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What does Edie Heller have in common with Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra conductor Erich Kunzl, certain mayors
that include Chicago’s Mayor Daley, commentator
Paul Harvey, Gen. Colin Powell and Ronald Reagan?The
same thing that she has in common with several prestigious
police chiefs, bank presidents, CEO’s of major
corporations, educators, doctors, and religious leaders.
They are all part of a select group that have been honored
with the Salvation Army’s “Others Award.” The “Others
Award” was inspired by Salvation Army founder William
Booth, who, in the early 1900’s was asked to give
a one-word description of the army’s mission and
a word of inspiration to its troops. His response, “others,” was
telegraphed to the troops around the world and has been
inspiring Salvationists ever since. The “Others” Award
is given to an individual or organization who exemplifies
a spirit of service to others that is above and beyond.
Only one hundred of these awards are given worldwide
each year, and only one of those can be given in any
community. And Edie Heller has been honored with this
Edie has labored long and hard for many years in organizing
the Roamin Angels’ Annual Christmas Toy Drive for
needy children in the area, as well as doing the same
for the distribution of the Christmas Toys and of food
to families in the area for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
It is her tireless efforts, coupled with fellow Roamin
Angels who assist in the physical work, that make this
aid to the community happen.
A small example of how Edie will go the extra mile or
more was a couple of years ago when there were not enough
bikes for all the children who wanted one to receive
one. Although it was night, with many stores closed,
she tried to locate enough bike, locks and helmets. Not
finding enough locally, they drove to Auburn to get them.
It was very late when they returned home, but Edie was
back at the distribution center the next morning to make
sure everything went properly. For seven years, by the
time Christmas arrived, all Edie wanted to do was to
put her feet up and relax. That is until the next year,
when it started all over again. When, once again, Edie
would sacrifice her Christmas so that others in the community
might have a Christmas. Putting those “others” first
is why Edie Heller was honored with the Others Award
and joined such an esteemed group.
Photo: Major Keene, head of the Salvation
Army in Grass Valley, and Edie