How are you doing, my dear readers? Are your kids driving you crazy while doing distance learning through school?
Are you depressed from being stuck in your home for months while self-quarantining for your health?
Are you enjoying the extra family time but missing seeing your friends and other family members?
Whatever your emotional and mental state is, just know that we are thinking about you. There are people who can help.
One of the most common threads I’ve seen during these unprecedented times is how giving and loving the Johnson County community can be.
We receive phone calls and messages almost daily about an individual or organization that is doing something great for the community. There’s been so many that we can’t even keep up with them.
We’re doing our best to share everyone’s story because that is our No. 1 goal at the Cleburne Times-Review — to share what our community is doing to help others, especially during this pandemic.
You don’t have to look far to see the good deeds going on. On this page, read about a Burleson girl who has spent months collecting donations and donating supplies to first responders throughout the county.
Louis Vuitton — one of the newest manufacturers in the county — recently donated 2,000 face masks to the county to distribute to those who need them. Then just days later they turned around and donated 2,000 more to the Houston Food Bank and Children’s Health. I even heard they are making hand sanitizer at their perfume factories overseas.
Todd Kauffman at Johnson County Distillery turned his facility into a hand sanitizer factory as well, donating bottles to local police departments and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Last week we told you about retired hairstylist Pam Beebe who opened her doors to offer free haircuts to anyone who needs one.
We also told you about Miss Tammy’s All-Star Co., where coaches are inspiring their student athletes with fun activities and virtual classes.
The Cleburne Railroaders, as the start of their season has been postponed, have turned their efforts to providing food for families. They are doing it again today from 8 a.m. to noon at The Depot, rain or shine.
You might have read about Martin Wolfson, owner of Texas Pocket Springs in Keene, who is making use of the fabric he had leftover to create surgical masks for health care providers, rescue workers and other essential personnel.
Next week we’ll have a story about the Cleburne Lions Club, who had to cancel their annual truck raffle. Many of those who purchased tickets chose to let the Lions keep their money so they could help others. They donated $10,000 to three local food banks.
Facebook groups have been created to bless seniors missing their graduation and others in Johnson County. Groups were created to make masks for people. Groups were created to help small businesses.
The list goes on and on. There isn’t enough space on the page to tell you all the good things we’ve seen while covering the county.
If you’re looking to help someone, the opportunity is out there. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re the one who needs it. Trust me, this community will take care of you.
Monica Faram is the managing editor of the Times-Review and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.