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CHEERS to the person who bought our dinner Dec. 18 at the Steak ’n Shake on Coldwater Road. As my aunt and I were finishing, the manager came to our table to tell us our meal was paid for by someone who had already left the restaurant. Thank you for your generous act of kindness.

DEB VOORS Fort Wayne

CHEERS to two gentlemen dressed in business suits named Eric and Gary and to another gentleman with a yellow NIPSCO jacket. These men spent 15 minutes at the intersection of Fernwood Avenue and Sandpoint Road on Dec. 17 working very hard to get my car out of the snow. I am a senior citizen and am so grateful for their help.


CHEERS to Kathy Branum for facilitating the Christmas blessing for Phoenix Institute foster care agency. Kathy and Debbie Blackburn from Saint Vincent de Paul CCD classes organized in a few short weeks a magical Christmas for the youth in our agency. We have never experienced a Christmas blessing of this magnitude. We also had a very special Santa, who was part of the same parish, and his two sweet elves. I am sure this was the real Santa.

SUE PUFF and the Phoenix Institute youth Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Kekionga Middle School Principal Jennifer Mable, kitchen manager Jennifer Nycum, her staff and the volunteer faculty who hosted an afterschool cookie-decorating party on Dec. 19 for 30-plus deserving kids. These kids nibbled and decorated to their hearts’ content. Cookies not eaten on site went home for sharing with their families. This event was a great beginning to their holiday vacation.


CHEERS to Brian Ellis, who on Dec. 15 helped my husband and me when our key for our car broke in half and none of the car dealerships were open. He took my husband to Umber’s Hardware in Waynedale and made sure the key worked.


CHEERS to the students and staff of Forest Park Elementary School and Holy Cross School. They have once again contributed a fantastic number of items to the Forest Park United Methodist Church food pantry. Their contributions go a long way in helping us help the hungry.


CHEERS to the following entities and groups for their holiday donations to VOA-Liberty Landing, a shelter for homeless veterans: Meijer, Walgreens, Women’s Auxiliary of VFW, American Legion Post 241, SIRVA Operations and Disabled Americans Veterans Chapter 40. These donations helped to make the holidays brighter for our residents – knowing that they are remembered for their service to our country and their plans for brighter days ahead.

PATRICIA VAN LEUVEN Program Director VOA/Liberty Landing Fort Wayne