from the box whenever they have a need. Donations always are accepted.

Fleet of foot

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School teammates Ashton Chase and Makenna Sunbury, who competed in the 37th annual IHSAA girls cross-country meet Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute. Chase, a junior, placed 94th, while Sunbury, a sophomore, was 139th.

Double the fun — and learning

Thumbs-up to the Community Foundation of Jackson County’s board of directors for a recent decision to provide funding to expand Leadership Jackson County’s youth leadership program from one session to two this year and in 2018. YoJack was established 17 years ago with the purpose of developing a core group of young leaders. Twice the number of sessions per year means twice the leadership skills learned and twice the fun, and perhaps most importantly, twice the number of students served.

Drug safety

Thumbs-up to everyone in the community who took the time Saturday to safely dispose of their unwanted medications at five drug take-back sites in the county. By participating in the program, residents help prevent potential overdoses, drug abuse and theft of medications, said Brenda Turner, director of the Jackson County Drug-Free Council.

Helping hands

Thumbs-up to the 104 members of the Schneck Medical Center Guild who play a key role in providing some services to patients and their families and visitors each year. Those volunteers, recognized during a luncheon Oct. 20, gave 16,000 hours of their time last year and are on a pace to give 17,000 this year.

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