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Last week, my former boss, comrade and counterpart in Anderson County, Ben Carlson, took to the pages of his newspaper to go on a little rant about Spencer County.
Carlson, who readily admits he has a twisted sense of humor, attacked our competitive spirit all because he’s ashamed his county lost to us in a very important “contest” around this time last year.
Well, dear readers, I do not question your competitive nature, but instead, I hope to invoke it because we are up against our neighbors in the same contest this year.
What is the contest?
Well, I’m glad you asked. For the past several years, the Kentucky State Police has hosted a statewide food drive and urged citizens to “Cram the Cruisers” with boxes and cans of non-perishable food items.
Last year, Spencer County collected 4,610.5 pounds of food — more than half of the total 8,610 pounds raised in the seven Post 12 counties. And, for those keeping count, that’s much more than was collected by our Anderson neighbors.
This year’s drive runs through Friday, Dec. 13, and food can be dropped off at The Spencer Magnet office, the Taylorsville Police Department or City Hall, and Country Mart.
Ours is truly a community of giving and this represents a supreme opportunity to give to our friends and neighbors.
All of the food collected in Spencer County goes back into Spencer County. Last year, donated items were boxed and bagged into holiday treats for 33 families.
Post 12 Public Affairs Officer Kendra Wilson said this effort — along with the post’s Shop with a Trooper program — allows state troopers to be present in their communities on a positive note.
“We really care about these kids, and we care about these families,” Wilson said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to give back and help.”
We all should know that any donation is a welcome donation because it helps a family in need. We have needs in our community — all communities do — and that really should be all the motivation we need to contribute.
However, a friendly bet does tend to make things interesting, so we may have staked an office lunch on the donations.
Carlson said in his column that he didn’t want to drive to Taylorsville — especially if any Spencer Countians read what he had to say — to bring our staff lunch, but I think he’s going to have to.
We know what our citizens are capable of and we also know we live in a county full of winners.