By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager
The outpouring of support for the victims of the recent tornadoes is a great example of the way communities come together in times of need. The word "community" implies, not only a group just living near each other, but also a responsibility to one another. The Heartland is full of that community spirit.
But we don't want to overlook another instance of community togetherness in Southern Illinois that has come to our attention. It involves businesses pulling together as a community, and really living up to that word.
In early February, there was a huge fire in Pomona that burned Abbey Ridge Brewery and Taproom to the ground. Along with the brew-pub, several jobs went up in smoke. The owners vowed to rebuild, but they also put out a public call on Facebook to help for their employees in the interim.
Now, you might expect friends, family, and patrons to chip in, but what happened next was astounding. 17th Street Bar and Grill, Alto Vineyards and Brews Brother's Taproom all held separate fundraisers to help those employees. Now keep in mind, Abbey Ridge was a successful restaurant and brewery, and will likely be successful again. When it re-opens, it'll compete for customers against those other businesses, and those businesses know that. But they don't care. They clearly know what being part of a community means.
We applaud that commitment to community When disaster strikes, whether it's a destructive fire or a deadly tornado, that willingness to lift one another up is what makes the Heartland a great place to live, and a place we are all proud to call home.
I'm Scott Thomas and that's our ViewPoint.