Whether it’s opening a checkbook or providing a place to eat, Marshall County has always been quick to lend a hand. In the last year, we’ve seen Marcella’s Kitchen open its doors to help feed the hungry, a strong compliment to the already established Needline, which provides many local families with goods to get by. In recent months, the Doors of Mercy mission has also opened, serving families with a variety of needs.
Marshall Countians take part in annual events, like this weekend’s Paint the Town Pink in Benton. There’s also the yearly Relay For Life which raises money in the fight against cancer. And, of course, Volley For a Cure, the annual meeting between our local volleyball teams which serves as a fundraiser.
But there are also individual efforts. As reported in the Tribune-Courier recently, friends and family established a benefit for injured airman and Sharpe native Jonathan Threatt. This weekend, friends and family gathered in Gilbertsville to raise funds for Eddy Hook (see A8), an injured fisherman who lost both arms.
Wearing a smile and a jovial disposition, Hook spoke with members of the community who turned out to bid at a silent auction and share in some barbecue.
But it’s not just individuals who help make a difference.
Marshall County’s private businesses are also quick to lend a hand. From offering transportation for family members to visit sick relatives to donating items for raffles, small business owners are quick to lend a hand. Even in times with an uncertain economy, they still find ways to help give.
There’s nothing like seeing hundreds of people come together to help. Whenever some foul fate falls upon an area of the county, the community is quick to lend a hand. That spirit of giving is something that isn’t found just anywhere. It’s not unique to Marshall County, but our community does serve as an example of what people can do when they work together.