News tip: Garrison Keillor sends large donation to Cedar Rapids Public Library, St. Joe paper says November 5, 2008Posted by John in Kindness.
Tags: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Cedar Rapids Public Library, donations, flood damage, Floods of 2008, Garrison Keillor, Libraries, Public Libraries
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A former St. Joseph resident [acting public library director Tamara Glise] is leading efforts to restore a library that was destroyed this summer during the catastrophic flood in eastern Iowa. …
Garrison Keillor, the host and writer for Prairie Home Companion, sent a large donation, Ms. Glise said. …
Cedar Rapids man to receive National Association of Letter Carriers hero award for rescuing driver from partially submerged car September 10, 2008Posted by John in Accidents, Government, Kindness.
Tags: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Dean Dunkel, heroes, rescues
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Other awards presented by the union include: …
_ Dean Dunkel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Central Region Hero, for crawling inside a partially submerged car and rescuing the driver after she skidded off the road and into a creek during a torrential rain storm. …
Tags: flooded areas, Flooding, Floods of 2008, Iowa City (Iowa), Iowa River (Iowa), Steve McGuire, Steve Thunder McGuire
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From Reader’s Digest:
Saving a drowning person is, at most, a once-in-a-lifetime event. But Michelle Kehoe was the third person Steve McGuire had pulled from the Iowa River. …
Tags: Cancer, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Ed Carlson, flooded areas, Flooding, floods, Floods of 2008
From Reno Gazette-Journal:
Ed Carlson, known in Reno as “The Waver” for a three-decade stint walking along western Nevada roads and waving to motorists, thanked people for all the letters of support and the money they sent when his life took two tragic turns in June.
Within a few weeks, Carlson found out his wife had terminal cancer and they lost their Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home to Midwest flooding. …
More about Ed Carlson, including a Gazette article, in this post:
Twinkies maker gifts 2-year-old ‘Twinkie’ before 12-hour surgery at UI Children’s Hospital March 9, 2008Posted by John in Children, Food, Kindness, Medicine.
Tags: Charlise Carlson, Clay Carlson, Hostess, Interstate Brands Corporation, Iowa City (Iowa), Jennifer Carlson, Surgery, Twinkies, University of Iowa Children's Hospital
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Hostess company newsletter encouraged all Hostess employees to stop work on March 6 and ‘eat a Twinkie for Twinkie.’ [PHOTO of Charlise 'Twinkie' Carlson]
From Leelanau Enterprise:
Friends and family of 2-year-old Charlise “Twinkie” Carlson of Suttons Bay [Michigan] will be eating the snack cakes as she undergoes surgery to remove a benign cyst from behind her eyes.
The girl is the daughter of Clay and Jennifer Carlson of Suttons Bay.
“Clay started it out as a way for people to keep good thoughts coming her way,” Jennifer said Tuesday from the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. “And it’s really taken off.”
Charlise was diagnosed as having a dermoid cyst in November after her mother noticed a small spot near her daughter’s nose. While the cyst itself is benign, surgical removal is required since continued growth would make her susceptible to contracting meningitis, an illness involving inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord that can be fatal. …