5,200 masks and counting

A front line worker would be a great way to describe my friend, Joyce Morphet, at Royal Center.

One year ago March 20, 2020, she made her first mask and one year later she had made over 5,200 and is still making them. She has supplied the post office lobby and our church with hundreds in different sizes and they have been mailed all over the country.

She started out using her own fabric and elastic, but word got around and she has received fabric and elastic, but you can see her looking for sales when her supplies get low.

I like to sew myself, so she gave me her pattern. It didn’t take long for me to realize, I rather just give her the fabric.

She says she is going to slow down. Besides all the washing of fabric, cutting and sewing, Joyce also mows, gardens and is active with the youth at the church. Yes, you are a front line worker, friend.

Marcia Funk, Logansport

Salute to school nutrition staff

Over a year ago, the COVID pandemic hit and schools in our state had to instantly pivot from in-person to virtual learning. Thousands of children across Indiana were in danger of losing access to the nutrition they rely on from school meals. But Hoosier school nutrition staff immediately stepped up, working day and night to figure out new systems of getting meals to students — through grab-n-go pick-ups, meal drop-offs, and more.

Because of the crisis, even more families in our community are facing financial strain. In 2021, an alarming 1 in 6 kids could face hunger because of the pandemic. Yet throughout, school nutrition staff have been there, working tirelessly through the summer, through weekends, through holidays, to make sure kids in our state get the nutrition they need.

On this School Lunch Hero Day and every day, thank you to all the school nutrition staff across Indiana. You help guarantee kids are healthy and ready to learn, and provide a constant in these challenging times. Your love and dedication for what you do and those you serve are noteworthy and extraordinary. Our gratitude cannot be overstated.

Help No Kid Hungry Indiana celebrate Hoosier Hunger Heroes by sharing the stories that impact your family and community on social media using #ThankAHungerHero and on Facebook (@NoKidHungryIndiana).

Tarrah Westercamp, Greenwood

Use Earth Day as a starting point

Many people use Earth Day to do a good deed for the environment and then remind themselves how great they are that they did something good for one day.

After being part of several group cleanup efforts to pick up trash along city and county roads, it’s clear the we cannot stop just because it isn’t Earth Day anymore. Many of us were absolutely disgusted by the amount of trash that was sitting on the sides of our roads.

Let’s take pride in where we live. If you go for a walk, take a plastic bag with you and collect some trash along the way. Every bit helps.

Brent Schaberg, Logansport

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