Small Towns Have Always Got Your Back: a Fundraising Story

It’s not always easy living in a small town. When your kid’s sneakers bust wide open on a Tuesday morning before school, you groan knowing it will be a very long (and late) school night spent driving the distance it takes to buy a kid a pair of new sneakers.

When you find a recipe online for some fancy dish and you have a hankering to try it, you know you’ll have to wait until the gourmet ingredients can be discovered online and delivered. No use trying to buy those locally.

So why do we do it? Why is it that we don’t follow the the trend, abandon ship, move to the ‘burbs and find jobs in the city?

Fundraisers like the one going on Wednesday night at the community center in Roscoe might be part of it.

I’ve watched most of the developing saga of John Horton’s health problems on Facebook. His wife MaryJo is a friend, but we’ve only had a few chances to chat in person or on the phone because she’s been so busy with her a husband whose health problems mystified doctors for month. Oh, and her four kids, her job, her house, her pets … all the trappings of real life.

But it was less than 24 hours after the update went up that John had officially been diagnosed with cancer and was parked in a hospital in New York City when I got a message from Lisa Chesney, another friend from the Roscoe area.

The people of Roscoe were coming together to raise money for the Hortons.

Could I get it into the Democrat?

Of course I could. This is what the newspaper is here for, as much as we are here to report on town board meetings and legislative happenings, we are here for the community.

We are proud of our small communities, communities like Roscoe that come together for their own when their own are in need.

When I asked Lisa why so many in Roscoe were helping put together Wednesday evening’s spaghetti dinner for the Hortons, her answer was simple.

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“We do it because we can,” she told me.

Giving back, she added, is “just what you do” when you’re raised in a town like Roscoe.

It’s what you do when you’re raised in a small town, a town where people depend on each other, where they care about each other.

You may not be able to get a pair of sneakers on a Tuesday night without driving an hour. You may not find tahini in  your local grocery store.

But in a small town people have always got your back.

What’s your favorite “small town” story? Tell it in comments. 

Info on Wednesday night’s fundraiser:

Lisa Chesney and Debbie Hendrickson have organized a fundraising dinner on Wednesday, July 31 from 5–8 p.m. at the Roscoe Community Center, and gluten-free pasta will be available.

There will be a free will offering, and for those who cannot attend, checks made out to John Horton can be sent to John Horton C/O M&T Bank, PO Box 253, Roscoe, NY 12776.

For information, call Lisa Chesney, 439-4423, or Debbie Hendrickson, 607-498-5329.

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