Thank you to the kind gentleman who donated a check to “Miss Amy.” It was such a nice thing for you to do. My son’s church donated a turkey as well, so both gifts will be delivered this week.
You might remember the story I told about Amy in my last column. She is an 88-year-old who was living in a dilapidated and unsafe house with her handicapped daughter, who had been hit by a car 7 years ago, leaving her with mild brain damage, spinal cord damage and without a leg. The daughter had four young children at the time.
Along with the recent check and gifts from the church, several local businesses and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office recently came out to makeover her house. Thanks to all of you for helping someone in need.
• Recently I read an article about the health of the citizens in Collier County. I found a few quotes that were so interesting I wanted to pass them along to you: “We enjoy living in one of the safest and healthiest communities in America;” “National studies rank Collier County as the generally healthiest county in Florida and we have the best cardiology services in Florida;” “Moreover, Collier County residents have the highest life expectancy in Florida and the fourth highest life expectancy in the United States”
Now, aren’t you glad you chose to live here?
• Did you know that Collier County has a CodeRED System that is used to send critical communications, such as evacuation notices or any other vital information involving public safety? To receive notifications you must register at www.colliersheriff.org using the “Register for CodeRED” link under “How Do I?” Your contact information remains private and will only be used for community notifications. When you see 866-419-5000 displayed on your caller ID, you will know the call is from the Sheriff’s Office. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number on your caller ID.
• From what I’ve heard, tourism is doing better this year than it has in a number of years. Thank heavens for our winter residents as well. Unemployment improved and businesses have been able to climb out of the slump of recent years. Soon summer will be upon us and this wonderful season with the great weather will just be another happy memory.