To the Editor:

The response of the people of Grant County to the mass destruction in Haiti has been incredibly encouraging. For the people of a remote rural community to voice such concern and stand in solidarity with the people of a country many of us have only briefly read about is a testimony to the character of our community. Thank you.

Over the past few weeks I have found encouragement frequently. In church, as various people spoke up about how to give, how to help, encouraging others to pray. The bake sale held Saturday to raise money to help the people of Haiti was incredible. The editorials and cartoons in the paper reminding us our neighbors' need.

I had a senior in high school telling me about her plans to raise money in her community to give. Finally, I was encouraged to hear that one of our new physicians who will arrive this fall, Dr. Ginger Vaughn, was among the first physicians to help with rescue and relief efforts. Her e-mail after getting home is heartbreaking.

Thank you for rekindling my spirit, strengthening my resolve to contribute, and helping me remember the love we have for each other, even though they may be neighbors we have never met and who live far away.

Dr. Andrew Janssen

John Day

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