Saturday, December 6, 2008

Loss and blessing

One of our dearest neighbors is a lady in her 80's who sadly lost her home and almost all her possessions recently in a house fire. A lady of sharp wit, and outrageous sense of humor who loves telling a naughty joke and always laughs louder than her recipient.
It speaks of St Martins as a good place to live in that the community of 400 rallied to put on a wonderful benefit for her last night. Joyce was warmly embraced by young and old wellwishers as we got together over home cooking and coffee for a silent auction of donated goods and local musical entertainment. People even donated some beautiful dolls as her prized collection had mostly been lost in the fire. Over $5000. was raised for her immediate needs. Sometimes it takes a tragedy for a person to know how much they are treasured by their friends and neighbors. Joyce is just that, a village treasure.

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