I think our city is too nice for its own good sometimes. I just read this article about how our city let another municipality in the region use its fire safety truck which clearly did not take good care of it. It was returned apparently in even worse condition, with one of his axles broken. But, as the city of kindness, the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg on hearing about this, pulled out its wallet and gave us a van worth $20,000 to be used for fire prevention and safety demonstrations with our kids. I know that all my kids will love that so that will be another activity I will be able to do with them when they next come to stay.
I love seeing such kindnesses in my city. After that initial donation, Harrisburg’s Fire Department’s Relief Association gave a further $15,000 to the fire department to be used to purchase supplies, equipment, etc. for the van. And then I heard that kids at Downey Elementary School will be the first ones to see the new van; such a shame that it is not Jake’s school. Still, hopefully at some point soon he’ll be able to see it too.