Letter to the Editor

Your view: Counting blessings

Monday, November 27, 2006

Near the Thanksgiving holiday, most of us will take a moment to give thanks for the many blessings that we have. We will give thanks to God for our health, jobs, family and friends. This year, our family will also give thanks for local businesses who have so generously supported our efforts to honor the memory of our loved one.

The Charleston Turkey Trot was held Nov. 18. The event was a fundraiser for the Adam McGee Memorial Scholarship. Adam's death was a shock, unexpected and devastating to us all. The one thing that we found comfort in was the fact that Adam was a Christian and we know that Heaven is now his home. That doesn't make us miss him any less.

Through the memorial scholarship, we hope to honor his memory while giving back to the community. The Turkey Trot promoted family togetherness and healthy lifestyles, while bringing revenue to our community. We hope that this event and others like it will accrue funds for an annual scholarship.

It is needless to say the we could not have done this alone. Projects such as this take the support of an entire community, and we received just that. L&S Discount Drug Store, Ivy Villa, Heppe's Portrait Studio and Pizza Hut of Charleston provided gifts for our race participants.

Pilot, Comfort Inn, Dairy Queen, Dollar General Store, KFC, Sonic and The Jay's Nest of Charleston and White's Electric and Handyman Service of Bertrand provided us with refreshments for the event.

Attorney Reginald Young, Simmons and Graham Pharmacy, Brett Matthews of State Farms Insurance, McMikle Funeral Home, Coon Insurance, Rocky Walker of Walker Insurance, Citizens Bank, and Brink Insurance of Charleston and Nelson Services and North Ridge Veterinary Hospital of Sikeston were all generous supporters of the event and the scholarship fund.

The Mississippi County Times of Charleston and Scheffer's Office Furniture and Business Machines and the Standard-Democrat of Sikeston played a key role in advertising the event. Splitmaster Timing and Race Management of Sikeston took care of timing the event for us.

Our family would like to express gratitude to all of you. The event nor the scholarship would be possible without kindhearted, giving people such as yourselves. Our community is blessed to have such individuals owning and managing its businesses.

May God bless you all!

The Family of Adam McGee

Kathie and Ryan McGee

Glenda, Marty, Matt and Kerry Evans.

Mike, Debbie and Megan Nelson

Delbert and Brooke Marriott