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Carol Perkins: Only in a small town - like Edmonton

Unlike her Susan & Carol Radio Show partner, Carol admits she that keeping 'stuff' is one of her vices. But this year, she responded to two calls, one for warm clothing to give away and two, a request for items for those who live in the Bowling Park Shelter. She learned, she says, more of the reasons why she loves the caring nature of small town people.
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By Carol Perkins

Tis the season to be jolly! Fa La La La La, La La La La

Compared to other times, this is the season when most people are happier and more generous than any other time of the year.

Only a few weeks ago, one of the local members of our Edmonton Square Motorcycle Club asked me to announce on our radio show for those who have extra warm clothing to donate them so his group could deliver to homeless men, women, and children living in a wooded area in Louisville. Not only did the general public respond, Edmonton Baptist Church members brought in enough for two different loads, and many items were new!

Our local shelter at Bowling Park is in need of items for those who live in the shelter during the allotted time (one month) but have nothing to take with them when they leave. Drop off locations were established throughout the community. So many responded generously.

When I was preparing my donations, coats that once hung in my closet, unworn for years, went out the door. Blankets I hadn't wrapped around me in decades went into a garbage bag. Soon, I had filled a large garbage bag with blankets and coats. When I brought out some of Guy's jackets, he vowed he had never seen them. "That's not mine."

"Well, whose do you think it is? As far as I know, there isn't anyone else living here."

"I've never seen it before."

"You wore this jacket a hundred the 80s."

"Well, get rid of it!"

It went out the door. By the time I scoured the basement, I also found warm sweaters for kids and even a tent. Why had I kept all this stuff?

When I look around my basement and take a "notion" to throw away things, I hang onto them because someone might need them. Guy has tried to pry my fingers off things that should go on the back of the truck to the dump, but I hang on. "I might need to give this to someone if there is a fire." Or "I might wear it again someday." The last one never happens, and as of yet, I haven't given any of the stuff away to fire victims. This time I was on a mission.

"Why do you want to keep the high chair?"

"Guy, we can't give away the kids' high chair."

"Why not?" He isn't very sentimental about high chairs and baby beds.

"Then why don't we throw away your farm set from when you were little? What about that train set? No one is going to play with them." We kept the high chair and the bed.

Keeping "stuff" is one of my vices. Not so with my radio partner, Susan Chambers. On our radio show, she announced she was giving away a 30" color TV that worked perfectly. Her children had replaced it with a Smart TV for her husband, leaving this "perfectly good TV." Some people would have sold that TV rather than given it away. Not Susan. She was giving it away to the first caller. She didn't know the caller, but she said, "Do you know where I live?" She proceeded to give directions. "Now when you get there, you go in through the door directly in front of the truck, and it is on the floor. You can't miss it."

Only in a small town would a person invite a total stranger to go inside and pick up a TV. City people would never do that. He now has a new TV, and everyone is happy. We are a generous, trusting community.

Tis the season to be jolly so let's try our best to keep that in mind during this very busy time.

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on

Contact: Carol Perkins, PO Box 134, Edmonton, KY 42129. Phone 670-432-5756.

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