HISSES from Marie Perry to the woman who took my car on Thanksgiving.

KISSES from Marie Perry to the woman who brought my car back. Lesson learned: never hide your keys inside your car, even for a moment. Lock it up!

KISSES from Reita Proctor to the gentleman who paid for my groceries Tuesday, Jan. 26. I had given up on mankind, but you gave me hope.

KISSES to Jim Reeves of Co Hwy for helping bus drivers by cleaning roads in CSL.

Kisses from Sydney McIntyre, JCSC Student Liaison to volunteers, Mary Combs, Diana Daeger, Kelli Gambrel, Brittany Layman, Fran Ogden, and Christy Willhite for filling sacks for the “No Kid Hungry” program. Also a big shout out to Ginger Miller of The Good Samaritan Pantry for providing the space and resources to accomplish this for our JCSC students. Thank you! Another shout out to Mary Driver for organizing the volunteers for this program and to Nicole Johnson for all her work behind the scenes to provide this opportunity to our students! Thanks so much!

Dear Editor -

Over the years the PD&S has sometimes printed letters critical of the paper. Will this tradition continue? — jess wundren

Thank you Barb King for the many hours of dedication and non-partial articles. Jennings County will definitely miss your reporting and smiling face.

Also it was great to see the drug busts and child porn arrests “inside” the paper instead of on the front page. I feel some of these people really enjoy seeing their faces on the front page, and this might be a better way of reporting these articles and not giving these derelicts exposure like they are heroes. Best wishes for a happier and safer 2021-mask up y’all. — Cherie Ticknor, North Vernon.

Dear Editor,

Despite a global pandemic, North Vernon area residents shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Generosity throughout S.E. Indiana resulted in 11,488 shoebox gifts collected at curbside drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected more than 7.8 million such gifts in 2020. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2020, the ministry is now sending more than 8.9 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items—North Vernon area volunteers brought joy to over 2,500 children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 186 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Across Southeast Indiana, shoebox packers shop for shoebox gift deals year-round, and many serve at a deeper level. Information about ways North Vernon area participants can get involved year round can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling our Area Coordinator, Lisa Hoog, at (812) 212-6979.

Although local drop‑off locations for gifts are closed until Nov. 15 — 22, 2021, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.

These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.


Janet Kratochvil (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)

Media Support Team Member, SE Indiana

Operation Christmas Child