Quick takes – December 19th

Clever idea

Local Salvation Army Capt. Alan Sladek and his wife, Capt. Jodi Sladek, are to be commended for their stick-to-itiveness to raise money for the Red Kettle campaign by using a clever promotion that was a smashing success.

Those who donated to the campaign Dec. 5 at Rural King on North National Road got to use strips of duct tape to secure Alan Sladek to a wall, and for each $500 raised a pie was thrown at his face. The event raised $1,000 — double the goal — at a time when donations were lagging.

Donations help the Salvation Army assist people in need with utility bills, rent and groceries and fund summer camps for children from families in need. The kettle campaign is a worthy cause and runs through Thursday. Consider donating.

Kind gesture

Firefighters are known for rescuing people and animals and trying to save burning homes and businesses, but recent actions by some Columbus firefighters showed they can raise spirits, too.

When Cathy Dotson took a tumble Dec. 4 and broke her leg, firefighters had to cut off one of her expensive walking shoes — her only pair that also were fitted with custom orthotics — to stabilize the leg. The firefighters quickly understood her situation, tracked down where she got the shoes and the secured another pair for Dotson with the aid of the store owner.

This was a great example of kindness during this holiday season that others should take note of, but an example that should be followed anytime.

Fun time

Twenty-five years ago a great decision was made to start an annual event that has become one of the most anticipated in Columbus and a community favorite: the Festival of Lights parade.

The parade downtown and the associated Christmas Village at The Commons — created in 2013 — provided a wonderful time Dec. 5 for thousands of residents to kick off the Christmas season, and it created a lot of good cheer.

It also served as a reminder of the positive impact that quality of life amenities can have in a community.