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Leaving a good taste

Don Gammill Modified: May 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

You’ve undoubtedly heard the idiom, “It leaves a good taste in your mouth,” or a variant of it, referring to something being very pleasing.

It  might be the hospitality of those living in an area you visit, offering you an unsolicited but much appreciated gift of kindness. They make you feel welcome and acknowledge your presence in their piece of the world.

It could be the unselfish attitude of someone who steps in to help out when there is a real need, such as being courteous to an individual who is facing a disability or hardship. Giving up a seat to someone waiting in line and who has an ailment or injury comes to mind. Or maybe  donating time, money, or effort.

Then again, maybe it’s just being a part of a local community or event. There are thousands of ways to join in. That action itself might be the feel-good that gives you a lift.

Here are some recent examples from Oklahoma locations that do just that.

Organizations, such as civic clubs, do wonderful work for their communities and citizens. There is a lot of energy in the most successful of these groups, and they can help a lot of people.

Passing it along

In Durant, the Lion’s Club holds an annual fundraiser to help get eye exams and glasses for those who need them. A tasty spaghetti dinner normally feeds about 1,000 people, club officials say.

But they also fund scholarships and have programs such as the Lion’s Toy Box.

Michael Eliis presents a bike made on stage by Aaron Tippin to Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner Chair Daylin Hash and Lions Toy Box Chair Brian Bond for the Toy Box.
Michael Eliis presents a bike made on stage by Aaron Tippin to Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner Chair Daylin Hash and Lions Toy Box Chair Brian Bond for the Toy Box.

This year, the Toy Box had a little extra in it, thanks to the generosity of country music’s Aaron Tippin, the Durant Daily Democrat reports.

Tippin is known to put together a bicycle on stage during one of his performances and donate it to the Toys for Tots program.

The Democrat notes that the Lion’s Toy Box is connected to Toys for Tots.

When Tippin was performing recently at the Choctaw Casino, he learned about Michael Ellis, of Durant, who has for years worked with community efforts, including the Lions.

Ellis also spent time on the television show “Big Brother,” the newspaper reported.

Tippin was so impressed that he made a bike to give to Ellis, to give to the Lions.

That kind of generosity left a good taste several times over.

And by the way. Ellis says he’ll be looking for more celebrities willing to help charities in the area.

Anybody interested?

Read more by going to the Durant Daily Democrat site at


‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

In Shawnee, Big Brothers Big Sisters also had a recent event to help the community’s future citizens. The “Bowl for Kids Sake” at FireLake Bowling Center brought in $52,000 for the organization, the Shawnee News-Star reported.

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That’s nearly double the goal of $30,000 and a big boost for the program.  And how about this? There weren’t enough lanes or bowling shoes available for all those teams that wanted to participate!

Alfonso Nieves, area director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, told the newspaper that the efforts of those who took part, as well as the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, made it an extremely successful event.

Nieves said professional bowlers were auctioned off to be on teams and sponsor teams involved local civic clubs, realtors, bankers, emergency services and other groups, which brought in $20,000.

To read more on this, go to the Shawnee News-Star story at

Like in Durant, here’s another effort that just leaves a good taste.

You can learn more about helping where help is needed by going to


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