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Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 3:11 p.m. CST

The generosity of the folks from this area never ceases to amaze me. With the recent devastation in Washington, Ill., from the tornado that hit the area, the true colors of our own residents has been impressive. Countless people from our area have dug down deep and come up with donations of money or items to help the victims of that terrible storm. Surely, the powers that be have smiled on your generosity ...

While it’s impossible for me to mention all the kindness shown to the people of Washington and the surrounding areas, I know of two new promotions to help these victims:

• The Princeton Dairy Queen, which has already closed for the season, will open its doors on Saturday from noon to 5 pm. and will be selling all their surplus ice cream (cones, dishes, quarts, etc.) plus any boxed items that remain from the season. Owners Mark and Karen Townsend, along with manager Stephanie Townsend, said all of the money collected from the sale of these items will go to help the victims of the Washington tornado. Stephanie Townsend, who thought of the idea to help the tornado victims, said, “We look forward to folks stopping by to stock up their freezers for the winter, while helping the people from this devastated area.”

• On Wednesday, Sullivan’s Foods, Servicemaster and the Bureau County Republican are teaming up on a Tornado Relief Drive in Sullivan’s Foods parking lot that will benefit the tornado victims. The event begins at 7 a.m., and sponsors of the collection are hoping to fill a Sullivan’s Foods semi-truck with items that will ultimately be transported to Washington, Ill. Items being accepted include water (gallons or bottles), personal hygiene items, toilet paper, diapers and ready-to-eat foods. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be used to buy items to help fill the truck. As you buy your own items for your Thanksgiving dinner, please keep the tornado victims in mind and throw a few extra things in your shopping cart to help folks attempting to recover from this disaster.

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The Bureau County Republican needs some help from you — our readers:

• The BCR is hosting its 2013 Illinois Valley Scenery Photo Contest. We hope you’ll enter one of your beautiful scenic shots, which could appear in our 2014 Illinois Valley Scenery Calendar. To enter go to www.bcrnews.com, click on the contest tab and then click on the contest artwork. First register and then enter your favorite photo(s). We will accept photos until 5 p.m. Nov. 27 (Wednesday). Then from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4, we’ll ask readers to vote on their favorite photo. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate and have their photo featured on the cover of our annual calendar. See the official rules online at contest guidelines. No professional photographers/photographs allowed.

• It’s time again for our “A Homemade Holiday” recipe section, where we feature your delicious homemade recipes in a special, keepsake edition.

It’s really easy to participate. Type or print out your favorite holiday recipe(s). Make sure the directions to the recipe are complete and easy to understand. Include your first and last name, your hometown, your email and telephone number. (Your telephone and email will not be published.)

Submit your recipes by email at news@bcrnews.com; by using our online form at www.bcrnews.com/forms/recipe; mailing it to us at P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356; or dropping it off at our office at 800 Ace Road, Princeton. The BCR has an after-hours drop box at the rear of our building, where you can also deposit your recipe if our office is not open. The final deadline to submit a recipe is 5 p.m. Nov. 27.

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving week:

• “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual ... O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” Henry David Thoreau.

• “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” Aesop.

• “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.

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I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with much appreciation, love and everything that speaks to your heart. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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