Westport Column

A few weeks ago I passed on a “Thank You!” from the Westport Food Shelf to some of the businesses and groups that donated food over the holiday season. I just heard from the Food Shelf volunteers that they’d like to put another Thank You out there, this time to an outstanding individual. As it happens, this person happens to be a good friend, so I’m extra happy to be of assistance in spreading the word about her “act of kindness.”

I enjoyed reading this email so much I thought I’d reproduce it here in its entirety. “On behalf of the Westport Food Shelf, we would like to thank Ella King and her friends for their generous donation of food as well as money for the Westport food shelf. Ella requested donations for the food shelf in lieu of gifts for her 10th birthday. She hopes to do more in the future and encourages her friends to do the same. Thank you. Food Shelf Volunteers, Linda Adams, Sue Frisbie, Tammy Schrieber.”

Just reading that did much to raise my spirits, which I have to admit have been sagging a little during this second-in-a-row nearly snowless winter. However, in the interests of full disclosure (since this is a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism), I should probably mention that the aforementioned Ella King has already done a lot for my spirits. In fact, she does so most days, since she and a bunch of other outstanding young people brighten things up for me every school day at the ACAP After School Program.

Normally I try to be fairly objective in this column, and not write more favorably about people I know and like than I do about anyone else. I also try, in general, to leave the word “I” out of it as much as possible. In this case, however, the heck with it. So, Ella, congratulations on being recognized for your good work on behalf of the Food Shelf. “I” think you’re pretty wonderful, and “I” am happy to let everyone know it. And, apparently, “I” am not the only one!

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