Call me a sentimental fool, if you will, but I’ve been feeling the hurt of a lot of people in need this holiday season. I’ve even cried at some of the stories I’ve been listening to on the radio.
So it’s not surprising that a press release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tugged at my heart strings.
As I read the FWC's mantra of the importance of life jackets, I was reminded me of the most precious gift of all: the gift of life.
Here's one compelling story of why the FWC recommends the gift of a life jacket this holiday season.
Gay Kite's son, John, lost his life in a boating accident during the holiday season three years ago. He and a friend, Allan Morone, died on Dec. 19, 2004 on Half Moon Lake near Ocala. Neither of the men wore a life jacket.
“Neither I, nor anyone else, would have expected John or Allan to drown,” Kite said. “They were in their early twenties, healthy and good swimmers. I can’t help but believe they would both be with us if they had been wearing life jackets.”
Three years after her son’s death, Kite educates others on the importance of wearing life jackets. She doesn’t want others to experience what she has been through.
Gay, I hope your message reaches lots of people.