Kindness to benefit Elk City clinic safety

Letter to the Editor

What is a random act of kindness? My definition is meeting a need without giving thought to cost or inconvenience.

I recently experienced such a random act of kindness myself, one that I would like to share with all of you.

I am a member and volunteer of the Elk City Area Alliance (ECAA), a non-profit organization that holds in trust, oversees and maintains properties that belong to, and are utilized by, the townspeople of our small community. These properties include the public park and restrooms, airport, community hall, historical society and our medical clinic. Having limited resources and being pressed, for safety reasons, to replace the handicap ramp’s outdoor carpet at the clinic, I volunteered to address this issue. The carpet had become torn and was a definite tripping hazard for those utilizing the clinic as well as for the doctors and nurses.

Several weeks ago, I met with Wendy Lindsley at the Super 8 Motel, totally unannounced, and asked for her help. I was met with a warm hug and big smile. She took the time to sit down with me as I explained the ECAA organization and the financial challenges we sometimes face. She could not have been more understanding and supportive when I asked if the Lindsley family would consider donating the outdoor carpet needed. Within the hour, after making a few phone calls, she had successfully procured “the goods.” More than enough was donated to ensure several replacements for years to come ensuring safe access for all who visit our clinic. The Lindsley family’s generosity and kindness will not soon be forgotten. Thank you so much.

Debbie Taylor

Elk City

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