To the Valley News:
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 nonperishable food items as well as monetary contributions was overwhelming. I was able to provide over 60 meals to children and their families, senior citizens as well as those who were just experiencing a difficult time financially to a warm, delicious meal for Christmas.
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 Company, B.A. Straight Real Estate as well as the following organizations: American Legion Post 504, Au Sable Forks Fire Department, Au Sable Forks Fire Department’s Women Auxiliary, Upper Jay Fire Department and the Au Sable 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
Au Sable Forks