One of the things that I truly enjoy covering is fundraisers and benefits in the community. I could not tell you the amount of times that I have been to some of these events, but I can say that the outpouring of residents attending these events is phenomenal.

One of the things that I truly enjoy covering is fundraisers and benefits in the community. I could not tell you the amount of times that I have been to some of these events, but I can say that the outpouring of residents attending these events is phenomenal.
One such event is the upcoming Christopher Foundation’s annual Gospel Celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday at Neosho’s First Baptist Church. Shortly after I started at the Daily News in 2003, it was one of the first benefits I covered.
The foundation, — named after Christopher Cooley, who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at 3½ years of age, died Feb. 4, 2001, at the age of 9. (See preview story on Page 1 of today’s edition).
Along with the chili supper will be four gospel groups, along with silent and live auctions.
I never knew Christopher, but from what I have heard, he was a very impressive boy and his legacy continues. Money raised from the fundraiser helps other children with cancer in a number of ways.
I encourage you to attend the fundraiser and help the foundation with its goal of helping other children with cancer.
I missed last weekend’s Faithful Friends Animal Advocates’ (FFAA) Souper Supper fundraiser at Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ in Neosho. Money raised from this helps the organization with various dogs and cats that they care for, along with the new shelter, just outside of Neosho.
FFAA is special to my wife, Tina, and I. Shortly after we moved into our home in 2011, we decided to get a dog. With our schedules like they are, we wanted a dog who was potty trained and not too big because we wanted it as an inside dog.
We were walking through Walmart in Neosho and looking at FFAA’s website when we found an older dog named Ladybug. We immediately called the number and, within a couple of hours, heard back from a volunteer.
The next day, she brought over Ladybug and the dog quickly became attached to Tina. When the volunteer left that evening, our minds were set: We wanted to adopt Ladybug.
Two days later our prayers were answered. The volunteer contacted us and brought Ladybug to our home.
We got Ladybug a bed, a food dish and a water dish. Quickly, she became part of our household.
Along with Ladybug, we later got another dog and named him Jango (after a famous Star Wars character). The dogs get along pretty well.
Tina and I truly love the dogs and are blessed that FFAA has helped so many pets find forever homes.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodai lynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN.