By Matthew Breazeale
CNHI News Service
Holmes County doesn't make it in the news much for anything really positive.
Being in the lowest rankings for most health and wealth statistics lowers expectations of Holmes County for people who live in and out of Mississippi.
Which is why I was so delighted to see my second grade teacher at East Holmes Academy on NBC's Nightly News Monday night, February 27.
Even that particular broadcast started off with gloom and doom, school shooting, violent protests, Middle East unrest and soaring gas prices.
So when the “Making a Difference” segment came on it was double relief.
Enough good things can't be said about Lois Hayes, who has been committed to letting her former students know that they are special, thought about and loved by God on their birthday.
During my interview with Mrs. Hayes, she remained humble and not wanting to make a big fuss over "such a simple thing."
Snail mail seems like it's becoming a lost art form with digital outlets for communication readily available to everyone.
Thirty-three years of postage stamps certainly add up.
While I was away at college, I continued getting birthday greetings from Hayes thinking ‘When's the cut-off point? Surely, I must be getting too old now.’
But they keep on coming and are received with thankfulness.
Hopefully the segment shined a little light that good things do happen in Holmes County.
God is good and uses us to his purpose which can be said of his servant Lois Hayes.
Now, I'm looking forward to my birthday all over again.
Matthew Breazeale is a news reporter and advertising salesperson. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org