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Benefit lots of fun, but falls short of raising money needed

November 2, 2008
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

Extreme happiness and depression go hand in hand.

So it's no surprise that after our big party on Oct. 25 I've been just a bit more depressed than I should be. It was a wonderful party. Everybody seemed to have a good time, and the food was great. Dwight Kaufman saw to that. He made the beans and cooked the pork for our benefit for the Vincent Volunteer Fire Department.

We worked long and hard on the benefit and now that it's done, things feel empty. Like something's missing. And that depresses me. That's how I know extreme happiness and depression go hand in hand.

And hand in hand they're dragging along the need for more money. Donations to the bank account plus money from the pork dinner and from our silent and live auctions didn't hit the goal, I'm sorry to say. We needed more than $8,000 to buy a thermal imaging camera for the fire department, but we came up with only $5,700, give or take.

We could call it good and say too bad, but we can't do that. We won't do that.

I know I've told you before that when I asked to see the department's camera, chief Gary Miller said they didn't have one. When I asked what they'd do in any situation where they needed a camera, he said they'd borrow from the Fort Dodge department.

That's a wonderful sharing of equipment, but would you want it to be your home ablaze with your daughter or grandson hiding in a corner or under the bed because they've been taught to hide if something or someone scares them. No one trapped in a burning, smoke-filled building has 10 or 15 minutes to wait for a thermal imaging camera.

I'm sorry that's so, but that's so.

Jim Bruggeman, sales rep for the Ed M. Feld Equipment Co. Inc. in Carroll, said this thermal imaging camera we're trying to buy hooks up to the fire truck and is always charged and at hand when the truck goes out. Every department should have one, but an extra $8,000 doesn't show up in too many budgets.

We have to have help. Not just Vincent residents, and not just Webster County residents. This need transcends boundaries.

This need is elemental.

Please help us. Please donate money to the cause. It doesn't have to be a huge amount - every amount helps, from a $10 bill to a $100 check or more. If everybody gives a little, nobody has to give a lot.

Send your donations to Vincent Fire Department, Thermal Imaging Camera, First State Bank, 104 Arthur St., Vincent, IA 50594. Send it now, today, before it leaves your mind.

There's nothing more I can say than thank you. Thank you for your help. Thank you for your money. This might be one of the best ways you'll ever spend a little cash.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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