by Stephanie Beach
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Erie Hermann of Traverse City believes in angels and that they can appear in many different disguises.
On New Year’s Eve day, Erie stopped at the Family grocery store at Chum’s Corner for a few items. The temperature was 9 degrees, it was snowing, visibility was poor and the roads were snow-covered and slippery. After making her purchase, she started home, but made a turn too sharply and landed with three of her car’s tires in snow up to the fenders and one tire in the air.
She headed into a convenience store to call a tow truck with help from the clerk and while she was waiting for her call to be picked up, a gentleman appeared and she asked if he had a tow truck.
“He laughed and said he only helped attractive senior ladies,” Erie wrote. “Wow.”
The man and his son told Erie to get in the car, put it in reverse and they would put a chain on and pull the car out. With a great deal of noise and effort and direction from the son, they did just that. After checking her car out, the father and son team sent her on her way ... no charge.
“The angel’s name was Tam Fabatz and he has a business called Creative Solutions Landscape and Tree,” Erie wrote. “Bless you, Tom. I’ll try to pass it on.”
Residents at Hope Village in Williamsburg and members of the Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network recently donated 20 quilts to Northflight EMS through the “Stitches of Kindness” program.
The program was established by Lin Alessio in memory of her mother and husband. Lin incorporated the project into the Acme Senior Center programs. Each quilt takes six to eight hours to make and will be given to patients to provide comfort and warmth while they are being transported to the hospital. The patient than can keep the quilt as reminder that someone cares.
As 2013 came to a close, the Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity disbursed funds raised throughout the year to area hospitals and clinics to help diabetes patients who are uninsured or unable to pay for all that is needed to help manage the disease.
The charity presented a total of more than $10,000 to the Traverse Health Clinic, Munson Medical Center, Cadillac Mercy Hospital, Grayling Mercy Hospital and Manistee’s West Shore Community Hospital’s Diabetes Education programs.
The Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity has been collecting donations and giving all proceeds locally since 2000. Patients with diabetes who cannot afford all or part of their supplies or education are encouraged to contact one of these organizations for help.
Just before the holidays, the Antrim County Democrats presented checks totaling $4,183 to five Antrim County food pantries.
The Dems have sponsored food drives in Antrim County since 2005. They raised a record amount of money in their three collections during 2013 and distributed a total of $10,112 to the Bellaire Community Pantry, the Elk Rapids Community Cupboard, Ellsworth Good Samaritan, the Lighthouse Community Pantry in Mancelona and the Mancelona Pantry.
The Northwest Lower Peninsula UAW Retired Workers Council presented a total of $1,000 to representatives from food banks in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford counties as part of the council’s ongoing effort to be good community leaders and with the sincere hope that the gesture will serve as an example to other organizations.