TO THE EDITOR: I believe the holiday season is when our hearts are the most open to giving.
This time of the year presents feelings of happiness, excitement and anticipation, but most of all giving to others, particularly to those who are less fortunate than us.
The support I received for the 2013 holiday season with regard to the donation solicitation of non-perishable food items and monetary contributions was overwhelming. I was able to provide over 60 warm, delicious meals for Christmas to children and their families, senior citizens and those who were just experiencing a difficult time financially.
As I am always very humbled by the kind words extended to me for my fundraising efforts. I must stress that this annual event is a success because of support I receive from numerous members of our close-knit community; businesses such as Tops Friendly Markets, Price Chopper, Gordon Oil Co., B.A. Straight Real Estate; and the following organizations: American Legion Post 504, AuSable Forks Fire Department, AuSable Forks Fire Department’s Women Auxiliary, Upper Jay Fire Department and AuSable Forks Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
In conclusion, I wish to thank the Press-Republican, Valley News, columnist Deanna Santor of the Lake Placid News and Trudy Rosenblum of the Jay Community News for the promotional assistance.
I am truly blessed and thankful for the generosity given by so many this holiday season.
KELLY C. MURPHY
Annual Holiday Meal Basket Drive
Making a difference
TO THE EDITOR: In 2012, I became a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital family, when my grandson was diagnosed with leukemia.
It has been life-changing, not life-ending.
Your recent Cheers to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for their generosity to the St. Jude program is very much appreciated. Because it is a research hospital, every life saved at St. Jude means thousands more lives are saved worldwide.
Research is freely shared about childhood cancers, HIV and sickle-cell anemia. Recent early results may contribute also to our understanding and treatment of dementia.
Thank you all for helping so much.
SHIRLEY PERKINS BULLARD