Okay, you people. I'm going to do you all a huge favor. As the holidays approach your sometimes cynical hearts melt like a Hershey bar on the dash board. And you read about the needs of your fellow man...and you don't know what charities are eating up your donation with administrative costs, or whom you are really helping, even the guy with the sign on the side of the road.
Well, I'm gonna give you a good cause and I'm gonna ask you to put your trust in me and donate what you can afford to a fellow and his wife who had their house burned down last night. Their names are Jerry and Betty Craddock from Minco, Oklahoma. They are the Uncle and Aunt of my dear cousin Tammy who spends most of her waking hours donating her time and money to schools, her church, Ronald McDonald House and Oklahoma hurricane victims.
Last night Jerry and Betty's house caught on fire and they lost everything. They didn't have insurance. Now, I'm not going to be judgmental about folks not having house insurance; I don't know their circumstances. Maybe the difference is having house insurance or eating ALPO, or eating hamburger without it.
All I know about Jerry is that he's the type of fellow that you, as a complete stranger, could walk up to and ask for his last two bucks and you'd get it. Both of them have given all their lives and now need help; this despite the fact that they haven't asked anyone for a dime.
So niece Tammy, she of the giving heart, is making T-Shirts with the logo "Gooder than good" which is Uncle Jerry's inevitable response to anyone who asks how he's doing. Tammy is selling the T-shirts for $10 dollars each and I'll give you an ordering address in a minute. Tammy hopes to raise some funds to help her two dear ones get back on their feet.
Now try to imagine this; as the old fella's house is burning down he's out there in the front yard apologizing to the Fire Fighters and thanking them for trying to save his home. When family arrived and hugged him, tears in their eyes, he hugged them back and said "that's alright darlin.."gooder than good"..
A man of strong faith, but I can tell you that if I was standing there watching every personal picture, every momento, all of my worldly goods, and my home burned to the ground, I could never muster enough courage to keep it all together, much less buck up someone else's morale. And I'd be wondering where I'll spend Thanksgiving or if I'll have a roof over my head come Christmas.
So I'm doing you all a great favor; I'm giving you a good cause to donate to. And I don't want you to give till it hurts; if you can't afford to buy a t-shirt, please put two bucks in an envelope and send it to Tammy Jameson Fouch,
1006 SW Maple
Minco, Oklahoma 73059
If you want to order the T-shirt, just send ten bucks and your t-shirt size to the address above.
Now, go and do what I know you'll do because my readers are good, good people. "Gooder than good".