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AUGUST 25, 1997

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County dweller Don Newman enjoys the rural accouterments, but always finds time to lend a helping hand to others in need.
Photo by Oscar Roloff

Don Newman is Romania Bound

  By Oscar Roloff
Goodness! I'm stuck. Twelve years ago a reader wrote a letter to the editor. "There seems to be a common bond in all of the people Oscar writes about which my wife calls "integrity." Good grief. I had never realized that. In fact, I had to look up the word 'integrity' in the dictionary, and Don Newman does indeed fit the meaning.

Over home-made honey and tea, Don told me about his new-found plan to give of himself. As a Promise Keeper, when unfortunates call he's right there offering a helping hand. Attached to Tolt River Craftsman Associates, he was ready to shove off to help. Where? He's already shoved off.

Hearing of a girls' orphanage near Targoviste, Romania where there lived a group of slightly retarded girls, Don's ears perked up when he received word that the North West Medical Team was going out there to see about aiding the stricken girls.

Immediately, Don offered to go along to aid in any way possible in the form of carpentry, and that need always exist. Don said that seven hours a day are given to open Bible study with the girls and the Romanian government welcomes the skilled offering America gives the needy.

I said, "It's good a thing your wife has a steady job as county librarian at Carnation, and her income is good." Whereupon, he said, "Gladly, she supports my going and would go along, too, if she could."

In closing

There exists in the hearts of these people a spirit and deeds of giving that made this country great. I commend them. I have kin in Romania and asked Don to keep an eye open in case he hears of them.