The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 2, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-2 | Community has opened its heart

JOHNSTOWN — As a member of this community and one-half of the fundraising team for two angels, I would like to give a big, heartfelt “thank you” to this community.

The community has come together in a big way to support this family that has had a horrific loss. I know that nothing we do or any amount of money that we collect can fix or change what happened that day.

It is, however, wonderful to see that people still have a heart and are willing to open it in times of need or tragedy.

This is a time for us to rally and help this family in the best and only way we can. I know the family feels the love and support. Now is the time to reflect on how we as a community can keep this love and support everyday and not just for the bad times. We have proven that we can do this. The question is, can we keep it going?

God shows his love to us every day, and we need to show our love to others.

I am proud and happy to say that I am a part of great community. There is so much to say, but not enough words to say it. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to everyone who had a hand in this.

I wish the peace and love of God on this family. I hope that they will heal and be able to move on with life.

Susan Heslop


Many came forward to rescue kitten

On June 24, I met some caring people.

My cousin and I drove from Seward to Richland Township. Somehow, a kitten had crawled up under her car and took the trip with us.

We parked at The Galleria and went into a store. Shortly after, we were called to the parking lot. Some fellow shoppers thought they heard a kitten crying and contacted security.

After finding out the kitten was not in the trunk but hiding somewhere underneath the car, the security guard tried to find it. We had no idea where it was.

She suggested we go to a nearby automotive store and ask if they would put the car on the rack and try to find the kitten.

Workers there raised the car and started the search. I think every mechanic in the store tried to find the little kitten. They even removed a bottom panel on my car and loosened some other parts.

I’m happy to say that the kitten was found, unharmed, and it was turned over to the security guard, who was willing to take care of it from there.

Thank you to The Galleria and the automotive store for employing wonderful, caring people.

Thanks, also, to the shoppers who cared enough to get the rescue started.

Theresa Adams


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