I woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning in my tent with a blazing headache and an upset stomach. I took a few Advil, drank some tea, started feeling better within a few hours. I thought about the many homeless people who live on the streets whether they are healthy or not. Not feeling well is unpleasant but a lot more so for people who do not have a place of their own to recuperate.
At 9:00 a.m., I called into the office for a brief staff meeting. Afterwards, I put on the pack and began to walk to the Western branch of Licking Memorial Health Systems. LMHS is a great supporter of United Way of Licking County. They are always there to help our community and is a great partner in so many ways. Thanks LMHS for all you do for Licking County! Along the way, Tony Starn, a Pataskala resident, joined me for some of the walk. At Licking Memorial Health Systems, we met with Laura Edelblute who works there as the Pataskala Area Director. Laura will also be serving as our United Way Campaign Chair for next year’s campaign, which starts in July. Thanks Laura!
After Leaving LMHS, we headed west again on Broad Street toward Coughlin Chevrolet. As I approached the dealership, I was greeted by most of the employees clapping and cheering. After we took a few pictures outside, I thanked John Riley and Coughlin once again for all their support. We could not do this journey without the donation of the very nice vehicle that they have lent to us for 50 days. The Chevy Suburban is driven everyday by one of the United Way staff to follow me and keep me safe as well as shuttle volunteer walkers and haul extra materials and safety items we may need. Thanks so much Pataskala Coughlin Chevrolet.
After leaving Coughlin, we then continued west to the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker has been a fixture in the Pataskala area for a very long time. It is owned and operated by Steve and Nancy Butcher. Steve and Nancy are a very community oriented people. They give back to the area in many ways. Steve has even served as the Mayor in previous years. The Nutcracker gave us a generous donation while we were there. Thanks Steve, Nancy, and everyone at the Nutcracker!
While we were there, the Pataskala United Way grassroots volunteers showed up to have lunch. These are a great group of volunteers who help United Way efforts within their own community. Licking County is the second largest geographical county in Ohio. With only 6 staff members, we rely on volunteers throughout the county to be our hands and feet in many local communities. Thanks Pataskala Grassroots volunteers for all you do. Also during lunch, Kathy Scott, representing the VITA program of the Licking County Coalition of Housing, came to share information with all who were there about the program that we help fund. This program provides tax preparation for over 1000 people in the county, often allowing dollars to be returned to those who need them the most. Thanks VITA for all you do to help our community. After lunch we took a few pictures and then I headed to Pataskala Grace Church on Headley’s Mill Road.
It took me two hours to walk there. I couldn’t believe how hot it was. Just a little over a week ago it was in the 20’s and snowing and now we are in the heat of the summer. Where did spring go? Once I arrived at the church, Pastor Mike let me take a shower and pitch my tent in back of the church. After my shower, I had a little time to catch up on my blogging and hit the tent. Thanks to all who donated along the road today and thanks to all of you who are supporting this journey.
Continue to follow Deb on the 50 the United Way journey. To donate toward 50 the United Way go to www.unitedwaylc.org/50donate