Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 28

Feeding the hungry

Thumbs-up to The Alley Kitchen for expanding its efforts to feed children in the area who might not have access to a good meal at supper time. The local ministry will soon be providing transportation to children who don’t have a way to get to the church for a hot meal served by volunteers from 4:30 to 6 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year.

A related thumbs-up to Integrity Mortgage Group for donating a van to be used to transport the children to The Alley Kitchen for supper each day.


Thumbs-up to Anita Swart, who recently received Developmental Services Inc.’s Consumer Achievement Award

for her work as a self-advocate and in standing up for others with disabilities. The 55-year-old Seymour woman recently started a self-advocate group called Involved Individuals to give people with mild to severe disabilities an opportunity to participate in social outings and learn more about self-advocacy.

Thumbs-up to Cara Valdivia for receiving Developmental Services Inc.’s John McCauley Community Awareness Award for her work as a supported living program manager. Valdivia was recognized for her work with local residents with disabilities to help them become more accepted and involved in the community.

Lions donation

Thumbs-up to members of Pershing Township Lions Club for contributing $500 to a project to add about 1,000 feet to the Freetown and Pershing Township Museum.

Breaking records

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central quarterback Clay

Brown for breaking 18 school records during his years guiding the Braves.

Plate Pals

Thumbs-up to Lyda Ritz, a registered nurse at Schneck Medical Center, who helped establish a program in which volunteers sit and visit with patients in the hospital as they eat. The goal of the program, which began with high school youth volunteers, is to have patients eat more of their meals because they don’t have to eat alone.

An early Black Friday

Thumbs-down to retailers who have decided they need to open stores for Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day.

Telephone scams

Thumbs-down to people who attempt to steal from others through a variety of telephone scams. The newest one involves calls to residents in the 812 area code who are being told they owe a fee for missing jury duty. It’s just the latest in a long line of telephone scams.