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Hoosier Pro Wrestling held its 16th annual "Fill The Shelves" show,canned food drive show at Aaron's Rent to Own/Leasing Store parking lot in Columbus, IN. The event collects food for regional shelters, and is done each July; with another canned food drive done near the Holidays.
With the final drop offs done to The Love Chapel Food Bank, Columbus, IN, which received 404 pounds of canned and nonperishable food; and an additional 300 pounds donated to Shiloh Baptist Church in Columbus, IN the final total collected and donated was 704 pounds.
Why do I lead off this week mentioning that? Why not talk about what Kurt Angle's "shocking revelation" will be tonight? Why not join the speculation that it can be anything from an "affair" with Dixie Carter (barf)....a illegitimate child with some unknown party, speculated to be Jason Jordan of American Alpha. Or the Austin Aries circus? Or the cancellation of Talking Smack not because of viewership...but because Vince didn't like its shoot nature (aka "doesn't help the company's interests").
Besides the fact that each of these make me want to spew on my computer screen...I do it because it's one more example of what independent wrestling promotions do for their communities (and something a helluva more positive for wrestling than Vince's 1980s mindset and sudden decisions).
Indies get (sometimes with good reason) a bad reputation when it comes to anything related to charities; case in point a notorious promoter who announced a benefit for autism, only to have scammed everyone concerned (and finally getting criminal charges after the community would not let the case rest).
Since some stores and websites (and QVC/HSN on TV) are doing all sorts of Christmas in July sales...I guess it isn't too soon for independent promotions to start thinking about what they'll do during the Christmas/Hanukkah season to serve the communities in which they operate.
All of you who read this blog know, during the 2016 holiday season, I pushed, promoted, and nagged about independent wrestling promotions giving back to their communities. In this column, my PWBTS.com site, and Gerweck.net, as well as elsewhere on social media, I listed 50 different independent wrestling shows that featured collections for local food pantries, Toys for Tots collections, donations to local charities, and other charitable efforts. Many charity events took place. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised. Thousands of toys and canned/non-perishable food items were collected..
For many of you who I've seen contribute in person, or who've emailed me about their local independent promotion's efforts, I always hear some version of: "it's not a big deal...just my/our contribution".
With what we've seen this year is a darkness from Donald Trump, from Islamist terrorism, and bigotry from those who use God to justify their hatreds. So in a year like this, anything one person or group does to be a candle to curse the darkness is welcome.
I said it last year, and I'll say it again: I don't think there's ever any "small thing" or "small part" when you help others. There's a saying from Hillel the Elder, one of the most famous figures in the history of Judaism: "If you save one life, it is as if you've saved the world". In the same way...if you touch one life, it is as if you've touched the world.
You never know what a individual kindness does for a person being helped. To that person, a toy often isn't just a toy, nor is a meal just a meal, nor is a warm coat just a warm coat.
Instead, for that person, that gift is also a much bigger sign that there is still kindness in the world. The foster child, the child with cancer, their brother/sister who feels lost when all attention is concentrated on the family member in need, the suffering parent, or that one lonely soul... they know someone cares. As a result of that one small act of caring, that person may go on to touch another life or lives in ways we can't ever hope to know. It doesn't take away all their problems. But for a brief moment, they see kindness from someone will likely never meet.
The fans and staff of dozens of wrestling promotions, and all those who helped, by giving from California to New Jersey, from British Columbia to Ontario, from Florida to Iowa..they helped others share in the magic of the season...and gave them a miracle.
So don't dismiss what you may have helped happen. Those acts are more important than you think...and if you're a promoter reading this, spending more time working on your tan then making plans for the holidays for your promotion (or even sooner)...well....no better time to start than now. While the days are long, and the days are warm...start thinking about different ways to bring warmth to your communities.