Archive for Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Letters to the editor: Help feeding families; Nursing home fire

July 12, 2006

Help feeding families

To the editor:

It is most unfortunate that B&J Country Mart has opted to discontinue participation in the WIC program. It is troubling as well that they declined to comment on why the store management made the decision.

Unfortunately, monopolizing a market allows these decisions to be made without much bottom-line impact to the business.

Reading the article in the June 28 edition of The Mirror, particularly the comments provided by the three Tonganoxie WIC mothers, provides insight into the challenges many families in our community face.

To the families who have suffered yet another hardship, there is hope.

To all readers, Cornerstone Family Worship, Sixth and Church streets, (913) 369-2600, has partnered with Larry Hutton Ministries to provide Angel Food Ministries for our community. Once a month, Angel Food Ministries offers fresh meats, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, and staple items at the low cost of $25.

This is not day-old or outdated food. It's top quality and shipped from the manufacturers to Angel Food Ministries in Monroe, Ga., and to our area on refrigerated trucks. There are no applications,

qualifications or limits on the quantity purchased. Cash, money orders or Vision cards are accepted. Payment in full is required at the time you place your order.

Times and dates to order this month are: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. today; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. July 13; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 15. Orders may be picked up July 29. I have participated in Angel Food for three months and plan to continue. I would encourage you to as well.

Further information about Angel Food Ministry may be found by visiting www.larryhuttonministries.org.

April Dohle,

Tonganoxie.

Nursing home fire

To the editor:

On July 1, 2006, a fire occurred at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center. An evacuation of all the 70 residents occurred. The amazing part of the evacuation was the controlled manner of the evacuation and the speed with which it was done. The entire time needed to get all residents evacuated was an amazing four and half minutes! What a job was done by the nursing home staff!

Kudos to the staff for staying on the job for the long hours after the fire, going with the patients to the junior high school and much later that evening to the Leavenworth location and getting the residents situated there until their own facility was ready to be occupied.

The staff usually hears all the complaints but not many compliments. I think everyone should join me in saying a heartfelt thank you to the nursing home staff, the fire department and everyone else involved in this emergency.

Ken Mahoney,

Tonganoxie.

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