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To the out­pour­ing of lo­cal sup­port to groups that helped feed fam­i­lies in need dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing sea­son. In part­ner­ship with the Mary­land Food Bank, Ray of Hope Mis­sion Cen­ter and Cokes­bury United Methodist Church in Port De­posit and St. Mary Anne’s Epis­co­pal Church in North East pur­chased enough food for more than 500 hol­i­day meals. Mean­while, PCL Con­struc­tion, which has more than 900 peo­ple build­ing the Wild­cat Point Gen­er­a­tion plant in Conowingo, also de­liv­ered a check for $10,230 plus three pal­lets of food to Ray of Hope Mis­sion Cen­ter. Fi­nally, 15 Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary School stu­dents and their fam­i­lies got a lit­tle help with their Thanks­giv­ing din­ner as part of annual food drive by Union Hos­pi­tal and Tri­an­gle Health Al­liance. We’re sure these ef­forts are prob­a­bly just the tip of all that oc­curs in Ce­cil County, so we’d like to ex­tend our grat­i­tude to all who have lent a hand for the hol­i­days.

To ef­forts by four Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School girls who have been anony­mously leav­ing en­cour­ag­ing notes in stu­dents’ lock­ers ev­ery Monday morn­ing for the past three weeks. Op­er­a­tion Make the World Bet­ter has been leav­ing the notes one grade at a time, start­ing with the sixth grade class and then mov­ing onto sev­enth graders and fi­nally, the eighth grade class this past Monday. They were in­spired to start leav­ing the notes af­ter an anti-bul­ly­ing as­sem­bly last month. The as­sem­bly fo­cused on how one per­son can have a big impact and how stu­dents can find a hero in them­selves. The schools teacher and ad­min­is­tra­tors have been im­pressed by the ef­forts of the young stu­dents and no­ticed the smiles on stu­dents get­ting ready for the school day. Great idea, ladies! Hope­fully more join on the project soon.

To the sim­ple act from Chris Wig­gins, who has painted lines in Elk­ton and Ris­ing Sun hon­or­ing their com­mu­ni­ties’ first re­spon­ders. His per­sonal “Thin Blue Line” cam­paign be­gan in Ris­ing Sun ear­lier this month when he added the stripe on North Queen Street, right at the doors of that town’s po­lice de­part­ment. He then fol­lowed that ef­fort with one in the county seat, near the Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, and a “thin red line” in Ris­ing Sun for its fire­fight­ers and emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel. “It’s a way to say thank you, a way to give back,” Wig­gins told the Whig this week. We agree and thank him for the time and at­ten­tion on the project.

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