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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • LORI MARBLE: Charity's efforts warm hearts

  • It was a crazy but perfect weather week here in Neosho.
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  • It was a crazy but perfect weather week here in Neosho. In my opinion, snow is beautiful when it comes as big fluffy flakes at night, lasts through approximately 10 the next morning and does not impact the roads.
    I would be happy with snow just about every night of the winter if it could be as beautiful and fleeting as last week. Crazy weather swings; snow on Wednesday and beautiful warm sunshine on Sunday are apparently par for the course in February in southwest Missouri.
    The beginning of February is always the Christopher Foundation fundraiser. Lots of very good people come together the first weekend of each February to eat chili, listen to gospel music and participate in a silent auction. The monies raised make a difference in the lives of kids and their families who are dealing with childhood cancer.
    From the Foundation's website: Inspired by Christopher Cooley, the Christopher Foundation will raise public awareness of pediatric cancer, support patient and families, and gain knowledge through research funding. Become involved by making a special gifts donation for a deserving child or assist a family of a child with the travel expenses associated with frequent hospital stays.
    It's just hard to find a better group of people supporting a more worthy cause. Many individuals in town also support the Christopher Foundation through their normal course of work. On their marque and through their Facebook page, Pro-Lube is announcing again this year that they are donating $2 from every oil change to the Foundation through the month of February.
    Following the cold of mid-week, the temperatures turned unusually warm and sunny. As I was walking Sunday afternoon, I was thinking about our morning's sermon on Lent and how these next 40 or so days prepare us for Easter.
    No surprise, but my mind hops around from one connection to the next and before long I was thinking again about the Christopher Foundation and their Easter Bunny visits with hospitalized children in Kansas City. It's such a kind and beautiful way to touch the lives of kids in precarious health situations.
    If you have a moment the next few weeks check the website of the Christopher Foundation www.angelofhearts.org, click on the "Album" link and enjoy the Easter Bunny albums. You'll get double-points in my book if you know or can guess the identity of Mr. Bunny.
    Lori Marble writes a weekly column for the Daily News.
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