Praise for an everyday hero

Dear Editor:

You hear about EMTs, the police, nurses and doctors and health care heroes, but you don’t hear about the normal, everyday people who are heroes during this COVID-19 crisis. I am writing to you about a wonderful young lady.

Her name is Melissa Dickman and she lives in Greensburg, Indiana. I hope you will print this letter about her.

This young lady comes to our senior apartments here in Milan every month to pass out food from the food pantry truck to us seniors. She gathers the food, separates it into food baskets, and brings it to our doors to give to us. She does this every month, rain or shine.

She drives from Greensburg every month to make sure us seniors get the food provided for us, and she does this while never complaining!

Her dad, Phil McKitrick, brought her up to be kind and nice and to help others.

We call this young lady our angel and hero! (Her real name is Melissa, but we all call her Missy.)

Please, Mr. Editor, print this letter about our angel and hero, and give the love and kindness she shows us every month back to her.

Missy, we all love and admire you for being the kindest and sweetest young lady that God has ever put on this earth. Thank you! God bless you and your wonderful family. I hope you have a wonderful life.

James W. “Jim” Moore, Milan, Indiana

PS: Thank you, and God bless you too, Mr. Editor.

(Thanks for sharing your positive message with the Daily News. May God bless you too, Mr. Moore. – Editor Kevin Green)

September is Suicide Prevention MonthDear Editor:

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives.

One action I’m taking is to urge my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health. When someone is in acute crisis, it’s hard for them to think clearly, and even reaching out for help can be a struggle. For this reason, it is vital that Congress pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R.4194/S.2661) to make a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a reality.

This legislation will provide the funding and resources needed by crisis centers across the country that support those struggling with their mental health and thoughts of suicide.

My mother died from suicide.

In this time of uncertainty, we all need to find new ways to connect and support each other.

Together, we #KeepGoing.


Tom Elliott, Connersville

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