Scrooge south dakota 811 blog

Remember good old Mr. Scrooge?   Well, actually, you probably remember bad old Mr. Scrooge a lot better.  He got most of the print in the Charles Dickens story.  The reformed Scrooge only got a few pages.  That’s not to say that the bad Scrooge was any sort of star.   He was a real pill.   But in the end, it turned out okay.

That’s kind of the way life is – just when you think there really can’t be any good news at all out there,  something good happens.

Four companies have teamed up in a big, big way to get fresh milk out to thousands of South Dakota families who will visit the Feeding South Dakota Food Pantry in 2018.

You can see the story here at the Keloland News site, and it’s worth looking at:   Even Mr. Scrooge would be smiling about this.  (After his ghostly visitations, of course!)

Now, if that doesn’t make you feel good all over in a Miracle on 34th Street kind of way, what will? (Ok, for those who don’t know the reference, it’s a 1947 movie in which “an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.”  Rent it and watch it, alongside It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story.)

It feels good to do a good turn.  It feels good to receive one.  (My coffee was paid for this morning by a total stranger!)  As the holidays bear down upon us, all of us at South Dakota 811 want to remind you that you can do yourself – and others – a good turn just by reminding them of the 811 system in our state so they don’t make a colossal goof.

Believe me, we’ve heard it all before: “I thought the gas line was over there.”  “I didn’t know there was anything buried here.”  “I thought it was an abandoned pipeline.”

And the answer is always:  “Nope, nope and nope.”

But because you’re reading this blog, you know better.  And we depend on you to help us get the word out about safe digging in our state.  The good turn that you do by letting someone know about 811 may well save a gas line rupture, a hazardous spill, or even a life.

And isn’t that something worth cheering about, no matter what time of year it is?

Until next time, safe digging!

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