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Art’s Heart

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As a journalist I find covering natural disasters to be amazing and inspiring. So many stories are revealed amidst the staggering force of earthquakes, floods, tornados, hurricanes and wildfires. Even more awesome to witness is the force of the human spirit during such calamities. Natural disasters always bring out the best in people and communities. Despite devastation and personal tragedies, people rush to the aid of their neighbors. And so I want to thank Art Paterson, who lost the daycare center he and his family built, during the recent Windsor, Colorado tornado. He was a grateful man. All 130 of the children at the Windmill Child Enrichment Center got out safely when the tornado cut a swath through the town. It’s hard to believe when you see the destroyed building and the mangled playground.

Windmill Child Enrichment Center destroyed during Windsor, Colorado tornado.

Despite his loss he gave this journalist a few gallons of gas. In my rush to get on location I passed up opportunities to fill up and found myself precariously low on fuel. You can work without sleep, even without food and a shower, but you cannot do your job without gas in your car. It was the kind of generosity you see during catastrophes. Despite his loss, Art’s heart was huge and he saved the day for this journalist. He wouldn’t even let me pay him, so Art, please accept my gratitude and best wishes as you and your community recovers.

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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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