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May 17, 2010

Schrader Family grateful for community's prayers and support for Adam Schrader

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the community for your support of Adam during the past 2 months.
From the morning hours of March 20th when we received a call from Sheriff Mark Hodges notifying us of Adams accident, until now, we have been blessed by the support of this community, family, friends, co-workers and people we had never met.
Thank you to all the emergency personnel who responded to Adams accident scene.  Your quick response and years of training were put to good use.  How important that training is!  You were able to rescue Adam and get him to the hospital in that “window of opportunity” time frame.  We truly believe that the actions of all the firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, dispatchers, the Samaritan Crew, the trauma room staff and Doctors saved Adams life that morning.  Thanks to Sheriff Mark Hodges and the Sheriff’s Department staff for your support during all of this.  A special thank you goes to Trooper Joel Lemmon for his efforts to find Adam when he did not show up at the detail he was en route to.  If Joel had not located him when he did, we feel the results would have been tragic.
There are so many people, groups and businesses that have come forward and assisted our family and supported Adam.  Thank you for helping with chores at home, providing meals, taking up collections and doing benefits for Adam.  Thank you for offering moral support, sending a card, prayers, a pat on the back, a hug and words of encouragement and offering a place to stay while we were in Atlanta.  All these acts of kindness have truly been a blessing in more ways that you will ever know.  God truly had his hand in Adams recovery.  Thank you for your prayers, faith and support.  
We also feel that his friends and his co-workers at the Sheriff’s Department and DePuy have encouraged Adams recovery, when they visited him at the hospital.  Your contacts with him via e-mail and texting and telephone conversations have also been very therapeutic as well while he has been in Atlanta at the rehabilitation center.  We appreciate the Rumsyre family and the support they have given.
Thanks to Chrystal for making Sadie available for Adam to talk to via the telephone and Skype.  He looked forward to that time each and every day.
To DeWayne Smith, we can’t thank you enough for being there both in Fort Wayne and in Atlanta.  Your support and dedication for not only Adam but for the family as well has been a God send.
Thank you to Cheryl McDevitt for organizing Adam’s Benefit Dinner and all the family, friends, and community people who helped and worked so hard to make the benefit for Adam a success. Thank you to all of you that donated items, both community businesses and community members. To the Grace Lutheran Church for providing the facilities and Tamara Reeves representing the Thrivent for Lutherans for their matching donation.
Adam will be returning home soon and he will be looking forward to seeing everyone.
We are part of a great community and we are truly grateful to everyone for all you have done for Adam.  

May God richly bless each of you!
Adam, Cathy, Carrie, Jacob and Mike Schrader

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May 16, 2010

Salvation Army week highlights good accomplished in the community

National Salvation Army Week is May 10-16th. Celebrating 130 years of service to Americans in need. National Salvation Army Week was officially recognized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. President Eisenhower stated that, "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is a neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and woman of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all."
As the Whitley County Salvation Army Community Ministries Specialist, I would like to thank everyone who have made contributions of time, items and dollars to make families lives better in our community. We simply could not continue without so much support. I welcome anyone to stop by the office and see what we are able to do for Whitley County. Here is a few things we are able to provide rental assistance, seasonal help, Tools for School, School Worx (new shoes for kids returning to school), a hygiene pantry, child abuse awareness programs, cooking classes and so much more.
I am lucky and blessed to be able to help those in need in Whitley County...and it's all because of you.
Thank you and God Bless,
Pat Mossburg
Whitley County Salvation Army

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May 11, 2010

Thanks for making young adults' dreams come true

Recently I was honored to be a part of a project that helped make dreams come true for some very deserving young adults. What began as a small idea, soon became a community effort that resulted in an overwhelming display of kindness and giving. I would like to take a moment to thank the following people who gave of themselves:  Dr. O’Conner, Gregg Goewert and the staff of Columbia City High School and Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Sandy Kohut and Circle of Friends, Jim Casaburo and the staff at Casa Mare restaurant, Phil Frauhiger and JC Penneys, JoAnn Downing who donated a hand-crotched afghan, Whitley County Community Foundation, and Tom O’Neil along with the staff at Passages. A special thanks goes to Margaret Saurin, Katie Fetterolf, Dave Leininger, Deb Straub, Talya Moore, and Meg Hicks for their support, time, and extra effort that made everything possible and such an awe-inspiring success.

Thank you,

Karen Koday

Columbia City High School Teacher

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