Our View: Kindness of the kitchen

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Craig Editorial Board, January 2010 to March 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Sherry Kurz, community representative
  • Lynne Krause, community representative
  • Tim Jantz, community representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative

— Within the span of about two weeks, news came out that a popular Craig restaurant was closing its doors for good because of struggling finances, and a local church was opening a twice-a-week free food kitchen for people in need of a hot meal.

Both examples can certainly be viewed as a sign of the struggling financial climate in our community and across the country.

Still, rather than dwell on the negativity of The Boardroom closing Dec. 31 and the reduction in the roster of local businesses the closing represents, the new Editorial Board would like to focus on something more positive.

Namely, that St. Michael Catholic Church, with assistance from several local sources and volunteers, has stepped in to address a community need.

That need: feeding people who could use a hot meal for free or the socialization that comes with visiting the church’s basement eatery for that meal and meeting other visitors.

On Tuesday, for instance, the free meal drew about 10 people to the church. The Editorial Board hopes that if there are more residents out there who need the assistance, they make time available for the next meal Thursday.

The church’s kitchen, which is open from noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, is another sign of the compassion and care this community shows to people in need.

This attitude of compassion in Craig and Moffat County has been well-documented.

But the Editorial Board wanted to clear up a couple of key points about the free kitchen.

First off, the kitchen is open to anyone.

There are no eligibility requirements: age, income or circumstances do not matter.

If you, or anyone you know, needs the help that the St. Michael kitchen can provide, all you need to do is show up at the assigned hours.

Next, board members wanted to make clear that accepting help in difficult times is nothing to be ashamed of. Look at any successful person’s background, and you’ll find that they most likely received help along the way from other people.

We all need help in hard times, so please, Editorial Board members said, do not let pride stand in the way.

And the final point about the kitchen: more community support is always needed and appreciated. It doesn’t matter whether that support comes in the form of volunteers to help cook, serve and clean up, or from businesses lending a financial or material hand.

These are difficult, uncertain times we live in today.

That St. Michael and its partners not only recognized as much, but chose to act in such a positive manner in response, is reassuring to the Editorial Board.

We hope that people in the community in a tough spot recognize that the church, and most likely many others, are available to make things a little bit easier.

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