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Greg Diehl and Erin Prochnow, Published December 20 2008

‘Freezin’ showed caring

We are humbled by the efforts of Froggy 99.9, Town and Country Credit Union and the generosity of our community as demonstrated during the recent “Freezin’ for a Reason” event. This event not only raised financial support and donations of goods for the YWCA Cass Clay and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, but also elevated awareness in our community regarding domestic violence, abuse and homelessness.

Froggy DJs Hoppy Gilmore and Jeremiah Bullfrog endured freezing temperatures as they lived outside day and night for three full days at local Town and Country Credit Union locations. The approach of these gentlemen and those in the studio was sincere, passionate and empathetic – bringing the serious issues of homelessness and abuse to the forefront. The listeners who called in to share their personal stories were brave, and we appreciate the airtime given to them.

Personal violence is not only significant to those experiencing it directly; it affects our community as a whole. Whether it’s someone you know and care about or a complete stranger, the effects are widespread in our homes, work places, churches and other social settings. Too many women are faced with the difficult decision to leave their homes because of abuse, which all too often puts them in a homeless situation as they have nowhere else to turn.

Children are especially vulnerable and find themselves uprooted from their homes, friends, relatives and belongings. Thankfully, many find their way to a shelter, agency or other caring home or facility. Others may not, and find themselves living outdoors in extreme weather with nothing but what they were able to quickly grab as they escaped a dangerous and unhealthy situation.

We extend a huge thank-you to Froggy 99.9, Town and Country Credit Union, those who shared stories, and to all who donated coats, clothing and other items as well as financial contributions.

We are truly blessed to live in a community that cares about others and supports those who have been victimized, often causing them to leave the comfort of their own homes.

Diehl is executive director of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo. Prochnow is executive director of the YWCA Cass Clay.