---- — Cinda Simmons of Traverse City has read numerous notes in this column from people who have lost their wallets or purses and the panic they felt when they realized the item was missing. She never realized what a helpless feeling they experienced until it happened to her.
Cinda had left Sam's Club after some major shopping and headed to Kohl's. When she reached the department store she reached for her purse and it wasn't there. She knew even before she searched through the van and her packages that her purse was back at Sam's in the cart.
"I hurried back and asked the young man who was shepherding all the carts back into the store if he had seen a black purse. He had not, but suggested I stop at the service desk to see if someone had turned it in," Cinda wrote. "Long story short, a kind gentleman had turned in my purse (totally intact) just moments before."
The Sam's employee wasn't able to give Cinda the gentleman's name, but assured her he was concerned that it be returned to her as soon as possible.
"I wish I did know the name of that man so I could thank him," Cinda wrote. "I only hope he can identify himself through my story and know that he was the answer to a prayer. Merry Christmas and God bless you, sir."
Santa's helpers made an early stop at Benzie Area Christian Neighbors despite warm temperatures and no snow recently.
Santa's helpers Max Kessler and Loy Putney dropped off Christmas trees and a low-bed trailer piled high with boxes filled with bottles of fruit juice.
Northern Michigan Spa Tour, an organization with a mission of inspiring health and wellbeing while growing the spa industry through education and philathropy, recently raised money for the Women's Resource Center-Grand Traverse Area.
The spas hosted a Wine and Spa Tour evening fundraiser on Old Mission Peninsula in October. The fundraising continued as the spas donated a portion of their sales from a Charity Week. Both fundraisers resulted in an $8,348 donation to the Women's Resource Center.
"As a nonprofit agency, we simply wouldn't be able to operate without additional support from charitable events like the Wine and Spa Tour," said Valerie Kirn-Duensing, director of development for the WRC. "This particular event was so well executed by the participating spas and vineyards that it was a win-win situation for everyone."