Our Voice: We’re thankful for a silver lining in difficult times

When the ‘chips’ are down, it takes a positive perspective to see the good all around us. We’re thankful for our community that makes “lemonade” when there’s an abundance of lemons.

Washington wildfires

Washington is on fire with five major blazes burning into the record books this week.

But while flames have been leaping and cinders flying, help has come from firefighters from across the West, other countries and even U.S. soldiers. Thousands of others have also volunteered to stand alongside them if they qualify. Many of them are using up their personal vacation time to help.

Our community also has answered the call in other ways. One example is the Tri-Cities Food Bank accepting donations for people affected by the Washington wildfires and for weary firefighters.

Another is the IHOP restaurant in Kennewick that treated some California firefighters to a hearty breakfast on their way to regional fires. There may be a fiery path of destruction in our state, but our community has a way of building others up, and we’re grateful.

Support, Advocacy & Resource Center

Abuse of any kind is ugly. But the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center in Kennewick is there to help the healing process.

We’re grateful for this organization that “makes do” with the facility they have, but has a dream for a bigger place, one that will offer more space and privacy for its sexual assault clients.

The $1.5 million project is getting closer to reality with just $250,000 short of reaching its goal, thanks in part to a $750,000 state appropriation.

Executive Director JoDee Garretson is appreciative of donations and hopes more business donors and individuals will lend a helping hand to close the gap, and the move can be made.

Princess Theatre

The Prosser Princess Theatre has known hard times — the latest a sewer break costing the nonprofit Valley Theater Company $14,000.

Nevertheless, the cultural focal point isn’t about to shut its doors, nor will friends let that happen.

Recently a fundraiser was held to fill the coffers depleted by the sewer line repairs and related costs.

We’re thankful for those who are trying to help “Prosser’s crown jewel” shine once again.

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Queen

Riding a horse has been part of Brittni Kinnison’s life, and seeing life a bit differently has been too.

The Finley teen lost the sight in her left eye as an infant but it didn’t stop her competitive barrel racing as a 4-H horse member and from becoming this year’s fair and rodeo queen.

By talking about her vision issues, she hopes to inspire others struggling with similar obstacles. We’re thankful this young woman can see the bigger picture.