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.