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GIVING — Doug Martin (middle) and Terry Walker (right) drop off meat to Stacie Smith, director of community living, at Bona Vista’s downtown location.

Let me start by saying I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of friends and family and feelings of hope and anticipation as you look toward the New Year.

In the past, I have written about how you can be a difference maker in your community by continuing the giving season beyond the holidays and about how giving doesn’t have to just be financial – how it can be your time or talents. Well, an example of that pulled up in a yellow pickup truck last week in front of our downtown location.

Terry Walker is the father of one of the adults we serve. He also happens to love to hunt and is involved with an organization called Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Last year, Walker was able to donate the processed meat from six deer to our organization to distribute to those who live in our group homes and supported living homes. Do you know what kind of impact that has on the budget? That doesn’t even take into account the warm and fuzzy impact it leaves on the hearts of those receiving it when they know that someone did that just for them. It’s priceless.

Well, last week, Walker and the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry organization did it again. Only this time… eight deer! Wow! We are so thankful! It is people like Walker, his friend, Doug Martin (pictured) and others involved with the organization who make a difference in the communities where they live. They didn’t ask for the publicity. They don’t even want it, honestly. They do it because they feel like it’s the right thing to do, and that’s good enough for them.

In fact, Walker said, “When you are a parent, it makes everyone family, just on a different level.” I’ve said before that Bona Vista is a big family. From our staff to those we serve to their families and the community that supports us. We are all in it together.

I hope you all have a fantastic 2019.

I hope you remember how you feel this holiday season and continue it on through the entire year. I hope you recognize the impact you truly have on this community and that we appreciate you being a part of it. I hope when you think that your donation or your efforts are too small to make a difference that you remember this article.