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Let's make sure elderly, sick people get hot meal

Leon Petty's determination to be independent captured the attention of fellow fishermen who replaced his worn out rig with a better one.

Mr. Petty's love for fishing, despite losing his right arm and right leg in a motorcycle accident in 1989, inspired Brad Cook of Tanner and Steve Cook of Neel to appeal to their buddies for money for a better boat and motor.

That was in January. The fund rose to more than $3,000, more than enough to buy the rig. Those who contributed did a wonderful deed.

Last week, when word of the dog renamed Lucky spread, funds to find the culprit who abandoned the maimed dog in a trash bin, flowed in.

Today, the fund for information about who did that to Lucky is more than $12,700.

That people care about animal cruelty enough to help also is wonderful.

But let's talk Meals on Wheels for a minute.

The annual February fund drive in THE DAILY is far short of what Meals on Wheels needs to sustain its present level.

The newspaper campaign officially ended Tuesday with $21,158. The United Way agency needs more than twice that amount to supplement other funding.

One hot meal delivered five days a week for 52 weeks costs about $850. Without these meals, some elderly or sick people might go hungry or have to leave their homes.

Let's not let that happen. Talk it over with family, friends, Sunday school classes, church members and civic groups and see if you can help.

Mr. Petty has his boat and the culprit who maimed Lucky is apt to be caught because of the reward money.

Let's see that Meals on Wheels gets the money it needs, too.

Mail checks to: Meals on Wheels, in care of THE DECATUR DAILY, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609-2213.

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