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In the Heartland, 9 Can Help

Christopher Harris

We here at Unhyphenated America love to share stories of Americans, helping other Americans. Contrary to popular belief, even with an oppressive and wasteful government taking more and more taxes from us, Americans have always been willing to open our hearts and our wallets to other Americans. A book I like to read (nightly) says, “For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11 (NKJV)

In the Heartland of America, sometimes called “Flyover Country”, KMBC, the local ABC affiliate in Kansas City, MO, has established a volunteer charitable organization called, “9 Can Help”. On Wednesday, they did something really wonderful for a disabled veteran.

Joe Williams is an Air Force veteran, and a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Quindaro. He has gone through some recent health challenges, including a stroke that caused him to lose the ability to speak, and having to have both of his legs amputated. Fortunately, speech therapy has allowed him to be able to speak again.

Mr. Williams has been an active member of the church, but as you can imagine, his disabilities make getting around a little bit of a challenge. “My hardest time is going to church,” he said. “We visit the sick and the shut-ins and help out other family members when we can.”

His fellow parishioners contacted KMBC “9 Can Help”, and they arranged to have KMBC 9 News interview him for what Williams thought was going to be a story about veterans. It wasn’t until he went outside that he learned the real reason for the visit.

A van with a lift had been donated to Williams anonymously. Country Hill Motors fixed up the vehicle and Action Tire and Service put new tires on it.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,” Williams said. “If I had legs, I would run around with all of you.”

Check out the video here.

I guess the word was right when it said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” ~ Luke 6:38 (NKJV).  The more of this we do, the less hyphenated America will be.

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