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Rough times, but blessings also abound

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:49 p.m. CDT

I'd like to tell you my story as a widow and senior citizen. With low income and being a baby boomer, it can be rough.

I make too much on widow benefits, so I can't get food from the food pantry. I have friends who share or have me over for a meal. I get $16 a month on SNAP (Link card) for food, and that's a week of groceries for one person.

I'm unhealthy but not unhealthy enough for Medicaid. I don't get Medicare until March 1, and then it will be $105 less a month. I do get some help from KSB financial department and see a medical doctor at a center covered by a grant.

I use the senior center in Dixon. They have a lot of free classes and friendly staff (I've made a lot of new friends). I use the public library for books, read the newspaper and rent movies. I walk a lot, so I've lost weight. I have friends who give me clothes so I don't have to buy any.

The firemen at Dixon City Fire Department are very kind-hearted. Chief Tim Shipman is a good man whom I've known for years.

Chief Danny Langloss always has a smile and hug for me as I also have known him for years along with some of his staff. You can tell when these men, from both departments, have a good woman, mother, grandma, or God in their lives; they treat others with respect.

I believe in guardian angels and earth angels. I meet more every day. So, pass your smiles on to others. That may be the only smile that person got that day. Pay it forward. Be a good Samaritan and follow the Golden Rule.

Be positive, not negative. God bless you and yours forever.

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