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Positive Attitude, Faith, and Each Other: Wilmington’s Biggest Assets as Glenn Beck Set to Visit
Blogger: Come and visit our home; you may not want to leave.
Wilmington, OH, December 13, 2010. On December 15, radio and TV host Glenn Beck plans to visit small town America—Wilmington, Ohio, population fewer than 13,000. The town is known to many as “ground zero” because thousands lost their jobs in early 2009 when its largest employer, a shipping company, closed up shop. It was a brutal blow. USA Today, CBS’s 60 Minutes, and even the president of the United States have visited and reported on the hard economic situation; and yet they chose to ignore the forward-looking, affirmative steps Wilmingtonians are taking to revive their community.
Despite the high unemployment numbers that still exist, Wilmington and Clinton County residents want people to know their focus isn’t on the negative—it’s on the positive, their faith, and each other.
For example, Julieann Martin, who’s lived in Wilmington with her husband for eight years, knows of an 84-year-old man who “grew four times as many tomatoes as he needed. When they were ripe, he gathered them in his basket and handed them out to his neighbors.” She said, “Another neighbor saw this and grew cucumbers to hand out. Another did the same with peppers. People had fresh food and the community was able to help feed each other.”
There are other ways Clinton County is self-renewing. Locals are maintaining houses that are up for sale by mowing the lawns, picking up trash, and otherwise keeping the houses looking presentable to potential buyers. Locals are also stepping up to take care of and keep an eye on empty buildings. “We don’t have depressed-looking areas,” said Julieann. “The general thought is that if we work hard together as a community, the reward is achieved by all. The common goal is saving the community, which we are all a part of.”
Area nonprofit organizations are ever hopeful they will meet their goals to help low-income, at-risk members of the community because residents are volunteering and contributing in so many ways. Folks are still giving, no matter how small the gift and despite their own hardships.
Wilmington residents are grateful for the recent publicity and are hoping visitors will acknowledge the nonprofits that still need help:
Clinton County Ho Ho Shop
2483 State Route 22 West
Wilmington, OH 45177-7693
Provides help to children in need.
Current need: Sponsors for several hundred children who need Christmas gifts this year
Clinton County Women’s Center
Provides free services that help save women’s lives—pregnancy-related support, early parenting classes, baby items. Receives NO government funding.
Current need: Funding for an ultrasound machine for early prenatal care
Harvest of Gold
PO Box 1061
Wilmington, OH 54177
Provides bicycles and helmets to underprivileged kids who have improved during the school year.
Current need: $1,900 in donations to pay for 12 bikes/helmets to be given away in December and 12 in January/February. Grants are also needed for expenses (books, computers, internet connection, salary, etc.)
Little Hearts Big Smiles
A support group for families of children with special needs.
Current need: Continued donations to build a fully accessible playground
Note: Little Hearts Big Smiles has set up an area for small businesses and vendors in the basement of Books N More—a great place for folks to find information, shop, and stay warm and entertained in between activities.
Wilmington High School Student Council and Student Body
Delivers “White Gifts” to those in need. The package includes everything a family needs to prepare a Christmas meal: turkey, fixings, cookbook, etc. Each White Gift costs $65. So far, the Student Council has funds for only 64 packages. The council has received 250 requests for White Gifts and more requests are expected.
Current need: Funding to cover additional White Gifts so all requests are met.
Local entertainers will perform on Main Street in the afternoon and evening. There will be choirs and book readings.
A live-stream broadcast of “America’s First Christmas” will be shown at Sugartree Ministries, 180 E. Sugartree St, and at Generations Pizzeria, 100 Lowe’s Dr.
Businesses will be open late. Plus, they are listing their products online, courtesy of Georgia website design firm UCClouds. Do some online Christmas shopping here: http://wilmingtongeneralstore.com/
7:00 a.m. Glenn Beck Meet and Greet Breakfast (ticketed event)
8:00 a.m. Murphy Theatre open for seating (ticket holders only)
9:00 a.m. to noon Glenn Beck radio program at Murphy Theatre (ticketed event)
Noon Wilmington city stage set up at intersection of Main and Mulberry streets
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Broke book signing at Books N More on Main Street downtown (must have line number) http://www.booksnmore.org/
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Farmers Market on Courthouse Square (vendors from Clinton County only)
Sometime between Glenn Beck will likely make an appearance on the Wilmington city stage
4:00 and 8:00 p.m.
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Live TV broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Glenn Beck” from the Murphy Theatre
7:00 p.m. Murphy Theatre open for seating (ticket holders only)
8:00 to 10:00 p.m. “America’s First Christmas” at the Murphy Theatre
Street Closures and Parking
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lincoln Street closed between Main and Sugartree streets
Noon to 11:00 p.m. Main Street closed between Mulberry and South streets
All day Alley closed behind the Murphy Theatre, between Mulberry and South
Local traffic only Mulberry Street between Locust and Truesdell streets
Parking available at:
• All 1,200 downtown parking spaces except where streets are closed
• The Clinton County Fairgrounds, where a shuttle service will ferry visitors between the fairgrounds and downtown
• Wilmington High School after 3:00 p.m. No shuttle service
Parking lots closed or restricted to official personnel:
• St. Columbkille Catholic Church
• Municipal building
• Mural lot east of the General Denver Hotel
More information http://media.glennbeck.com/downloads/10/wilmingtonpdf.pdf
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