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Healing will take time and effort from you

Jason Werling • Apr 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

A week ago I asked you, our readers, to think of what you could do to help “heal” Sandusky after the shooting and killing of Officer Andrew Dunn and the subsequent funeral.

I have had several positive responses via email and at various assignments throughout the week. I’ve also had a request to bring back a “Person of the Month” feature the Register had before my time here. I would like to do something similar, but recognize more than 12 people per year.

Here are a couple of the responses from last week’s column...

Just one good thing for our hometown

Your article in the Register is a wonderful message to the city where I was raised. I moved away in 2000, but Sandusky will always be in my heart. I’ve already attempted to take a step in the direction of action to make a difference with a scholarship my best friend and I (both SHS class of 2000 grads) started at the high school last spring, but I know there is so much more work to be done.

I hope your message spreads far and wide not just to those who still live in town, but to those who grew up there and have since left.

We all remember being able to walk home from the Cedar Point docks downtown in the dark when we were mere children... Why have those days gone?  That was less than 20 years ago for me... And I’ll never understand.

Sandusky is a mecca of love, prosperity, hope and fun — even if that image of town has been tarnished in recent years by the actions of the few.  We can be the many — we can bring a new golden age to Sandusky if we all, even those of us who are far away, work at trying to do just one good thing for our hometown.

— Tiffany Teofilo, SHS class of 2000

Paying it Forward

Susan Wynn, who was born in Sandusky and lives in Cleveland, wrote me an email after last Sunday’s column. I’ll let her tell you in her own words what she sent me...

I’m glad you printed this article and are encouraging people to be more kind and find the time. I actually did something on the day of Andy’s funeral because I wanted to show kindness to another on that very somber day.  It wasn’t anything huge, but I think it meant something to this person.

I was in line at the grocery store when an older gentleman riding a scooter cart pulled into the line behind me.  I first offered him my spot in line because I had a lot more stuff than he did.  He politely declined but was very happy to strike up a conversation with me.  While talking, I unloaded all of his groceries onto the belt for him so he wouldn’t have to get up (he had just had knee replacement surgery).  He was very kind and thanked me....but I was really just happy to do it.

If everyone would just ‘pay it forward’ with a little bit of kindness each day, I think we’d all be amazed at how people’s attitudes would change toward one another.

Well put Susan. I also believe paying it forward, even in the smallest of ways, can have a domino effect.

What would you do with $100?

I can tell you what Kirsten Beal, a first-grader at Hancock Elementary would do: She would donate it to a local charity.

For a 100th-day-of-school project in which children would ask what they would do with $100, Kirsten wrote she would donate the money to someone that didn’t have a home.

And it just so happened after word spread around her church, The Eagle Nest on Pipe Street, that Kirsten found $100. According to her father, Jim Beal, his 7-year-old daughter donated the money to the Angel Food Drive, a program that provides food to those in need. We need more people who think like Kirsten, especially at such a young age.

As I asked all of you last week, think how you can help “heal” Sandusky. Please let me know via email, werling@sanduskyregister.com or 419-609-5850. Or if you know someone who is doing good for others and you think they deserve a little recognition, please let me know.

In the next few weeks I am going to be contacting schools and businesses to let them know to let me know when a student or employee goes out of their way to help another. Keep those stories coming.

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