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From the Editor: Giving spurred by memories of an earlier life

Jun. 7, 2014
 
FROM THE EDITOR | DAN FLANNERY

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A “Dollars for Diapers” donation form is on Page F7. To donate online, go to cffoxvalley.org.

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I need a favor. Your support.

But first, I need your memory.

Remember your earliest days as a parent? Did you have everything you needed?

How much soup and canned tuna and hot dogs did you eat?

How many nights were you kept awake by the screaming of the baby in the next room?

Did you always have the help of friends and family?

Did you always come up with the right answers on how to live your life, how to grow your relationship while juggling a young career and how to feed younger mouths? No? You made mistakes?

Was every day a joy? Did you know other young parents with the same struggles?

I recall those memories every spring when Post-Crescent Media’s “Dollars for Diapers” ramps up to raise funds for the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.

I think about what it was like to raise little kids, nurture a young marriage, keep a car running, pay the rent, launch a career and plan for the future. With limited outside assistance.

Some might see that as an opportunity for growth, I suppose. But in the eye of that very human storm, it’s damned hard to find — much less, focus on — the positive.

That’s why I give. Because I remember. Because help was a good thing to get. Because I can, and should, give.

“Dollars for Diapers” has one week left to hit a $30,000 goal to support the diaper bank and lend very basic assistance to young parents in those trying situations. We’re almost $6,300 away.

So, yeah. I need a favor. Your memory. And your donation to a very worthy cause that you would have appreciated a long time ago.

Thanks.

— Dan Flannery: 920-993-1000, ext. 237, or dflannery@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @dflannery

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