Several close friends and family members last week started a social media and text messaging effort on Wednesday to “Paint the Community Pink” for Kim Hodde.
Several residents in the community and those from outside the area posted personal photos on a Facebook page called “Paint the Community Pink for Kim.”
Those posting photos gave their support to the Hodde family. Many said they were planning to give financially while many told the Hoddes that they were in their thoughts and prayers. Some did both.
A large number of students in both Van-Far High School and Van-Far Elementary School wore pink to show their support.
On the Facebook page, a visitor could spend an hour just scrolling down the page to view posts from those with Vandalia ties showing their support for the Hodde family.
Photos include a farmers bowling team, Trooper Brock Teague’s pink handcuffs, Harbison-Walker employees, a photo of the Reading’s four generations, athletic shoes with support messages, the Rev. Joel Montgomery’s pink bow tie, staff photos of several businesses, and pictures from those who no longer live in Vandalia but showed their support in colleges, other counties, and states.
I personally was teary eyed just scrolling through the large amount of posts. It was overwhelming to see the support being showed to the Hodde family.
Financially, the effort raised more than $5,000 in one day to help the family with expenses in Kim’s battle with cancer. By the end of the week, the total reached more than $6,300.
Living in a small town, many residents might complain about small gossip circles and other typical complaints about small town living. But none of us should have had any complaints about living in Vandalia last Wednesday.
The love and support shown to the Hodde family in a time of need shows just how truly special this community is to be a part of.
Please join me in taking time each night to get on your knees bowing before an almighty God and lift prayers to Him for Kim and her family.
May God bless each and every one who made last Wednesday so special.
“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”- Proverbs 31:25