Generosity saves the Emmaus House
Back in November, the Emmaus House was in jeopardy along with our dryland wheat crop. One was blessed, but yet one was not. Who would have thought people could be more controlling than the man above us. But yet it is because of him that most of the good people of the Garden City area did what they did. To those good people that don't live by him, your tips helped the Emmaus House make it through the winter. Back when help was asked for, an farmer from the Colby area came to the Emmaus House with a check because of his faith.
Can the good people imagine what could have happened if the Emmaus House would have shut and locked its doors on Jan. 31? Surely the lady that locked the doors would have walked away crying. Then the people that showed up and knocked at the locked doors would have started freezing if they hadn't started already on the way to the locked doors. If they couldn't find a warm place to go, they would have started losing ears, noses, fingers and toes, and I don't think anyone could have made it through the night to wake up to Feb. 1, 27 below wind chill factors. Isn't the value of a human life worth more than fields of wheat, farmer from Colby? I know this is not your first cashless rodeo and your faith will get you through it, count your blessings. One man left his condolences to his church and the Emmaus House and for that I give his family and friends this, a tribute to a gem. I feel that Jim Keller and the Emmaus House had so much in common, they were both there and both did what they did because "things happen" and when they did they were both there to ensure the people that things happened to. For years those were bad things for Jim's people, now they are good. Jim may have wrote his last insurance policy, but his coverage is everlasting. I feel he has started a chain reaction that will have a ripple effect that the Emmaus House will feel. If it is true that a man's wealth is measured by how much he was loved, then Jim Keller was a very wealthy man. I found that one laying in the sand on the beaches of Cheyenne in a tribute to Lane Frost, who was also a lot like Jim except for the length of their lives and their insurance coverage. Lane's life was short and he couldn't get medical or life insurance coverage unless he went to London. The only insurance he had was the jewels in his crown and the gold and silver in his World Championship Bull Rider belt buckles. Both left us very happy and all the above will never be forgotten. It is good to have the Keller family tree roots growing in our soil because "things happen" and the Emmaus House, you are in good hands now, thanks to a sparkling gem.
BRUCE D. OCHS,
Welcome support for Honor Flight
Garden City and all of southwest Kansas deserve a big "thank you" for working so hard to send the group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on April 18 and 19 for their Honor Flight. And to the Honor Flights that went before and will come after this one.
To the volunteers who worked so hard to make the trip a reality; to the donors, small and large, who gave money; to the motels who donated lodging; to the businesses who donated supplies and services; to the students who wrote letters that were delivered to the veterans during the trip; to the hundreds of friends and family members who patriotically welcomed the veterans home; to The Telegram who recognized the event by sending a reporter to write about the "greatest generation"; to family members who couldn't join their veteran in person but traveled in spirit; and, especially to the many veterans who never had the opportunity to see the wonderful memorials that honor them — thank you one and all.
Our country is blessed because of the efforts of all veterans. Garden City is blessed for everything that you've done for them.