To the Editor:
I’ve always known that McHenry is a community that takes care of one another. Random acts of kindness occur daily. Most go unacknowledged because they were done for the best of reasons – because it was the right thing to do.
The response by our community and neighbors in surrounding communities to the fire at Windy City Wings was an amazing example of who we are. The fire occurred late on a Thursday night. By Friday, Edgebrook and Duker schools had organized a drop-off site, seeking donations for those who lost everything in the fire.
What happened in response to that request was awesome. Cars were lined up for hours waiting to donate. Fundraisers were held at Buddys and the Gambler on Friday and Saturday nights, and once again, the outpouring of support was amazing. Our business community truly stepped up to support this cause and to support the owners of Windy City Wings.
Thanks to the generosity of so many people, these families will have what they need to start over. The children had a Christmas.
While one of our oldest and most historic buildings is now gone, no lives were lost and no other buildings were lost thanks to the professional response of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District, the McHenry Police Department and Dispatch Center, and all of the surrounding departments that came to our aid.
In the aftermath of the fire, a friend said to me, “This is why McHenry is a community, not just a town.” I couldn’t agree more. Thank you everyone. Happy New Year.
Mayor Sue Low