My high school earth science teacher, Mike Erchenbrecher, taught me a lot about appreciating the world around me.
A veteran, he also taught me a lot about the value of respect.
He’s never stopped teaching me really. In fact, he’s inspired me again just recently.
Erch, as those who know him affectionately call him, kind of looks a little like a certain jolly elf, if you squint hard and replace the reindeer with a John Deere. (And the sack of toys with…I don’t even want to think about it.)
So appropriately enough, he’s spent his holiday season making gifts: bird feeders that he’s selling so that he use the money to help defray the costs of cancer treatments for two of his former students.
Since it’s now a week until Christmas, and there’s only so many cardinal condos and blue jay boudoirs Erch can build, he’s suggested that might be just enough time to send some peace on earth and goodwill toward man through the mail.
So if you have the chance, and maybe a leftover stamp, you may want to consider dropping Barry Walker (who lettered for the Buckeye football team from 1983-86) and Matt Steele a line.
950 Hill Road North
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
1088 Bergenia, Drive
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
And if you still have more time, and another couple stamps, here’s a few folks who could also do with some good wishes.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue:
18-20 Riverside Rd/Po Box 783
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Newtown Police Department:
3 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
One final way you can play Santa? Just pass this information along to any friends or family who you think might want to fill someone’s mailbox with good thoughts this holiday season.