Letters to the Editor

Food donation story appreciated

I want to say thank you so very much to the Whidbey News-Times for taking the time and effort to send reporter Rebecca Olson to the Help House Nov. 3 to cover the story of my granddaughter Chyann Barrett giving food to Help House. I read the letters to the editor all the time and I seldom see where anyone says thank you to the Whidbey News-Times for coving a story.

You see, my granddaughter just turned 9 years old Oct. 22. She told her mom (my  daughter, Traci Wisdom) that she would like to give food to Help House because one day as they were driving by she saw all those people standing outside the building to get food. Now my granddaughter is also deaf, or as you would say hearing impaired.

As we all know, what “really” sells newspapers is “all” the negative things that go on in the community or our nation and around the world. We hardly ever see the good things that people are doing. So when I contacted Jean at Help House and told her what my granddaughter was going to do, she called the News-Times to see if they would come and do a story about her. Now we all know again, that the newspaper gets a lot of requests for many things. So I can imagine how hard it must be for them to make decisions on what stories to cover.

As a longtime citizen of Oak Harbor, I want to just say thank you and God bless you and the people who do their very best to report the news to our Island, for choosing to go to Help House and report about something good happening in Oak Harbor. I’m not only proud of being a parent and  grandparent, but also a citizen of Oak Harbor.

Whidbey News-Times staff, keep up doing the fine job you are doing. I know you don’t get very many “thank yous,” but from the Turners, Terrys and  Wisdom families, words will never say how much it means to us that you sent one of your reporters to Help House. It means so much to us and hopefully others.

Tim Turner
Oak Harbor


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