Editor’s note: Every day there are rays of light that shine into the lives of people through their neighbors, their co-workers, their families and even through complete strangers. This column is devoted to exposing these sunbeams to the light and offering readers an opportunity to share good news. We plan to occasionally offer up our own sunbeams, too.

Helping the helpers

As many know, more than 250 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen from Good Shepherd Food-Bank’s tractor-trailer during the weekend of June 24. The goodness of Maine people has again helped us meet an urgent need.

Our thanks go out to the many who so generously responded to help. We received quick attention from the police, and increased patrols of our area. The local media helped with timely reporting to alert and caution our neighbors and radio stations raised $1,500 on our behalf. A generous donation of security cameras and surveillance equipment (installed) will help heighten the security of our facilities.

Many thanks go our to all of our supporters who also gave gifts to our fuel fund. Though costs continue to rise, Good Shepherd Food-Bank still provides free deliveries to our agencies all over Maine. This will help make a difference to many communities.

JoAn Chartier, Leeds

Public Relations/Education Coordinator, Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Auburn
Lifesaving donors

The Anderson/Staples Post 112, American Legion, of Oxford, with the American Red Cross New England Region, thank all those who responded to the vital need for blood over the July 4 holiday. We are grateful for their donations.

For more than 50 years, the American Red Cross has been an innovator and leader in transfusion medicine and research. During this time, the American Red Cross Blood Service New England Region has recruited and met the needs of patients in Maine.

The American Legion has pledged its service and commitment as Red Cross blood sponsors for the state. Blood donors play an integral part in providing Mainers with lifesaving blood through the Red Cross.

We are grateful for the public’s support as we continue to help those in need. We look forward to working with donors and the Red Cross in the future.

Joe Bernard, Oxford

Post 112 blood drive chairman

Paul Flanagan, donor recruitment representative

American Red Cross Blood Service
A spirit-lifter

This is to applaud the young man who turned in my purse at the Hannaford in Auburn. I cannot thank him enough for his honesty and kindness.

In these troubled times, it lifts my spirits over and over again.

I hope that one day soon, I can do a kindness for someone else.

Thanks again to that person, whoever he is.

Mae Anderson, Auburn
Humbled by support

On behalf of the Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council 10,019, thanks to all who made a March 31 benefit supper so successful.

The supper raised funds to help the family of 5-month-old Jordan Mitchell Spring, who is diagnosed with hydrocephalus.

I am humbled by the acts of kindness, the charity and support by the community.

We were able to present the family with a check for $4,450 from this undertaking.

It took 44 volunteers some eight hours to furnish the 85 pounds of spaghetti, 900 meatballs, 120 pounds of salad, 42 loaves of bread, 160 cups of coffee, 130 liters of soda, 80 liters of water, 300 packets of croutons and four large sheet cakes. We fed approximately 450 people.

Special thanks to the generous vendors who donated their products and each person who donated money.

Henri St. Pierre, Auburn

Chairman, Holy Family Knights of Columbus
Parking lot angel

The last part of February I fell in the parking lot at Hannaford in Auburn. I had a dizzy spell. A kind lady took care of me and called 911. I also asked her if she could take care of my car and bring it down at Great Falls Plaza, also bring my food at home for me. She did just that.

I’ll never forget that and how grateful I was; I never thought that there were angels in Hannaford parking lot.

Lucille Biron, Auburn

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