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Dorcas Eleanor Dunmire, 78, died on Aug. 9, 2019, in Ketchikan. She was born Dorcas Eleanor Wesley on Sept. 15, 1940, in Metlakatla.
1/18/2019
A big thanks

EDITOR, Daily News:

I am not one of you. I am not from Ketchikan, or even from Alaska. My husband moved here one year ago and I followed in May with our kids. Once my husband was here, all I heard was how amazing the community was. How everyone truly cared about each other.

Having been here just over eight months, I have seen how involved this community is. I have seen strangers offer advice on how to live on this rock, thousands of miles away from anything or anyone familiar. I have seen people reach out to see how they can help other families in the community, whether that family is going through medical issues, or they just had a baby, or something else entirely. When thefts became a problem around Christmas, I saw people step up and watch out for each other.

And now, here in week four of the government shutdown, my Facebook page is filled with local businesses who are wanting to help and alleviate the pain of working without pay in some manner. My husband is one of the many federal employees currently working without a paycheck, so we are directly affected, and most of the people I know here are directly affected. We also have a good-sized Coast Guard community and they are hurting. But then I see that Gold Pan wants to feed my family one night. And First City Players wants to offer discounts to shows for those who may not feel they can swing extras right now. AJ’s Gourmet Burgers also wants to give my family a free meal. If we are in need of groceries, A&P is willing to offer a line of credit so I don’t have to worry about how to feed my two teenage boys!

At first, I just thought, well, that’s nice. One business on this island wants to offer a little relief. But the list keeps growing. And I’ve gotta tell ya, I am astounded by the generosity of the people here. My husband was absolutely right about Ketchikan. While I may not be a fan of being cold every single day, or thrilled about that feeling of being stuck on an island with no way of escape, I can absolutely appreciate that the people of Ketchikan genuinely care about one another and are actively looking for ways to help out.

And I just want to say Thank You. The outpouring of love and support literally brought me to tears today. And this was after a lunch was provided this week for my husband and his coworkers by Credit Union 1, and after learning that Parnassus Books took up a collection for them, as well. This is a beautiful community and while I will never love the cold, I can admire beauty where I find it.

TAMI BENDER

Ketchikan