Once again, the cafe at the Crawford County Fair will be operated by angels.

Once again, the cafe at the Crawford County Fair will be operated by angels.
At least they seem like angels to those they help. Preparing and serving food will be Angels Among Us volunteers. All proceeds will be used to help local cancer patients and their families with expenses not covered by other agencies.
“We help with expenses such as gas money for those who have to go out of town for their cancer treatment,” said Diana Polston, founder and area coordinator of the organization which helps people in Crawford and Cherokee Counties. “We recently purchased an air conditioning unit for a cancer patient. Her doctor didn’t want to start her treatment until she had an air conditioner.”
On other occasions, Angels Among Us has provided money for utility bills, for the purchase of Christmas presents, even small items such as replacing a battery in a patient’s wrist watch.
The fair cafe will open at 6 a.m. for breakfast.
“We serve pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, just the things you’d normally have at breakfast,” said Jimmy Lovell, who has been an Angel for three years.
The cafe will also serve lunch and supper, closing at 8  p.m.
“I do a little bit of everything, but my main thing at the cafe is frying the chicken,” Lovell said.  “Our fried chicken is very popular with people.”
Helping out at weddings is another fundraising activity of Angels Among Us.
“All the family and friends are at the wedding, so who do the bride and bridegroom have to see that everything is perfect?” Polston asked. “What we do is come in, see the caterer and be sure the food is here, set up the buffet table and serve the food, light the candles, and just try to relieve stress so the families can enjoy the wedding.”
She added that she and her husband, Larry, also an Angel volunteer, regret that they didn’t have such  help  available when their daughters got married.
All the work is done by volunteers.
 “Our volunteer base has just gone out the roof,” Polston said.
“This is a lot of work, but we have a lot of fun,” Lovell said. “This is a good bunch of  people, and because we’re all volunteers, no salaries are paid. That means 100 percent of the money stays here to help cancer patients in this area. It’s all for the very best cause or I wouldn’t even think of doing it.”