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Emil Wasniewski column: We have so many reasons to be thankful

10:58 PM, Nov. 28, 2012  |  Comments
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As I sit here the day after Thanksgiving thinking of the wonderful meal we enjoyed, the company we shared and all we have to be grateful for, I can't help but think of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

(There are) still so many with damaged homes, no homes or electricity and no food or clean, dry clothes. Among them, the babies crying, displaced and suffering from a lack of diapers. The streets were flooded, stores damaged and closed, vehicles unable to get gas and food scarce.

Among the things I am thankful for is the concern, caring and generosity of the people of central Wisconsin. The Mosinee Area Action Club and Roehl Transport Co. partnered up to get a semi, spread the word and establish drop off points to collect money and needed items for those on the East Coast.

From a single item to pails of cleaning supplies, cases of food, clothes, personal items, diapers and bedding, items came in from as far away as Rhinelander, Thorp and Bevent. Near the end of the 10 days, with about 75 percent of the semi filled, volunteers sorted and repacked all the items to prevent damage and secure the load. Among this group of volunteers were foreign students learning how Americans can join together to accomplish a goal.

It is impossible to thank everyone who participated, but you know who you are and it was greatly appreciated.

The Elkhorn Lions Club of southeast Wisconsin filled the trailer to about 95 percent before it left for New Jersey. I had the honor to watch the Rib Mountain Lions in their bright vests purchase and load 16 carts of food and cleaning supplies to a waiting trailer.

The Kronenwetter Lions Club donated $2,500 to purchase food and cleaning supplies. As a community, I hope we will support our local businesses, churches, youth groups and clubs in such things as their fundraisers and activities in the area.

One of the people bringing donations said, "We should be grateful our area has not suffered a major disaster in many years; and it could happen anytime and it would be nice if someone offered us a hand."

Be caring, considerate and thankful, even only have the basics in life; it is a lot more than many others have.

Emil Wasniewski is president of the Kronenwetter Lions Club.

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