The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 11, 2013

Tribune Readers’ Views — Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Gratitude extended to all who reached out

Words cannot express our appreciation of and gratitude for the success of Jamie’s Day. We would like to thank Don Williams and the wonderful staff from Cafe One Ten for organizing and cooking all the food needed for the day. Their efforts would not have been possible without the extensive donations given by local businesses, community members, and Jamie’s Day volunteers.

Most importantly, we wish to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who came out, ordered a meal, and showed their support of Jamie. We are both amazed at and blessed by the incredible outpouring of love for Jamie and our family.

This time has been difficult for us, but knowing we have the support of our community certainly helps. Please know we will not forget your generosity and kindness.

No one fights alone!

Dana Treadway

via e-mail


Community comes together to help those in need

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

— Mother Teresa

(Last month) at the Lewis Center in Oak Hill, I observed Mother Teresa’s words coming to life. Spurred into action by a beautiful young girl’s need, Don Williams, lifetime resident of Fayette County and the owner of Café 110 in downtown Oak Hill, helped a community live out Mother Teresa’s message.

Don, along with many others, spent several weeks organizing a fundraiser to help Jamie Massey and her family cope with the onslaught of medical bills incurred by her recent cancer diagnosis.

I was fortunate enough to be part of a great number of people who volunteered to help with this event. People stayed up all night cooking; desserts by the dozens poured in from local folks and churches, boxes of pasta piled up in the kitchen and a sense of camaraderie filled the air.

The snow and ice kept coming all through the day and so did the volunteers. People walked in and just handed us money; they left without a dinner; they just wanted to do something. Men and women arrived in 4-wheel drive vehicles to help with delivery.

A community came together, and the day was a beautiful example of West Virginians at our best.

As Robert F. Kennedy said so beautifully, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope ... ”

Thanks to Don and to our community of people for being a wonderful example of that ripple of hope.

Debra Ferri