Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 9, 2013

Northern Notes: Good Samaritan keeps residents dry

by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — The rain came down in torrents on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and anyone without an umbrella was in danger of getting drenched, including two Glen Eagle Retirement Community residents who stayed dry thanks to a random act of kindness.

April M. Putman, enrichment coordinator at Glen Eagle, was picking up two residents from Thirlby Clinic in Traverse City during the downpour and a nice lady with an umbrella walked them out to the waiting bus.

“It was (raining) hard and this nice lady just took right over and escorted our residents, one of whom is 101 years old,” April wrote. “This nice lady not only did this random act of kindness, she also went back and walked a mother and her young children out to their car, umbrella in hand. I wanted to thank her for being so kind to our residents and to the others she helped.”

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The birth of the new British heir to the throne, HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, was cause for celebration and an opportunity to helped a local charity.

Darcy Howe and Diane Young-Spitzer organized a baby shower at Darcy’s home on Crystal Lake, with all the baby gifts going to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Benzie County’s largest food pantry. Many of the guests in attendance were members of the Congregational Summer Assembly and gifts ranged from baby food and puzzles, to clothing and formula.

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Many hands worked together to help put books in the hands of others by posting a Little Free Library, Charter #1104, at Jubilee House, 325 Washington St., an outreach ministry of Grace Episcopal Church.

The Little Free Library program is a movement to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. The program’s motto is “Take A Book, Return A Book.”

The library box was built and donated by inmates of the Goodmates Program at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Jon Patt, an employee of the library, volunteered to install the box and laid stepping stones, which were a gift from Traverse Outdoor Maintenance. The garden guild of Grace Church contributed a bench and planter and children attending the summer Play and Pray program at Grace Church donated books. Now all the community needs to do is put the free library to good use.