Monday, October 15, 2001

Good News: Groups making a difference

        Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, more emphasis is being placed on “Make A Difference Day,” coming up Oct. 27. Some groups are gearing their participation that day around disaster relief efforts. Others are using it to show how a caring spirit is directed toward other needy projects.

        The Youth Ability Program, coordinated through Jewish Vocational Services of Cincinnati, has planned a project for that day to unite two diverse groups.

        Low-income elderly in Walnut Hills are served by Sisters of Mercy H.O.M.E. (House of Mercy Environment), which includes tending to their basic needs, food, shelter and health concerns. This year students from Purcell Marian High School will participate. They have been assigned to a buddy from the elderly group.

        The students and their buddies will have an ice cream social from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Purcell Marian, 2935 Hackberry St., East Walnut Hills. The public is invited. Funds from the social will support the work of Sisters of Mercy H.O.M.E.

        In another effort to better understand the Islamic community, Crosspoint Church in West Chester is sponsoring an informational meeting from 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 22 at Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd.

        The Rev. Thea N. Leunk, pastor of discipleship at the church, said the meeting is a community service.

        “We realize that there is a lot of misunderstanding about the Islamic religion,” she said. “We think this is a way of correcting some of the misconceptions.”

        The Rev. Ms. Leunk has written a curriculum on world religions called “Which Way to God?,” published by Faith Alive Resources of Grand Rapids, Mich.

        Information: 777-4441.

        White Oak Station Storage in Mount Orab has started a “Flag For Food” campaign in response to President Bush's call to help the children of Afghanistan.

        Gene Bishop, owner, said he will give children a chance to earn a dollar to give to the president's fund campaign.

        Mr. Bishop has pledged to give a dollar to the first 1,000 children to present him with a colored drawing of the U.S. flag. They will be given an addressed envelope to the White House, where the funds are being collected.

        “We just want to give the children in our small community a chance to be a part of a very large effort,” Mr. Bishop said. “My wife had wanted to get involved. When we listened to the president's speech and heard the request, we decided to start this project out here.”

        Kids ages 2 through 12 wishing to participate should bring their drawings of the flag to the office of White Oak Station Storage, 4999 Tri-County Highway, Mount Orab, by Nov. 1.
        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing random acts of kindness that are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.


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