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The small town meaning of ‘kind’

The heart of the people in a small town never ceases to amaze me.
Having grown up in the outskirts of New Orleans where the people have their own special blend of hospitality — something most would consider rudeness — the kindness of the small town folks in Kosciusko, Miss., where my grandmother lived always amazed me.

Kosciusko is a little smaller than Ennis. Pitted 60 miles north of Jackson, Miss., and probably 90 miles south of Memphis, both of which are significantly smaller than Dallas, it also did not have the relationship to a large metroplex like Ennis.

However, the people were the same. Hard working blue collar people who love God and are loyal to their nation and their family fill the town.

They were always smiling and always willing to help us whenever we evacuated the Crescent City when a hurricane was aimed at our coast.
This same kindness is seen right here in Ennis.

This week, the Ennis Daily News took part in a Tri-County Toy Drive organized by McCoy’s in Corsicana. Though we got in the game just days before the drive began, the people of Ennis responded.

Upon seeing our ads and story promoting the drive, and the EDN as a drop point, people immediately responded. Our front office was immediately filled with toys as local residents thought nothing of dropping by to help those less fortunate than them.

The scene was the same at the various toy drives throughout the city. The people of Ennis responded to this calling like no other. It’s just second nature here.

Clearly the pride the people of Ennis have in their community and belief in helping others that comes from attending church services each Sunday is a major influence in our town.
And we should be proud.

While it may be second nature to those of you who came by our office or the many drop points in the area for local children, those of us from the outside see the value in it. And it rubs off on us newcomers.

Seeing all the kindness and selflessness of the men, women and children who came by and smiled at the site of all the toys in the front of our office means the world to me. As someone who is investing my family, time and finances in the area, this is another sign that I made the right choice in moving here five short months ago.

Congratulations Ennis. Through one of the most difficult years financially since the Great Depression you have responded with great kindness. After being a little concerned when I agreed to take part in the Tri-County Toy Drive, this effort by you made it all worth it.

We will proudly donate these toys on Monday to be delivered to the needy children of Ellis County.

It’s amazing what people will do for others if the opportunities are made available. Just ask those who have run the Feed the Children Campaign, Relay for Life events and various fundraisers throughout the town.

Thank you for once again making Ennis and Ellis County such a great place to live.

Tre Bischof is publisher of The Ennis Daily News. He can be reached by sending email to tre@ennisdailynews.com.

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