Source: The News-Enterprise
KUDOS: Praising positives in our community
Hardin County has a generous amount of generous people as exhibited by three recent events.
CRUSADE GIVING. For 64 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has been dedicated to helping special needs children and firefighters long have been at the forefront of those efforts.
Fourteen local departments collected a record $188,077 this year.
“We are very blessed to live in this community, Hardin County, and have the people support such a great cause,” said Joey Scott who served as the county coordinator.
Crusade has touched local residents in many ways, including recent donations in support of the neonatal unit at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
The telethon and the charity that has grown from it are part of the fabric of this region and local residents continue to support it.
Elizabethtown Fire Department was recognized this year for surpassing the $1 million mark in donations to the charity.
Gifts ranged from nickels and dimes collected by children to dollars tossed into buckets at roadside stops and a West Point donation of $27,500.
The $200,000 mark is in range next year. It will be exciting to see if Hardin Countians can reach that milestone.
TORCH RUN GIVING. Police in our local communities also are givers as demonstrated by the annual Torch Run.
For the 31st year, the Tuesday after Memorial Day saw police officers, state troopers, military police and sheriff’s deputies investing time and energy to carry the torch for special needs athletes.
Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky raises thousands through the efforts of these officers, local businesses and organizations such as the Blue Knights and local Fraternal Order of Police chapters.
Over the years, the law-enforcement agencies have turned it into a friendly competition based on turnout and money raised. The departments look forward to the comradery and the community support along the roadways. It’s just another sign of the great work done locally by law enforcement.
RELAY GIVING. The annual Relay for Life, now merged into a single event in Hardin County, was staged recently at North Hardin High School and hundreds took to the track in demonstrations aimed at supporting survivors and building resources to combat cancer.
This 12-hour event is only one measure of the participants’ commitment. Most of the teams stage fundraising activities year-round on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
It’s important to recognize all the teams, the cancer survivors and the many contributors to this great cause. But it’s also far from outgrowing the football field. More room remains and more efforts to join in the fight would be welcomed by organizers.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.