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How do you say thank-you to an entire community?

Our month-long effort to collect new or gently used blankets and sleeping bags — rightfully named “Roger’s Wish” — produced results that not only surprised us and made us proud of the community we serve, but it surely put a smile on the project’s original instigator, the late Roger T. Grunder.

God’s word says, “Ask, and it shall be given you” (Matthew 7:7). So we asked over the course of a few weeks for anyone who could to contribute to “Roger’s Wish” to do so, and we were blessed many times over by what we received.

The effort culminated with a distribution to more than 100 people in the community who were in need.

Because of your heart-felt compassion, a lot of folks will sleep more comfortably and certainly much warmer now.

If we could have wished for more, it would be these two things: First, that Roger could have been here to see what his idea mushroomed into; and second, that each of those who gave to “Roger’s Wish” could have been here in our office to see the smiles — and sometimes tears — of those, young and old alike, who took a blanket or sleeping bag home with them.

You can read some of the comments from those who benefitted from the community’s generosity in the Page 1A story today.

What took place during “Roger’s Wish” was a very big deal in so many ways, and we were happy to be a small part of what happened. But the real kudos go to Roger for his vision and to those who contributed for making it all a reality.

It’s been urged that the “Roger’s Wish” project become an annual event, and we can’t think of anything more rewarding we’d like to be part of. So watch for it again in 2014, when we will hope more will contribute so that more can be helped.

But right now, we just can’t thank our community enough.

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