Thumbs up: To the many people who took time out of their own holidays, or perhaps provided food or financing, to ensure those less fortunate in our community also had a happy Thanksgiving.

Among them was Jeff Perri, a professional cook who put on his apron for the York Rescue Mission when none of the shelter's other volunteers were able to plan and prepare a meal for 250 people.

A couple of days after meal organizers realized they could be left without an experienced cook, Perri and his fiancee, Crystal Woods, contacted the mission and volunteered to help.

"God provided," Rescue Mission spokeswoman Dianne Smeigh. "It really was an answer to our prayers."

All told, more than 30 people gave up their time on the traditional family holiday to serve food to people they didn't know. Other volunteers made homemade desserts, Smeigh said.

"If it wouldn't be for the volunteers here, we wouldn't be here," she said.

Thumbs up: If Wally Miller wants to dress his chihuahua Snickers up in a pink sweater and pearl necklace, let him.

After all, who knows where the York City man would be with out that 2-pound teacup?

Miller credits the pooch with waking him in the midst of a stroke, possibly saving his life or at least staving off what could have been long-lasting debilitating effects.


Miller said he wasn't himself on Oct. 16 -- feeling strange and confused -- and decided to lie down around 8 p.m. Snickers lay on a pillow beside him.

He dozed off, and around midnight, she started acting up, nudging him on the chin with her nose again and again. Then she whined and scratched at his throat with her paws.

Miller called his wife, Nancy, downstairs, afraid that something was wrong. She noticed he was slurring his speech, and then he found he couldn't move his left arm or leg.

He was in the middle of a stroke.

During a stroke there's about a three-hour window for doctors to administer intravenous medication, which can improve the patient's chances of recovery, according to the American Stroke Association.

Thanks to Snickers' persistence, Miller got to the hospital in that time, avoiding severe complications, paralysis and even death.

"It's the best Thanksgiving gift I could've asked for, to be back here spending it with my family," he said.