Editorial: Three Cheers

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 03:57 PM

Banner Baptist praised

for special holiday party

Each December the good people at Banner Missionary Baptist Church host their annual Christmas party for the clients and volunteers of the nonprofit Douglas Cooperative Inc., which provides support services to developmentally disabled people. It is always a festive, fun and faith-driven activity.

People ate a chicken dinner. Santa was available. A bluegrass band played. Santa hats were worn, as well as elf costumes, reindeer horns and Christmas sweaters. It was the 36th Christmas party Banner Baptist has thrown for Douglas Cooperative, and each one is driven by love and the true message of the Christmas season.

Douglas Cooperative serves clients in Blount, Cocke, Jefferson and Sevier counties. The organization provides residential services including group homes and supported living. It offers day programs, helps clients find jobs and arranges transportation. And thanks to Banner Baptist, the clients get to enjoy the fun of the holiday season. Thanks, Banner Missionary Baptist, for this annual and anticipated event.

Police dispatcher here

sets a terrific example

The job of a police dispatcher is unpredictable, scary, tension-filled and, at times, life-saving to the caller. It is a job that requires extensive training and a personality that can adapt to any situation.

Dispatchers understand the need to follow the rules, and how safety measures can make a critical difference away from the job. Jesse Johnson is a dispatcher for the Pigeon Forge Police Department. His vehicle was involved in a collision with a drunken driver, but Johnson was wearing a seatbelt — it’s a law not always followed by drivers and passengers — and that probably saved his life.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office sponsors saved By the Belt to recognize those who wear their seatbelts. Johnson received an award from the organization. He deserves thanks for what he does as a dispatcher and the example he sets off the job. He earned the gratitude of family, friends and co-workers, and a grateful public.

Salvation Army thanked

for effort to help children

Many organizations did fine and needed work leading up to Christmas to ensure the needy among us had a blessed and fruitful holiday. Among those groups was the Salvation Army, which distributed clothing to around 750 sponsored children as part of its Angel Tree Program.

The distribution was held at the Pigeon River Crossing mall. “In our community, we have our poverty level just as any other community does, so this is just to reach out to give mom and dad hope that they can provide something for their children and that their children can have a Christmas,” said Lt. Marie Inmon, Salvation Army representative.

Most of the gifts are clothes because other agencies do coat and toy drives. That means the children receive items they truly need, to go with the toys and novelties so much a part of gift giving. Thanks, Salvation Army, for what you do year-round and especially what you do at the holidays.