Who's going to be No. 1?
Monday, December 02, 2013 9:00 PM
I'm a sucker for those ESPN shows that do rankings. Who's the No. 1 quarterback of all time? How about who's the No. 1 college basketball coach? The No. 1 biggest draft bust (Colts fans love the fact that it was Ryan Leaf) and so on?
Giving Tuesday follows Cyber Monday
We've had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now we have Giving Tuesday, a fairly new national endeavor to help charities raise money. In honor of the day, Kara is ready and waiting by the phone in the MUFFY office for your pledge. You can reach her at 362-5484 during regular office hours. Or you can go online to the MUFFY website and make your pledge there, www.muffy.org.
There's a question of who's going to be No. 1 right here in Montgomery County that's going to have a dramatic impact on the lives of many, many people.
Which company is going to be the No. 1 giver in this year's MUFFY campaign? I know, I know, the regular readers of this column - all four of you - are asking if I'm ever going to stop writing about MUFFY? Fair question. The thing is, there just aren't that many things out there as important to the entire community like MUFFY is. I'm not saying it's the only thing, but it's certainly up there. The money the Montgomery United Fund For You organization raises helps thousands of people. Here. In Montgomery County.
Please allow me one quick sidebar and then we'll get back to the question of who's No. 1.
Several years ago I was on a tour of several agencies that help people who need it. One of the stops was the Family Crisis Shelter. There were a few of us in a group going through the facility. I remember a woman with a black eye sitting on a couch holding a small child. I wish this weren't so, but it was an awkward moment. I felt like we were intruding. I don't know what she felt. But I know what she did. As we walked by, she shrank back ever so slightly. Whoever it was that gave her the black eye should have been there, should have seen the impact one action had on another human being. She physically sunk lower in her seat. No one should ever feel that way.
It may be just one example, but there are so many. There are senior citizens - you know, the folks who raised us and who worked hard and helped communities become better places to live - who need the Sunshine Vans for a ride. There are at-risk kids who get positive reinforcement through the Boys & Girls Club or the Willson Family Literacy Program or a few others. There are the disabled who take pride in the work they do at ASI. There's the Community Chest that steps up to pay a heating bill when a family has nowhere else to turn.
These are not the examples that frustrate so many of us today where free handouts are ready and waiting for those who are perfectly capable of getting off their tails and doing for themselves. These are real needs. Real people in need.
Back to my goofy ESPN shows. I love finding out who's No. 1 in whatever category they've got. And now, I can't wait to find out who's going to be No. 1 in Montgomery County for giving to MUFFY. Will it be one of Crawfordsville's longest and best employers, RR Donnelly? Will it great corporate citizen Nucor Steel? Will it be one of those wonderful companies over on Elmore, CSI, Acuity or others? What about International Paper, Pace Dairy or Random House?
Who will be No. 1? Stay tuned and we'll let you know.
Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.>