To the Valley News:
The 2012 holiday season was another wonderful time of the year for giving. Approximately 50 meal baskets were provided to community members who appreciated the extra help in making their Christmas Day a little brighter.
Although the stability of the economy continues to be a concern for many of us, it was comforting to have the support from our close-knit the community with assisting me in securing the food items needed.
I wish to take this opportunity in extending my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the numerous and very generous community members for the Townships of Jay and Black Brook who donated turkeys and/or non-perishable food items or monetary donations. Further appreciation is extended to the following: Au Sable Forks Knights of Columbus, Au Sable Forks Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary, M&M Diner, Tops Friendly Markets, Price Chopper (Keith Shambo/Bakery), Walmart, Cruise Planners (Kathy Kyea), and Adirondack Computer Solutions (Travis and Jennifer Barton).
It is with honor that I offer posthumous recognition to the late Ryan Slater, owner/operator of Green Dog Landscaping and Design and a heartfelt thanks to his mother, Dorothy Changelo. Not only were holiday donations brought to my home prior to Mr. Slater’s passing, I was received donations on behalf of his new business for virtually every fundraiser I was involved in for the 2012 calendar year.
As the kind words and generosity I received was overwhelming, I cannot emphasize enough that the success of this annual event is based upon the support I receive from members of the community. The “UNITY” in the word community truly exists in our small town nestled within the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and I look forward to us uniting again during the 2013 holiday season.
Kelly C. Murphy, Event Coordinator
2012 Holiday Meal Basket Drive
Au Sable Forks