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Thu, Sept. 19

Kingman Letter: Thanks from John G. Kirby Sr.

On Thanksgiving, I witnessed and was part of one of the nicest experiences I have had in years. The week before, my son, John Jr., learned that due to a clog in the system our town would not be able to deliver "Meals On Wheels" Thanksgiving dinners to the elderly residents of our community. After telling the staff at the Gardens, where his office is located, the wonderful staff at the Gardens volunteered to prepare and ready the meals for transport.

Your paper wrote an article telling your subscribers that drivers were needed to deliver these meals. When I read your article, I called John and told him that I and his niece Brianna, who asked to help once I told her about it, would be glad to help out. He asked that we come early to help out. John asked his wife Maria and Brianna to man the kitchen door and direct the volunteers toward the pickup point. I welcomed the folks at the front door.

Here's where I say Kingman at its best. The parking lot was full when I arrived early and overflowed in the next 15 minutes. The turnout of Kingmanites was incredible - at least 400 people were there to help out -Boy Scout Troops, families numbering from one to six people, individuals, and a good number of the local Realtors and their families were there. The turnout was so good that John had to tell many people thank you, but we had more volunteers than meals to deliver.

When the line of volunteers was from the parking lot to the kitchen door a women came up to me with tears in her eyes and said it was great that so many people cared. Kingman cares.

John G. Kirby Sr.

Kingman

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