Valentine's Day will come and go before our next Thankful Thursday, so can we just say now that we love living in the Tri-Cities?
We love that people are willing to serve each other. We love that people give others a chance to better themselves. We love the quality of life here.
For a little, tiny example, The Tri-Cities Diaper Bank provides diapers to families in need. WIC and food stamps don't cover diapers, which makes sense because they're not food.
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But daycare providers require parents to bring disposable diapers. So for families that need social services and parents who are trying to work or go to school, there is a gap in the system.
The diaper bank is a faith-based program provided by the Seventh-day Adventists. This week students at Jason Lee Elementary donated at least 14,000 diapers to the bank.
The diaper drive ends Tuesday, and donations can be dropped off at Jason Lee, 1750 McMurray St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, go to tricitiesdiaperbank.org.
It's a nice cooperative effort between different parts of the community.
Making a new start is hard, especially when it involves leaving behind old friends and destructive habits.
We're impressed with the goals of the Oxford House organization. The nonprofit agency gives people a chance to segue between treatment programs and normal life.
We're impressed also that the residents are responsible to pay rent. They also are in charge of keeping themselves sober and their living quarters clean.
There are no managers. Residents elect officers, have weekly house meetings and vote in new members. In other words, they practice the skills required to be responsible citizens.
Some things people have to do for themselves, like deciding to get back on track, but help from a supporting cast makes it easier to keep that resolve.
Not just surviving
For cancer survivor Kelly Knight, exercise is nothing new. But even common routines take on new meaning in the aftermath of one of life's biggest challenges.
People who have had these life-challenging experiences, are often grateful for things they may have taken for granted before. Things like being able to exercise.
It's no surprise to us that Knight feels better when she exercises; most people do. It's a great medicine.
So for those of us who aren't facing a serious illness, maybe we can glean from her wisdom. Whether you hit the gym or walk the dog, moving is better than sitting on the couch.
Pick up any Friday edition of the Tri-City Herald and scan the AT Section. There always is some local talent on display in this community. So many, in fact, that if we start to name them, we certainly will leave someone out.
The incomplete list includes the Academy of Children's Theatre, the Richland Players and Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre. (We really could go on here for many paragraphs more.) But one common thread that runs through the three groups we listed is Jo Brodzinski.
Her selfless contribution to the Tri-City arts scene and boundless energy devoted to that cause are why she will be honored Friday by her peers, associates and admirers.
It's true that we don't have a performing arts center, but one thing this community has lots of is performing arts.
We love that there are so many opportunities for people to participate and enjoy our native talent.