There are many caring people in the Cedar Rapids area doing a great job supporting those in need and showing off our “Iowa Nice.” However, let us all never forget one who was working to help the community long before current events presented the opportunity.
In 1997 Henry Davison refinanced his house so he could purchase a building in what is now New Bo and the Henry Davison Youth Center joined the community. The Center offered a structured place for local children to hang out after school, get a meal, use donated computers, play pool or just interact. Henry offered meals to the entire community at Thanksgiving and Christmas with hams and turkeys for everyone as well as presents for all the children. Henry’s Youth Center was the originator of the “Backpack Program” in Cedar Rapids. Today there are many people reaching out to those in need and making us all proud of our city and community. But let us not forget how, in 1997, Henry recognized the need to support the less fortunate and took that need on as his personal mission with no flood, derecho or virus for motivation. If Henry were alive today he would surely be a leader in our current community efforts. He would do so not only because he would recognize an opportunity to help, but just because he was Henry and he would be very proud of all those in the community working together to help those in need.