Inside the Newsroom @ A2 Journal

Welcome to Inside the Newsroom @ A2 Journal, a blog written by the newspaper's staff at A2 Journal, a new, weekly, community newspaper covering Ann Arbor. This blog is a place for members of the newspaper's staff to write their thoughts, observations, opinions and other informative pieces they put together while covering the rich history, interesting people, institutions and traditions that make Ann Arbor such a unique community.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

April 24 - Lisa's Musings (on good deeds) and Every Day Life

I don't know what you did today, but I witnessed a lot of people doing something special for other people.

Today was Christmas in Action in the Ann Arbor area and hundreds of people spent their day helping their neighbors.

They cleaned, mulched, painted, roofed, ripped up carpets, fixed railings, spruced up yards ... the list is a long one.

This afternoon, at Colonial Lanes, former and current U-M football players spent their time putting smiles on the faces of children who'd had organ transplants.

Today was a fund-raiser for a special camp called Camp Michitanki for children who've had organ transplants.

Recognize any of these faces?

Mike Hart, perhaps? Who said he was heading to training camp tomorrow but wanted to do his part today for the kids -- before he headed to Indianapolis. Pro football hasn't changed him one bit -- he was still all smiles, gracious and happy to play a part in making kids feel special.

Hart and his senior football class were a class act of athletes who spent a lot of time in the community, working with kids, but they never got the recognition they deserved.

I know this because I was one of the people who frequently crossed paths with these guys and they were a great bunch.

Also on hand was Jamie Morris, who kept everyone in stitches. Another class act and all-around good guy.

Tate Forcier was terrific with the kids as well.

Plus, there were a host of current defensive players who, between signing footballs, kept asking the kids whether offense or defense was their favorite position.

Despite some coaxing from the adults, who kept reminding them that defense wins football games, care to guess which side of the line was the kid's favorite?

You can read the stories of all these selfless people who took part in both special events in Thursday's A2 Journal.

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