Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I love this town (and yes, I still call us a town despite the "city" pride of some). And I love our public safety heroes. They rescue us in crisis, but know us by name and consistently give back to this community above and beyond the call of duty.
Case in point, this year's annual toy and food drive, capped off by a visit from Santa last Saturday. Former mayor Kim Wheeler dressed up once again and greeted more than a dozen local children with his deep, Santa-like voice. The police department registered id's for the kids. The little ones left with candy, parents with plenty of pictures and smiles all around.
Plus the fire department toured the town, collecting food and toy donations from front porches. The goodies were added to the piles of donations dropped off at town hall by residents and staff. The whole haul was then given to Toys For Tots, the Salvation Army and FISH Food Bank.
With Christmas almost here, I am grateful for neighbors who are friends and a community as close-knit as Ruston in this beautiful little town. Thanks to all for another year of great holiday celebrations! Karen