Quick takes – December 9th

Consider helping

Looking for a way to bring holiday cheer to others? Consider being a Salvation Army bell ringer, or donating to the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund.

The Salvation Army needs bell ringers to help bring attention to its Red Kettle Campaign, which raises money to provide food for struggling families, as well as toys and clothing for children at Christmas. The Cheer Fund provides toys to children of struggling families to brighten their Christmas experiences, but still needs donations.

There are many worthwhile charitable programs for families in need of help over the holidays, but both of these have urgent needs and are deserving of your help.

Showing holiday spirit

Speaking of the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund and the Salvation Army, the two agencies are working together to replace Christmas presents for a family’s five children, which were lost in a garage fire.

The fire started late on Nov. 27 at 4591 N. County Road 150W, destroying a second-floor room being remodeled above a detached garage, while also damaging the neighboring house at 4611 N 150W.

The presents were in the damaged second-floor room. That could have been a big damper on Christmas for the five siblings, ages 5-14. Instead, the Cheer Fund and Salvation Army are providing a big dose of holiday cheer.

Nice tribute

The addition of the Hauser Jets logo to the town of Hope’s water tower on the school campus is a nice touch, as it is good tribute to the high school and its sports teams – a great source of pride for the small community in northeastern Bartholomew County.

Hauser has won two state championships, boys basketball in 2006 and girls softball in 2015. Hauser also was state runner-up in baseball in 2005 and volleyball this year.

Thanks to the help of the Hauser Booster Club, which donated $4,480 toward the project, and the town of Hope, that source of pride will be evident in a noticeable way for years to come.