Cherokee County Work Services client Kelly Clark got a part-time job at the Cherokee Fire Department a few years ago, and that job developed into a friendship between Kelly and the CFD regulars. The CFD awarded Clark with a special plaque and he was always invited to the annual Fireman's Ball, held at the Cherokee VFW.
9/11 Buttons -
The button on the right was made at the Cherokee County Work Services in 2001, and the button on the left, also made at CCWS, commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9-11. Buttons may be purchased for $1 apiece. Photo by Dan Whitney
Though Kelly enjoyed going to the dance, he found it difficult to get access in the building because he is confined to a wheelchair and the building is not fully handicap-accessible.
He and the folks at CCWS decided to try and do something to help remedy that situation, and do so in such a manner that they can help community members show pride in their country.
When the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C. took place, CCWS produced some buttons reminding people that "the world is a wonderful place" and urged them to "Keep the Faith." The buttons were a very popular item and struck just the right tone at the right time.
9/11 t-shirt -
The front and back designs of a special commemorative "9 /11" t-shirt are displayed in this photo. The shirts sell for $15 (adult sizes) or $12 (children's sizes), and the profits go for a good cause. Photo by Dan Whitney
With the 10th anniversary of that horrific event coming soon, CCWS has produced another button which commemorates the 10th anniversary, as well as a t-shirt. The anniversary buttons will sell for $1 each and t-shirts will be $15 for adult sizes and $12 for children's sizes.
The items are on sale now, and they will be displayed at several local merchants, including Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Creative Services, and the Village Boutique in Aurelia. Any other businesses interested in displaying the merchandise are encouraged to call CCWS at 225-4531.
CCWS will be donating all profits from sales of the buttons and t-shirts to the Cherokee VFW to put towards making their facility more handicap accessible.
So if you'd like to contribute to a good cause, and also display your pride in your country, stop by CCWS at 322 Lake St. or one of the merchants displaying these items.
CSB donates $1,000 to "Keeping the Faith" Fund -
Cherokee State Bank has donated $1,000 to the "Keeping the Faith Fund," a project to improve accessibility at the Cherokee VFW Club. Cherokee County Work Services is also selling 9/11 t-shirts and buttons for the project. Left to right, Cherokee State Bank President Mike Hunter, a Veteran himself, presents CCWS co-Director Jan Wieland with the check as Cherokee VFW members Richard Waterbury, Al Kleihauer, Mark Patterson and Ed Boger observe. Wieland and Patterson are both wearing the 9/11 Commemorative t-shirts being sold at CCWS and other select locations. Photo by Dan Whitney.