Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – December 18

Helping heroes

Thumbs up to Mel from Mel’s Country Market in Columbus who a couple of weeks ago made a large stack of her largest pizzas and other goods for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. The next week she did the same for the Southwest Fire and Rescue Station 2 at Waymansville and Mount Healthy Elementary School. The following week she did the same for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. I thought she ran out of heroes to help but she drove a large stack over to Brown County and supplied their sheriff’s departments. I follow all the sheriff’s departments as I live in the Hoosier National Forest and my road dips in and out of each of those counties.

Anonymous

A brighter Christmas

Thumbs up to everyone who contributed to the 27th annual Cops and Kids program. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Donald M. Winn Lodge 108 in Seymour, which organizes the event each year, were able to spend about $13,000 to make Christmas a little brighter for 53 kids this year. Each child received $200 to buy Christmas presents and each of the 26 families involved also received a turkey. The lodge raises funds for the program through the FOP Pre-Scoop Cruise-In and Car Show each summer. A related thumbs up to Centra Credit Union and its customers who help by contributing to the bank’s Holiday Giving Program and Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Distribution Center who also provide grants to the program.

Braves of the Month

Thumbs up to the Brownstown Community School Corp. students recently selected as November Students of the Month. They are Little Brave of the Month second-grader Cooper Brandenburg, sixth-grader Lois Vaught and Brave of the Month senior Kendra McCory.

Heart warming

Thumbs up to Becca Hattabaugh and her mother, Becky Wilson, who started the Warm Hearts, Warm Toes project nine years ago, and everyone who contributes to the project. This year, 105 pairs of shoes and new socks were provided for students for kids at Brownstown Elementary School, Brownstown Central Middle School and Crothersville Community School Corp. More than 800 new pairs of shoes and socks have been distributed through the project over the years.