Most of us have so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Some, however, would dispute that. Failing health, aging issues, loss of a loved one, homelessness, poverty, finding a good job, drug addiction are among the issues far too many are facing.

In Hutchinson, a variety of agencies are working to lessen those problems.

We can all be both thankful and supportive of those efforts with our time and monetary donations. Take time on Thanksgiving to remember and resolve to help those who are less fortunate.

Special appreciation to the Salvation Army, Soup Kitchen, Friendship Meals, Emanuel Lutheran Church Community Thanksgiving dinner and KWBW Radio’s Project Concern for their efforts to make certain no one should go hungry or forgotten on what has become an overly festive day for some and a time of continuing sadness and fear for others.

This was to be the third installment of our series looking back at what buildings and locations used to be in the 50’s and 60’s compared with what they are today. Because of how critically important it is to remember the needs of others on Thanksgiving and as the Christmas season rapidly approaches we will await looking at the 13th and 14th and Main Street shopping areas until next week. These flashbacks have generated a lot of reaction both by those whose memories have been jolted and young readers who had no idea that places like Encompass Health at 13th and Main used to be one of the busiest drug stores in town.

But for this week, just a short column on the importance of being thankful for the many things we have and mostly take for granted along with remembering an increasing number of people are hurting and desperately need our help. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take Thursday’s excess eating along with the spirit of thanksgiving and spread it to those often forgotten during the coming days and years?

Dan Deming, former general manager of Hutchinson radio station KWBW, is retired and is a Reno County Commissioner. He can be reached at 620-960-6733. Email him at