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A true Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was quiet and relaxing with family and friends.

Earlier that morning, though, I returned to a story assignment that began the night before.

The story was just the kind that I wanted to share with our readers.

It's a story packed with emotions of people in our community, as well as the compassion shown by one of them to help feed those hungry at her home on Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day.

I truly hope the story will be one of those that will touch everyone who reads it. Even more so, I hope it will give others the idea to search their hearts as to what they can do to help others in our community.

The power of one person never ceases to amaze me. Such a person is Rumpan Laubscher, a native of Thailand, but who now lives in Thomson part of the year. The other part of the year, she lives with her husband and children in Louisiana.

I'm so thankful that Mrs. Laubscher decided to do what she did in a 24-hour period last week for others less fortunate in Thomson and Warrenton. She fed several hungry people and ask for nothing in return. Many of them were families.

I was deeply touched by what I witnessed.

Like I mentioned earlier, it was just the kind of heartwarming story I wanted to share this time of the year.

What Mrs. Laubscher did for the people she helped was an incredible display of love. She contends that she was obeying God by helping those in need.

Her heart was definitely in the right place. And because it was, her generosity captured my soul.

She is as genuine as they come.

I consider her one of the true heroes of our community. And I applaud her for what she did to help others. I might add that she recently did the same thing in Greene County, too.

What a remarkable lady! And a true servant of God!

In communities across our nation, we need hundreds of more people like Mrs. Laubscher to step up and extend a helping hand. The need isn't just at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but at various other times of the year, too.

Mrs. Laubscher first became knowledgeable of Jesus Christ through her childhood friend, Paun Wells, who now lives in Warrenton, Va. I was fortunate to have met Mrs. Wells, as well as one of their newest friends, Diane Verburg, of Sumter, S.C. Mrs. Laubscher's friends were as nice to me as she was.

It dawned on me while talking with the three ladies that we all can make a difference in the lives of others, if we try.

I have pledged to do what I can to help others and encourage you to do the same, too. Working together, we can all make a big difference in our world!

Web posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008

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