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Making A Difference: Starkville helpers

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The story starts with Wilma Oswalt of Starkville picking up aluminum cans off the side of the road. The story starts with Wilma Oswalt of Starkville picking up aluminum cans off the side of the road.
And that's when it started happening. Carole's readers wanting to chip in. And that's when it started happening. Carole's readers wanting to chip in.
STARKVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

This is a simple little story of an act of kindness that a bunch of people in Starkville have gotten in on that is helping one of their own.

The story starts with Wilma Oswalt of Starkville picking up aluminum cans off the side of the road, and my friend Carole McReynolds Davis, who writes a weekly article in the Starkville Daily news newspaper spotting her and stopping to talk to her, writing an article about her and why she was collecting cans, and the response Carole got to that one article.

"I did. I've been doing this for the Starkville Daily since two thousand and ten and I don't think I've ever been called or stopped as many times as I have about this one particular story, said Davis.

The story is, 10 years ago Wilma had a medical treatment that left her a whopping bill.

"Twenty-six thousand dollars they sent me a top bill for," said Wilma.

And in the interest of time, I'll cut to the chase and tell you that they settled on Wilma paying back at a rate of $20 a week. Twenty dollars a week she didn't have to spare until she hit on the idea of picking up cans and selling them to pay the doctor.

"So I went out and asked eight people at the apartments, some of the houses and even some college students," said Wilma. "Some of them, about 10 of them, are saving for me."

That's what Carole wrote in her article, about Wilma's integrity and industry to faithfully go about collecting cans all these years to pay off her treatment. And that's when it started happening.

Carole's readers wanting to chip in. And everybody in Starkville knows where Carole lives on Louisville Street.

"Over here by the fence there was a pile, a whole thing of just the tabs," said Carole. "They had taken them off, carefully taken them off in a zip lock bag and I said, ‘that looks like those tabs.' and I went over there and sure enough, so I took them on to Wilma. And then people have just dropped off cans in bags. And of all the stories I've written, it seems like they've loved this one the best, maybe. You know?"

Maybe the response is because we seem to have it in mind that we have to do big, expensive, difficult things before they can matter. But then you hear about someone like Wilma and her cans and you realize, like the people in Starkville have come to realize, just a sack full of a few little things can Make A Difference for someone.

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