To the Valley News:
Two years ago today, we said goodbye to a loving husband, son, father, brother, bus driver and friend to many of us in the North Country. A month before his passing, Doug dictated a letter to two of his buddies Speedy and Richard, and this week I found it among some papers, sadly unfinished. I would like to now publish this in honor of his memory, and suggest that anyone moved make a donation to your local food shelf. From June, 2009:
“My name is Doug Knight. A year ago this August I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). At first I was slightly shaken, but very quickly I was heartened at how helpful the people of the North Country were. Instead of being angry and depressed, I was encouraged and even enlightened as I learned that people feel the need to help, and did so beyond all expectations. And it was also good to see that my situation [could be used to help others]. Rather than despairing, I am inspired to give back to the community. I would like to donate $100.00 to our local food shelf and urge people to match that donation.”
I have sent my donation of $100, and as Doug had requested, I urge you to match that donation to the local food pantry in your community. For the Keeseville area, checks or donations can be sent to ACAP Food Pantry, P.O. Box 848, Elizabethtown, N.Y., 12932. Thank you all for your support two years ago during this challenging time for our family, and thank you for helping out your community to make it a better place.