The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Letters to the Editor

December 12, 2008

Thanks to 4-H Club youths

I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal appreciation to the young people involved in the Anderson County 4-H Club.

I am a reserve Anderson County deputy sheriff, and was “on-duty” late in the evening, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the patrol office writing a report. While in the office several young people, along with their sponsors, came into the sheriff’s office bearing four large and I mean “large” platters filled with home baked cookies. These young people, all part of the Anderson County 4-H, said they were there to show appreciation to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for the work we were doing.

As you can imagine, I was deeply impressed with the sincerity and enthusiasm displayed by this group of young people. It is not often, in this day and time, to see such a display of the true American spirit, and I was deeply moved. I can say, assuredly these young people demonstrated the true spirit of 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands and Health.)

Each young person personally shook my hand and said “Thanks”! I cannot describe the warm feeling that came over me at this gesture. In fact, it not only “made my day” personally, but also that of the many people I told about this afterwards.

I wish I could have gotten each young person’s name so I could mention them individually, but I was so overwhelmed at the time that I did not do so. So, I would appreciate the use of a small amount of space in the Herald Press, to acknowledge, and personally thank, each one of them, their sponsors, and the 4-H club for their thoughtfulness. May God bless each of them.

Gerald L. Kerr

Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Anderson County


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