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Letter: Linda Drage
Area has much to offer

Sunday, November 18, 2012

We are blessed to live in a community that has so many wonderful people who will come to the need of those less fortunate. Yes, this is God’s country.

The last several months, I have seen so much energy coming out of the Martinsville, Henry County and surrounding area. We have had many organizations through the non-profit network come up with great ideas for gifts for your loved ones that will directly help those in need, through the Good Gift Catalog that lists gift donations. Many area church youth groups, led by First Methodist Church, have partnered in an interfaith effort to help the homeless and those in poverty in our area. They’re having the teens take the lead for Teens Opposing Poverty (T.O.P.). How great is that, getting our teens to grow our community.

Along with the churches, we have many non-profit organizations coming up with many great ideas to enhance our community; such as the backpack program at Community Storehouse. The Salvation Army, Christmas Cheer and Grace Network are gearing up for the holiday for needy families. Our faith community has been working on gathering bell choir groups to come together from many of our churches to perform as a means to raise money to help with utility bills and other needs.

Let’s not forget MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness, Pregnancy Care Center, Smart Beginnings, Southern Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Activate, the YMCA, Charity League, Piedmont Arts, Black Box Theater and the Rives’ music programs. They are only a few from a large list of those helping to strengthen our community.

What a blessing that we have groups such as DRBA, Master Naturalist, Trout Unlimited and other organizations that are stepping out of the box. Most people in this country would die for our beautiful natural rivers and lakes that entice visitors not only to visit but to live here. Having these amenities can be a big boost in our local economy. The best way to reinvent ourselves is to look at what we already have. We are enriched with history and have many trails such as the Dick & Willie, Gravely and Fieldale to ride or walk on. Great events are going on all the time at the Smith River Sports Complex. The half marathon, along with all the 5-K runs and the plans for a complete handicap accessible park at Bowens Creek, all will help bring in outside dollars.

I believe Martinsville-Henry County is one of the richest places in this country and our cup is running over with the loving care of our neighbors (neighbors being you and me). God’s work is being done here.

Linda Drage



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